Steinberg Architects’ LEED Platinum Student Housing at CSU Fullerton Gets Best Overall Sustainable Design Honor


FULLERTON, Calif. – Steinberg Architects, an international design firm, announced that CSU Fullerton Student Housing Phase III, a 348,000-square-foot student housing complex in Fullerton, Calif., was awarded “Best Overall Sustainable Design” in the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference’s 8th Annual Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practices Awards Competition.

The project team will be honored at a ceremony during the sustainability conference, set for June 23–27, 2013 at UC Santa Barbara.

Student Housing Phase III is a design-build project designed by Steinberg Architects and constructed by PCL Construction Services, Inc. In 2012, it was certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first LEED® Platinum certified project in the California State University system.

The largest construction project built on the Fullerton campus, CSU Fullerton Student Housing Phase III houses 1900 students — more than doubling the campus’s residential population. First occupied for the fall 2011 semester, the 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. The project scope includes housing offices, conference and classroom space, laundry, and 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.

“Achieving LEED Platinum certification was a distinct goal when starting this project and this Best Overall Sustainable Design honor is a fitting affirmation of our work,” said Rob Steinberg, president, Steinberg Architects. “We wanted to help the University reach a new level of sustainable design while providing the students a great on-campus place to live, learn and converse. It was really a team effort and a tremendous accomplishment for all involved.”

To obtain LEED certification, projects must follow strict guidelines during design and construction of the project. The team incorporated sustainable construction operations, waste diversion, and water and energy efficient practices. Some examples of these practices used at CSU Fullerton Student Housing Phase III 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

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

About LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system has transformed commercial and residential building practices by providing the leading tool to create buildings that are environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous. Over 36,000 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED rating systems for the design, construction and operation of green buildings, comprising over 7.1 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries. In addition, some 8,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 30,000 more homes registered.  By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. For more information, visit

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