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California Budget Supports UCSC to Build Additional Housing for Hundreds of Students

California lawmakers awarded UC Santa Cruz $89 million in the 2022-23 state budget, funding that will help significantly increase student housing at Kresge College.

The residential college is undergoing a complete renovation. When the massive project is complete, it will include accommodation for around 970 undergraduate students, about 600 more beds than the college originally held. Plans for the second phase of the Kresge construction project will be reviewed by UC’s board of directors later this year.

“This is great news for our students and for our efforts to increase our stock of on-campus student housing,” said Chancellor Cynthia Larive. “I am grateful for the state’s investment. Student housing is such a critical need for our campus, and this project helps us advance our efforts to house more students on campus while supporting their academic success. .

UC Regents approved the renewal project in March 2019, and construction began later that year. The first phase, which includes new residential halls and a new academic center and a new 35,000 square foot plaza, is expected to be completed in the 2022-23 academic year. The Kresge University Center will have classrooms serving the entire campus and will include a 600-seat lecture hall, the largest on campus; a 150-seat conference room; classrooms with 50 and 35 places; a 48-seat computer lab, as well as departmental premises.

Kresge’s iconic architecture will be rebuilt and renovated to retain the historic design, but with more durable and resilient materials.

Other features include a new cafe, which will be built near the front of the Academic Plaza, and a pedestrian path that will enter and exit the group of three new residential halls, providing connections throughout the college.

The entire project, including the second phase of construction which will begin at the southern end of Kresge this fall, is expected to be completed in 2025.

When first approved, the Kresge renewal project comprised around 550 beds, counting both new construction and existing residential buildings. Given the critical need for additional student housing, project planners revised the design to nearly double that amount, bringing it to about 980, said Jolie Kerns, director of physical and environmental planning at UC Santa Cruz. The result is a network of 615 new beds.

In addition to maximizing the capacity of existing apartments, the Kresge project replaces the old buildings that provided 365 beds with three new residences offering 400 beds intended for first-year students.

The campus plans to increase the number of beds by adding a third floor to a number of existing buildings, including one that was originally slated for removal.

Over the next decade, UC Santa Cruz plans to move forward on a bold and ambitious path that will continue to increase housing for current and future students. In addition to the renewal of Kresge College, another approved project, Student Housing West, is overcoming legal challenges. Student Housing West will allow UC Santa Cruz to provide significantly more housing for its upper division graduate and undergraduate students by constructing new housing that can accommodate approximately 3,000 students. The project, spread over two sites, will also allow the campus to expand childcare services to serve the children of faculty, staff and students.

Campus officials are working to develop a multi-year housing plan with a project scale that has projects in the planning, design, or construction phase at any given time. This will allow UCSC to move on to another project if one is delayed and deliver beds on a regular basis to meet its goals.

These bold future plans will build on the campus’ long-standing commitment to providing an on-campus residential experience for students. The campus currently provides housing for more than half of its undergraduate students. While that’s one of the highest percentages in the UC system, UCSC executives say it’s not high enough. Campus efforts to build more on-campus housing continue in earnest.

Over the past two decades, the campus has increased its student housing capacity by 3,300 beds through structural modifications, such as the addition of floors, major building overhauls, and increased density in residence halls. academics.