By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor
Los Angeles—Southwestern Law School has broken ground on a student housing complex, the school’s first on-campus residential facility. The $20 million facility will feature 133 dwelling units, a large open-air courtyard and parking space.
Plans for the development call for 60 studio, 53 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom fully furnished units that can accommodate 153 students, or about 40 percent of the school’s typical entering class. The building design, which is expected to achieve a LEED gold, includes four floors of housing above two levels of parking. The units will be available for occupancy in the fall of 2013.
Rent will range from about $1,500 for studios to $2,200 for two-bedroom apartments, according to the school. The units will be fully furnished with amenities such as Energy Star appliances, an on-site business center, private study rooms, a roof-top sun deck, a two-story lobby-lounge and wireless Internet access, among other features.
According to the school, its current student population is diverse, but the majority of students have direct ties to the southern California. The new housing will provide the school an opportunity to attract a more geographically diverse contingent of new students by providing an on-campus housing option.
Southwestern’s campus consisted of a single building just south of Wilshire Blvd. until 1994 when the law school acquired and began the restoration and adaptation of the neighboring Bullocks Wilshire Building. The addition of housing has been a goal of the freestanding law school since the completion of the Bullocks Wilshire in 2004.
Corsini Stark Architects, Symphony Development and MATT Construction are the project’s principals. The complex is being financed by tax-exempt California Municipal Finance Authority Revenue Bonds, Series 2011 issued in October 2011, as well as private donations raised during the law school’s capital campaign.