CSUB Breaks Ground on New Student Housing Complex

breaking ground on housing complexCSU Bakersfield held the groundbreaking today of its new Student Housing Development project. In attendance were CSUB President Horace Mitchell, Vice Chancellor Ben Quillian, and Housing Director Crystal Becks among more than 100 other CSUB faculty, staff and community members.

The Housing Complex, which will be located on the northeast side of campus, is expected to house approximately 500 students. The complex will be comprised of a study room, game room, lounges, multi-purpose location and classrooms for residents to be able to access. The outdoor area is expected to be lively with a central courtyard for recreation purposes.

In accordance with CSUB’s pledge to practice responsible resource stewardship and sustainability, the housing complex will incorporate many features that will allow for energy conversation and environmentally friendly behavior.  The structure will contain operable windows that allow maximum lighting, create proper aeration and coating with sun shading that will reduce the heat from entering the room. The restrooms will have low-flush toilets as well as solar hot water panels that will reduce energy costs.  Among the aforementioned energy saving utilities, there will be energy-efficient controls for the lighting.

“This project will allow residential life to reflect our commitment to excellence in the student experience in a very meaningful and tangible way,” said Dr. Thomas Wallace, the Vice President of Student Affairs at CSUB.

On November 13-14 the California State University Board of Trustees approved the housing plans, which will allow CSUB to continue their growth. The housing project is being funded through CSU System wide Revenue Bonds, housing reserve program contributions of $500,000 and an $8 million integral loan from the Affordable Student Housing Revolving Fund (ASHRF) loan program.

Estimated time for the completion of the housing project is set for February 2015.

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