CSULB proposes to renovate the existing Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) building and construct an addition. The FCS building currently houses the Child and Family Center which is an educational program that provides training and hands-on clinical hours for students to meet their academic degree requirements. The center also provides quality childcare services for employees, their families, and families in the surrounding community. The current facility can house approximately 50 children, six full-time staff members, and student assistants. The addition would enable the program to meet the needs of the growing Child and Family Center while also creating a new safe environment for all occupants. Following the completion of the renovation activities, daycare offerings would be expanded to current students which would address the waitlist and need for this service on campus. Once completed, the renovation and expansion of the Child and Family Center would provide sufficient space to accommodate a total of 54 toddlers, 54 preschoolers, and additional full-time staff.
This project would renovate 9,680 gross square feet (GSF) of the existing classrooms and children’s restrooms. Additionally, the proposed FCS Addition would expand the FCS building to the west and become the new façade of the building. The 6,200 GSF addition to the west would include three new toddler classrooms, child restrooms, kitchenette, and staff break room. The two existing play areas would be renovated, and a third play area would be constructed. All play areas would be covered with a steel-structured canopy with tensile fabric and connected with colorful fencing. These play areas include a toddler play space, a pre-kindergarten play space, and a nature yard.
Construction of the project would include a drop-off zone, turnaround lane, new domestic water service lines, and new irrigation systems. The project would also require grading and the finished floor of the building would be set appropriately to allow for drainage away from the building. The outdoor areas would also be graded relative to the existing structure. The project would incorporate sustainability strategies, including maximizing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing system efficiencies, minimizing overall greenhouse gas emissions, and promoting electrification.
Construction of the proposed project is anticipated to take approximately 12 months to complete, commencing in January 2024 and concluding in November 2024.