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Pyramid Palm Trees

The Camphor trees that surround the Pyramid have been struggling with health problems for many years due to disease and poor soil conditions. Many of the trees have already been removed, however, there are 21 Camphor trees located on the north side of the Pyramid that need to be removed.

Thanks to a generous donor, CSULB received a gift to purchase the following new trees:

  • 36 Syagrus Romanzoffana (Queen Palms) measuring 16’ – 20’ in height.
  • 4 Phoenix Dactylifera (Date Palms), measuring 25’ to 30’ in height.

CSULB grounds crew will commence with the removal of the Camphor trees in December 2020 and replant with the gifted trees. The 4 Phoenix Dactylifera will highlight the north stairs of the Pyramid.

This will be the first phase of the project with the ultimate goal of improving the tree canopy around the entire perimeter of the Pyramid.

Student Housing

A new residential facility along Atherton Street will be completed in May 2021. It will be a 124,892 square foot 4-story building providing an additional 476 beds to the current CSULB student-housing program. In addition to student dorm rooms, the building will offer pod study rooms, kitchens, multiple levels of community space and distinctive outdoor courtyard space. The project is to set a new standard for CSU and higher education as well as provide a model for future high performance buildings that aim towards the CSU’s carbon neutrality 2030 goals. The Parkside North Housing building design aims to reach the most progressive and regenerative sustainability goals, which will contribute to this project as being the first Net-Zero Energy, Living Building Challenge Petal Certified, and LEED Platinum residential building in the CSU system.  

Kaiser Permanente Testing Site

CSULB has agreed to lease a parking lot at the northeast end of campus to Kaiser Permanente as a testing site for its members. The site in Lot G-13, which will open Wednesday, Aug. 12, will be staffed by Kaiser Permanente. It will be open only to Kaiser Permanente members who have an order for a COVID-19 test from their physician or nurse.

ASI Recycling Center

After running at an operating deficit for a number of years, the recycling center operated by Associated Students will be closing. Additional financial pressures related to the coronavirus pandemic no longer allow the center to be viable. Environmental sustainability remains a core interest for Associated Students, and they will be further strengthening their sustainability programming.

Puvungna (22-Acre Parcel Adjacent to Bellflower Boulevard)

In 2019, the university relocated excavated soil to this site from a nearby student-housing project. The work ended on September 28, 2019. At that time, keeping soil from campus here on site was the preferable method of managing excavated earth based on counsel we received from our campus Committee on Native American Burial Remains and Cultural Patrimony.

  

Native-American site monitors and an archeologist were present during this work. Any minimal construction debris inadvertently included in the relocated soil was incidental and was removed.  

 

Beginning in Fall 2020, rumors and misinformation about the site intensified. One of the rumors involves a new university plan for a parking lot on the land. This is untrue. There are no plans in place for a structure of any kind on that land. In fact, as we move further into the process of creating a ten-year physical master plan for our campus, the undeveloped portions of this area of campus will be held in reserve -- with no building plans noted at all.  

 

We have long said that we honor and respect interest in this site and we have always sought to do the right thing. Honoring our First Peoples is part of the core values of celebrating the diversity of our campus and seeking an inclusive environment for all. 

 

Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center

The university is exploring the site of the current Soroptimist House for the new 6,000-square-foot Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center on the campus’ Beach Drive, capping a $9-million fundraising campaign for the project. The current Soroptimist House has been adversely impacted by deferred maintenance and the presence of asbestos throughout the facility. Further, the House suffered structural damage from the July 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake. The university remains grateful for the original donation of funds for the house, which played an important role in the history of the campus as an early student gathering space on campus. The history of the house and the pivotal role of the original gift would be preserved and presented in the new alumni center.

Parking and Transportation

Cal State Long Beach has a comprehensive, multi-modal transportation program to meet the needs of the campus community,  to work towards our sustainability commitments, and maintain the quality-of-life for nearby neighborhoods. Parking policy, traffic flows, use of mass transit, and communication programs are continually assessed to optimize access to and egress from campus. As such, parking demand, management, and controls are revised annually to meet current and future student, faculty, and staff needs. Along with our many neighbors whom elected to live near the university and enjoy the many benefits of living near an intellectual and cultural center, the institution places community feedback at the forefront of its ongoing planning. We believe in being a responsible and thoughtful steward-of-place, and seek to be actively engaged with our neighbors. 

University Art Museum Expansion & Horn Center Renovation

The University Art Museum on the interior of campus will undergo an expansion and renovation to accommodate additional gallery, education, and collection space. The adjacent Horn Center will also undergo renovation to add 10 new active learning classrooms, two large lecture halls, and a renovated computer lab and public areas. Two new exterior courtyards to the north and south will provide an abundance of outdoor seating area for students to study and socialize. The University Art Museum will be closed during construction, scheduled for March 2020 through July 2021. The art museum expansion will be funded using donated funds and the Horn Center renovation will be funded using state revenue bonds.