Last Thursday night was the 2014 Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards in New York City. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE won Gold in Best New Development: Student Housing for our work on the Pitzer College Residential Life Phase 2 project. Gordon Carrier, Design Principal, was present to accept the award. For the full list of awards and their recipients, follow this link:
Pitzer College was the client and developer in this 70,356 square foot project, the scope of which included Architecture, Interior Design, and FF&E. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE was commissioned for this project after the successful completion of Phase 1, continuing the three phased housing master plan meant to increase the residential capacity to ninety-three percent of the student body. This Phase 2 was completed in the fall of 2012, incorporating requested features such as suite-style room arrangements, support for displaying student art within the buildings, enhanced common/social spaces, and continued progress toward sustainable living. Other elements that were successful in Phase 1 were carried over to this project, including shaded porches, meeting nooks, and eco-conscious design. The complex also houses academic spaces such as the Media Studies and Study Abroad programs, Mac computer lab, and the archive conferencing center. The sustainable design features of graywater filtration, a 6,000 square foot green roof, and photovoltaic roof panels allowed the project to achieve LEED Platinum certification, USGBC’s highest endorsement.