Berry College Morgan and Deerfield
In 2007, Berry College’s president recognized the challenges the college was facing given the ever-mounting competitive higher-education environment. The college began to realize and capitalize on the accolades it received for the Cage Center, its recently-completed student recreation center which was program managed by Carter. Committed to improving the campus environment, the president initially called on Carter to develop and renovate a total of 697 student residences.
Carter was retained to manage the design and construction of the college’s new 345-bed, LEED Silver Morgan & Deerfield residence halls. The design development document pricing revealed that the project was $6 million over its construction budget. With a very tight schedule and a high level of owner expectations, Carter was challenged to bring the project within the established budget, which was successfully accomplished through diligent value engineering. The project completed on time and within the specified budget.
The project was designed to help the college attract and ultimately retain freshman students with dorm-style residences, study areas and extensive amenities including the “jewel box” design shown above, which takes advantage of great views and provides opportunities for larger events.
Carter also simultaneously managed an extensive renovation of the existing Dana Hall, a 352-bed dormitory. The three-phase renovation included elevators and the creation of lounge space, common kitchen areas and outside patios.