Capstone was selected in July 2013 to develop, design and construct first-year replacement housing for the University of North Alabama. The new housing is located on campus sites that offer proximity to the campus core, an opportunity to create a north campus gateway, no displacements of beds, and the opportunity for future development.
The siting of Mattielou and Olive extends the pedestrian spine of the campus to its northern perimeter connecting the residential, academic and student life precincts of the campus in a functional and synergistic way. The two residence halls were completed in the Fall of 2015, delivering approximately 760 beds of freshman housing in two, 4-6 story buildings constructed of light-gauge metal construction. Per state building codes, the buildings had to incorporate fully reinforced, concrete storm shelters that can accommodate all of the buildings’ residents. So the Capstone team designed the first floor amenity space of both buildings to also serve as storm shelters. The shelters are sized so that should the upper floors collapse, the concrete shelter can support the weight of the building.