CSUSB’s new student-housing and dining commons | Courtesy a representative of C.W. Driver Companies

$78M in Upgrades Done at CSUSB

Carrie Rossenfeld Healthcare & Education

SoCal’s universities have been upping their amenities game to support future growth. C.W. Driver Companies has completed construction of a new, $78-million, 152,618-square-foot student housing and dining commons at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), according to a release from a representative of C.W. Driver Companies. The release says the project, called The Coyote Village and Coyote Commons, is located at 5500 University Parkway contains a 407-bed student housing complex and 750-seat dining facility.

The 107,260-square-foot CSUSB student-housing complex is split between two buildings ranging in height from two to four stories that accommodate residential hall-style double-occupancy rooms and shared bathroom facilities, according to the statement. The north wing houses the campus honors program and an administrative suite for housing and residential education, while the south wing includes amenities such as a game room, multi-purpose rooms, student lounges, laundry room, and a community kitchen, in addition to the faculty in residence program, the release says.

The statement goes on to say the 45,358-square-foot dining facility features full-service and self-serve stations and three dining rooms for public or private use. It also says that a 200-seat mezzanine with views of the San Bernardino mountains to the north is adjacent to the dining area.

“Working on a busy campus environment, we collaborated with the university to develop and maintain a plan that ensured safety for student and faculty foot traffic, as well as vehicle and emergency access throughout the project,” said David Amundson, project executive at C.W. Driver Companies. “As a longstanding builder of higher education projects, we are proud to provide state-of-the-art dining and living spaces that will support Cal State San Bernardino’s continued growth for years to come.”

The student housing and dining commons are both projected to achieve LEED® Gold certification, according to the release. Sustainable features include the use of natural light and ventilation, energy-efficient LED lighting with day-lighting controls and occupancy sensors, high-efficiency fixtures and appliances, solar panels, energy-efficient mechanical and plumbing systems, and low-water landscaping with smart irrigation controllers, the release says.

Jennifer Sorenson, associate VP of facilities planning and management at CSUSB, is quoted in the release as saying, “The Coyote Village and Coyote Commons will be an integral part of our campus for years to come.” She adds that this is the first project to be realized from the 2016 Campus Master Plan, “a document that serves as the roadmap for the growth of the physical campus.”

C.W. Driver Companies worked alongside Solomon Cordwell Buenz and KPFF Consulting Engineers on the project, according to the release. Other projects in C.W. Driver’s higher-education portfolio, the statement says, are Biola University’s Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health; California State University, Dominguez Hills’ Center for Science and Innovation; California Polytechnic State University, Pomona’s Student Services Building; and Chapman University’s Keck Center for Science and Engineering.