Site planning, open space programming, and design for a 500 bed student dormitory. The project captures 100% of roof and site area rainfall in an elegant system of vegetated roofs, downspouts, channels, and bioswales that are creatively integrated with outdoor recreation and gathering spaces.
Innovative site design at UC San Diego's Charles David Keeling Apartments establishes an elegant precedent for sustainability and stormwater management in Southern California. Named in honor of Charles David Keeling, the American scientist whose research at Scripps Institution first alerted the world to the possibility of the human impact on global atmospheric carbon. The Apartments employ seamlessly integrating campus amenities with visible infrastructure provides users with a front seat to fleeting and often dramatic storm events in the coastal desert. A vegetated roof, gray-water irrigation, stormwater infiltration, native plants and combined experiences enhanced student life through everyday engagement with natural processes.
The project achieved LEED-NC Platinum certification from The United States Green Building Council. It is the first LEED Platinum student housing in the University of California System. The project also received the American Society of Civil Engineer award of merit in sustainable technology.
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