New dorms will add to student life at CSUB

The new residence halls will be built by Bernards Construction and will house 500 students upon completion in early 2015.
The new residence halls will be built by Bernards Construction and will house 500 students upon completion in early 2015.

The plan to build new residence halls at CSUB took one giant step forward this month when it received approval from the CSU Board of Trustees, according to this CSUB news release. Now, rooms for 500 students have a completion date in sight. Two years from now, student life on campus will blossom with the opening of a modern, energy-efficient housing complex.

The new dorms will be located at the northeast corner of campus, much closer than the current dorms to other centers for student life: Runner Cafe, the Student Union, and the Student Recreation Center. The dorms will also offer activities for resident students with new study rooms, lounges, a game room, a multipurpose room and a central courtyard.

The current dorms house just 350 students — a small portion of CSUB’s enrollment of 8,000 students. The dorms are so impacted that some share three to a room. The new residence halls will offer more space to current students and promote on-campus living for new students. The complex will also be built to the LEED Gold standard for sustainability, including low-flush toilets and rooftop solar panels.

Learn more in this story by The Bakersfield Californian and this report by KGET.

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