Cal State Long Beach, Student Success Center Construction Management
P2S CM enables project success, for a new Student Success Center
California State University, Long Beach's new, $44.9 million Student Success Center opened its doors to students for the Spring 2019 semester. The 81,000 SF facility was formerly Peterson Hall 2, a 1950's era building in need of some upgrades. CSULB renovated the facility into the new Student Success Center, which is now home to the Bob Murphy Access Center, undergraduate health science research and the Women’s Gender & Equity Center. P2S CM provided construction and project management services to the university, ensuring that the project was ready for students by Spring 2019.
The renovation included seismic upgrades, new fire sprinklers, gender neutral restrooms and a lactation room. There was major structural rework in seismic retrofitting to the existing structure, along with additional steel to shift the building hallways to the south and create a new central stair lobby and a new west-end student lounge. The project had significant challenges from the beginning, like the site’s continued occupancy during construction, with classrooms and offices surrounding the project. CSULB and the CM team (as an extension of the CSULB staff) were committed to enabling the success of the project. The CM team worked diligently to establish a culture of mutual respect and trust, and all parties rallied to overcome challenges by working collaboratively, with the shared mutual commitment to completing the project safely, on time, on budget and to a high degree of quality. This project received a 2020 CMAA Project Achievement Award in the higher education category.