California Institute of Technology Bechtel Residence
Pasadena, Calif.
Best Project, Project of the Year Finalist

Owner: California Institute of Technology
Lead Design Firm: ZGF
General Contractor: MATT Construction
Civil Engineer | Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
MEP Engineer: WSP Engineers
Landscape Designer: The Offices of James Burnett
Cost Estimator: The Capital Projects Group
Code Consultant: Jensen Hughes
Acoustics Consultant: Colin Gordon Associates

This three-story, 223-bed student residence was designed with a “home away from home” approach. Student bedrooms are organized into suites for four to 12 occupants, with shared restrooms and living spaces. Communal spaces include kitchens, lounge areas, study rooms and a dining facility.

Targeting LEED Platinum and net-zero energy, the Bechtel Residence embraces cutting-edge sustainability elements. The project team chose concrete as an interior and exterior finish to blend with the landscape and provide structure and insulation. The result is an attractive and cost-effective high-performance solution. Rooftop photovoltaic panels generate enough energy on site to power the building. The building is also net-zero water-ready, with piping and systems in place for future implementation of a water reuse system.

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