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Cal Poly’s new yakʔitʸutʸu dorms are almost ready. Here’s a look inside

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Cal Poly’s new $200 million dorms

Get a sneak peek inside the $200 million yakʔityutyu dorms under construction Cal Poly in February 2018. The facility will open in fall with 1,475 students, and it includes seven residential buildings, an office building and a parking structure.
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Get a sneak peek inside the $200 million yakʔityutyu dorms under construction Cal Poly in February 2018. The facility will open in fall with 1,475 students, and it includes seven residential buildings, an office building and a parking structure.

Construction of Cal Poly’s new student housing community is on track and expected to be ready for the 2018-19 academic year, university officials said Feb. 2 during a tour of the facility.

The new dorms, at the Grand Avenue entrance, are expected to house 1,475 freshmen next fall.

A roof-mounted 1.1-megawatt solar system will help power the 12-acre complex, which also will include a welcome center, retail space and nature walking paths.

The dorms have a total projected cost of $198 million.

The seven residence halls will be named for the Northern Chumash tribes found along the Central Coast. The complex itself is called yakʔitʸutʸu, and the residence halls are: elewexe, nipumūʔ, tiłhini, tsʰɨtqawɨ, tšɨłkukunɨtš, tsɨpxatu and tsɨtkawayu.

Cal Poly's new student housing community, slated to open in fall 2018, will be named for the Northern Chumash tribe using words and letters likely unfamiliar to students, such as elewexe, nipumūʔ and tiłhini. Here's how to say the names.

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A living room is framed with windows at Cal Poly’s new community housing complex on Grand Avenue. David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

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Construction is on schedule at Cal Poly’s new student housing community on Grand Avenue. David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

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A dorm room nears completion in Cal Poly’s new student housing community under construction on Grand Avenue. David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

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Cal Poly’s new housing complex will be named yakʔitʸutʸu, after the Northern Chumash tribe. Cal Poly

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