UCI Apartments Receive Gold Nugget Award

by Katie Sloan

KTGY Group Architecture + Planning receives award in two categories: Campus Housing Project and Community Site Plan.

Irvine, Calif. — In Irvine, KTGY Group Architecture + Planning and its construction partners have earned a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in two categories: Campus Housing Project (Category 19) and Community Site Plan — up to 20 acres (Category 23) for Phase III of UC Irvine’s (UCI) East Campus privately developed apartments.

The developer of the project was American Campus Communities, Inc. and the general contractor was Benchmark Contractors. Phase III of UC Irvine’s East Campus student housing project added 1,763 beds to UCI’s on-campus housing, which allows the University to house nearly 43 percent of its students on campus. Phase III includes three separate sites: Puerto del Sol, a 565-bed graduate community; Camino del Sol, an 1,198-bed undergraduate complex; and a community clubhouse called “The Lodge” which includes a 7-level parking structure.

Both student housing complexes earned a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Camino del Sol and The Lodge also earned the 2011 Student Housing Business Innovator Award for On-Campus Best Architecture/Design.

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