Project Description

UCSD North Campus Housing

A UC Design-Build project, this student housing complex was designed to achieve LEED® Silver Certification and is located on a 5-acre site in the North Campus area of UC San Diego. This new mixed-use development consists of 1,020 apartment-style units totaling over 225,000 s.f. in a 10-building complex with conference rooms, retail space, vending and mail areas, laundry room and offices for maintenance and administrative duties.

Fuscoe provided civil design services from an advanced conceptual design stage through construction as well as coordination with the consultant team, university staff and general contractor. An early project challenge concerned a dry well that was conceptually designed as part of the project bridging documents. Because the site consisted of fill soils laid over native bedrock to support the multi-story residential buildings, the Fuscoe team had immediate concerns about the dry well. Working with the project soils engineer, landscape architect and university staff, Fuscoe developed an integrated design of two bioretention treatment cells sited within the common areas. The cells receive runoff from rooftops and hardscape areas and are composed of standard turf and a riparian mix of deergrass and cattails. Flow percolates through an upper layer of granular sand and topsoil and a lower layer of gravel into a perforated pipe which conveys the treated water to a nearby storm drain system. The University was quite pleased with the resultant designs, which are located within frequently traveled pedestrian common areas.

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UCSD North Campus Housing
UCSD North Campus Housing Construction of 5-Acre Site

Project Details

La Jolla, CA

SVA Architects | Turner Construction Design Team | UCSD