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CSUSM to Host Groundbreaking on Extended Learning Building

San Marcos, CA – California State University San Marcos will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new Extended Learning building at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8.

The project is a public-private partnership to build 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 by August 2019.

The formal ceremony will include remarks by CSUSM President Karen Haynes and San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond. Flat, closed-toe shoes are required at the construction site.

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. Learn more about North City online.

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.

Learn more about Extended Learning online.


What: Ceremonial groundbreaking on CSUSM’s Extended Learning building; flat, closed-toe shoes are required at the construction site.

When: 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 8

Where: Northwest corner of Campus Way and Barham Drive at California State University San Marcos

Parking: News media parking will be available at the construction site. Please contact Eric Breier at for information.


About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 28-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls nearly 17,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.