Campus: SONOMA -- April 27, 2007

SSU to Build 700-unit Student Housing Complex

A new 700-bed student housing project at Sonoma State University to be known as Tuscany Village has been approved by the California State University Board of Trustees.

The $58.8 million project is being constructed to accommodate the increasing popularity of the campus as the number of freshman applications continue to rise each academic year. The project will be financed through the CSU Systemwide Revenue Bond program.

Currently, SSU houses 2,400 freshmen on campus and is one of the most residential campuses in the CSU system. The campus received more than 11,000 freshman applications for the 2007-08 academic year and is admitting approximately 1,700 of them. The University admitted 1,500 freshman in 2006-07. Total enrollment for that year was 8,100.

Upper-class students are increasingly making requests to move back on campus due to the attractiveness of the present student housing and its proximity to classes and student life activities.

Tuscany will be located in the southwest quadrant of the campus, adjacent to the existing Beaujolais student housing. It will consist of 114 four-bedroom units in 16 two-story townhouse style buildings, one community building, and a multi-purpose building. The 12-acre site will also include 202 new parking spaces.

Each unit will have four bathrooms, a kitchen, and living and dining areas. There will be 14 single occupancy studios in one-story units including bath, kitchen, sleeping, living and dining areas and two-bedroom units with private baths.

Each townhouse-style unit is oriented around a common central courtyard, designed to accommodate multiple outdoor activities.

The project will be designed and built to the requirements of a (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) LEED silver rating and sustainable design measures will include daylight, radiant floor heating, maximum insulation and double glazed windows, with low-emission coating.

In addition, the project will use reclaimed water for irrigation and fire water. The project architect is TWM Architects and Planners. Building contractor is Wright Contracting, Inc.

Construction will begin in May, 2008 and is expected to be open for student occupancy by July, 2009.

Contact: Susan Kashack, Assoc. Vice President of Communications and Marketing, (707) 664-2122.

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