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Student Union Begins Expansion

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The Titan Student Union will be getting a new front entrance — with lots of windows, wide open vistas, an atrium and grand staircase.

Security fencing and ground breaking will occur later this month. The facility will remain open during construction, which is expected to be completed by December 2016.

The three-story addition at the southeast corner of the building will be the biggest change. That entrance will “offer transparency, while creating a fun, lively living space for students, faculty, staff and visitors to enjoy and use while on campus,” explained Kurt Borsting, director of the Titan student centers.

The TSU was originally built in 1976 and expanded in 1992 to its current size of 140,000 square feet. “We believe this expansion will activate, transform and connect all levels of the existing facility,” explained Stephen Chamberlain, senior project manager in the Office of Capital Project Management. “It will alleviate crowding in the dining areas and improve overall circulation in the building.”

The expansion project will add a total of 26,000 square feet and provide much needed public-use to accommodate the significant growth of the student body over the last two decades.

Steinberg and PCL Construction Services are the architect/contractor on the project. The team also worked on phase III  of Student Housing.

The project was approved by the California State University Board of Trustees in 2013 and will be funded by existing cash reserves from the facility and Associated Students Inc.