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2 Irvine firms tapped for University of La Verne mixed-use project

KTGY Group will provide architectural design work, and Hanover Pacific will develop the facility.

By Brandon RussellPublished: March 21, 2011 02:02 PM

Irvine-based KTGY Group Inc., Architecture and Planning, and Hanover Pacific of the same city have been tapped for a new mixed-use retail and student housing project at the University of La Verne.

KTGY Group is providing architectural designs for the new 103,255 square-foot building, while Hanover Pacific will develop the project, which will include a combination of single- and double-occupancy bedrooms and a living space, with an 8,300-square-foot ground-floor bookstore.

A total of 378 beds will be added as a result of the facility; the majority of its 68 units will have four rooms serving six students.

"This project will be an asset to ULV well into the future not only because it will bring new student housing to the campus but also because of KTGY’s design and attention to building function," said Robert Kim, executive managing director of Hanover Pacific. "Both the unit and building design encourages student interaction within the units but also among different floors with the use of shared common areas, differently programmed lounges and ample study areas on each floor."

Built on a former campus parking lot at the intersection of D Street and Second Street, the new building’s architecture will be heavily influenced by downtown La Verne. The bookstore will serve as a "continuation" of the roadside retail shops found on D Street, said David Senden, lead designer and principal with KTGY Group, and the project will connect the university to the downtown area.

“We feel that this development will help set a new standard for campus living at the University of La Verne," added Kim. "While providing a safe learning environment that is so important to parents, it also gives the students the proximity to campus and the active social environment they crave and enriches their collegiate experience at ULV."

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