Draft Environmental Impact Report Released for UC Santa Barbara’s Munger Residence Hall
Earlier this month, the Regents of the University of California released a draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report for a proposed residence hall located on the UC Santa Barbara Main Campus.
The Munger Residence Hall is a proposed 11-story residential building that would provide up to 4,536 beds for UCSB undergraduate students and 8 one-bedroom staff apartments. The proposed building site is located on what is now occupied by the Facilities Management complex, which consists of buildings and structures used to provide maintenance services for the UCSB campus. The residence hall would have approximately 1.68 million gross square feet of floor devoted to student housing, recreation facilities, and other project-related services. A proposed Central Utility Plant would be located on the project site to provide chilled water to serve the residence hall and other Main Campus buildings.
The Residence Hall’s main entrance would be located on the south side of the building. The first floor of the Residence Hall would include a main lobby, security, mailrooms, and building-related support and service needs such as storage rooms, laundry, trash rooms, custodial offices, and mechanical and maintenance facilities.
Each of the building’s nine residential floors would have a similar design based on a system of “floors,” “houses”, “suites,” and “rooms.” In general, each residential floor would be organized into eight “houses.” Each house would include eight suites, and most suites would have eight bedrooms, a common area with tables and chairs, a kitchenette, and large-screen television. Each house would have a large kitchen where students can store purchased food and prepare meals individually or as a group, a common dining area, a game area and laundry room.
The eleventh floor of the building would be the primary activity area for Project residents. Facilities to be located on this floor include academic uses such as conference rooms, lecture halls and multi-purpose rooms, and recreation and leisure uses such as lounges, game areas, a fitness center, a grab and go micro-market, a café, and a restaurant with sports-pub style food and drink service.
The proposed Project does not include parking for residents of the Residence Hall. On-site parking would include 30 spaces on the north side of the building to accommodate transportation services such as Uber and Lyft, deliveries, and passenger drop-offs and pick-ups.
VTBS Architects will be designing the residence hall.
It is anticipated that the Munger Residence Hall would be available for occupancy in the fall of 2025.