California State University—Dominquez Hills, Loker Student Union

Carson, California

  • FIRM



    California State University System

  • AREA

    137,000 sq.ft.





To update and accommodate the expanding requirements of its student body, California State University—Dominguez Hills, planned a 65,700-square-foot renovation and 71,500-square-foot addition. A multilevel courtyard separates, yet connects the two buildings. It serves as a physical and symbolic campus core, promoting retail activity and facilitating interaction ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY12,500COST PER SQ FT$248.00CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio students and faculty.

The $28 million student union contains student lounge areas to meet social space demands, a bookstore and retail stores, student-services and administrative offices, a full kitchen, and indoor and outdoor dining areas. Expanded food services include fast food, fine dining and a sports lounge. Other amenities include a large ballroom; computer, game, conference and meeting rooms; a campus post office; and banking services.

The addition provides a fresh, inviting atmosphere and incorporates numerous sustainable-design features, including natural lighting of more than 90 percent of interior spaces; insulated, low-E coated glass; and insulated skylight glass that reduces interior heat gain to reduce energy consumption. More than 50 percent of existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructures, including ducting, piping, conduit and cabling, panels and controls, were reused.


“Well-detailed inside and out. A very impactful renovation and addition.”--2008 jury