Housing Highlights

February 22, 2016

The large circular area in the center of Sierra Madre Villages is being restored by the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity & Ecological Restoration as a vernal pool. It will hold water seasonally from winter to spring, and supports a unique suite of plants and invertebrates. The periphery of the pool will be planted with native grassland and coastal sage scrub plant species.


Our talented graphic artist, Eric Zobel, is working on wall graphics to liven up the Carrillo Laundry Room. The mural will have an animal theme (land and ocean, and all native to this area.) Stay tuned for more whimsical images!

The first ever UCSB housing for staff members, Sierra Madre Apartments, had an Open House on February 19. Approximately 150+ people toured the property and John Gaffney was there to greet all of them. Stay tuned for the next issue of the Homefront to learn more about this beautiful complex.

CONGRATULATIONS! Barry Colwell was re-certified as a LEED Accredited Professional - Building Design + Construction…the H&RS Wellness Program was highlighted in the January UC Living Well newsletter for our culture of health and the variety of programs offered, including HomeStretch, Fitness Assessments, Lunchtime Fitness Classes, Outdoor & Indoor Fitness Equiment, and Height-Adjustable Desks. Congratulations Ginnie & Feras for making a difference in staff member’s lives!

On Tuesday, February 23, The Market at Miramar within Sierra Madre Villages had a grand opening. Customers can find beverages, grab-n-go snacks, school supplies and more. Residential Dining Services is managing this market (our first!) The future San Joaquin Apartments will be home to a second market that will offer local and sustainable food options.

UC President Janet Napolitano recently announced the creation of the President’s Student Housing Initiative with the goal of adding at least 14,000 student beds by the 2020 academic year, with a mix of undergraduate and graduate housing. This is to ensure that each campus has sufficient housing for enrollment growth, and to keep housing as affordable as possible for UC students.

The Zoo was here! The UCSB Residence Halls Association and the UCen Hub recently teamed up and brought Zoo to You to Corwin Pavilion. Stay tuned for the next issue of the Homefront to read more about these furry and feathered conservation ambassadors. In the meantime, here are some visuals to peak your interest!