American River Commons Student Housing at Sac State

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California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

This design-build, LEED-Gold Certified student housing project is intended for incoming sophomores, juniors, seniors, transfer, international and graduate students and located in two buildings accommodating up to 606 residents with a large landscaped outdoor courtyard. The private courtyard was designed to provide a variety of seating arrangements, encourage social interaction, and support various programmatic opportunities and events. The project features retail space, common study areas, a multi-purpose room, kitchens and laundry facilities. Careful attention was given to preserve and protect the existing plaza space, turf areas, and trees located adjacent to the project site which provides a sense of "borrowed scenery." Attention was given to the circulation of both pedestrians and cyclists with bike parking located along the main pathways providing convenient access and storage. The project was named Best Public Project of 2009 by the Sacramento Business Journal and voted ‘Best On-campus Housing’ in The State Hornet’s Best of Sac State poll.