The Hensel Phelps + EYRC + HMC Design-Build team has been selected for the UC San Diego Ridge Walk North Living and Learning Neighborhood project. The $537M project will provide both the residents of Thurgood Marshall College as well as faculty, staff and UC San Diego students endless opportunities to explore, discover and connect.
Three new residence towers will provide beds for over 2,400 Thurgood Marshall College students. The mixed-use, 972,000-SF neighborhood also includes an Economics Building, administration and community programs including a Basic Needs Center, E-Sports Center and Goody’s Cafe + Market.
The project strengthens and connects the UC San Diego campus with revitalized nodes and plazas along Ridge Walk and key thoroughfares to the Historic Grove, Geisel Library and the heart of campus beyond. Flexible indoor and outdoor gathering areas embrace the site’s unique location as a nexus between north, west and central parts of campus.
Informed by Thurgood Marshall College’s commitment to social justice, the architecture prominently incorporates the existing Kumeyaay Garden as the “front door” of the neighborhood. Named for the first inhabitants of San Diego, the garden is intended as an educational resource for all as well as a space for local Native American communities to practice indigenous uses for native plants.
The project’s student-centric design incorporates a range of private, semi-private and public spaces, balancing opportunities for collaborative living and learning with a comfortable individual residential experiences. Roof terraces on each residential hall offer expansive ocean views; smaller front porches and interspersed interior nooks provide places for students to build community with staff and each other.
The Ridge Walk North Living and Learning Neighborhood will allow UC San Diego to lead the UC System towards a more sustainable future. Using high-performance strategies to enhance views, daylight and the use of durable materials, the project is targeting LEED Gold certification and incorporates all-electric design throughout the majority of the project.