Category: Live

This 160,000-square-foot, LEED-Platinum housing complex for 510 students at the University of California, San Diego, is designed to promote life-changing understanding about issues of sustainability. Student residents are immersed in a year-long, live-and-learn setting focused on environmental responsibility. Each six-person apartment is configured to benefit from natural ventilation, with daylighting and framed landscape views.

The design facilitates the active use of exterior spaces, encouraging student interaction through circulation that fosters chance encounters, and spaces that are well-suited for individual and group activity. The white concrete exterior ties the building visually to the existing campus architecture, provides comfort through thermal mass, and increases reflectance of natural light. Harsh afternoon sun is blocked either by precast concrete panels or through the innovative use of an industrial fiberglass grating. In addition, stormwater is managed on site through courtyard basins, a vegetated roof, and the natural arroyo.

”The client’s statement was important to me here—that these units that serve over 500 students ‘were taken in just over an hour during the room selection process!’ ’’ —Elizabeth Ranieri

Project Credits Project  Charles David Keeling Apartments, San Diego
Client  University of California, San Diego
Architect  KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia—James Timberlake, FAIA (design partner); Stephen Kieran, FAIA (design partner); Joanne Aitken, FAIA (associate-in-charge); Kate Czembor, AIA (project architect); Richard Hodge, AIA, David Feaster, AIA, Zinat Yusufzai, AIA, Elizabeth Kahley, AIA, Randy Knight, AIA, Andrew Schlatter, Derek Brown, Roderick Bates (design team)
LandscapeArchitect  Spurlock Poirier
ElectricalEngineer  Sparling
M/E/FP Engineer  IBE Consulting Engineers
StructuralEngineer  Inertia Engineers
CivilEngineer  Nasland Engineering
CostEstimating  International Consultants
SpecificationsConsultant  Technical Resources Consultant
EnvironmentalConsultant  Atelier Ten
LightingConsultant  Candela
ConstructionManager  Swinerton Builders
AerialPhotographer  Lenska Aerial Images
Size  159,600 gross square feet
Cost  $50 million
Photographer  Tim Griffith