University of California opens Plaza Verde student living community

WCN Editorial Team 21 Oct 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The University of California, Irvine (UCI), and real estate investment trust company American Campus Communities have opened Plaza Verde, a student community, in the US.

The 1,441-bed community is located at 15000 Arroyo Drive and provides easy access to several public transit lines and is in walking proximity to community services and basic human needs.

The new tower comprises fully furnished apartments, fitness centres, multi-purpose rooms and outdoor pavilions, along with academic success centre, and group and private study lounges.

The five-storey residential tower also includes an all-electric system, as well as parking facility for more than 760 bikes.

UCI provost and executive vice chancellor Enrique Lavernia said: “Since 2004, UCI and American Campus Communities have partnered to create a supportive and sustainable living-meets-learning environment for UCI students.

“Our work at UCI has set a model for public-private partnerships as other universities have seen what we have done to transform UCI from a commuter campus to a campus where students can enjoy the benefits of the residential university experience.”

The new tower has been designed to optimise human health by incorporating features such as superior ventilation performance, carbon monoxide monitoring, no-smoking policy, walk-off mats at all entrances from the outdoors and shoe storage inside the building units.

The 568,930ft² project comprises a dedicated 523-space structured parking garage, and 15,000ft² for a community centre, while the amenities include a multipurpose room, kitchen, cafe/lounge, bike room, fitness/yoga studio, offices and 18 study rooms.

Associated Students of the University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) president Randy Yan said: “From the inviting entrance with the grand staircase to the quality amenities like the academic success center, Plaza Verde provides a beautiful, comfortable sustainable living space while providing the necessary academic resources. It’s a win-win.”

American Campus Communities is the largest owner, manager and developer of student housing communities in the US.

Earlier in 2019, Northeastern University, the City of Boston and American Campus Communities have opened the LightView student living community in Boston, Massachusetts, US.

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Image: American Campus Communities and the University of California, Irvine opened Plaza Verde, a new student community. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.

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