California State University Monterey Bay Divarty Residence Halls

When a portion of Fort Ord military base changed hands to become California State University, Monterey Bay, the needs for its buildings also changed.

To meet the demand for on site student housing, a solution was to turn these 30 year old, three- story concrete structures into dormitories. The structures were reinforced, rewired and replumbed to current seismic, electrical, and plumbing standards. Then the facility was refurbished for current housing design. The course of construction was in three phases, over a period of five years. Phase one added 372 beds in four buildings. Phase Two added 148 beds and Phase Three added 292 beds. Barry Swenson Builder was the general contractor for Phases One and Three. CSU and Barry Swenson Builder have had much success in timely completion, so critical to the arrival of students. The university is planning two more buildings for the fourth and final phase.


  • Developer: Cal State Monterey Bay
  • Architect: The Steinberg Group (Phase 1) and Paul Davis Architects (Phases 2-3)
  • General Contractor: Barry Swenson Builder
  • 812 total new bed spaces making up 190,000 SF including wood frame and concrete seismic retrofit.