Finfrock slab/truss system keeps scores more student housing

A 700-bed, $148 million residence hall at Florida A&M University is the latest project on the DualDeck Building System roster of Finfrock, an Orlando-based precast/prestressed producer and design/build contractor. Upon delivery of the two new buildings in 2020, the company will have completed seven student housing buildings using the patented system, consisting of steel truss-linked top and bottom precast concrete sections functioning as floors and ceilings in multi-story construction.

Phase 1 of the Florida A&M project will cover 182,000 square feet and encompass four-story H-shaped student residence buildings, each with an east and west wing of 350 double-occupancy bedrooms and shared bathrooms. The new housing buildings will include laundry facilities, vending areas, common student lounges, study rooms, recreation/TV/computer rooms and administrative offices.

“Our unique method using offsite construction has proven successful for delivering buildings quickly, efficiently and economically, which is critically important in the student housing market,” says William Finfrock, president. “In addition, our all-concrete structures will provide Florida A&M University with greater durability, reduced building maintenance and lower lifecycle costs, allowing them to maximize their investment for years to come.”


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