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Student Housing Honored for Sustainable Design

Aug. 7, 2013

close up of windows on the student housing

Windows in CSUF's award-winning student housing "create visual energy on the exterior and interior equally well — icing on the cake to the sun exposure protection appropriate to the siting."

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Cal State Fullerton's third phase of student housing has been honored by the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada.

The 345,000-square-foot complex, completed in 2011 and featuring five residence halls and a dining facility, was recognized with the organization's Honor Award for education and sustainable design.

The award jury commented that the project is "a really good example of success ... it's lively, it's 'young adult,' it's clean in design and in the use of materials — and yes, it is LEED Platinum."

The complex was the first of its kind in California to receive the Platinum certification, a nationally accepted benchmark for design construction and operation of green buildings. Earlier this year, the project won an Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Award for best overall sustainable design.

"It is significant not only for its scale and respect for the environment, but for the student lives that it will impact ... the whole concept was to create a community that would give students the full residential experience," said Jay Bond, associate vice president for facilities planning and management, at the facilities opening.

"We believe this outstanding project is worthy of the accolades it has received and then some," Bond said of the latest honor.

This is the second campus building/complex honored by the Concrete Masonry Association, which recognized the Clayes Performing Arts Center in 2006.

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