CSUMB Academic II - Monterey Bay, California
CSU Monterey Bay
Posted: September 21, 2022 | Projects
The design solutions for CSUMB’s Joel and Dena Gambord Business and Information Technology Building (BIT) focus on blending two disparate CSUMB programs — the College of Business, and the School of Computing and Design — into one building to mimic the real business world and show that learning happens everywhere.
Photograph courtesy of CSU Monterey Bay
The 58,000-square-foot sustainable structure allows students pursuing separate degrees to learn side-by-side and collaborate in multidisciplinary teams similar to the business world. The new structure includes two and three levels tied together by an atrium, including eight classrooms; 12 laboratories; offices for faculty members, departments and the dean of the College of Business; conference rooms; student study areas; and a graduate student lounge.
CSU Monterey Bay is raising the bar in business and technology with limited environmental impact. Sustainability strategies for the Business and Information Technology Building include organized spaces to ensure that learning environments and staff areas receive natural light; storm water runoff contained on site; water conserving plumbing fixtures; and heatproducing direct sunlight being kept to a minimum with the exterior screen wall.
Certified LEED Platinum and registered as a Net Zero Energy Ready building, the BIT Building minimizes its environmental impact with water and energy conservation strategies. All native/drought tolerant landscaping with on-site storm water retention guarantees nothing flows to the bay; hot and chilled water comes from a campus central plant, and radiant heating integrated; and no-flow and low-flow features on bathroom fixtures are designed to achieve a 43.58 percent reduction in water use.
Terracotta panels are used to absorb sunlight; windows are controlled by the building management system to provide natural cooling; shades range from full blackout to 50 percent to full sun; and 46kW of the 945kW of the campus solar panel system has been dedicated to building energy use to achieve an energy cost savings of 43.4 percent (per ASHRAE 90.1-2007). The site includes an EV charging station along with 40 bicycle parking spots. Showers for the students are on the first floor. Low-emitting materials were used for paints, adhesives, flooring, furniture and seating, etc. There are views to the outside for 90 percent of spaces, and the comfort of the occupants is increased with outdoor air delivery monitoring and increased ventilation to improve indoor air quality.
At the BIT Building, learning is open to everyone, and its design solution inspires business and computer students to work together, learn from one another, and understand the value of collaboration.
CSU Monterey Bay
5108 4th Avenue
Marina, CA 93933
Rudolph & Sletten, Inc.
1600 Seaport Boulevard, #350
Redwood City, CA 94063
Location: Marina, California
Date Bid: Apr 2011
Construction Period: Jan 2014 to Dec 2015
Total Square Feet: 57,931
Building Size: First floor, 25,899; second floor, 20,009; third floor, 12,023; total, 57,931 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15'; second floor, 14'6"; third floor, 13'; floor to floor, 14'; total, 55'2".
Number of Buildings: One; 21 classrooms, 52 average seating, auditorium seating 120.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: Curtain wall.
Roof: Metal, membrane.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.