Facing significant growth in enrollment, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) engaged SCB to develop a master plan for the campus’ entire housing precinct, as well as the programming and subsequent design for the first phase of freshmen housing and a new Dining Commons. The team’s task was twofold: analyze the impact of adding 4,000 beds on campus through a multi-phased implementation plan, and design and document an initial phase of 416 beds with living and learning spaces for the Honors Program.
LEED Gold Target
The 114,000-square-foot First Year Living/Learning Community is composed of two angular buildings that frame and activate a shared courtyard. The ground floors of each building house shared amenities and services, including the precinct’s residence life office, a large multi-purpose room, community kitchen and recreation lounge. The ground floor also encompasses a wing reserved for the University’s Honors Program. This space features three flexible classrooms, the program director’s office, study rooms, and a collaborative work lounge.
The residential floors are organized into 11 36-bed pods, with each pod inclusive of 17 double occupancy rooms, two single occupancy rooms, a resident advisor room, dedicated study room, shared living room, and two gender-inclusive community bathrooms. In response to the site’s significant sun and wind exposures, the residential floor plans and façades are articulated with a series of projecting bays – which provide shade for the windows. Study and living rooms are expressed with a liberal use of glass and occupy prominent corners of the building, offering students views of campus and serving as beacons throughout the complex. The project is projected to achieve LEED Gold.