IRVINE, CA—Better student housing is about more than just nicer-looking dorms—it’s a complete lifestyle experience, according to Bill LaPatra, partner and project director for Mithun. The architect, in partnership with Hensel Phelps, was recently selected by the University of California, Irvine to design and construct the $92-million Mesa Court expansion student-housing community there, due for completion in Summer 2016. LaPatra tells what the expansion will entail and what makes for a “state-of-the-art” student life complex. The UC-Irvine Mesa Court facility is said to be “state of the art.” What does that mean?

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