DALTON, Ga. — Earlier this month, a ceremony was held to celebrate the topping out of (or placement of the final beam on) a new residence hall scheduled to open in time for the fall 2016 semester at Dalton State College in Dalton. The $12 million Mashburn Hall will be the first residence hall in the Roadrunner Place Complex, and is being built thanks to a public-private partnership between the University System of Georgia (USG) and Corvias Campus Living.
Atlanta-based Collins Cooper Carusi Architects is serving as the architect on the project. Also based in Atlanta, Winter Construction is the project’s builder, and is now back on track for a summer opening after weather issues delayed the project this past fall and into winter.
“To see the last beam placed on Mashburn Hall was a great way to kick off the New Year. Winter Construction worked tirelessly to get the project back on schedule despite the weather challenges we faced,” said Jimmy Scott, portfolio director of the USG project for Corvias Campus Living, in a statement. “Additionally, working with Dalton State College has been a particularly special experience for the Corvias team, because they embrace every sense of the word ‘partnership.’ We can’t wait to unveil Mashburn Hall this summer alongside our partners and provide Dalton State a new residence hall right in the heart of their campus.”
“Dalton State College is excited to see the new residence hall take shape despite the challenges brought by Mother Nature this past fall,” added Natalie Bates, Dalton State College housing director, in a statement. “Corvias Campus Living and Winter Construction are both solution-based partners that have made all the difference as we prepare for a successful opening of Mashburn Hall.”
Mashburn Hall will be a four-story, 86,000-square-foot facility with wood framing and a suite-style layout for 365 beds. The residence complex will consist of one-, two-, and four-bedroom semi-suites; laundry areas; common spaces; game rooms; kitchen areas; and an outdoor entertainment space with a fire pit and covered verandah. The building is U-shaped with a large green space to encourage outdoor activity and interaction, according to Carlos Torres, project executive, Multifamily and Student Housing for Winter Construction. The facility’s location on the northern corner of campus also gives it close proximity to classroom buildings and other college facilities.
“As Dalton State College grows, the main goal is to bring more student housing on campus,” Torres said. “With Mashburn Hall, and the P3 Partnership among Dalton State, the Georgia Board of Regents and Corvias, the college is in the process of developing its capacity to provide up-to-date housing to meet increased demand.”
The new Mashburn Hall meets the green building requirements of the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission and the Georgia Board of Regents, Torres added. “As an experienced LEED general contractor, Winter Construction works with our partners to ensure sustainable building practices,” he said. “For Mashburn Hall specifically, we worked with local subcontractors and suppliers to minimize the impact of transportation costs and ensure environmental best practices.”
The building was named for the late John Willis Mashburn, who established The John Willis Mashburn Charitable Trust to advance endeavors that boost higher education and economic development, according to the university website.
“The Mashburn Trust has invested significant resources in Dalton State and the greater Dalton community,” said Dr. Margaret Venable, interim president of the Dalton State College, in a statement. “The naming of our first residence hall honors the commitment of this esteemed family to our institution and our students. We are honored to be entrusted with such generous support.”