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Project Information and Updates

Student Success Center (Peterson Hall 2 Renovation)
Construction Progress Reports Available via Email

Design and Construction Services (DCS) introduced a new email bulletin to communicate the progress of the Student Success Center Project to the campus and neighboring communities. This email bulletin will be sent only to campus members that subscribe to this correspondence. It is meant to keep interested individuals informed of the pertinent activities on the PH2 construction site that could have an effect on immediate areas outside of the project boundary.

Examples of items that may be communicated weekly are:

  • Current construction schedule
  • Upcoming construction activities that may affect adjacent buildings
  • Scheduled major deliveries
  • Weekend, night or holiday work
  • Parking closures
  • Any other planned activities that could possibly affect the campus community
  • Explanation of recent unforeseen or unplanned activities that caused an impact

An email will be sent once a week, scheduled for Fridays. The first email correspondence is scheduled for Friday, December 1, 2017. If you would like to subscribe to this weekly progress email, please email with your request. Please note that DCS will continue to send campus wide emails reporting all major activities that will affect the campus at large. If you are only concerned with major activities, there is no need to subscribe to receive these more detailed progress updates.

Email updates will also be posted on the Design and Construction website under “Project Information and Updates.”

CSULB wants to be a good neighbor as we build our future Student Success Center. If you have questions or comments please feel free to contact the onsite Construction Manager Aaron Miank at or (714) 720-9535. Our goal is to minimize surprises and disruptions as much as possible and make this experience positive for everyone.


Major Projects in Construction

Peterson Hall #2 Renovation Project- Student Success Center

Summary: The Peterson Hall 2 Renovation Project will provide a “Student Success Center”, a consolidated home for multiple campus organizations that primarily help disadvantaged and struggling students stay in school and attain their degrees. The renovation project will also provide new academic labs and studio spaces for various programs. An existing open exterior area on the south side of the building will be turned into a thriving outdoor plaza with abundant seating and Wi-Fi. The building will also have a new student lounge that will be built at the second floor that will maximize views towards the adjacent quad. All major systems of the building will be replaced in the renovation but the shell of the building will be maintained to reduce waste.  This renovation will achieve US Green Building Counsel’s prestigious LEED Gold certification for its sustainable design elements.

Please click here to view a project informational update for Faculty, Staff and Students. This describes the project staging area, logistic plans, Faculty and Staff Q&A and more.

Please click here to view an animated rendering of the project. This is a great opportunity to experience what we are building.

Project Cost: $44,963,984.00

Construction Start Date: September 23, 2017

Construction Completion Date: December 16, 2018

Project Delivery Method: Construction Manager at Risk

Architect: Smith Group JJR

Construction Manager at Risk (Contractor): Swinerton Builders

University Design and Construction Team:

Mark Zakhour- Senior Manager, Construction Services

Aaron Miank- Construction Manager

Greg Grant- Project Engineer

Ed Puga- Inspector of Record

Peterson Hall Renovation



College of Continuing and Professional Education- CCPE New Classroom Project

Summary: The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Cal State Long Beach (CCPE) has evolved to an internationally recognized program, attracting students from as far as Dubai and Central China, as well as serving the educational needs of adult learners in the community and on the campus itself.   Currently, CCPE holds classes in the University Foundation building and various facilities on and off campus. This new building would centralize and consolidate these spaces.

The proposed facility will be a 34,000 sf, 3-story building which will house classrooms, student interaction spaces, and a multi-purpose conference facility. The conference area of the facility includes an outdoor pre-function space that leads into an interior conference room with a capacity of approximately 240.  When needed, the conference space can transition into three smaller classrooms by operable partitions.  Other space on the first floor consists of a catering kitchen, student vending area, and indoor lobby with elevators and restrooms. The second and third level consists of classrooms, restrooms, and utility rooms. 

The new building is a steel structure, and exterior materials consist of brick, plaster, glazing. New landscape compliments the existing landscape and creates flow to the building entries while carving out a new destination spot on campus for the students to study and hang out.  The new building mechanical system will be incorporate natural ventilation and in-slab radiant pipe cooling.  This system, along with other sustainable features, will contribute to this being the first Zero Net Energy classroom building in the CSU system as well as earning the prestigious US Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification.

Project Cost: $31,888,875.00

Construction Start Date: February 20, 2017

Construction Completion Date: August 23, 2018

Project Delivery Method: Collaborative Design-Build

Architect: ZGF Architects

Design-Builder (Contractor): MATT Construction

University Design and Construction Team:

Mark Zakhour- Senior Manager, Construction Services

Lisa Salgado- Construction Manager

Jason Chao- Project Control Specialist

Tom Sanchez- Inspector of Record

Photo of CCPE Building

Internal View of CCPE Building