Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

At 50 years old, Thacher’s original Casa Dorm building no longer met the needs of the school or its students. Because about 75% of the existing building was covered by mature, protected oak trees, whose roots would irreparably damaged by excavations for foundations of a new building, renovation of the existing dorm—rather than its outright demolition and replacement—was the only option. By combining renovated portions of the original building and the careful addition of new construction, the architect was able to achieve a new design that met the school’s requirements, with a total of 31 individual student dorm rooms configured in two wings radiating from a central common area. Amenities include 2 common student bathrooms with showers, and 2 separate laundry rooms.


All work is being accomplished under the massive oak trees. In order to protect the trees’ roots, the project is being built on 120 caissons, each drilled 17 ft deep through existing boulders, since another distinguishing feature of the site, besides the mature oaks, is exceptionally rocky terrain. The building features standing seam roofs, Hardie-Panel siding and natural stone veneers made from the approximately 1,000 tons of large native rock uprooted during construction of this and other Thacher projects. Interiors incorporate high grade finishes, timber beam construction, attractive wood paneling, radiant heat flooring, and quality Loewen aluminum clad windows and doors.

Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

At 50 years old, Thacher’s original Casa Dorm building no longer met the needs of the school or its students. Because about 75% of the existing building was covered by mature, protected oak trees, whose roots would irreparably damaged by excavations for foundations of a new building, renovation of the existing dorm—rather than its outright demolition and replacement—was the only option. By combining renovated portions of the original building and the careful addition of new construction, the architect was able to achieve a new design that met the school’s requirements, with a total of 31 individual student dorm rooms configured in two wings radiating from a central common area. Amenities include 2 common student bathrooms with showers, and 2 separate laundry rooms.


All work is being accomplished under the massive oak trees. In order to protect the trees’ roots, the project is being built on 120 caissons, each drilled 17 ft deep through existing boulders, since another distinguishing feature of the site, besides the mature oaks, is exceptionally rocky terrain. The building features standing seam roofs, Hardie-Panel siding and natural stone veneers made from the approximately 1,000 tons of large native rock uprooted during construction of this and other Thacher projects. Interiors incorporate high grade finishes, timber beam construction, attractive wood paneling, radiant heat flooring, and quality Loewen aluminum clad windows and doors.

Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

At 50 years old, Thacher’s original Casa Dorm building no longer met the needs of the school or its students. Because about 75% of the existing building was covered by mature, protected oak trees, whose roots would irreparably damaged by excavations for foundations of a new building, renovation of the existing dorm—rather than its outright demolition and replacement—was the only option. By combining renovated portions of the original building and the careful addition of new construction, the architect was able to achieve a new design that met the school’s requirements, with a total of 31 individual student dorm rooms configured in two wings radiating from a central common area. Amenities include 2 common student bathrooms with showers, and 2 separate laundry rooms.


All work is being accomplished under the massive oak trees. In order to protect the trees’ roots, the project is being built on 120 caissons, each drilled 17 ft deep through existing boulders, since another distinguishing feature of the site, besides the mature oaks, is exceptionally rocky terrain. The building features standing seam roofs, Hardie-Panel siding and natural stone veneers made from the approximately 1,000 tons of large native rock uprooted during construction of this and other Thacher projects. Interiors incorporate high grade finishes, timber beam construction, attractive wood paneling, radiant heat flooring, and quality Loewen aluminum clad windows and doors.

Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

At 50 years old, Thacher’s original Casa Dorm building no longer met the needs of the school or its students. Because about 75% of the existing building was covered by mature, protected oak trees, whose roots would irreparably damaged by excavations for foundations of a new building, renovation of the existing dorm—rather than its outright demolition and replacement—was the only option. By combining renovated portions of the original building and the careful addition of new construction, the architect was able to achieve a new design that met the school’s requirements, with a total of 31 individual student dorm rooms configured in two wings radiating from a central common area. Amenities include 2 common student bathrooms with showers, and 2 separate laundry rooms.

All work is being accomplished under the massive oak trees. In order to protect the trees’ roots, the project is being built on 120 caissons, each drilled 17 ft deep through existing boulders, since another distinguishing feature of the site, besides the mature oaks, is exceptionally rocky terrain. The building features standing seam roofs, Hardie-Panel siding and natural stone veneers made from the approximately 1,000 tons of large native rock uprooted during construction of this and other Thacher projects. Interiors incorporate high grade finishes, timber beam construction, attractive wood paneling, radiant heat flooring, and quality Loewen aluminum clad windows and doors.

Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

At 50 years old, Thacher’s original Casa Dorm building no longer met the needs of the school or its students. Because about 75% of the existing building was covered by mature, protected oak trees, whose roots would irreparably damaged by excavations for foundations of a new building, renovation of the existing dorm—rather than its outright demolition and replacement—was the only option. By combining renovated portions of the original building and the careful addition of new construction, the architect was able to achieve a new design that met the school’s requirements, with a total of 31 individual student dorm rooms configured in two wings radiating from a central common area. Amenities include 2 common student bathrooms with showers, and 2 separate laundry rooms.


All work is being accomplished under the massive oak trees. In order to protect the trees’ roots, the project is being built on 120 caissons, each drilled 17 ft deep through existing boulders, since another distinguishing feature of the site, besides the mature oaks, is exceptionally rocky terrain. The building features standing seam roofs, Hardie-Panel siding and natural stone veneers made from the approximately 1,000 tons of large native rock uprooted during construction of this and other Thacher projects. Interiors incorporate high grade finishes, timber beam construction, attractive wood paneling, radiant heat flooring, and quality Loewen aluminum clad windows and doors.

Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

Thacher Casa Dorm - MATT Construction

At 50 years old, Thacher’s original Casa Dorm building no longer met the needs of the school or its students. Because about 75% of the existing building was covered by mature, protected oak trees, whose roots would irreparably damaged by excavations for foundations of a new building, renovation of the existing dorm—rather than its outright demolition and replacement—was the only option. By combining renovated portions of the original building and the careful addition of new construction, the architect was able to achieve a new design that met the school’s requirements, with a total of 31 individual student dorm rooms configured in two wings radiating from a central common area. Amenities include 2 common student bathrooms with showers, and 2 separate laundry rooms.


All work is being accomplished under the massive oak trees. In order to protect the trees’ roots, the project is being built on 120 caissons, each drilled 17 ft deep through existing boulders, since another distinguishing feature of the site, besides the mature oaks, is exceptionally rocky terrain. The building features standing seam roofs, Hardie-Panel siding and natural stone veneers made from the approximately 1,000 tons of large native rock uprooted during construction of this and other Thacher projects. Interiors incorporate high grade finishes, timber beam construction, attractive wood paneling, radiant heat flooring, and quality Loewen aluminum clad windows and doors.