CSU Fullerton Student Housing Phase III

Project Overview

Student Housing Phase III is a new housing complex for California State University, Fullerton. With 1,056 beds distributed over five, five-story buildings, these double-occupancy dormitories come complete with laundry and community rooms on every level. An additional single-story sixth building houses a dining hall and central plant. PCL’s project scope also included housing offices, conference and classroom spaces, a large pedestrian piazza and fountain, a new student parking lot, and generous landscaping. This project was the first in the CSU system to receive LEED® Platinum certification.

One of the challenges PCL faced was trying to fit both the dining hall and the central plant into the allotted space. The building had to be designed in a way that would not encroach on the piazza, and space was tight. The PCL team’s response was to stack the cooling tower and chiller units in the central plant, thereby creating a smaller footprint. They also reconfigured the dining component while maintaining the desired functionality. This innovative solution opened up enough space for an additional outdoor dining area, which had long been a desire of the client’s but had not been expressed as part of the original request for proposals. PCL provided this value-added service at no extra cost to the client.


California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Education, Green - Sustainable Construction, Hospitality and Gaming, Residential


9th Annual Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Best Practice Awards - Overall Sustainable Design - California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

2010 Award for Electrical Excellence - Data/Communications - National Electrical Contractors Association, Orange County Chapter

2010 Award for Electrical Excellence - Electrical - National Electrical Contractors Association, Orange County Chapter

Marketing Communication Award - Project Pursuit Category - Society for Marketing Professional Services/Los Angeles