TITAN STUDENT UNION AND PROJECT HISTORY
This is the house the Titans built.
Often referred to as the living room of the campus, the Titan Student Union (TSU) serves as Cal State Fullerton’s primary gathering place for students, faculty, staff, alumni and campus visitors. The center for social, cultural, and educational activities for the campus community, it was built in response to a referendum passed by students in 1966 to construct a student union building on the CSUF campus. This project would be one that none would see completed as students, as it did not open until a decade later. The building, then called the University Center, opened in 1976 and provided services and facilities to meet the needs of the current student population, including a food court, study lounges, meeting rooms, a typing center, plant store and an ice cream parlor.
In 1987, another referendum was passed by students to enlarge the University Center. Five years later, in 1992, construction was completed on the expanded facility and the building was renamed the Titan Student Union. Featuring a new conference center, expanded food court and student organization offices, the expansion almost doubled the size of the original building.
The TSU is the largest and most utilized facility operated by the ASI. The facility is visited by thousands of students, faculty and staff each day, is open seven days a week and is an integral part of the daily lives of the campus community.
The original student union, built in 1976, is 35 years old and it has been 20 years since it was last expanded (1992). During that time, the CSUF campus enrollment has increased by an estimated 50% (from approximately 24,000 students to approximately 36,000 students). Since the last expansion, only minor improvements have been made to the TSU, while experiencing significant use during peak lunch hours with limited seating and spaces available for students to study, socialize, or dine. Additionally, increased demand from student organizations and events places even more stress on the limited resources available to the community.
In the winter of 2012, the Associated Students, Inc. of California State University, Fullerton (ASI) contracted Brailsford & Dunlavey to complete an Expansion Feasibility Study of the TSU to evaluate how well existing spaces and services meet student needs, what shortfalls of space are present, and what opportunities are present to improve the Titan Student Union. This Study was completed to provide ASI with qualitative and quantitative research to determine how best to improve the TSU to meet the current and future needs of the CSUF community. The Titan Student Union Expansion Feasibility Study was based on an extensive outreach to the student community through focus groups and surveys. Over 200 students participated in focus groups and intercept interviews, with an additional 6,400 completing the online survey. This information along with the other analyses provided insight on areas of focus for TSU and the key questions identified by ASI. Brailsford & Dunlavey found that sufficient need and support for space is present at CSU Fullerton.
THE PROJECT BEGINS
In fall 2014 (Oct. 30-Nov. 6), all CSUF students, faculty, staff and administrators were invited to preview the three final design concepts under consideration. Six drop-in events were hosted for members of the campus community to view each proposed design solution and to provide feedback on the overall concepts, the specific project elements, and areas for potential improvement. The review period for each design concept and technical proposal was completed in November and the team of PCL (general contractor) and Steinberg (architects) was selected as the design/build team finalist.
On March 24 and March 25, 2015, the Titan Student Union expansion project was brought before the California State University Board of Trustees for schematic design review and approval. On Wednesday, March 25, CSU trustees approved the $20 million overhaul of the Titan Student Union.
Construction began in July 2015 with the demolition of the Garden Café and surrounding area. The construction site encompasses all of the garden café and the short term parking directly to the south and extends east to the Becker amphitheater, absorbing the south and east patio areas. The construction project is slated to take approximately 18 months and is scheduled to open sometime in the Spring 2017 semester.
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