Domokur Architects was the Architect of Record for the Tri-Towers Rotunda renovation project as part of the Design-Build team with Gilbane Building Company. Tri-Towers is a complex of three residence hall towers surrounding a central hub referred to as “The Rotunda”. The Gilbane-Domokur team previously completed a $30M+ renovation and exterior envelope/facade face-lift of the adjacent three tower structures. The Rotunda project completed much of the deferred maintenance work and included the renovation of the first-floor Area Desk, replacement of the exterior curtain wall system, and renovation/repurposing of existing, recently-vacated second floor spaces into a satellite fitness/recreation area and centralized laundry facility.
The team developed a curtain wall replacement system that enclosed the existing system allowing it to remain in-place. This design provided several advantages, including allowing the replacement operation to continue throughout much of the construction phases without disruption to the interior renovations. The curtain wall system matches the system cladding of the three residence tower facades, completing the exterior renovations and tying the entire complex together aesthetically as a unified whole.
The first-floor interior renovation was fast-tracked to assure that the Area Desk (and centralized / associated office spaces) was completed in time for arrival of the students at the beginning of the 2016 Fall Semester. The Area Desk is a focal point of the entry and a major part of the arrival sequence into the Tri-Towers complex.
The second-floor renovations include a fitness/recreation area and centralized laundry facility. On-campus residents have exclusive access to the workout space, which is open seven days a week. The 7,000-square-foot “Tri-Rec” includes more than 70 brand-new exercise machines and free weights. Many students have remarked that they enjoy the convenience of being able to get their laundry done while they work out (previously the laundry facilities were dispersed throughout the residence tower buildings). That, coupled with the diner and market just downstairs, makes The Rotunda an excellent example of the University’s Student Wellness initiative.