$26m design-build project from AC Martin Partners to begin construction in October
California State University Northridge (CSUN) announced today it has selected the design-build team of general contractor C.W. Driver and architectural firm AC Martin Partners for a $26m student housing complex on the campus. The 100,000 sq ft design-build project, which is the second phase of the University’s student housing expansion plan, will include 396 beds, spacious recreation and lounge areas with a coffee house aptly named the ‘Freudian Sip’, study areas and laundry facilities. Additionally, rooms for living, studying and socialising for residents will be included in the complex. Construction is slated to begin in October 2013.
“C.W. Driver and AC Martin already have a strong relationship in the design build process, given we’ve collaborated on six other higher education projects. Now we are excited to embark on a student housing complex on the Northridge campus,” said Brett Curry, Vice President at Pasadena-based C.W. Driver. “With a strong team effort already in place, the design-build process allows us to provide a superior product in a faster, more efficient manner. Given the number of incoming students, this housing is sorely needed.”
CSUN is currently engaged in a master construction plan to reinvigorate the campus which is focused on increasing student retention rates and fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among its students. Recent studies, including AC Martin’s own Post Occupancy Evaluations of the first phase of CSUN freshman housing, continue to show that universities that focus on student engagement and support programs have the highest success rates in both student retention and graduation.
C.W. Driver and AC Martin will work together to construct a living complex that cultivates a campus lifestyle appropriate for freshman students, focusing on community elements within the complex such as a community kitchen, a classroom and learning centre, a recreation lounge and multipurpose room, as well as outdoor courtyards with fire pits, barbeques, seating and activity spaces and an extended patio space.
“Freshman housing must provide opportunities for expansive personal growth in a framework of support, socialization and security. We have designed CSUN Phase 2 Housing to create a community that provides a variety of open spaces to encourage socialization, and living clusters sized and configured to allow students to become part of a family structure where they feel connected and supported,” said Gail Bouvrie, lead designer on the project for AC Martin. With this project, the university will have completed about 800 bed spaces, which is roughly one-third of the total master plan goal of approximately 2,500 beds total. This phase of the project will be the southernmost housing development on the north end of the campus. Completion is anticipated in April, 2015.