La Playa Hall

The project will construct three five-story buildings totaling 108,000 Gross Square Foot (GSF) with 424 beds consisting of a mixture of single and double occupancy student housing rooms. Each floor will include support spaces such as restrooms, showers, lounges, study rooms, electrical, and mechanical spaces. The new building complex will also incorporate two satellite offices for Student Counseling and Psychological Services, an essential student-support program. In addition, a ground-level kitchen in each building, three staff/faculty apartments, a 2,000-square-foot multipurpose/tutoring room, and music practice rooms are included in the residential complex.

The project will be funded, in part, by the State of California under Senate Bill 183 that established the “Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program” to increase the current stock of affordable student housing across the three public higher education segments in California. The campus will use a distributed-beds model for its affordable student housing that will distribute the same number of newly built beds across all campus housing offerings (rather than providing a new building solely dedicated to affordable rate housing). Not only will this help protect students from being identified by others as lower income, but this strategy also enables students of certain years to live together in the type of housing most suited for their experience. The new La Playa Hall (formerly known as Hillside North Student Housing) building design is expected to be similar in quality and student experience to the recently constructed Parkside North Student Housing building.

Project Details

  • Total project cost: $115,000,00.00
  • Construction Start Date: Summer 2024
  • Construction Completion Date: Summer 2026
  • Project Delivery Method: Construction Manager at Risk (CM@R)
  • Architect: Perkins & Will
  • Construction Manager at Risk: Swinerton Builders
  • University Design Team:
    • Vivek Ghimire, Project Manager
    • Luciano Nunez, Construction Manager
    • Derek Jeong, Project Engineer
    • Tom Sanchez, Inspector of Record
    • Lisa Salgado, Capital Projects Program Manager