60 Waterman, a 147-bed residential hall for Rhode Island School of Design was designed for two measurable considerations: optimization of CLT’s dimensional stability and maximum bed size of the delivery truck. Five-ply planks of cross-laminated timber were driven from Canada, pre-cut to specification. Due to their relatively light weight, the manufacturer required few trucks. Smaller cranes put minimal strain on erection crew, and the building structure was complete in less than three weeks.
Using an Integrated Project Delivery method, the combined team of owner, designer, and contractors conceived of a hybrid steel/CLT skeleton that affords maximum ceiling height and flexibility in bedroom layout. Perhaps the most exciting thing about 60 Waterman’s design is the warmth that wood ceilings bring to the building interior. That simple pleasure is the byproduct of a process driven to optimize construction time, budget control, and minimize material waste.