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New Housing Project Approved


UC Regents Approve Construction of $144 Million Student Housing Project at UC Riverside

Glen Mor 2 is expected to be completed by fall 2013.

(April 16, 2010)

As part of UC Riverside’s goal to increase on-campus housing to 50 percent for a more residential campus, UCR will build a six-building apartment complex that will house approximately 800 students. Glen Mor 2 is scheduled to open in fall 2013.

University leaders say the building, along with a new parking structure, a swimming pool and other residential amenities, will be tied in with existing student housing to strengthen the campus community.

The University of California Board of Regents recently approved construction of the more than $144 million Glen Mor 2 project, which lies north of Big Springs Road, west of Valencia Hill Drive, east of the campus Lothian Residence Hall and Dining Center and south of a natural arroyo. A pedestrian bridge will link the Glen Mor 2 site across the arroyo to Glen Mor 1, a three-year-old campus resident building that also features apartment-style housing.

“Glen Mor 2 builds on the successes of Glen Mor 1, which is a strong residential program in an apartment setting, said Andy Plumley, assistant vice chancellor of Housing Services. “Instead of a first-year student focus that we have in the residence halls, we concentrate on the needs of our second- and third-year students. We do a great job with first-year student needs and want to continue this support so students achieve their academic goals."

University officials said the approximately 334,000-square-foot Glen Mor 2 project will offer:

  • Living spaces for 814 people, including 182 four-bedroom apartments, 36 two-bedroom apartments; four two-bedroom resident director/faculty apartments and 10 one-bedroom resident adviser apartments;
  • Community spaces including meeting rooms, an academic resource center, a computer lab, a gaming lounge, a fitness and multi-purpose room, a laundry area and a swimming pool;
  • Offices for resident service, resident faculty and areas for maintenance staff support;
  • A dining emporium, which will serve both residents and non-residents.


UCR’s long-range development plans emphasize making the campus accessible and improving interaction between town and gown. University officials said no vehicles would be allowed to enter the site from Valencia Hill Drive, which borders the site’s eastern boundary. Instead, access would be from Big Springs Road to the south.

University officials said the project design, including at least one pedestrian bridge across the arroyo, encourages easy walking connections to the campus and community. The project’s other “green” components include respect for the natural arroyo, and design elements that encourage energy conservation and recycling.

The university’s long-term goal is to house about half of its students on campus, including 75 percent of the freshmen and half the transfer students. Studies have shown that the university better retains students who live in campus housing. While the housing program has kept up with campus growth, this project will allow the university to increase the percentage of students housed.

When the apartment-style Glen Mor 1 opened in fall 2007, all 504 beds were filled within one day, campus officials said. A continued demand for on-campus apartment-style housing led UCR to plan Glen Mor 2, which university officials said will be similar in apartment unit type, level of amenities and services. UCR officials plan to market Glen Mor 1 and 2 as one community.

During the planning process, Glen Mor 1 served as a point of departure. UCR officials said interviews with student residents and Housing Services staff led to added amenities such as the swimming pool. University officials from Capital and Physical Planning; Facilities, Design and Construction; Transportation and Parking Services; and Housing Services were among those working with consulting team members from Sasaki Associates of San Francisco; Saiful/Bouquet of Pasadena; Khalifeh & Associates, Inc. of Los Angeles; Flores Lund Consultants of San Diego; Gausman & Moore of Santa Clarita; and Davis Langdon of Santa Monica.

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