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Puerta del Sol

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IRVINE, CA-The University of California Irvine now has 1,763 newgraduate and undergraduate beds in a recently opened $221 millionstudent housing project. The Gold LEED student housing, designed byKTGY Group Inc. Architecture and Planning along with a seven-levelparking garage, will enable UCI to move closer to its goal ofhaving 50% of housing on campus, according to an announcement thatUCI issued when construction on the new housing began in 2008.

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The completion of the project, which includes the Camino del Solundergraduate housing project and Puerta del Sol graduate housing,allows UCI to house 45% of its student body on campus, more thanany other UC institution, according to Benchmark Contractors Inc.,a wholly owned subsidiary of Morley Builders, which constructed theproject on behalf of the developer, Austin, TX-based AmericanCampus Communities Inc. The $221 million price tag includes $137million in hard costs for construction.

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Camino del Sol

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The new project highlights the many new amenities and greenfeatures that will be the new benchmark for future campusdevelopments across the US, according to KTGY, which notes that thenew residences are designed and located to promote the use ofpublic transportation, bicycles and walkways.

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The project consists of two complexes on separate sites on UCI'seast campus. The first is, Puerto del Sol, a 565-bed graduatehousing development of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroomapartments in two four-story buildings on the former site of anunder-utilized parking lot. The other is Camino del Sol, an1,198-bed undergraduate complex that comprises 21 buildings of twoand three stories.

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Daniel McAllister, architect and principal with KTGY, and thelead designer on the project, said that UCI grad students, whooften are paying their own way, want more affordable housing andsparse amenities to keep the rent down. This has led to the designof efficiency studio units as an option and some two-bedroom unitsthat they can share with another grad student to reduce rentsfurther.

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Parking Structure

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While Camino del Sol is designed with undergraduates in mind, itbrings the first townhome-style living to campus. The three-storydwellings have shared kitchen, living and dining on the groundfloor with two to four bedrooms upstairs. The units have privatebedrooms and the option of private bathroom as well as an in-suitelaundry. The undergraduate community center features a10,250-square-foot community building with social lounges, abusiness center, computer lab, and conference, meeting and studyspaces. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, spa, sundeck, apoolside kitchen and outdoor dining.

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The new projects completes the connection between previouslybuilt housing that was also designed by KTGY, and the campus core.Both new complexes are served by the new, 1,803-space parkingstructure, which was designed to accommodate surface parkingremoved by the building of the structure, which also serves theAnteater Recreation Center.

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