Wisdom and Whimsey



UC San Diego Mesa Nueva graduate student housing has won a DBIA National 2019 Design-Build Merit Award! Well done, Hensel Phelps and our stellar design-build team. It’s been a fantastic experience partnering on this amenity-rich living-learning community for 1,355 students, and all phases of #OneMesa. Photos: @brucedamonte

Posted: 08.09.2019


Designed as a community front porch, the courtyard at Liberty Bank Building stores rainwater and provides residents with a relaxing way to come and go each day. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the site as home of the first black-owned bank west of the Mississippi, opened in 1968. The “history” portal marks the point of entry, built with bricks and safety-deposit box number plates that were salvaged from the original bank building. Drum-shaped benches by artist Esther Ervin are inspired by the significance of drums in African culture, often used in weddings, funerals and other special events. Photo: @k7scott

Posted: 07.31.2019