Capstone Development Partners came to us with a complex design opportunity. Could we help fulfill San Diego State University’s need for dense student housing one block south of campus, in a neighborhood of single-family homes, while aesthetically and socially fitting in?
Our key approach: Community outreach. By listening actively and carefully to project and community stakeholders, as well as local jurisdiction, we learned what the community needed and what concerned them about misaligned visual aesthetics, more traffic, and noise. With their input and ongoing collaboration throughout the project’s design phases, we refined its scale, outcomes, and aesthetic, and met both SDSU’s and the community’s needs.
Our courtyard design for M@ College, provides a new student housing option of 327 beds in one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments, delivers on the school’s required density of units. Not only did our collaborative approach meet the project’s design outcomes, it delivers student housing that beautifully integrates with its surroundings.