BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
The California State University Board of Trustees met Nov. 13-14, and passed a resolution to approve plans for the new student housing complex at CSU Bakersfield.
“CSUB's greater commitment to student success is evident in projects such as this,” said Dr. Thomas Wallace, Vice President of Student Affairs.
He continued, “As our reach in higher education continues to be more defined and widespread, interest from students across the country, as well as international students, increases due to the further awareness of the high quality education available here.”
"This complex will be an impressive addition to an already beautiful campus,” said Crystal Becks, Housing Director.
She went on to say, “Contrary to what is so commonly heard, CSUB isn't a ëommuter school. Students are the center of everything we do and this exciting new student housing project speaks directly to our dedication to providing students the best in all things related to education.”
The complex will be comprised of three four-story residential buildings and a single- story support facility located on the northeast side of campus at the south end of Don Hart Drive East, north of Kroll Way, where grass fields currently exist. Total plans include rooms for 500 students.
In addition, the facilities will incorporate study rooms, lounges, classrooms, a game room, and a multi-purpose room. A central courtyard is included in plans and will allow opportunities for further group or independent study while providing residents with active outdoor areas for recreation.
“Residential life is alive and well on the CSUB campus, but a new, state-of-the-art facility is exciting; both for staff and for students,” Wallace commented. “This project will allow residential life to reflect our commitment to excellence in the student experience in a very meaningful and tangible way."
At CSUB, responsible resource stewardship and environmental sustainability are of particular concern and interest. With that directive, special attention is being given to sustainability in this project as it incorporates several features that promote energy conservation and sustainable building practices.
The building will be designed to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold equivalency. It will incorporate operable windows that maximize light and ventilation. High performance glazing, along with sun shades, will help reduce the solar heat gain that is so prevalent in Bakersfield summers. Likewise, bathrooms will incorporate low-flush toilets and solar hot water panels on the roof will reduce annual energy costs. Similarly, energy-efficient light fixtures and controls designed to reduce energy costs for lighting will be utilized throughout the complex.
Estimated timing for the project, barring unforeseen delays, includes completion of preliminary plans in March 2013, completion of working drawings in October 2013, and commencement of construction in November 2013 with occupancy set to begin February 2015.
For more information about CSU Bakersfield, please visit www.csub.edu.