Gallaudet University

Washington, DC

Student, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Senior Housing Feasibility Study; Student Housing Program Management; Faculty Housing and Administrative Space Renovations Program Management

In 2008 Gallaudet University engaged B&D to develop a strategic vision for their campus housing.  The university anticipated an increase in enrollment and needed a new housing project to re-invigorate campus life, improve recruitment and retention, and enhance the university’s presence in the community.  We proposed a phasing and financial plan to guide their next 20 years of housing, the first step of which would entail the construction of a freshman residence hall. As a result, we were retained in 2010 to provide program management for an $18 million, 175-bed, 60,000 SF facility—the first new housing since 1979. This new freshman residence will be completed in 2012.  Our work on the project included: serving as owner’s representative from pre-design to occupancy; being the central point of contact and information management; managing the project scope, schedule, and budget; providing cost control measures; managing procurement of all third-party vendors; and coordinating the sustainability checklist to ensure a LEED Silver standard.  As a result, Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 opened in August 2012.  During this process, we were retained in 2011 to oversee the renovation of public spaces in five residence halls: Benson Hall, Clerc Hall, Carlin Hall, Peet Hall, and Ballard West.  This $5.7 million upgrade project was completed in August 2012.

In 2012 we were tasked with overseeing renovations to the historic Fay and Ballard Houses, converting them to faculty residential use.  In addition, we were responsible for managing the reconfiguration of the first floor of Hall Memorial Building to accommodate the Department of Interpretation.  Valued at just under $8.5 million, the two projects were implemented on a compressed schedule, as we coordinated multiple departmental moves and implemented several smaller side projects to minimize construction impact on existing operations.  Both projects were completed in 2013.

In the News 

Dorm-building Lessons From Gallaudet UniversityUp until this school year, the dorms at Gallaudet University looked like dorms you could find anywhere in the country, with only slight hints that deaf students lived there.


Gallaudet University’s New Dorm Designed With Deaf Students in MindGallaudet University’s newest residence hall has many of the luxury perks that have become common in dorms across the country.