California State University Long Beach

Horn Center Renovation & Expansion

Long Beach, California

Designed by campus architect Edward Killingsworth’s office and constructed in 1987, the 50,000 square-foot building served as the University’s former North Library. While not a mid-century building, its overall massing is complimentary to the Killingsworth-planned campus.

The building’s most recent role as a student services center, named after campus president Steve Horn, has provided students a consolidated hub for academic counseling, learning assistance, and the largest computer lab on campus. In 1993, the University Art Museum (UAM) was relocated into the Horn Center and has been serving the campus with contemporary exhibitions and displays of student work. As the campus continues its transition in offering top-tier academic services, Pfeiffer worked with the University to renovate the Horn Center for ten new classrooms and two new lecture halls.

Project Data

49,000 sf Renovation; 4,300 sf Addition
Targeting LEED Gold certification

Program & Highlights

Student services center for academic counseling and learning assistance
Largest computer lab on campus
New seating areas in north and south courtyards


General Contractor: Clark Construction Group
Structural/MEP Engineer: BuroHappold
Civil Engineer: KPFF
Audio Visual/Acoustics/Security: Waveguide LLC
Landscape Architect: EPT Design