UCSD is moving forward on two “neighborhood” projects
While the University of California at San Diego has suspended some projects due to financial constraints introduced by the pandemic, the university is continuing construction work on its North Torrey Pines Living and Learning District and planning his Living and learning district of the future College.
The first, the North Torrey Pines site, is a 10-acre “neighborhood” that will become the new headquarters of the university’s sixth college and two new university buildings, one for the Social Sciences Division and one for the University. Division of Arts and Humanities. . This campus will have 995,000 square feet of classrooms, recreation, conference and dining rooms as well as new housing for 2,000 undergraduates. A craft center will have gallery space for public use and community-run classes and events. An auditorium will accommodate 600 people in a concert-caliber structure.
Student accommodation will be ready for fall 2020, and the academic programs space will be completed by the end of the year.
The second neighborhood, Future College, is also designed to accommodate residential living for 2,000 undergraduates as well as academic spaces for a new undergraduate college. According to the university, the project will also improve the university’s theater district with meeting space, shops, restaurants, underground parking for 1,200 cars and a significant amount of open space and gathering areas in open air, some with ocean views.
The project is awaiting approval from UC Regent, with the goal of opening in fall 2023 as the university’s eighth college.
This campus would consist of five buildings with a height of nine to 21 stories with approximately 900,000 gross square feet. The entrepreneur is Kitchell. If approved, construction is expected to begin in fall 2020 and end in fall 2023.
The university will pursue LEED Gold certification for Future College. Sustainability measures include the use of natural ventilation, drought landscaping, high efficiency features, high performance HVAC, low power density lighting, anaerobic digestion system for the treatment of wastewater and a photovoltaic panel for solar energy production.
The projects are intended to keep pace with institutional enrollments, which were 30,000 for the 2018-19 academic year, but are expected to reach around 42,000 in five years, according to a report. by the San Diego Union-Tribune. This story quoted Chancellor Pradeep Khosla as saying that although the number of students living in dormitories this fall may drop by 2,000 due to the changes brought about by the coronavirus, he expected the slowdown to be temporary.
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