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Palo Verde II Student Housing, UC Irvine

Irvine, California

University of California, Irvine
442 units | 870 beds

The buildings are situated to form neighborhood enclaves with parking and greenbelt areas surrounded with additional parking and vehicular circulation. A wide pedestrian paseo through the central greenbelt acts as the main thoroughfare connecting the community building to the neighborhoods, as well as providing a linkage between the original Palo Verde apartments and the Anteater Recreation Center.

A community building houses the administrative offices. Amenities of the community building include a large student activity room with full kitchen, as well as conference rooms, student lounge, computer lab and storage. Laundry rooms and mailrooms are strategically divided around the site, along with informal BBQ areas to encourage social interaction. Palo Verde II was the first University of California, Irvine project to be submitted for LEED certification and achieved a Gold level rating.