Another Milestone for Extended Learning Building
By Eric Breier
Construction of Cal State San Marcos’ Extended Learning building reached another important milestone earlier this month during a “topping out” ceremony.
A topping out is typically observed when the last beam is placed on top of a new building. Everyone involved in the CSUSM project signed a ceremonial beam during the Nov. 16 ceremony. The beam will be placed in the lobby of the finished building.
“It’s hard to believe that it was only six months ago that we stood here and put shovels into the ground for a ceremonial groundbreaking for this project,” CSUSM President Karen Haynes said. “This milestone marks another sign of our University’s growth as this structure continues to take shape.”
Part of a public-private partnership, the project on the northwest corner of Campus Way and Barham Drive includes a 135,000 square foot, six-story building, an accompanying 709-space parking garage and a pedestrian bridge over Barham Drive.
The building's concrete structure is complete and work is concentrating on the interior framing and installation of the mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. The tower crane will be removed on Dec. 7. The building is expected to open in time for the fall 2019 semester.