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yakʔitʸutʸu Residential Community

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Cal Poly SLO’s yakʔitʸutʸu First-Year Residential Community located in San Luis Obispo, CA is a ground-up, Type II and III concrete higher education student housing project. The project is designed by Valerio Dewalt Train Associates. yakʔitʸutʸu means “our community” in the Northern Chumash language, and each of the seven buildings are named after tribal locations along the central coast. Dedicated in honor of the indigenous people of San Luis Obispo county, the project represents an extensive collaboration with the Northern Chumash yak titʸu titʸu yak tiƚhini tribe. This design-build project totals 562,446 square feet throughout eight structures with four and five levels above grade. It includes 696 single, double, and quad units totaling 1,475 beds for first year students. Associated parking totals 154,363 square feet and 492 stalls. Situated adjacent to the Grand Avenue entrance of the campus, the community is richly programmed with study areas, large scale living rooms for 50 students or more, outdoor courtyards and circulation routes, a mailroom, recreation center, offices, admissions welcome center, and a food market, all which wrap a structured student parking deck. Outdoor spaces include a large lawn with an amphitheater and a courtyard with volleyball and basketball courts, natural features, gardens, contemplative spaces, and bike paths – all designed to support new students’ engagement in the Cal Poly experience. Webcor self-performed concrete, carpentry, and doors, frames, and hardware. This project is LEED Platinum®.