Source: Urbanize Los Angeles
The proposed Housing Phase 4 project, slated for a site located north of the existing residence hall near the intersection of International Avenue and Birchknoll Drive. The proposed $97-million project would provide space for up to 288 students in a mix of single, double, and triple residence rooms.
“Residents will be organized into clusters of 36 students and one resident advisor,” explains a project page on the CSUDH website. “Each cluster will contain a variety of room sizes, communal restrooms, an activity room, and small study nooks. A shared student lounge will be provided to connect two clusters. These shared lounges are further connected floor-to-floor through stair connections, bringing together 10 residential clusters into one large lounge on the ground floor. This will allow for students to form a close-knit group of peers and neighbors while also allowing for a greater sense of community.”
Steinberg Hart is designing the four-story building, which would be divided into two wings, and centered on a glass connector that would include building circulation functions and floor lounges. The concrete-frame building would have an exterior of grey cement board siding, partially covered with murals. Plans also call for a multipurpose room, administrative spaces, shared laundry facilities, and a new courtyard which will offer open space to residents.
The project will also be accompanied by a new dining commons, providing space for 315 indoor seats and 50 outdoor seats, while also connecting the student housing to the central campus.
The new dormitory is intended to provide accommodations for low-income students, with the aim of improving attendance and graduation rates. The housing is funded by the State’s Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program for 2022-2023, while the dining commons is funded in part through a one-time State allocation made in the 2021-2022 budget cycle. The university is also expected to seek bond funds to cover the cost of the project.
According to the project website, construction of the dormitory and dining commons is expected to commence in February 2024 and conclude by May 2026. C.W. Driver is serving as the project’s design-build contractor.
The project follows the completion of another CSUDH housing complex which opened on an adjacent site in 2020, as well as the addition of several new academic buildings along the northern section of the campus.