The California State University (CSU), Fullerton, Student Housing Phase III was the first project within the CSU system to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Student socialization is enhanced within this six building complex which combines living, social, and recreational spaces. The basic building block is a 24-student living space with social recreation and quiet study spaces. Outside, a piazza teems with activity from the surrounding housing, classrooms, multipurpose rooms, and dining venues. A light-filled dining hall anchors the complex and serves as a community destination. This project was completed four months ahead of schedule, allowing the University to utilize the facility for Summer conferences.
The approach to sustainability is holistic, encompassing every aspect of the student experience. These elements include infrastructure enhancements such as rooftop photovoltaics and a centerpiece fountain that operates only when the campus is hitting water-savings goals, as well as elements that encourage sustainable behaviors, such as 900 secure bike parking spaces located just steps from student housing.