Belmont University: Patton Hall and Bear House

About This Project

Patton Hall and Bear House is a six-story, 100,000-square-foot student residence. An underground concrete tunnel connects the residence halls to Maple Hall. The building is constructed using a two-way, post-tensioned concrete flat plate to maintain low floor-to-floor heights. Concrete shear walls are utilized adjacent to the stairs and at the elevator tower to support lateral loads. Additional concrete shear walls are strategically placed in the demising walls of the rooms. The superstructure is supported by concrete spread footings, and the roof is constructed using a series of light-gauge metal trusses to form the gable roof. The octagonal stair tower is constructed using structural steel tubing cantilevered from structural steel tube columns at the exterior walls and anchored back into the concrete post-tensioned slab edge. This solution eliminated the need for columns on the interior of the tower.

Nashville, Tennessee