On November 14, the Clark team at the University of California, San Diego’s (UCSD) Pepper Canyon West Student Housing project celebrated the topping out of the final concrete roof pour on the South Building roof deck. The North Building topped out in early October. To date, the project team has poured 32,000 cubic yards of concrete, placed one million linear feet of post-tensioned cable, and installed 3,700 tons of rebar.
UCSD's Pepper Canyon West Student Housing is a 580,000-square-foot student residential complex with two buildings accommodating more than 1,300 beds. The development spans six acres in the center of campus and features a unique courtyard for each building, elevated student amenity spaces, and retail spaces that will serve both the tenants and broader communities who use the adjacent light rail station.
Almost 400 people, including the Clark team, trade partners, and university representatives, attended the event. The Clark team hosted a lunch catered by In-N-Out Burger and Dilly's Ice Cream. Clark Vice President Albert Valdivia, Clark Construction Executive Mike Mossuto, and UCSD Associate Vice Chancellor of Housing Dining and Hospitality Hemlata Jhaveri shared remarks to thank the project team for their dedication and hard work. The event ended with a raffle for craft workers.
Earlier this year, the team reached another significant milestone by installing the project's first bathroom and kitchen units, which are prefabricated offsite and lifted to their location with tower cranes using a custom hoist basket. Prefabricating these elements increases project efficiency and quality while reducing construction waste and potential safety incidents. In total, the team will install 607 bathroom units and 165 kitchen units.
Watch the video below to learn more about the pre-fabrication efforts on the Pepper Canyon project.