UC San Diego continues to meet their goal to be carbon neutral by 2035 through the pursuit of innovative and environmentally conscious landscape architecture. The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood is the largest project in UC San Diego’s history. This LEED Platinum development, with three residence halls, two academic buildings, eight classrooms, offices, underground parking, and other public amenities, represents a comprehensive approach to wellness and learning. Covering more than 10 acres, the project was realized in a design-build delivery model, creating a new sixth college for UC San Diego.
The AIA Top 10 COTE awards are juried by a distinguished panel annually, seeking projects that integrate design excellence with environmental performance. According to the AIA, projects are judged on actual post-occupancy data and narratives and must “demonstrate progress toward a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment.” Of course, these efforts could not be done without our team of trusted collaborators. We would like to thank the architects at HKS and Safdie Rabines Architects, civil engineer Michael Baker International, structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates, MEP Engineer McParlane & Associates, lighting designer Elen Consulting, and Irrigation Designer Sweeney & Associates. Congratulations to UC San Diego and our dedicated team for being one of the few selected for setting the standard in exemplary sustainable design and the well-being of community and environment.