Huāxyacac Residence Hall
San Diego State University
This new freshman housing complex is a significant addition to San Diego State’s student life program. Located on a long and narrow site on the west side of the campus, Huāxyacac Hall joins with an existing 600-bed dorm to create a new freshman village, tailor-made for first year students.
Huāxyacac Hall was designed to address the unique needs of first year students, including amenities such as a community kitchen, community center, market and coffee shop to encourage socialization and interaction with peers. The project was also designed to address a burgeoning demand for affordable housing. This involved tripling the double rooms and turning triples into quads to give maximum flexibility in accommodating students and handle the constant ebb and flow of students matriculating at SDSU. The building provides a focused, age appropriate freshman experience, a “place to call home” for students that will aid in recruitment and support the University’s goals for student success by bolstering SDSU’s retention and graduation rates.
Other features of the project include apartments for staff, multi-purpose rooms, mail room, courtyards, indoor bike storage, small study lounges scattered throughout, and a plaza that can accommodate food trucks and farmer’s market vendors.
This new, 1,193-bed. Freshman Housing complex is a significant addition to the San Diego State’s student life program. The building is located on the west side of campus on a long and narrow site next to a large ravine and the existing Chapultepec (Chappy) Hall.
The project ties the new and existing housing together with a market, coffee shop, community center, communal kitchen, lounge/study areas, courtyards, and a plaza that can accommodate food trucks and farmer market vendors.
With SDSU’s recent requirement for both freshman and sophomores to live on campus, the NSRH provides a focused, age-appropriate freshman experience—a “place to call home” for students that will aid in recruitment and support the University’s goals for student success by bolstering SDSU’s retention and graduation rates.
The narrow site and poor soils require complex foundations and retaining walls to accommodate the State Fire Marshal access required for serving the new units and maintaining access to the existing Chappy Tower.
• Administrative Space
• Support Areas
• Gathering Spaces
• Collaboration Space
• Study Rooms
• Community Room
• Fitness Center
• Community Kitchen
• Dining Facility/Food Services
• Coffee Shop
This project is certified LEED® Gold.
- 2019 Merit Award - Building Construction, Public Work
- Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)/San Diego Chapter