Renderings Revealed for Cal State Long Beach Student Success Center

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Renderings courtesy of SmithGroupJJR.

New renderings have been released for Cal State Long Beach (CSULB)’s new Student Success Center, dedicated to increasing services for the massive campus’s tens of thousands of students.

Having broken ground late last year and expected to open next Spring, the SmithGroupJJR-designed center is set to not only be the new home for Disabled Student Services but offer lab and studio spaces for budding academics and researchers along with providing some space to relax and hang out.

“We were talking about [the Center] in 2014 when I arrived and now here it is in 2017 and it’s really happening,” President Jane Close Conoley said at the groundbreaking last year. “I think this will be one more really powerful effort that will result in more students finding the services they need, number one, and allow them to fully complete the excellent education they get here.”

Taking over the space that is commonly referred to as Peterson Hall 2, the area of the campus has long been in need of updates.

Essentially the brainchild of beloved late provost Dr. David Dowell and disability advocate Bob Murphy—that’s the man behind the famed Bridge Project—the project’s ultimate goal is to meld students of all abilities in a space that is both welcoming and knowledge-centric.

“My family and I are very proud to be associated with this building,” Murphy said at the groundbreaking last year. “The Student Success Center is a testament that this university cares, that this university cares about all students no matter what physical, no matter what mental challenges they might have… [They know] they have whatever help they might need to be successful.”


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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.