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CSUSB California State University San Bernardino, Dining Commons and Student Housing - San Bernardino, California

California State University San Bernadino

Posted: June 14, 2023 | Projects

     Photo courtesy of California State University

The construction of the new student housing and dining commons on the east end of the Cal State San Bernardino campus celebrated a number of milestones during its time of construction. The first was on March 9, 2017, when steel beam frames were raised on the concrete foundation of one of the buildings. 

CSUSB staff photographer Robert A. Whitehead documented the work at the site, near the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration. The construction was the largest single capital project in university history, costing $95.8 million and encompassing 164,000 square feet.  

Ground was officially broken on September 29, and the project was targeted for completion in time for the 2018 fall quarter. 

Another major milestone was on October 18, when workers and university officials held a topping-out ceremony, and a signed piece of the top floor’s wall was set into place. 

With 416 beds, the student housing development is the initial phase of a larger community that will be developed at CSUSB as enrollment grows. This residential community will eventually serve about 1,200 more students. 

This phase was targeted to meet the needs of entering first-year students and is the first new housing community specifically designed to serve their needs since Serrano Village opened in 1972. 

In addition to the new housing units for students, the community dedicated space for student advising and academic support, the Honors Program, two Faculty-in-Residence apartments, a community kitchen, multipurpose meeting rooms, and is the administrative home of the university’s Department of Housing and Residential Education. 

The new dining commons is a two level, multi-faceted campus dining facility. With a capacity of nearly 700 customers, the layout is approximately 500. Two dining experiences are available in this location. 

The first offers an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall featuring a range of dining cuisines, including a grill, sandwiches/ salads, display cooking, and a number of international choices. Seating is on multiple levels, including two enclosed outdoor locations, meeting rooms that can be reserved for groups and guests, and a faculty/staff collaboration dining room. 

The second venue in the new dining commons is a cash-and-carry operation, as well as an enhanced convenience store. CSUSB’s first planned late-night dining location, it offers sandwiches and grill-style cash options all day, providing an exciting place for the campus community to gather into the evening. 

As with all campus housing, the project was funded through the rental rates of students living in the residence halls. No state general fund dollars were committed to this project.     

California State University
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Location: San Bernardino, California
Date Bid: Sep 2016
Construction Period: Oct 2016 to Aug 2018


Total Square Feet: 48,358
Building Sizes: First floor, 45,801; second floor, 2,557; total, 48,358 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 6'6"; first floor, 14'; second floor, 14'; total, 34'6".
Number of Buildings: One.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: Other.
Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.


Total Square Feet: 107,260
Building Sizes: North Housing: First floor, 12,000; second floor, 14,507; third floor, 14,507; fourth floor, 14,509; South Housing: first floor, 13,748; second floor, 14,645; third floor, 14,643; fourth floor, 8,701; total, 107,260 square feet.
Building Height: North Housing: First floor, 13'; second floor, 10'; each additional floor, 10'; total, 43'; South Housing: First floor, 18'; second floor, 10'; each additional floor, 10'; total, 48'.
Number of Buildings: Two.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: Other.
Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

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