CSUSB Formally Breaks Ground for Santos Manuel Student Union Expansion

Cal State San Bernardino broke ground for a three-story, 120,000-square-foot expansion of its Santos Manuel Student Union on June 4.

The $90 million expansion, which is set to be completed by September 2021, will be constructed immediately north of the existing student union.

The expansion, which was approved by the California State University Board of Trustees last month, will comprise of a multi-purpose ballroom (which is twice the size of the existing Events Center), an eight-lane bowling alley and game room, a pub, food service and retail space, collaboration spaces for student organizations and student support centers, and a bookstore.

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales spoke to the more than 200 students, staff, faculty, alumni and visitors in attendance. He began by thanking Aaron Burgess, the executive director and chief financial officer of the Santos Manuel Student Union, who served as the event’s master of ceremonies.


“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony is an essential step in the growth of this institution,” Morales said. “Its 120,000-square feet add much needed space for recreation, student support and services, and highly desired meeting and social gathering areas. It even features a ballroom that is twice the size of the existing SMSU Events Center.”

Morales added that the expansion “also serves a vital purpose: To enhance the total college experience for our students by providing a vibrant campus life.”

The project’s architect is LPA Architects in Irvine and the construction contractor is Hathaway Dinwiddie of Los Angeles.

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