Colby College´s Johnson Pond Houses

Kaplan Thompson Architects

Prefabrication for faster lead time: Colby College’s Johnson Pond Houses

The new Johnson Pond Houses at Colby College in Maine are a Masterpiece of efficient and responsible prefabrication and cooperation. In total, the project was completed in just 15 months.

The student housing is formed by 4 buildings which give space for all together 200 students. This Hyper-Speed Dormitory project was designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects and constructed by Consigli Construction.

The prefabrication process commenced with detailed design and engineering work. Precise measurements and specifications were utilized to fabricate the necessary building components in a dedicated facility. Once the components were ready, they were shipped to the site and assembled. This use of prefabricated components minimized on-site labor and reduced potential disruptions caused by inclement weather conditions.

To give the student houses a natural look, the Luna Panel System Product Family was chosen for the facade. Aligned with the college’s values of sustainability, the selection of Nordic Lunawood Thermowood for the four new student dormitories perfectly supports industrial manufacturing due to its lightness, durability, and ease of maintenance. But these are not the only reasons why Lunawood Thermowood is a great material for prefarbricated projects.

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