Clark Construction Delivers Campus Expansion at UC San Diego

The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood marks the largest project in the university’s history.

Clark Construction has finalized North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood at University of California San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. The 1.2 million-square-foot project marks the largest project in the university’s history.

The development broke ground in June 2018 and encompasses seven buildings. Home to Sixth College, the complex is located on a 10-acre site and features four residential halls that will provide housing for 2,000 undergraduates. Academic facilities such as the Arts and Humanities Building and the Social Sciences Public Engagement Building are linked by open-air spaces.

Further amenities include the Craft Center for extracurricular activities, retail venues, a dining hall and a market, as well as approximately 1,200 underground parking spaces. Built to receive LEED Platinum certification, the property was designed by HKS Architects and Safdie Rabines Architects.

Clark is also responsible for the construction of the university’s Pepper Canyon West student complex on more than 6 acres at the center of the campus, which will add roughly 1,600 beds.

Enrollment expectations

According to two new reports from the National Multifamily Housing Council, demand for student housing will persist over the next decade. But the rise in enrollment is expected to decrease due to Generation Z being a smaller cohort than Millennials.

A combination of factors including the reduced population of students and the COVID-generated economic fallout is expected to yield uneven enrollment growth at the nation’s universities and colleges.

Student housing operators with a balanced new housing supply and the skill to identify schools with long-term positive enrollment stand to benefit the most going forward, the reports state.