Green Housing Option For USC Students

University of Southern California students will now have a LEED-friendly housing option adjacent to the university’s Los Angeles campus. Construction is well under way on West 27th Place, mixed-use student housing that will be the only LEED-certified, amenity-rich housing option for the campus, according to CityView, the investment firm for the project.

The building is designed for Gold certification and includes a number of sustianable transportation elements like on-site bicycle storage and access to the University’s tram service and the city’s new Expo Light Rail Line. Energy efficient building elements include onsite recycling, drought tolerant landscaping, high efficiency irrigation, onsite storm water treatment and erosion controls.

image via West 27th Place

Each apartment has low-flow water fixtures, Energy Star appliances and lighting fixtures. Solar reflective roofing and programmable thermostats will also help with heating and cooling costs. Construction waste was also reduced by 95 percent because of the use of recycled content materials.

The 161-unit building, with options for single or double occupancy, will include features such as a swimming pool, fitness center, sun deck and study rooms. The building is slated for completion later this summer for a fall 2011 opening.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.