Cal Poly Humoldt student housing complex approved

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California Construction News staff writer

A new Cal Poly Humboldt housing project has been approved by the California State University board of trustees and construction is scheduled to start in February.

Phase one of the $150 million project, which will include more than 950 units, will be completed by fall 2025.

The project team includes:

  • Architect: SCB
  • CEQA Consultant: Ascent Environmental
  • Project Contractor: Sudt
  • Construction Project Manager: fs3 Hodges

The site is located about a mile north of Cal Poly Humboldt’s main campus and will include two buildings with 964 beds in apartment-style spaces, increasing University-owned student housing by nearly 50%.

Shared community areas include study rooms, student lounge and multipurpose rooms, fitness space, café/retail space, indoor bicycle parking, and residential laundry. The project also includes administrative offices and apartments for staff.

There will be green space, recreational facilities, and outdoor barbecue area. The project will also include 340 surface parking spaces, including electric vehicle-ready parking spaces and covered bicycle parking. To minimize the impact on surrounding neighborhoods, buildings will be taller at the center and step down in height along the perimeter of the site. Neither building will exceed 75 feet in height.

The project is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification and will be construction type 1A, which is the highest level of fire protection under the California Building Code. Planned sustainability features include on-site solar energy production, high-efficiency irrigation, water-efficient plumbing, energy-efficient and CalGreen-compliant lighting and appliances, and durable exterior building materials.

The University is also building a number of important new facilities, including the newly approved housing project at Craftsman Mall, a new engineering and technology building, and a sustainability and microgrid center.

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