Residence Hall

KWK Architects Selected Design Architect for Residence Hall at UNC – Charlotte


Student housing expert KWK Architects has been selected the design architect for a new residence hall at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte that will replace existing Sanford and Moore Halls. Charlotte, NC-based Jenkins Peer Architects is the Architect-of-Record on the project.

Sanford Hall (opened in 1969) and Moore Hall (opened in 1970), which each house 500 students and have 12 floors, will be demolished as part of the project. The new, proposed residence hall (currently referred to as Residence Hall Phase XVI) will feature 650-800 beds with double rooms supported by community bathrooms, lounges and laundry rooms on each floor, common areas and multipurpose rooms.

The new complex will also be designed and built using LEED or Green Globes elements, and its exterior design will reflect the existing architectural style on campus.

A two-phase demolition and construction schedule for the entire site is planned over a two year period, with construction of the new residence hall expected to begin in spring 2019.

Two years ago, KWK Architects designed the university’s unique Levine Hall, which combines an honors program within a traditional residence hall.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 120 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life.  For more information about KWK Architects, visit or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at or 314-583-1757.

Guarantee Electrical Company Completes St. Louis College of Pharmacy Student Rec Center, Residence Hall, Fitness Center


St. Louis College of Pharmacy continues to undergo a campus wide transformation improving the educational landscape of St. Louis medicine.  As part of the second phase of this transformation, a new 193,000 square foot, seven story mixed use building will serve the College of Pharmacy student’s needs.  The building consists of a 220 bed dormitory, gymnasium and fitness center, student dining facility and support offices.

Guarantee Electrical Company (GECO) was the electrical construction and systems contractor for both Phase I and Phase II of this continued transformation, once again working as a subcontractor for PARIC Corp.  GECO’s history of performance in both education and healthcare markets was a critical factor in keeping the same construction team together on both phases on the BJC campus. Doug Mertzlufft, President of Guarantee Electrical Company added, “We are thrilled to be part of this great project and equally honored to be part of the construction team bringing continuity to the strategic plans for St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s growth and their students future success.”

Working as a turnkey electrical contractor, after demolition to the existing Whelpley Hall was complete Guarantee immediately brought temporary electrical power to the new construction site as well as relocation of existing underground fiber.  Being in a tight urban construction setting, it was critical that GECO’s electrical design and prefabrication capabilities allow for just in time delivery for all of the dorm room electrical needs, reducing jobsite laydown and clutter.  Today’s modern dorm rooms allow for all of the amenities of an urban apartment.  To accommodate these needs, the building consists of full 4000 amp service, LED lighting throughout and all of the technological and campus safety needs for students.  As such GECO Systems was responsible for installation of all card access, card reader alerts, fire alarm, paging, CCTV, Coax TV, Phone/Data and mass notification required to meet such demands.

Founded in 1902, St. Louis based Guarantee Electrical is consistently ranked among the largest electrical contractors in the United States. Its operations include branch offices in Granite City, IL. and Denver, CO, plus ongoing operations in California.   The company provides full-scope electrical contracting, including preconstruction, construction, engineering and design, design-build, design-assist, value engineering, procurement, electrical and communications systems, service and preventive maintenance.  To learn more visit