The housing options at the University of California San Diego will get a little greener this fall. New, energy-efficient apartment buildings at Revelle and John Muir College, two of the University’s six undergraduate colleges, will soon be completed.
The Charles David Keeling Apartments at Revelle are named after the first scientist to record the rise of the earth’s carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere. The 510-bed building will be Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) Platinum certified. It will also boast solar panels that will heat the building’s water without the use of electricity and controlled heat through kitchen and bathroom exhausts.
The new apartments at John Muir college include two towers with apartments sleeping 275. The architecture highlights modern 1960s features. Both of the new housing designs include drought-tolerant landscape, natural ventilation, solar panels and recyclable building materials, helping the new buildings earn LEED Gold certification or higher. The projects help move UC San Diego to its long-range goal of housing 50 percent of all of its students.
Also newly completed is the second phase of The Village neighborhood, a total of 13 buildings. The first phase, the Village at Torrey Pines West, featuring 1,000 beds, was finished in May 2009 and officially opened January 2010. The second phase of the Village transfer housing complex, featuring 805 new beds in apartment-style living, was completed spring 2011.