Soka University of America


Project Overview

Summit served as the Master Program/Project Manager for Soka University’s new Southern California campus. This ambitious $320M Phase One project started with 103 acres of raw land and the vision to create an academic village that would promote exceptional higher learning. The academic village concept was designed to foster a natural connection with the people and their environment, both natural and man-made. In order to achieve the natural connection concept, exceptional site planning efforts resulted in a phase one campus development featuring more than 800,000 sq. ft. of buildings clustered and connected to nature by a series of intersecting plazas, terraces, gardens and colonnades.

The Phase One project program comprised 19 buildings including 8 five story student housing structures, a guest residence, 2 classroom buildings, Library, Athenaeum, Student Services Building, Student Center, Alumni Center, Facilities Building and Recreation Center with a 1500 seat gymnasium, general purpose training facility and competition swimming pool.

Client: Soka University of America
Area: 800,000 sq. ft.
Total Cost: $320 Million
Start Date: Spring 1997
Completion Date: Fall 2001


Summit actively managed all aspects of this complex and high quality project from inception to completion, including procurement of all design services, construction vendors and soft costs. Summit managed the environmental and entitlement process and served as construction manager for the 5 year construction project, from 1997 until the grand opening in 2001. Summit oversaw seven stages of construction simultaneously involving as many as 200 subcontractors and more than 650 workers daily. Summit also designed the initial master plan and provided architectural design on 8 out of the 19 first phase buildings. Many in the building industry say this project has resulted in craftsmanship that is unparalleled since the completion of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.