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CSUEB The CORE — University Libraries - Hayward, California

California State University

Posted: November 16, 2023 | Projects

When it was completed in 2022, the CORE became a center for learning, engagement and collaboration. Located at the heart of Cal State East Bay’s hilltop campus, the CORE’s 21st-century academic library teaches students how to navigate the information age economy and become self-directed learners. The Student Center for Academic Achievement, located on the top floor, focuses on providing the skills needed for student inquiry, development, and research. The Hub for Entrepreneurship — prominently placed on the ground floor —provides a nexus for students and faculty to explore innovations that will propel the creative economy into the next generation and beyond. 

Photograph courtesy of California State University

The University Libraries at Cal State East Bay inspire students, faculty, and staff to engage in the adventure of intellectual discovery and creation. The University Libraries moved into the CORE in Fall of 2022, and continue to build on their commitment to providing inclusive, expert, and timely support for the campus community’s research, teaching, and service needs. 

The University Libraries remain committed to preservation and access of the physical and digital scholarly record, collaboration, lifelong learning, service, diversity and social justice, and innovation in their new physical space. Their library faculty, staff, and students are working together to ensure that the University Libraries continues to innovate and advance in their work as the heart of the new CORE building. The CORE Building offers students a technologically rich space designed to encourage student collaboration and foster student creativity. The CORE Building offers various academic learning spaces including a new library, classroom space, various modular study spaces, community gathering spaces and administrative office space. 

The Project Team met the challenge of designing the new heart of an important university campus to accommodate a heavily sloped site in close proximity to a major earthquake fault. 

Their solution included buckling restrained braced frames to resist lateral forces on the steel-framed 3-story building; considering the adjacency to the Hayward Fault and the need for a high level of seismic design and detailing by using ground anchors at the braced frame foundations to resist large seismic uplift forces; and including a long-span pedestrian bridge connecting the third floor of the building with a walkway connected to the rest of the campus at a higher elevation. 

California State University
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94542

General Contractor
Rudolph and Sletten
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward CA 94111

Location: Hayward, California
Date Bid: Aug 2019
Construction Period: Dec 2019 to Feb 2022
Total Square Feet: 100,863
Building Sizes: First floor, 35,296; second floor, 32,019; third floor, 33,548; total, 100,863 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14'; second floor, 14'; each addition floor, 14'; to parapet 46'10"; penthouse, 12'10"; total, 54'10".
Number of Buildings: One.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Curtainwalls.
Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the November/December 2023 issue of DCD