New Residence Hall: Artist Village

New Residence Hall: Artist Village

Chancellor Brian Cole announced the name of the new residence hall to be Artist Village. The two wings of the building will be referred to as Artist Village East and Artist Village West. This name is simple and clear, yet unique to UNCSA. The term “Village” invokes the tight-knit community that is at the heart of the UNCSA experience. And, it focuses on the most important part of this university and those who will inhabit the space: Artists. 

Artist Village that has been years in the making is under construction near the former site of Bailey Street Apartments. The $46 million residence hall is slated for completion in early 2022, offering students amenities that are not available in the traditional style of Residence Halls A-F, which were built in 1972.

About Artist Village

Artist Village will be five stories high and incorporate two wings. It will accommodate approximately 450 students in suite-style housing, offering two double or single rooms and a suite-shared bathroom space. It features multiple gaming areas, community lounges, community kitchens on the first and fifth floors, studies on each floor, and a central laundry facility on the first floor.

Construction officially got underway summer of 2020. Trucks are using the field behind the Fitness Center for access to the construction site from Waughtown Street, in order to keep traffic disruption on campus to a minimum.

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Construction site

Watch the live camera view or a time-lapse videos of the new residence hall construction. Weekends and nights are excluded from time-lapse videos.

Timeline by the month

The following is a list of key milestones in the construction of the residence hall:

Timeline Construction Activity
July 2020 Break ground at the site
August 2020 Begin install of plumbing, electrical, storm and sanitary infrastructure
September 2020 Begin pouring foundations and footings
October 2020 Begin mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) rough-in and setting of the stairs
November 2020 Erect structural steel and MEP rough-in for upper floors
December 2020 Install roofing and preliminary parking lot paving and curb install
January 2021 Begin construction of the bridge (the connector)
February 2021 Begin install of brick veneer, metal paneling and finish roofing
March 2021 Begin interior build-out of upper floors and bridge
April 2021 Begin framing hard ceilings and install fixtures in restrooms
May 2021 Begin elevator install and interior paint; install site lighting
June 2021 Install interior storefront, doors, and signage
July 2021 Install carpet; furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E); and construct courtyard and sidewalks
August 2021 Finish interior punch list for East Wing; place sod and hardscape
September 2021 Perform test and balance of East Wing; punch list for West Wing
October 2021 Final inspections/commissioning for the East and West wings
November 2021 Perform final clean before turnover
December 2021 Building turnover to UNCSA

About this project

UNCSA identified a new residence hall for college students as a priority in its Strategic Action Plan in 2015 and its Campus Master Plan, approved in 2017.

The Artist Village was designed by LS3P, a multi-disciplinary firm offering architecture, interiors, and planning services to a wide variety of clients nationwide. LS3P has offices in North and South Carolina and Georgia. The construction manager is Metcon, a Native American-owned business (Lumbee) founded in 1999 in Pembroke. Metcon delivers general contracting and construction management services for higher education, K-12, medical, corporate, and government entities throughout the East Coast.