September 23, 2008

AS ENROLLMENT CLIMBS, TUSCANY HOUSING MAKES SSU ONE OF MOST RESIDENTIAL CAMPUSES IN CSU SYSTEM

Sonoma State University's ratio of residences to students will be among the highest in the California State University system with the construction of Tuscany, the next phase of housing now underway at the Rohnert Park campus.

SSU enrolled approximately 8,800 California resident students this fall semester and had another record number of high school applicants this year. The campus received 12,291 applications, compared to last year's 11,279.

Built to house approximately 700 students in 114 town homes, the Tuscany project is scheduled to open in August, 2009. Once completed, Sonoma State will be able to accommodate almost 3,200 residential students, nearly 40% of its estimated population.

Resident hall suites are normally offered to first-time freshman but Tuscany Village will provide an opportunity for second and third year residents to live on campus additional years, says Nicole Hendry, Associate Director of Housing Services.

Upper division students who have lived off campus will also be able to take advantage of opportunities to live on campus, Hendry says.

Designed to silver LEED standards, the housing construction will operate at 24% below Title 24 energy standards with a projected annual energy savings of $34,300 and an annual greenhouse gas reduction of 31 tons.

The project is financed by California State University Systemwide Revenue Bonds which will be paid for by housing rental income.

The Tuscany project consists of eight, two-story residence clusters and a student activity room spread over the 12-acre site. Each townhouse will have four bedrooms (two singles and two doubles) and four bathrooms, a kitchen with breakfast bar, dining room and living room.

The exterior of Tuscany will be similar to that of Sauvignon and Beaujolais Villages with each building featuring stucco, redwood trim and red tile roofs. Buildings will surround separate courtyards and residents will have access to laundry facilities within their village and will be able to enjoy the pool at Beaujolais Village.

Additional construction for the Tuscany project includes the addition of a student activity room which will be located near a new entrance on East Cotati Avenue. The room will be used to house student-related functions and accommodate meetings.

A new parking area will border the south side of the project adjacent to East Cotati Avenue providing space for Tuscany residents. Beaujolais Village will also receive a community building for student activities.

Preparation of the site began last December with the clearing of eucalyptus trees along East Cotati Avenue. These trees were not native to the area, posed a fire hazard and because of their age, were a falling risk to students, cars and buildings.

They will be replaced by trees and landscaping more appropriate to the University environment which will block the buildings from road noise and provide aesthetic beauty.


Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057
jean.wasp@sonoma.edu