Florida Southern College dedicated Wesley and Nicholas halls designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern. The new dormitories have created a buzz among college campuses due to the residential living amenities. With nearly 80,000 square feet, the two buildings house approximately 250 students and feature a beautiful view of Lake Hollingsworth. One look at the grand stairway or “Big Bang” pendant lighting fixtures by designer Enrico Franzolini and you will wish you were a student again.
The buildings were funded by alumni Carol Jenkins and Barney Barnett, and Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. Stearns was chosen to continue the campus’ Frank Lloyd Wright architectural legacy.
Chastain-Skillman provided the civil engineering services for the project, including site design, grading and drainage, utility design, construction observation of the site work, and record drawing preparation. Toward this end, approvals for City of Lakeland site plan review, the Polk County Health Department, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District were obtained. Of particular interest on this project was the opportunity to coordinate the site grading plan with the adjoining Hollis Garden area just east of the new dormitories.