California State University-Long Beach

University Student Union

Long Beach, California

We have been working with the University Student Union at California State University-Long Beach for the past five years, analyzing the existing facility and developing options for a revitalized union. The needs assessments revealed numerous issues with the existing infrastructure and, more importantly, a desperate need for more student lounge space, study space and resource centers for students. We developed an initial concept to revitalize the existing union by creating a new aesthetic that would combine both the existing culture and architecture of the CSU while infusing it with new energy and openness.

Project Data

166,000 gsf

Program & Highlights

Sustainability resource center
Student resources center
Indoor/outdoor central lounge/informal performance space
Expanded food service seating
Improved Beach Auditorium
Student organization and meeting space

Existing student union

Brailsford and Dunlavey