A rendering of the new Vanguard student union | Images courtesy HPI Architecture and a representative of C.W. Driver Companies

Construction Begins on $23M Vanguard University Build

Carrie Rossenfeld Healthcare & Education

C.W. Driver Companies has broken ground on a new $23 million student union at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California, according to a release from a representative of C.W. Driver Companies. The statement says the building will be 35,000 square feet building to serve the immediate needs of the university’s current enrollment and provide additional space to accommodate future growth.

The new steel-framed structure will replace the existing student union and feature a 16,000-square-foot cafeteria, 3,000-square-foot fitness center, and 8,200-square-foot multi-purpose events space, the firm reports. It also will include a student lounge with seating, a fireplace, and a café. The building’s roof will feature a trellised deck and fireplace, and other outdoor dining and gathering areas will be constructed around the perimeter of the building to promote student, faculty, and staff interaction, according to the release. Completion is anticipated for Q4 2019.

A rendering of the grand entry of the new Vanguard student union

According to the release, the new building, designed by HPI Architecture, will reflect a traditional Santa Barbara style that complements the existing architecture on campus, incorporating a smooth plaster finish, limestone veneer, and clay tile roof.

The statement says the construction of the student union marks the commencement of a longer-term campus enhancement plan that includes 12 separate projects involving the removal and/or reconstruction of existing buildings on the 38-acre campus. Vanguard is currently working to obtain approvals on its new master plan, which will allow it to accommodate a more-than-25 percent increase in student enrollment.

Michael J. Beals, Ph.D., president of Vanguard University, is quoted as saying, “While our facilities on this campus have served us well throughout the last 68 years, we are ready to enhance the on-campus experience for future generations with new buildings and amenities.”

The release says other higher-education projects in C.W. Driver Companies’ portfolio include California Polytechnic State University, Pomona’s student-services building; Chapman University’s Center for Science and Technology; Orange Coast College’s student union; University of California, Santa Barbara’s Davidson Library addition and renewal; and San Francisco State University’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center.