The University of California Regents’ Finance and Capital Strategies Committee yesterday (March 14) approved the budget and design for replacement of Emerson Hall, a residence hall at the University of California, Davis. They also received an overview of UC Davis’ plans for student housing, including planned projects at Orchard Park and West Village.
UC Davis is implementing the most ambitious student housing and dining plan in its history, Chancellor Gary S. May told the committee. The overall strategy combines university-owned first-year residence halls with public-private development to deliver apartment-style housing for upper division and graduate students, he said. Looking ahead, the campus will add approximately 5,200 student beds over the next six years.
The Emerson Replacement Project includes demolition of a 50-year old building and replacing it with three new buildings, one of five stories and two of four stories, with a total of 809 residence hall beds, said Emily Galindo, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs. The new complex also will include informal interaction space, a Student Advising Center, multipurpose room, music room, lounge spaces, laundry rooms and study rooms.
Emerson Hall is located in the Cuarto neighborhood just north of Russell Boulevard. It is adjacent to Webster Hall, which is currently being redeveloped. The construction cost of approximately $109 million will be repaid over time through student residence fees.