UC Santa Cruz Student Housing

Santa Cruz, CA
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Cowell College, sited in the heart of the University of California at Santa Cruz, addresses the need for new student housing in one of the busiest thoroughfares of the campus. With 182 students in a combination of 31 townhouse and flat apartments, the housing creates active courtyard spaces around towering redwood groves. Contextual architecture seamlessly blends the new buildings to the existing quads. The project includes a variety of common and classroom spaces while assuring the privacy necessary in a residential student community. Carefully crafted, disabled accessible routes tie the new quad to previously inaccessible parts of the campus improving the quality of life for all UC Santa Cruz students.

Porter College, sited alongside sensitive areas with endangered species, offers high-density housing while maintaining a respect for the natural environment. The project houses 377 students in a combination of 88 townhouse and flat apartments. At the upper part of the site, entry porches made from redwood trees harvested at the ridge site define a "village street." The street culminates in the community building, nestled in an existing grove of redwoods. The project uses a variety of green materials to reduce the environmental footprint of the new construction, including passive solar heating, sun-shading devices, low-e glazing, Forest Stewardship Council certified framing and strict construction management standards.

Stevenson College Infill Apartments, sited on the University of California Santa Cruz campus, capture magnificent views overlooking Monterey Bay and provide student housing that is both comfortable and environmentally conscious. With understated architecture, the project houses 142 students in a combination of 28 townhouse and flat apartments. The apartments employ a multitude of green building materials in a variety of common, classroom and administrative spaces including Forest Stewardship Council certified wood, cork flooring and low-e glazing. The three-story buildings form a green pedestrian street with a formal quad at the north and magnificent views of the Monterey Bay to the south.