UC San Diego Mesa Housing Planning Study

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UC San Diego Mesa Housing Planning Study

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UC San Diego Mesa Housing Planning Study

UC San Diego Mesa Housing Planning Study

The Mesa Housing Area Neighborhood Planning Study provides a development plan and associated design guidelines for the redevelopment of the 86-acre Mesa Housing Neighborhood on UC San Diego’s East Campus. This study expands on the 1989 UCSD Master Plan to include a more detailed urban design study to address patterns of building development, buildable sites, program capacity, open space, building massing, and phasing strategies.

OJB worked closely with Skidmore Owings & Merrill and UC San Diego to define the neighborhoods’ open space network of greens, quads, recreational spaces, plazas, courtyards and interconnecting pathways, providing places for socialization, contemplation, and circulation.

In addition, OJB developed specific sustainable guidelines for open space development regarding hydrology, stormwater, energy efficiency, irrigation, drought tolerant plant palette, hardscape palette, and site furnishings.  All guidelines were written with a feasible approach to promote sustainable design and to achieve LEED Gold ratings, consistent with University of California policy.

Location: San Diego, CA

Team: SOM