Construction Continues on Extended Learning Building
As construction continues on Cal State San Marcos’ new Extended Learning building, the excitement is growing both on campus and throughout the community.
Part of a public-private partnership, the project includes a 135,000 square foot, six-story building, an accompanying 709-space parking garage and a pedestrian bridge over Barham Drive. The project is expected to be completed in time for the fall 2019 semester.
“This public-private partnership is another example of our innovative, creative and entrepreneurial spirit as we seek new ways to serve our campus and our community,” CSUSM President Karen Haynes said.
The project will add a two-acre footprint to the CSUSM campus. In addition to being the new home of CSUSM’s Extended Learning program, the building will include 14,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, six labs, 14 conference/study spaces, community clinic education and research space, academic support centers and the offices of CSUSM’s Public Health, Social Work and Speech-Language Pathology programs.
CSUSM’s North City partners on the $81.9 million project include Sea Breeze Properties, Turner Construction, Brookhurst, Urban Villages San Marcos, EvCon Associates and Safdie Rabines Architects.
“This project bridges, both literally and figuratively, the University with an urban environment to create this University village,” said Jeff Baize, CEO Brookhurst Development and Advisory Corporation.
CSUSM Extended Learning offers accredited degrees, certificates and customized training programs designed to accelerate professional development. It is continually adding new and relevant programs to its offerings in response to the changing economic needs of the region.
Extended Learning functions as a financially self-supporting unit within the University, which means it receives no funding from the state and relies solely on revenues generated from its various programs to operate.
“I see North City as being almost like the downtown for North County,” San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond said. “This is where people are going to come. It’s going to be a destination. With the education hub and the businesses that are here and with North City moving and building around Cal State San Marcos, I think that gives us a lot of potential for future growth and future economy here and a great place to raise your family.”
Eric Breier, Public Affairs Specialist
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