New Student Housing Complex Garners First LEED® Platinum Certification for a California State University Project

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California State University, Fullerton Student Housing Phase III project, built by PCL Construction Services, Inc., is the first CSU System project to achieve prestigious designation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

PCL Construction Services, Inc., in association with Steinberg Architects, is pleased to announce the recent LEED® Platinum certification of the California State University, Fullerton Student Housing Phase III project in Fullerton, California. The design-build project was constructed by PCL Construction Services, Inc. in collaboration with Steinberg Architects.

“We are proud to build the first LEED Platinum certified project in the California State University system and the largest-ever construction project on the Fullerton campus,” said David Yount, PCL Los Angeles vice president and district manager. “The design and layout of the facilities position CSU Fullerton as a leader in providing students with a modern and sustainable housing environment.”

The project was completed in August 2011 and includes housing offices, conference and classroom space, laundry, community rooms on every level, and a central plant. Extensive site work includes a large central pedestrian piazza area with a fountain, new student parking lot, generous landscaping, improvements to campus-wide storm drainage, and utility infrastructure.

“Housing & Residence Life is now home to 1,900 students living and learning on campus — the latest phase of housing more than doubled the residential population,” said Stephen Chamberlain, Sr. Project Manager at CSU Fullerton. “It was important to us that this facility fosters positive student socialization and academic achievement while integrating leading sustainability strategies.”

The 347,899 square-foot student housing complex has six buildings with a total of 1,056 beds. Typical rooms are double occupancy, traditional dormitory style distributed among five buildings, each of which is five stories tall. The sixth building is single level containing a dining hall and central plant.

To obtain LEED certification, projects must follow strict guidelines during design and construction of the project. Sustainable construction operations, waste diversion, and water and energy efficient practices were incorporated by the team. Some examples of these practices include:

  •     4 pipe central plant HVAC system
  •     Bioswales for storm water management
  •     Low water use irrigation & plant selection
  •     Low flow plumbing fixtures
  •     Highly energy efficient glass & window systems
  •     Energy management systems
  •     High efficiency lighting and lighting controls
  •     LED outdoor lighting
  •     Sunshades
  •     Discriminate building orientation on site
  •     Recycling of existing site paving & concrete materials on site
  •     Enhanced commissioning

LEED was established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and projects are certified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED Platinum is the highest LEED rating and certified buildings rank among the greenest in the world.

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About PCL Construction Services, Inc. (Los Angeles):
PCL Construction Services, Inc. is part of the PCL family of companies, the sixth largest contracting organization in the United States and sixth Top Green Contractor. PCL has major offices in 25 locations across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean. The group’s U.S. Head Office is located in Denver, Colorado. Watch us build at

About Steinberg Architects:
Founded in 1953, Steinberg Architects is a second-generation architectural firm that brings a strategic, innovative approach to design. Headquartered in the Bay Area with offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley (San Jose), Los Angeles and Shanghai, the firm blends sustainable initiatives with award-winning design. For more information, visit

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