Steinberg Hart addressed the programmatic needs and improved the usability, functionality, and social interactions within the Santa Cruz residence community at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Renovations consisted of the lobby, formal lounge, recreation room, TV Lounge, and the secondary lounges in resident wings. Particular focus was placed on generating greater flexibility and quality of materials to create a more inviting and vibrant sense of place and activity.
This renovation is in response to new building codes, life safety issues, improving energy efficiencies, and upgrading interior finishes while enhancing student life and interaction. The building, home to approximately 580 residents, includes about 220 dormitory rooms connected by a central common area. The site is located on the south side of campus adjacent to other housing.