San Bernardino, CA
The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees recently approved design plans for a new building at CSU San Bernardino. The three-story Center for Global Innovation (CGI) will include 71,000 square feet and cost approximately $55 million.
The CGI will serve as the new home for all instructional and administrative needs associated with the school’s College of Extended Learning, as well as all international student programs. CGI will also boast 19,000 square feet of additional instructional space in the center of campus, for general university use.
When commenting on the new facility, University President Tomás D. Morales told CSU Trustees, “As the name indicates, one of the primary goals of the Center for Global Innovation is to centralize services provided to our international student populations, both for those visiting and those who have matriculated at CSUSB.”
CGI is expected to be a welcome enhancement to the campus, largely because, under CSUSB’s current process and structure, international programs are scattered around the campus. Over the years, students have expressed the desire for a more centralized location, where they can better assimilate with the general student population, and experience improved access to campus services such as the library, student union, and food services. The facility will also include study lounges, a 250-seat auditorium, and spaces for campus events. In addition, the building will make extensive use of natural lighting and ventilation and include energy efficient LED lighting with smart lighting controls, water efficient plumbing fixtures, and glazed windows.
According to CSU’s Office of Strategic Communication, the CGI project is part of an aggressive expansion of the CSUSB campus, joining the ongoing construction of 164,000 square feet of new residence halls and a dining complex scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, plus a 100,000 square feet expansion of the Santos Manuel Student Union, recently approved by students and scheduled to open by the fall of all 2021.
CGI’s construction is scheduled to begin sometime during the early months of 2018 and is projected for completion by the Fall of 2019.