Merced, California, United States
Planning a new campus community
SOM led a team in developing the master plan for housing on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. Built around an existing residence hall, the project introduces apartment-style housing for more than 1,000 students, along with staff and faculty residences, dining commons, a convenience store, and other amenities.
The site is divided into three precincts, threaded by pedestrian and bicycle paths. Plazas, recreational facilities, and courtyard gardens are key components designed to enhance student life. These open and communal areas also create a sense of arrival near clusters of housing. The new residences are only a 10-minute off-street bike ride from the middle of campus and conveniently located near bus lines.
SOM worked together with three other architecture firms to design the various residences and dining commons—a collaborative approach that infuses the project with architectural diversity. SOM designed Tenaya Towers, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects and Kevin Daly Architects designed additional residential complexes, and Kieran Timberlake designed the dining commons.