North Andover MA – PROCON has completed two student residence halls on the Merrimack College campus in North Andover.
PROCON, based in Manchester, N.H., is the design-builder for the $12.5 million project, which accommodates approximately 175 students starting the fall 2015 semester. The three-story town-home-style dorms were designed to blend in with the nearby neighborhood and will meet an increased demand for student on-campus housing.
Sitework began in November 2014 with $2.5 million in sitework that included the installation of underground utilities to prepare the site for the two buildings. Simultaneous with the sitework was the placement of the footings and foundation. In February, wood framing began, and by spring the buildings were weathertight and ready for interior installations.
The building’s exterior is a pleasing, hardy, panel-and-brick combination that blends effortlessly into the surrounding area. The dorms are 76,000sf, offering four- and six-bedroom units for incoming students. Besides the convenience of on-campus accessibility, the buildings supply an onsite laundry area and a community room for student gatherings. Plans also include the added bonus of an adjacent café with a wrap-around porch for students to enjoy.
The college is located about 25 miles from Boston, sits on 220 acres, and is situated at the border of Andover and North Andover. The residence halls are Phase 1 of the North Residential Village project, which includes the construction of two additional 170-student dormitory buildings.
PROCON has designed and built several projects over the years for Merrimack College and recently completed renovations on the Academic Innovation Center.