CSULB Officially Breaks Ground on New Hall of SciencePublished: October 13, 2008
On Oct. 3, CSULB officially broke ground on a new Hall of Science that is the largest capital building project in the campus’ 59-year history.
The $105 million project will encompass nearly 165,000 gross square feet and will complete the Natural Sciences complex. Within the complex, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) provides CSULB’s curriculum for majors leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and the health professions.
“As we all know, science is at a critical crossroads in America today,” noted CSULB President F. King Alexander. “We are extremely pleased to advance our campus’ scientific agenda through the teaching and research of our faculty and students, continuing our university’s reputation as a national leader. This new facility will give us one of the best science complexes in the western United States.”
With an anticipated opening of fall 2011, the new Hall of Science will house 22 research and 31 teaching laboratories, several large lecture halls and a science learning center. Other features of the building will include a marine biology lab, a rooftop greenhouse and a rooftop observatory.
The new space will be used by several departments including biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, physics and astronomy, science education and geology. In fact, two-thirds of all science courses at the university will be taught in the building when it is completed.
“As has been noted by the National Science Foundation, improved spaces have significant impact on campuses,” explained CNSM Dean Laura Kingsford. “They enhance efforts to attract and keep first-rate faculty as well as enable the integration of research and education and the cross-disciplinary pursuits that are hallmarks of contemporary practice. By uniting previously dispersed laboratories, faculty, administrative offices, and academic support services under one roof, CSULB students will benefit immeasurably.”
Hunt Construction Group, Inc. is in charge of erecting the new edifice, and Smith Group, Inc., based in Los Angeles, is serving as the project architect.
Hunt completes nearly $2 billion of work annually and maintains a volume of work between $6 billion to $8 billion under contract at any given time. Since 1953, Hunt has completed $3.3 billion worth of construction across the state of California. The group recently opened its newest regional office in Irvine in order to better serve the Southern California market. In addition to Irvine, Hunt has offices in San Francisco, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Dallas and Tampa.