CSUSB Breaks Ground on Student Union Expansion

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) celebrated the groundbreaking of the next chapter for the Santos Manuel Student Union in June, an expansion of their existing facility that will better serve a growing region and campus community.

“This will be the busiest and most vibrant location for campus life for our faculty, staff and students,” said Douglas Freer, CFO and Vice President for Administrative and Finance at CSUSB.

LPA designed the three-story, 120,000-square-foot facility to provide functional and fun gathering spaces, both indoors and out. The student union will include new dining options and food court, recreational bowling, ballroom and abundant social spaces. The top floor will be dedicated to an innovative Success Center, celebrating upgrades to Coyote Walk, the main campus pedestrian promenade, and outdoor venues for concerts and student events. The project is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.

LPA has a long-standing relationship with CSUSB. “Time after time, [LPA designers] create designs for universities that generate that ‘wow-factor’ that every campus wants, both inside and outside,” said Freer.

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