Hardin Construction Company's latest project at Young Harris College -- a student-residence complex configured in small communities called "pods" -- is contributing to a campus-building program that's as breathtaking as the views from the college's mountainous North Georgia campus.
Hardin has begun construction on a facility that will provide 200 beds for first-year students in time for Fall 2013 occupancy. The complex is being constructed to LEED standards and is targeting LEED certification.
Consistent with a growing residence life trend nationally of colleges providing living and learning spaces that foster student interaction, the 62,000-square-foot, pod-style complex will consist of three adjoining pavilions -- two 4-story buildings and a 3-story building -- offering rooms of different sizes and styles surrounding a common bath area and featuring study and social spaces.
The project's architect of record is Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc.
The new student housing is Hardin Construction's fourth LEED-certified or LEED-targeted project at Young Harris College. All are part of the liberal arts college's transformation from a two-year college to a comprehensive four-year institution with state-of-the-art facilities to support growing enrollment and program offerings.
Hardin Construction's other recent LEED projects at Young Harris include The Village, a 248-bed, apartment-suites community for upperclassmen that is pursuing LEED certification; the 200-bed, LEED Silver Enotah Hall residence hall; and the college's 57,000-square-foot Recreation and Fitness Center, which earned LEED Certified status.