29: Composite Metal Panel | California State University, Fullerton Residence Halls

44m 56s | 2022 Sep 30
In this episode, Cherise is joined by James Sink, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA, Design Principal and Nicholas Casolari, AIA, Senior Project Manager, both with HMC Architects in Ontario, California. James and Nicholas share their insights into their work on California State University, Fullerton Residence Halls in Fullerton, California. The $99.1 million dollar, 185,505 SF housing project leverages building mass and landscape to create an insulated community to serve 600 sophomores and juniors and provides diverse spaces that will support a wide variety of programmed and unexpected experiences.

While the building functions as a single unit, its exterior massing is read as three distinct wings. Two northern wings and a single southern wing are connected by a bridge at each upper level, acting as a physical and social connector. The bridge and upper-level common spaces overlook an open plaza, a sloped lawn with stepped amphitheater seats to the west, and an intimate courtyard for residents to the east on the ground floor. The design incorporates the school’s colors and an angular motif from hexagonal patterns found on the campus’ mid-century buildings to unite the interior and exterior architecture. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - complexity of public project requirements, a pandemic in the middle of construction impacted the budget through price increases and labor and material supply challenges, a design-build model provided flexibility to make adjustments to project challenges, and much more.


Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT  image
Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT
Senior Spec Writer | RDH Building Science
Nicholas Casolari, AIA image
Nicholas Casolari, AIA
Senior Project Manager | HMC Architects
James Sink, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA image
James Sink, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA
Design Principal | HMC Architects