New student housing/dining commons construction reaches milestone

New student housing/dining commons construction reaches milestone

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The construction of the new student housing and dining commons on the east end of the Cal State San Bernardino campus reached a milestone on March 9: steel beam frames were raised on the concrete foundation of one of the buildings.

CSUSB staff photographer Robert A. Whitehead documented the work at the site, near the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration. The construction is the largest single capital project in university history, costing $95.8 million and encompassing 164,000 square feet.

A crane lifts the a beam for the new student housing and dining commons project at Cal State San Bernardino on March 9, a milestone in the construction project. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

A crane lifts the a beam for the new student housing and dining commons project at Cal State San Bernardino on March 9, a milestone in the construction project. Click on the image to view a larger version. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

Ground was officially broken on Sept. 29, and the project is targeted for completion in time for the 2018 fall quarter.

With 416 beds, the student housing development is the initial phase of a larger community that will be developed at CSUSB as enrollment grows. This residential community will eventually serve about 1,200 more students.

This phase will be targeted to meet the needs of entering first-year students and will be the first new housing community specifically designed to serve their needs since Serrano Village opened in 1972.

In addition to the new housing units for students, the community will have dedicated space for student advising and academic support, the Honors Program, two Faculty-in-Residence apartments, a community kitchen, multipurpose meeting rooms, and will be the administrative home of the university’s Department of Housing and Residential Education.

The new dining commons will be a two-level, multi-faceted campus dining facility. With an expected capacity of nearly 700 customers, the initial seating layout will be approximately 500. Two dining experiences are slated for this location.

The first will offer an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall featuring a range of dining cuisines, including a grill, sandwiches/salads, display cooking, and a number of international choices. Seating will be on multiple levels, including two enclosed outdoor locations, meeting rooms that can be reserved for groups and guests, and a faculty/staff collaboration dining room.

The steel frame for one of the buildings. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead.

The steel frame for one of the buildings. Click on the image to view a larger version. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead.

The second venue in the new dining commons will be a cash and carry operation, as well as an enhanced convenience store. Slated to be CSUSB’s first planned late-night dining location, it will offer sandwiches and grill-style cash options all day, providing an exciting place for the campus community to gather into the evening.

As with all campus housing, the project will be funded through the rental rates of students living in the residence halls. No state general fund dollars are committed to this project.

For an electronic design image of the construction project, contact the CSUSB Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit news@csusb.edu.

Contact CSUSB Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction at (909) 537-5136 with any questions about the construction impacts related to this project.

A four-photo panorama of the construction of the new student housing and dining commons project at Cal State San Bernardino on March 9. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

A four-photo panorama of the construction of the new student housing and dining commons project at Cal State San Bernardino on March 9. Click on the image to view a larger version. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

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