Construction on the newly renovated Storm and Nasatir Halls complex at San Diego State University (SDSU) was completed in time for the spring semester, with a grand opening celebration held on Feb. 21. The $73 million project included a 100,000-square-foot renovation and 35,000-square-foot expansion of the existing complex, built in 1957. The design incorporated both energy-efficient and security measures that helped improve the complexes past deficiencies.
California State University San Marcos officially welcomed students to its new University Student Union (USU) on April 15, marking the end of a nearly two-year construction process. The student union was designed to serve as the “heartbeat” of the southern California campus and the new base of student services and activities. The school honored the building’s completion with two weeks of cultural events and activities.
The University of California, Santa Barbara has selected Sundt Construction Inc. to build the school’s new $38.5 million Henley Hall Institute for Energy Efficiency. Sundt’s Irvine, Calif. location will serve as construction manager at risk for the 53,000-square-foot project.
Construction of the new Applied Sciences Complex at the College of the Desert–Palm Desert Campus began in February. Designed by Los Angeles-based HGA Architects and Engineers, the project includes construction of a 22,700-square-foot Applied Sciences Building and the renovation of the 2,700-square foot Agricultural Sciences Building.
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) recently opened a new $113 million Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility in La Jolla. The 196,000-square-foot building was designed to encourage collaboration between scientists in the region and worldwide.
Green builders and stakeholders attended the Green California Summit and Exposition at the Sacramento Convention Center April 8 and April 9 to share best practices and survey the latest technologies in sustainable building.
Perkins + Will, with a location in San Francisco, designed the Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE), a global research community that comprises three mid-rise buildings and a high-rise tower, in Singapore. The project earned the architecture firm a Laboratory of the Year last year for its unconventional lab design.
The Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Health Careers Center, designed by Yost Grube Hall Architecture (YGH) of Portland, recently received a Hammurabi Award from the Masonry and Ceramic Tile Institute of Oregon.
Plans for the 100-acre Downtown University Gateway District were presented to the Davis City Council on Feb. 11. It would combine the development of three different properties that would include high-density housing; research facilities for the University of California, Davis; and shopping and entertainment for Davis citizens.