CSULB proposes to construct three new 5-story student housing buildings totaling approximately 108,000 square feet and containing 424 beds. The buildings would be configured to maximize beds and would include a mix of approximately 237 single- and double-occupancy units. The building would include shared kitchens, study space, a multi-purpose room, and satellite offices for student-support program Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Landscaped informal green space areas will be provided to maximize outdoor common areas that will be shared by campus residents. Additionally, the existing Hillside Commons Dining Hall (the dining hall) would be renovated and expanded to accommodate the additional student residents to be housed in the new buildings. The renovations include an expanded kitchen/servery area, interior dining hall, Grab-N-Go, private dining area, washrooms on the west side of the dining hall, and a new exterior dining patio on the southeast side of the dining hall. The new addition would connect to the existing dining hall, which would remain in place. A new entrance would be provided on the west side of the building. The dining hall renovations and expansion would result in approximately 1,600 net new square feet. The proposed project would be served by the existing student parking areas on the campus; therefore, no additional parking would be provided.
CSULB is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for the proposed building, with several sustainable design features proposed, including photovoltaic panels, the use of reclaimed water for water closest and irrigation, and the implementation of bioretention planters to comply with low impact development (LID) requirements. Additionally, CSULB is pursuing Net Zero Energy principles for the proposed project and aims to exceed building energy code requirements by ten percent.
Construction of the proposed project is anticipated to take approximately 24 months to complete, commencing in June 2024 and concluding in June 2026.