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Otter Student Union

California State University

Posted: May 19, 2021 | Projects

Students at Cal State University Monterey bay had needed a new Otter Student Union building for quite some time. So, when it came time to state their opinion, the students voted “yes” to raise student union fees and “yes” to a new student union center to be built with funds from the fees.

Photo Courtesy California State University

The $55 million Otter Student Union provides a new hub on campus, and with that, a sense of belonging for students. With three stories and 70,000 square feet of space, it offers a plethora of services, including a cross-cultural center, an expanded game room and lounge, an outdoor terrace, a ballroom, a Starbucks, a bookstore, and group conference and study nooks, in addition to a vast array of retail outlets and dining spots.

In April 2012, the Otter Student Union contacted Brailsford & Dunlavey, a program management and development advisory firm, to help draw up a plan for a new center. The firm was responsible for working on all of the logistics, figuring out exactly where things needed to be financially, what the costs were, and how to make things happen in a manageable timeline. The team helped everyone work together as a collaborative effort. Since the project started with the students, they were also included in the project, and the Otter Student Union team steamrolled through the process of making the new building a reality.

The new Otter Student Union offers the campus community a variety of opportunities for formal and informal gatherings — from hosting meetings and events to providing important casual environments for chatting with friends and colleagues. The Otter Student Union enhances the CSUMB experience by providing a social venue to make each student feel an even greater sense of belonging, both to the learning institution of Cal State Monterey Bay and to the world. 

In line with CSUMB’s commitment to sustainability, the building’s design meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification, with the possibility of achieving gold status.

California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802

General Contractor
3118 Inter-Garrison Road
Seaside, CA 93955

Building Type: New

LEED Silver

Date Bid: Apr 2016
Construction Period: Sep 2018 to Sep 2020        
Total Square Feet: 71,080
Floors: First floor, 21,305; second floor, 24,335; each additional floor, 25,440; total, 71,080 
Building Height: First floor, 16′; second floor, 16′, each additional floor, 16′; total, 57′8½″
Number of Buildings: One.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam.  
Exterior Walls: Curtainwall.
Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the May/June 2021 issue of DCD