By Daynie Rivera
Construction of the new Student Services building and parking structure has broken ground and is scheduled for completion as early as fall 2018.
Planning for the building began in 2012 and is set to replace the tower portion of the CLA building, while the classroom and paseo portions will for now remain the same.
At an estimated cost of $82 million, this new, sleek and modern Student Services building will certainly impress the campus community.
The CLA building currently houses both the department offices and many of the services available to students.
Third-year fashion retailing student Gabriela Sanchez is looking forward to the completion of the new building.
“It’s going to make it less time-consuming and much easier for students to figure out where all of the buildings are, it was really difficult for me to find the human resources department once,” said Sanchez.
Proposals for the new building began with the need to create a more user-friendly building for students, as well as a safety measure due to the fact that the CLA building sits on an earthquake fault line.
The new Student Services will become Building 121 and will continue to house many of the same services the CLA tower currently provides to staffand students.
The new entrance will include an information kiosk and a roundabout for safe student drop-off and pick-up.
It will be located at parking lot C, the most central location on campus.
Although a portion of the parking lot has been designated for the new building, part of it will remain a parking lot for both faculty and student use.
The new 138,000-square-foot building will be a low-rise, yet holds much more square footage and will house two buildings under one roof.
The two-story building located on the west side will hold several multipurpose rooms on the first floor and customer service offices on the second.
The east building will have three stories dedicated to all student services on the first floor, support staff on the second and the president’s office on the third.
Some of the services offered in this building will include the Office of Admissions and Outreach, the Office of the Registrar and Student Accounting and Cashier Services.
Senior Project Manager Bruyn Bevans has been working on the project for the last three years and is excited to provide students with a building that is easy to navigate.
“If you keep the group of departments together under a single roof, it also makes the services offered more efficient,” said Bevans.
Equally important to the easy access of services is the structure and design.
The building features a low-rise structure and mimics the look of the campus and the natural hill formation in the roof design.
Due to its environmental and ergonomic design, everyone will have access to natural light directly from their seats.
Project images curteousy of Facilities, Design and Construction
Design of the new student services building
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