San Diego State University South Campus Plaza

  • Location:

    San Diego, CA

  • Client:

    San Diego State University

  • Construction Value:


  • Delivery Method:

    Collaborative design-build

  • Year Completed:


  • Specialties:

    Higher Education, Parking Structures, Student Housing, Sustainability

Features & Highlights

  • LEED Silver®
  • Prefabrication techniques
Project Overview

This nearly $119 million design-build student housing project for San Diego State University included two, six-story student residence halls totaling 225,000 square feet; a six-level, 122,000-square-foot parking structure; and 31,000 square feet of retail space.

The residence halls provide double-occupancy student rooms, and apartments for residential education staff and visiting scholars. The halls feature student learning spaces, beautiful outdoor spaces, multipurpose rooms, faculty offices, study areas, lounges and a community kitchen. South Campus Plaza was the first project for SDSU delivered via the collaborative design-build delivery method. This method combines the best of CMAR and design-build to allow three-way collaboration between the owner, the design team and the contractor.

The housing portion of this project utilized significant prefabrication techniques. The primary structure above the second level podium was load-bearing metal studs. This required that every building element be modeled in three dimensions to allow for all of the wall and floor panels to be prefabricated offsite, shipped to the site, and erected in place with confidence that all other building systems would be installed without conflict.

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South Campus Plaza was the first project for SDSU delivered via the Collaborative Design/Build delivery method, and only the third Collaborative D/B project delivered in the CSU system.