Thread on the @ucsantabarbara cube dorm:
- no windows 👀
- next to airport and hazmat facility 👀 👀
- more expensive to build than normal dorms 👀 👀 👀
@UofCalifornia needs to (and can) do better
Pictures from CA Environmental Quality Act report at… giant floor plan divided in...aerial site photo showing s...a very large 11-story beige...
As the saying goes, the most important things in real estate are Location, Location, Location. The cube plans to put 1 out of every 6 UCSB students next to the County of Santa Barbara Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center. At least there's a fire station next door also. 2/ google aerial photo with Do...
Right to the north of the cube dorm site is the Santa Barbara Airport. It is used by a lot of small prop planes, which continue to use leaded fuel and are a major air pollution problem, #whatcouldgowrong?… 3/ zoomed out map showing cube...
The floor plan, while terrible, is not even efficient. Less than half the building is bedroom (blue shaded area). Cube Dorm has 4,536 beds in a 1.68 million square foot building. That's 370 square feet per bed, about the same as a full size studio apartment. 4/ cube dorm with bedrooms sha...
Cube Dorm will cost $1.5 billion to build. Even with the donor providing $200 million, that's still much more per bed than a similar number of regular highrise dorms that UCLA is building. 5/… UCSB cube dorm, 4,500 beds,...
One reason the cost might be so high for the Cube Dorm: the need to install air ducts and air conditioning in Santa Barbara, a place where the weather is room temperature all year. There's also a rooftop downtown with 3 gyms and a gastro pub 6/ roof plan with gastropub, f...
Members of the public are welcome to share concerns or views with the University of California Board of Regents by emailing 🐦 7/

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