Savannah Technical College Academic Commons
A new addition to expand an ever-growing college program facility
The Academic Commons Building of Savannah Technical College is the addition to the pre-existing classroom facility Goodman Hall. The Commons is 7,500 square feet of new construction. The facility holds 26 classrooms, seminar rooms, and multiple faculty offices and now houses the Cosmetology and Barbering, Dental Hygiene, and Culinary Arts programs. Tharpe Engineering Group provided structural engineering design and construction administration services for this project.
Due to poor soil conditions, the building was founded on a helical pile and concrete grade beam system. The design team successfully coordinated these elements with no disruption of existing utilities or infrastructure. During construction, an unanticipated, existing braced frame was encountered and our engineers developed a retrofit moment frame, which allowed the brace to be removed with no detrimental impact on the existing structure.