Vernon E. Jordan Jr. Residence Hall - DePauw University

Greencastle, IN


  • Assignment: Construction Manager
  • Architect: Mackey Mitchell Architects; arcDESIGN
  • Mechanical Engineer: KBSO Consulting
  • Structural Engineer: Lynch, Harrison & Brumleve
  • Civil Engineer: Cripe


DePauw University is consistently ranked as one of the top national liberal arts universities. In order to continue providing this premier academic experience, DePauw introduced a student housing master plan development effort. This is a four-story, 50,243 sf residence hall with mechanical level; it has two primary wings of resident rooms with a mid-point connection for services and lounge areas and houses 152 students with community and social spaces for lounges, study areas and kitchenettes.


  • Curtain walls are glazed with Electrochromic insulating glass units for dynamic light and heat control.
  • Messer’s successful teamwork approach resulted in the award of additional master plan development projects. This has allowed the project team to maximize project resources across campus, ultimately reducing coordination issues and returning money back to the owner.
  • The project’s location on a tightly constrained site required significant attention to site logistics, ensuring minimal disruption to daily operations in addition to preserving student, faculty, staff and visitor safety.

I want to express my sincere appreciation for Messer's dedication

this week in getting the site as ready as possible for our incoming students...When construction partners 'get' DaPauw and what's important to us, it makes our facilities management team stand out as best in class."

Rob Harper Director of Major Capital Projects Facilities Management, DePauw University

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