California State University, Fullerton’s newest student housing project, The Suites, won an ENR California Award of Merit in the Specialty Construction category. The award was presented during ENR California’s annual Best Projects Awards program and breakfast.

Housing plays a unique role in forming one’s identity as a college student and future citizen. California State University, Fullerton’s 185,505 SF housing project leverages building mass and landscape to expand the existing housing community and create a new, distinct residential identity on campus that fosters student life, supports a variety of functions to activate the campus’s diverse and flexible community and promotes independence within the residents’ new homes while giving them a sense of ownership and belonging in a shared community. Comprised of a ground-level podium and five upper levels of resident suites to house 615 students, resident advisors, and staff residents, the new student housing expansion creates a home for second and third-year students to explore identity and independence.

ENR California’s annual Best Projects competition celebrates the greatest designs across California and Hawaii. From 75 projects, an independent jury selected 26 Best Projects and 16 Awards of Merit. We’re incredibly proud of this project and the outstanding design-build partnership between HMC and Sundt that made it all possible.