VDTA and Webcor were selected to construct and design this project through an invited design competition to deliver a 226 unit housing development on the University of California San Diego’s medical campus. The $59 million development is a nine floor structure comprised of two bedroom units and amenity spaces. Through rigorous coordination and teamwork, the project was completed on budget and a full year ahead of the original schedule.
The building acts as a focal point as it is situated at the termination of the future academic mall on the medical campus. Designed with an implied symmetry on the mall’s axis, this symmetry is de-constructed and forms the basis for the two “L” shaped residential wings. A green roof, designed to act as a gathering space, aligns with the mall elevation, further reinforcing the connection. A large central courtyard provides recreation area for gathering and study. Both unit types are designed to emphasize views and connection to the exterior, and utilize natural ventilation for temperature mitigation. Certified LEED Gold, recycled materials were used throughout the building, and large graphic kiosks have been integrated into each floor highlighting the sustainable initiatives of the project and the university at large. The Society for College and University Planning has awarded the team a Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for a New Building.
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