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CSU Bakersfield to Build New Student Housing

The California State University Board of Trustees has passed a resolution to approve plans for a new student housing complex at CSU Bakersfield.  

“Residential life is alive and well on the CSUB campus, but a new, state-of-the-art facility is exciting; both for staff and for students,” said Dr. Thomas Wallace, Vice President of Student Affairs. “This project will allow residential life to reflect our commitment to excellence in the student experience in a very meaningful and tangible way.”   

The complex will be comprised of three four-story residential buildings and a single-story support facility located on the northeast side of campus at the south end of Don Hart Drive East, north of Kroll Way, where grass fields currently exist. Total plans include rooms for 500 students. Facilities will also incorporate study rooms, lounges, classrooms, a game room, and a multi-purpose room.

Special attention is also being given to sustainability in this project, with features such as operable windows that maximize light and ventilation with sun shades that will help reduce solar heat gain; bathrooms with low-flush toilets and solar hot water panels on the roof to reduce energy costs; and energy-efficient light fixtures and controls throughout the complex.

“This complex will be an impressive addition to an already beautiful campus,” said Crystal Becks, Housing Director. “Contrary to what is so commonly heard, CSUB isn’t a ‘commuter school.’”

Construction is estimated to begin November 2013, with occupancy set for February 2015.

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