Southwestern College broke ground in February of 2023 on a $100 million student union in Chula Vista, Calif. Designed by Gensler as the dynamic heart of the campus, the 85,000-sf replacement facility will act as a vibrant nexus where students and faculty can gather, engage, and socialize. Accommodating diverse learning communities and activities, the complex will offer a state-of-the art dining and food service hall, a multipurpose room, a ballroom, a meditation room, and a grab-and-go coffee bar. Interior spaces will open onto outdoor patios and terraces, creating a variety of settings for informal interaction. The inclusive structure will also accommodate the Veterans’ Resource Center, a student health and wellness hub, a culinary arts suite, and space for student services and organizations. Balfour Beatty is the construction manager at risk for the project, which is slated for completion in fall of 2024.
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