The CSUDH cuts the ribbons on 4 major campus renovation projects – Daily Breeze
Consider Cal State Dominguez Hills transformed.
And on Friday, October 15, university officials celebrated the transformation by cutting the ribbon on four new campus facilities.
Much of the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus near Carson has spent the past four years undergoing renovations, renovations and other quality of life improvements – many of which have occurred during the height of the pandemic of coronavirus. But now that most of the construction is complete, university officials gathered with local, education and state leaders on Friday for a grand opening ceremony and simultaneous ribbon cutting for the four new facilities..
Three of the newly renovated buildings were major capital projects for the university that totaled more than $ 200 million and went down in history as the largest campus expansion in more than a decade.
“This is an extraordinary achievement not only for our campus, but for the community we serve,” said CSUDH President Thomas Parham. “We will no longer be seen as just ‘that’ university, but as a university that uplifts its community and stands as a shining beacon of education and achievement.”
And, Parham said, it wouldn’t have been possible without “the plan put together by my predecessor,” former President Willie Hagan.
Projects unveiled to the community included a renovated science and innovation building, costing approximately $ 67.85 million. The building opened to students in fall 2020, although students were only allowed on campus with limited capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic. The building has a 91,000 square foot teaching and research center. This building also includes the Toyota Center for Innovation in STEM Education, a 7,000 square foot center made possible by a $ 4 million donation from the Toyota USA Foundation.
The center includes a manufacturing lab, as well as demonstration labs for K-12 teachers.
The next major unveiling was the Innovation and education building, totaling $ 83.5 million. The 107,600 square feet, four story structure fhouses a 250-seat auditorium, collaborative learning classrooms, distance learning spaces, event spaces and offices.
It is slated to open for classroom use in the spring.
Then there is the new Resident student housing, a $ 55.87 million project. Characteristics of the housing complex 506 beds, but due to the coronavirus pandemic capacity was limited. The complex opened in the fall and is currently home to over 200 students.
On the exterior walls of the complex, eight 47-foot-high murals by an LA artist Characteristics of Iris Yirei Hu personalities such as iconic author James Baldwin.
The last is the Esports incubator lab. This will be the first Esports Incubator Lab hosted in a university library. The lab will include a broadcast booth, competition stage, and classroom with furniture and technology provided through a partnership with electronics company ViewSonic.
“That’s what esport and gaming are,” said Ruben Caputo, Managing Director of CSUDH Esport. “Create peer-to-peer relationships that will not only bridge the gap between those interested in the gaming world, but also help mentor young students interested in technology.” “
Friday’s celebration included tours of the new facilities and ended with the simultaneous cutting of four ribbons across campus.
“None of this great work,” said Parham, “would be possible without you, my amazing team and community.”