Newport News, VA

Christopher Newport University, Greek Village


Christopher Newport University wanted to create new housing for the student members of fraternities and sororities. The Greek Village includes eight new buildings around a central courtyard. Each house is designed in a classical style to blend with the other campus structures, while featuring distinct accents to personalize the appearance for each group. SGH consulted on the building enclosure for the multiphase project.

SGH consulted on the design of at-grade waterproofing, exterior wall assemblies, windows, and roofing. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Reviewing the building enclosure design and recommending ways to improve airtightness, watertightness, thermal performance, condensation resistance, and constructability
  • Recommending roofing, window, and air barrier systems and advising on the materials and configuration of the exterior wall components, including air barrier type, insulation configuration, and vapor retarder placement
  • Consulting on the design for exterior walls primarily clad with brick masonry and cast stone elements over steel studs and gypsum sheathing and helping develop details to incorporate them with windows and doors, roofing, and foundation waterproofing
  • Developing window panning and flashing details to achieve an appearance similar to the adjacent historic buildings, while incorporating contemporary waterproofing
  • Consulting on roofing for steep-slope assemblies and low-slope occupied porches
  • Providing construction phase services, including reviewing contractor submittals, evaluating proposed material substitutions, observing installation of the enclosure systems, and helping the project team address field conditions

Project Summary



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Construction Value


Project Size
New Construction
Building Enclosures
Residential | Education
Glavé & Holmes Architecture
Specialized Capabilities
Roofing & Waterproofing

Key team members

John Sekel
John Sekel
Senior Project Manager
Bradford Carpenter
Bradford Carpenter
Senior Principal