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

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.

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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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