Chancellor and Mayor Lee

New student housing: The Green at West Village is underway

Despite the very wet weather, the official groundbreaking for UC Davis’ newest student housing development went off as planned on Tuesday. Chancellor Gary May joked that it would be more of a “mud-breaking” on the soggy day, but the spirits were high as UCD administrators, city officials and development partners dug their commemorative gold shovels into a makeshift dirt trough. The new residence — dubbed The Green at West Village — is currently the largest student-housing construction project in the U.S., according to Emily Galindo, the interim vice chancellor of Student Affairs and former executive director of Student Housing. The first 1,000 beds are projected to be available to students in the fall of 2020. Ultimately, the new development will house 3,000 students on 34 acres. According to a UCD news release, “The Green at West Village will comprise nine four-story apartment buildings along with indoor and outdoor community space and recreational fields. A 10,000-square-foot community building will house a fitness center, multipurpose room and student support services. The project has a goal of 100 percent zero net energy use on an annual basis.”

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UC Davis’ Andy Fell contributed to this story. Reach Tanya Perez at or 530-747-8082. Follow her on Twitter at @EnterpriseTanya