Implemented from Sasaki's precinct plan for the south campus of California Polytechnic State University, the residential suites compose a residential district that centers student life near the academic core. The 16-acre community features more than 1,000 beds, commons buildings offering food service, a convenience store, laundry facilities, resident parking, and various recreational amenities. The design focus was to enhance community by creating a neighborhood-like setting.
Each suite has shared interior spaces comprised of a living area, kitchen center, storage closet, and two compartmentalized bathroom facilities. Shared balconies and common study spaces are clustered at prominent building corners—available for groups, individuals, and seminars. Aligned with vertical circulation, these stacked commons spaces act as glowing beacons at night, providing residents with a sense of identity and orientation.
Primary pedestrian paths for nonresidents are routed around the project's perimeter. These edges are defined by the buildings, which vary from three to four stories in height. Internal community spaces shaped by the buildings take the form of a series of linked courtyards and open spaces. The courtyard spaces are designed for formal and informal housing functions, campus programs, and student life recreation. Sasaki maintained a significant grove of historic sycamore trees and incorporated them into the project, creating a gateway into the residential community from the quad. The team also developed a pedestrian promenade that links the academic core to the quad, athletics, the housing precinct, and a commuter parking area.
An integrated approach to sustainability is reflected in the sensitive siting and orientation of the buildings, the shading of south- and west-facing glazing, an energy-efficient central plant, and careful selection of interior materials and finishes. Phase II of the community is LEED® Silver Certified.
Based on concepts established by a Sasaki housing master plan, the renovation of and additions to the Ohio State South High Rises result in increased capacity and a vibrant student residence environment....