Higher Education

Highpoint University Dormitories, Blessing Dormitory I&II

Location: Highpoint, NC

Architect: Mercer Architecture Inc.

Contractor: Samet Corporation

Blessing I Dormitory is a 105,500 square feet, five story predominantly wood framed residence hall that has a basement level built into an embankment with 13-feet tall cast-in-place concrete load bearing retaining walls. Along the west elevation of the basement level, grade slopes to a nearby creek bed requiring low level, load bearing retaining walls. The building is typically comprised of four levels of wood framing (wood studs and manufactured wood trusses) with more than half of the building positioned above an additional wood trussed floor that is supported by basement level load bearing concrete masonry walls. The fourth floor trusses are designed to support the roof trusses in order to allow for the dormer windows. The dorm rooms are "apartment" style with commons areas located at each end of the building.

Blessing II Dormitory is very similar in construction to the Blessing I Dormitory with the exception that the building has no basement level.  The four story building is comprised of four levels of wood framing (wood studs and manufactured wood trusses).