Wilkes University | Student Union Building

Higher Ed

Project Name

Student Union Building

Location

Wilkes-Barre, PA

Project Description

Quandel was chosen to construct the new Wilkes University Student Union Building for its reputation, price and value engineering services.The new building is home to a dining hall, servery/kitchen, bookstore, cafe, bank and ballroom.

The main feature of the building is the first floor concourse, with a three-story sky-lit atrium that connects all three floors. The circular stair turret, bowed front facade element, projecting roof gables, exterior terraces and railings and mansard roofs are all reminiscent of the rich local Victorian architecture of the area.

The use of various bold accent colors and accent lighting around the concourse and atrium enhance the activity of the space. Materials throughout were selected based on maximum durability and sustainability. Porcelain tile flooring, multi-color spray-on painted walls, baked-enamel aluminum frames and railings and hardwood bench seating are several examples of the interior palette.

The new student union has been a well-received addition to the Wilkes campus, and the University is happy to report that the building has been an effective student recruitment asset.

Square Footage

48,775 Sq. Ft.

Owner’s Name

Wilkes University

Architect

Highland Associates, LLC

Challenge + Solution

The project schedule was an aggressive 13 months, and Quandel was able to work around some product delays in order to keep construction on schedule. Delivery of the buildingÂ’s steel superstructure was delayed 90 days, and Quandel initiated the prefabrication of the walls and roof sections in order to ensure the agreed upon delivery date.

Quandel brought a lot of unique insight to our project. During the value engineering phase, Quandel placed a selection of items on the table which reduced the cost of the project without reducing its quality. The few problems which did arise during construction were handled expeditiously and fairly. The new facility is a great addition to the University’s building inventory.
- John P. Zikoski, Director of Facilities Management