San Diego, CA
GROUNDLEVEL was selected by San Diego State University as part of the design-build project team along with SVA Architects, SGPA Architecture and Planning, and Sundt Construction to design their newest mid-rise student housing and retail project adjacent to the recently completed Aztec Center. It will be built using green building guidelines and practices to be a LEED Silver project.
The project features a tree-lined streetscape along College Avenue, pedestrian mews, an urban plaza and park for special events, as well as generously furnished outdoor study lounges and recreation terraces for student use on the buildings’ podium level. With its wide sidewalks, tree-lined streets, open space and bicycle amenities, South Campus Plaza is pedestrian, transit and bicycle-friendly. Its location adjacent to the SDSU Transit Center will facilitate transit ridership and less reliance on automobiles.
This exciting project is scheduled to open for the Fall 2015 semester.
Robert Schulz, SDSU’s associate vice president of real estate, planning and development, said the university is excited about moving ahead with the project, which he said will infuse a more urban environment into the suburban area.
“We are trying to build a town-gown edge, where students can feel they are off campus and in a community,” Schulz said. “We wanted it to look like an urban development. We used Hillcrest and Little Italy much more as a model than we did the university.”
Karen Kucher, U-T San Diego