ACC, University of California – Irvine Open 1,441-Bed Residential Tower

by Katie Sloan

Irvine, Calif. — A public-private partnership between American Campus Communities (ACC) and the University of California – Irvine has opened Plaza Verde, a 1,441-bed, on-campus residential tower. The community offers fully furnished units and shared amenities including state-of-the-art fitness centers, multi-purpose rooms, outdoor pavilions, an academic success center and group and private study spaces. The community was built in hopes of achieving LEED Platinum status, and features an all-electric system that eliminates the need for natural gas. “In addition to being a healthy and dynamic student community, Plaza Verde is the greenest large-scale student community that has been developed,” says Bill Bayless, CEO of ACC. “We have gone to extensive lengths to ensure sustainability and student-focused design are at the forefront, from initially designing and testing systems for an efficient and comfortable community, then arranging a sizable offset for energy that will actually be achieved.”

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