CSU East Bay has explored options for investing in their library and learning commons facilities. Following an assessment and feasibility study, CSU East Bay is pursuing a new library learning center, as it is more fiscally sensible than renovating the existing facility. The University sees an opportunity to build a new building and to frame a future vision for services to support student success. There have also been significant shift and advancements in the world of academic libraries and learning centers. New service model approaches and facility configurations provide greater flexibility and support for student success.
ABA led the University in a Pre-Design effort to effectively engage key stakeholders in refining the service and operational model, and developing the architectural program for this new CORE building – ‘Collaborative Opportunities in Research and Engagement’, as defined by the CSUEB President’s Cabinet visioning document.
A series of ABA facilitated interactions with stakeholders, including focus groups, workshops, and online surveys with leadership, faculty, staff, students, and alumni were the foundation for this phase of service. The project also considered the project funding schedule, the timing of the project’s development, and the approval and decision-making process.
One of the challenges of the site is the typography – which is on a hillside with a 40 ft drop with existing subsurface utilities. Additionally, the team needs to improve Campus connectivity while allowing for fire access. The goal is to make the CORE a new campus hub through the improved campus connectivity.