SMU embarked on the construction of a new housing complex for first- and second-year students on its Dallas campus. The new housing follows the Residential Commons model and is designed to reflect SMU’s signature Collegiate Georgian style of architecture. The project consists of five (5) new Residential Commons buildings (Armstrong Commons, Crum Commons, Kathy Crow Commons, Loyd Commons, and Ware Commons) which will add 1,250 beds to SMU’s housing inventory; the new Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons, which will serve the entire SMU community; and the new 800-space Mustang Parking Center. Construction began January 2012. Substantial Completion was achieved May 2014. The Residential Commons complex is scheduled for occupancy for the Fall 2014 semester.

Prominently located in the southeast quadrant of campus adjacent to Gerald J. Ford Stadium and Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, this project includes:
• Five residence halls for 1,250 students
• Common areas and program space
• Classrooms and seminar rooms
• Extension of campus wide medium voltage distribution system
• Dining facility
• Faculty residences and offices
• Parking structure for 800 vehicles

Brandt’s scope of work included all electrical and fire alarm systems for this project.


Owner: Southern Methodist University
Architect: KSQ Architecture
Contractor: Beck Construction


Project Size: 432,897 sf
Start / Completion Dates: 06/2011 – 08/2014
Brandt Role: Electrical & Fire Alarm Services