Historical context has been an important aspect of this project, shaping how we approach our work and the ways we engage with various partners from start to finish and beyond.


UC Santa Cruz is committed to better serving our students. As part of the 2008 Comprehensive Settlement Agreement (CSA), the university agreed to provide housing to accommodate 67% percent of new-student enrollment above 15,000 within four years of reaching that enrollment level.

In 2016, the campus conducted a detailed review of its housing stock and concluded that it needed to provide approximately 3,000 additional student beds on the campus to better serve upper division students, relieve overcrowding in existing housing, replace and supplement aging and obsolete housing facilities, and satisfy the requirements of the CSA.


Key Milestones



Brailsford & Dunlavey Market Study

UC Santa Cruz engaged Brailsford & Dunlavey to conduct a student housing market study to quantify demand for differing types of on-campus housing for students with families, graduate students, and upper division undergraduates. Student Housing Market Study >


The Student Housing West project originated from the West Campus Planning Study conducted in 2014–15. The planning committee, which consisted of faculty, staff and students, for this study was charged with examining housing west of Heller Drive to determine feasible projects that could add beds, address facility needs at Kresge College, and address the facility renewal needs of family student housing and child care.


UCOP Housing Initiative

In January of 2016, University of California President Janet Napolitano, announced a housing initiative aimed at supporting current students and future enrollment growth across the UC system. Find out more about the UCOP Housing Initiative >


March – Stage 1 RFP Released to Market

In March of 2017, the campus solicited proposals for the development and management of the Student Housing West project from the bench of developers provided by the Office of the President.

April – Stage 2 RFP Released to Shortlisted Group of Development Partners

After a rigorous interview process, three shortlisted developers were selected to submit more detailed proposals for the development and operation of the Project.

May-September – Developer Focus Groups and Charrettes

Developers met with student focus groups and engaged in multiple charrettes with the developer selection committee as they developed their proposals.

General Information session for interested members of the campus community at the Stevenson Event Center (June 2017).

September – Developer Selection

The process concluded in September 2017 with the selection of Capstone Development Partners, LLC (CDP) as the successful developer.

Project Launch

The campus announces the developer selection and launches open forums as the project commences.

November – Design Commencement

Design commenced in November 2018 with schematic design for all elements of the project.


February – Housing demand study launched through project partner Collegiate Housing Foundation (CHF)

An independent demand study was commissioned by Collegiate Housing Foundation with a series of key questions posed to the student community to verify the program, needs and other insights on housing to help guide the Development. Find out more about the Demand Study  >

March – DRAFT EIR released for public comment

UC Santa Cruz releases draft environmental review impact report (EIR) in accordance with the guidelines established by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for public comment. Find out more about the draft EIR >

SEPTEMBER- REVISED DRAFT EIR released for public comment

On September 17, 2018, UC Santa Cruz releases the revised draft environmental impact report for agency and public review to describe changes to the project description, provide additional analysis and clarifications based on comments received, and to provide additional evaluation of alternatives. Find out more about the Revised Draft EIR.

(PROJECTED) Spring 2019 – Family Student Housing construction start (12 month duration)


(PROJECTED) Spring- Phase I Opens – New Family Student Housing and Early Education Services Center on Hagar Site

(PROJECTED) Late Spring- Demolition of existing FSH housing on Heller Site & Phase II construction start


(PROJECTED) Fall – First completed components of Undergraduate housing opens


(PROJECTED) Fall – Final completed components of undergraduate and graduate housing opens