• Client:St. Joseph's University
  • Location:Philadelphia, PA
  • Architect:Burt Hill (now Stantec)

City Avenue Residence Halls

Saint Joseph’s University selected Irwin & Leighton as its Construction Manager to build this prominent addition to the University’s Campus. The new two building facility has literally changed the landscape of the University. The ± 170,000 SF  488-bed apartment-style project was completed in less than ten months. A strong focus was required on the part of the entire team to control the budget, resolve logistical problems and to complete the facility to support the schedule requirements for the academic school year.

Key Highlights

Implementation of a Minority and Women Owned Business initiative and regular monitoring of compliance with goals established by the project team.

Close proximity of the project site to the adjacent pedestrian walkways required a vigilant project safety effort throughout.

Placing of MEP utility rough-in’s required close coordination with the structural cord of the precast planking to avoid compromising the structural integrity of the plank.

Maintained existing systems in occupied areas while installing new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. Coordinated with existing structure and clearance issues. Involved large amount of chasing of existing plaster and brick walls for utilities.

Installed energy efficient controls system tied to campus monitoring system for the heating and cooling systems – included a full commissioning of the systems

Installed lighting control systems for energy management

Our Sector Knowledge


Irwin & Leighton has managed more than 8 million sf of construction for the educational sector. We have completed countless fast track projects over the “summer break” and have built over 3500 beds in new state of the art residence halls over the last 15 years. As well, we also specialize in constructing new dining halls and serveries, laboratory space, classrooms, libraries, performing arts space and more. We understand the complexities of building and renovating facilities within busy occupied campus settings and excel at being valuable team members!