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The Housing Dining Hospitality Building is the administrative home of the University of California San Diego’s Housing Dining Hospitality group and the campus’ central catering kitchen. Everything to do with food or housing on campus is handled here.
The project site is in the southwestern corner of the UCSD campus along its western edge. The building overlooks North Torrey Pines Road, which is a major thoroughfare. The neighborhood across this road to the west is a mix of small-scale housing and a church. On campus, the immediate neighbors are classrooms and laboratories to the north, a student dining commons to the east and a new residential complex now under construction to the south. The site was chosen in part because the catering operations could share the loading/drop-off space with the student dining commons. Recent dramatic growth of UCSD’s self-supporting catering program, its existing facilities’ inability to keep up with demand, and the need to relocate the Housing & Dining Services (HDS) administration offices led to the proposal to combine these uses in one facility. The 43,400-square-foot Housing Dining Hospitality Building contains an 8,000-square-foot catering kitchen, lobby and break room on level 1. Office space for HDH administrative staff, catering sales, and support are located on the remaining floors. An event space and terrace are also on level 4. The total construction cost, including site and infrastructure work, was $18.9 million.
Challenges & SolutionsThe site, while well positioned for service and access for the catering operation, is hemmed in by development on all sides and has a narrow pedestrian window to the rest of the campus to the east. A second challenge was the western exposure. While the site has Pacific Ocean views starting at the second level, it is also exposed to the setting western sun and the glare and heat-gain problems that come with it. The university has tried a host of solutions, from lathing screens to fritted glass, on recent buildings to address this problem with minimal success. Compounding the problem was the request from the building user to have an open and transparent building that was inviting to the community, which is an important market for their catering business.
The coastal condition is further evident in the building’s board-formed concrete base, the west stair winding up a bluff face, and the ramp ascending from the landscape culminating in a sheltering pierlike overlook. Level 2, which houses the high-contact program areas that serve student and catering sales customers on a day-to-day basis, is easily accessed, welcoming and open yet sheltered by the exposed concrete structure, glass walls and metal railings of the upper levels.
Sustainability ConsiderationsThe building is LEED Gold certified and achieves this rating through a number of measures including:
· A glazed, ventilated double façade to protect the building from the harsh setting western sun;
· Careful placement of openings and appropriate shading depending on orientation;
· Significant daylighting;
· High-performance insulated glazing;
· A highly efficient displacement air conditioning system that reduces energy use by 25 percent from conventional air conditioning;
· An efficient radiator heating system; and
· Fly ash added to the concrete.
· The building performs 21 percent above California Title 24 requirements
UCSD Housing Dining Hospitality Building
Location: University of California San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
Cost: $18.9 million, including site and infrastructure work
Size: 43,400 square feet
Completion Date: October 2009
UCSD/Owner Representatives: Mark Nelson, NCARB, Principal Architect; Nancy Sillman, Project Specialist
Architects: Studio E Architects, San Diego: Eric Naslund, FAIA; Jon Linton; Dan Glading; Josh Hoffman
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers, San Diego: Jody R. Eppler
MEP Engineers: Syska Hennessy Group, San Diego: Rod Houdyshel, PE – mechanical; Rod Koepke – plumbing; Ramona Nicula – electrical; Barth Ballard – lighting
Civil Engineer: Nasland Engineering, San Diego: Greg Kump
Landscape Architect: IVY Landscape Architects, San Diego: Mike Vail
Food Service Design: Webb Design, Tustin, Calif.: Mike Dyekman, FCSI, CFSP
Cost Consultant: Campbell-Anderson & Associates, La Jolla, Calif.: Ron Kempf
Construction Specifications: Architectural Specifications Inc., Encinitas, Calif.: Helga Brown, CSI, CCS, SCIP
Eric Naslund, FAIA, is design principal and partner at Studio E Architects in San Diego, Calif. Since its founding in 1987, Studio E has been recognized with numerous local, national and international design awards, including five National Honor Awards for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.