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Projects • Elizabeth Catlett Residence Hall

Elizabeth Catlett Residence Hall

Iowa City, Iowa

The 12-story, 1,023-bed, $95 million University of Iowa dormitory was completed in the summer of 2017 and opened to students for the 2017-18 academic year. The facility was being on the site of the old Iowa City Water Plant. The building includes dining, study rooms, lobby/lounge, and laundry. Floors were assigned as part of the University’s Living Learning Communities program.

SSR provided building enclosure commissioning, enclosure testing, and roof consulting services. Exterior enclosure systems included brick masonry, metal panels, prefabricated insulated metal wall panels, vapor retarders, air barriers, below grade waterproofing, insulation, horizontal waterproofing, EPDM roofing, standing seam metal roofing, storefront, and curtain wall systems.

On both the building and a performance mock up, SSR performed air and water leakage, and adhesion testing. On short notice following a high wind weather event, SSR performed an infrared survey of the roof to immediately asses the extent of storm damage during construction. The survey and results were used to assist the team in identifying appropriate repair and replacement procedures for installed roofing.


  • University of Iowa

Project Completion

  • 2017


Project Size

  • 1,023 Bed