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Student Housing East, Cal State LA
Los Angeles, CA
Building community.
Creating a village for student engagement.
Advancing matriculation through equity and engagement.
Cal State LA, recognized as a leader in upward mobility for students, is committed to increasing graduation rates and is constructing 1,500 additional student beds to improve student engagement and matriculation. Student Housing East (SHE) is conceived as a village focused around indoor and outdoor community spaces, including dining, wellness, meeting and classroom spaces.

SHE features double and triple bedrooms in small communities (up to 40 students per RA) with gender-neutral community bathrooms. The 8-story building wraps around a park, each of the three segments will have a separate identity with long-range views to different regional mountains and hills. Cal State LA selected collaborative design-build for delivery to best meet their needs for specific housing spaces and functions, staying within the project budget, and meeting time constraints.
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Results
The building articulates into three housing towers which are distinct but equitable.
The façade pattern is youthful and dynamic.
Materials borrow from campus vernacular.
On each floor, two 40-bed blocks create a neighborhood that shares a bright and light park-facing lounge, creating a community.
Ground floor amenity spaces activate the adjacent open space and circulation.
Creating a village for student engagement.
Student Housing East, Cal State LA
Los Angeles, CA
Building community.