SANTA BARBARA, CA–The Towbes Group recently constructed the newest residence hall on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and it is among the most complex and impressive projects the company has completed. The building will accommodate the most renowned physicists who will live temporarily in Santa Barbara while conducting research at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (“KITP”).

Because of The Towbes Group’s signature of quality and care, and the ability to build to a discerning customer’s specifications, it was a natural fit that the company would provide the feasibility, preconstruction, construction and accounting services. The KITP Scholars’ Residence— a collaboration between The Towbes Group, Charles Munger, UCSB, and KITP— was successfully completed in December 2016.

“The Towbes Group has been building commercial, residential and industrial buildings for 60 years, all designed and constructed with the highest level of care and attention to detail to ensure the end user is happy for years to come,” said Craig Zimmerman, President of The Towbes Group. “In the company’s 61st year, as the final sign offs are made and handed over to KITP, the TGI team knows this is among the finest work we’ve done.”

Although a temporary home to visiting scientists, there is nothing temporary about the building. It was built to last for generations of scientists. The building stands 3 stories tall and includes a finished basement. The attention to detail and level of finish is equivalent to a high-end hotel. The interior has a Spanish style feel to it, with barrel ceilings in the hallways, and bull nose and soft corners throughout the building. The design and construction was done with environmental efficiency as a goal, with the hopes of earning the KITP Scholars’ Residence Platinum status, the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. The application for Platinum status has been submitted.

The building’s common areas include workout facilities, collaborative spaces, sound attenuated rooms for practicing musical instruments, a children’s play area, a large dining room, entertainment areas, and a great room. A conservatory with 10-foot steel-framed glass doors serves as an auxiliary meeting place.

Living spaces include one-, two- and seven-bedroom units to provide for a total of 61 beds. The seven bedroom units include communal dining and living areas and a fully furnished kitchen with high-quality appliances. The one-bedroom units are geared around small families, with the two-bedroom units able to accommodate more guests.

“Charlie Munger’s clearly articulated design ideas were coupled with Lars Bildsten’s knowledge of exactly what the visiting scholars will need to be comfortable and productive,” said Derek Hansen of The Towbes Group. “This clarity allowed the Consultant team to draft the plans and our Sub-Contractor team to execute the vision. Of course, none of this could have happened without the assistance provided by UCSB staff. It was quite an impressive collaboration.”

The Towbes Group has a long history of providing feasibility preconstruction and construction services to clients. Among the recent successful partnerships are: The Sansum Foothill Medical and Surgical Center in Santa Barbara, Hancock Terrace apartments in Santa Maria, and Sumida Gardens apartments in Goleta.

The Towbes Group, Inc. (TGI), headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA is a real estate investment, development, and property management company with more than 60 years of experience in the Tri-County area. TGI has developed more than 6,000 residential units and 1.8 million square feet of commercial properties, primarily in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. The company currently manages more than 1.8 million square feet of commercial office, industrial and retail space, and approximately 2,500 residential units. The company’s most recent award was Large Business of the Year from The Goleta Chamber of Commerce.

You can view a timelapse of the construction of the KITP project HERE.