Case Study

Fontaine Hall Student Residences

The LEED NC Gold certified Student Dorms at Fontaine Hall is a renovation of Columbus, GA’s historic Fontaine Building – a three-story masonry building constructed in 1895. As Columbus’s first “mixed-use building”, the Fontaine Building originally housed a wholesale boot and shoe business, the offices of a local dentist, a private club, and rooms available for rent. In 1980, the building was listed on the National Trust’s Register of Historic Places. Nearly 95% of the building shell was preserved, and over 80% of interior walls were able to be restored. High-efficiency 2 stage, 16 SEER HVAC systems provides cooling and climate controls for each dorm, while fluorescent lighting and high insulation further reduce energy use by 34% Low flow water fixtures reduce consumption by 40%. Low VOC paints, sealants, adhesives and carpets are used throughout, and ample windows provide nearly everyone views to the exterior.


  • LEED NC Gold
  • Location:Columbus, GA
  • Owner:WC Bradley
  • Architect:Pimsler Hoss
  • Size:20,370
  • Budget:~4,000,000


Originally constructed in 1895, it was Columbus’ first mixed use building.