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As the campus evolves and grows into the future, UC Santa Barbara is delivering on its promise of additional university housing for undergraduates.
With a new housing project underway, another approved for development and another planned, the campus is well prepared for the slow growth outlined in its long-term development plan, which received unanimous final approval from the Commission on Thursday. California Coastal Commission following a rigorous and collaborative process.
The Sierra Madre student apartment complex, currently under construction on Storke Road, will be ready for occupancy in fall 2015. The following fall, 2016, will see the opening of the San Joaquin Villages project adjacent to the existing Santa complex. Catalina. A third complex, called Mesa Verde, is also planned.
In a separate item on the agenda, San Joaquin also received the unanimous blessing of the Coastal Commission on Thursday. This project is expected to begin construction by early 2015.
“Housing is a key component of the Long Term Development Plan 2010 (LRDP),” said Marc Fisher, UCSB vice-chancellor for administrative services. “UC Santa Barbara has made a commitment to our community to provide new student housing facilities during the LRDP planning horizon. The development of San Joaquin Villages is our first student housing project designed to meet this commitment. It was designed by four stellar architectural firms, each with a national reputation – SOM, Kieran Timberlake Architects, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects and Kevin Daly Architects. This important company sets the standard for future housing with beautifully designed, affordable and sustainable architecture and site-sensitive planning that matches our campus academic standards in quality. I look forward to this exciting project.
The projects, along with approved plans for faculty or staff housing units, are expected to help alleviate housing density in Isla Vista. The additional accommodation will also strengthen UCSB’s capacity for summer camps and conferences. And this, in turn, will benefit students: additional summer accommodation will allow both the expansion of existing seasonal programs and the introduction of new offerings, bringing in additional income that will be used to reduce student accommodation costs. during the academic year.
“This additional capacity will allow us to use our facilities when they are not occupied by UCSB students while generating income – income that offsets the accommodation expenses of students who are there during the school year.” , said Chuck Haines, the director. capital development at UCSB. “This allows us to meet the requirements of our development plan and keep our commitments to students and the community. It makes a big difference in our housing program and it is an important moment for us.
In addition, the new projects give a boost to UCSB’s new 2 & 2 program, a housing and residential services initiative that guarantees third and fourth year placement in university apartments for students who are living their first two years in university residences. And, by making walking, cycling and other alternative modes of transportation more convenient, increasing the number of housing on campus is expected to reduce traffic congestion.