Construction Phase – I&I

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Innovation and Instruction Building

The Innovation and Instruction building will be a new four-story structure at the front door of the CSUDH campus, on Victoria Street at the east side of the main campus quad. The building will have approximately 107,600 GSF and 69,250 ASF of space and will be a gateway structure for the campus. It is located on the site of the one-story cluster of the Small Colleges Complex (SCC) constructed of CMU and wood in the early 1970’s.

The building will house general university and business school classrooms, faculty/administration offices, and a café, as well as a university event center with kitchen support. Classrooms and computer labs range from 25 to 120 seats; the larger classrooms are designed as active learning environments. Faculty offices, meeting rooms, breakout spaces, and open collaboration areas encourage student interaction and collaboration and enhance the continuous learning environment.

On the ground floor, a large lobby space with a four-story atrium welcomes students and visitors to the building and includes a large media wall. The upper two stories will have glass and wall enclosures, overlooking the atrium. The central space is flanked by the student advising center on one side and the student coffee shop and university event center on the other, consisting of a 250-seat auditorium to host distinguished speakers and symposia, as well as be used as a collaborative learning classroom and distance learning space. The first 150 seats in this auditorium will be designed so that every two rows will be on the same level, allowing students to participate in collaboration or discussion activities with the students in the next row. Another 120-seat classroom serves as an active learning environment and also as a banquet space. Flexibility of use for university-sponsored events is supported by a full catering kitchen with cold storage and a loading dock.

The second floor consists of classrooms and computer labs. The College of Business will have a simulated trading room with lighted ticker tape information. A special feature will be two 60-seat case study rooms. A small broadcast space will provide an area for interactive lectures and distance learning. The third and fourth floors will have faculty and departmental offices as well as classrooms.

A central open stairway connects all four levels of the building, enhancing visibility of programs and promoting interaction of students, faculty, administration, and the community.

The construction is proposed to be of braced steel frame on standard foundation; the exterior materials of the building consist of plaster, glass, and metal panels with an accent stone wall in a contemporary architectural style. Glass curtain wall construction at the lobby and the two main building entrances on the north and south sides draw students and visitors into the heart of the building. The tall slender windows at the classrooms and offices on the west and south sides are protected with sun shading. An outdoor venue is a landscaped space on the south side and will be served by the kitchen, as well. A landscape of trees will enhance the building as well as frame the quad on which the building edges.

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 Environmental / Logistical Impacts to the Campus Community

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Construction Site Plan

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Please be aware of construction activities north of College of Education (COE) and east of James L. Welch Hall.  Pedestrian access to/from the campus will not be impacted.  Please always watch for construction traffic along Dominguez Hills Parkway and inside Parking Lot 2.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact Stephen Chamberlain, Senior Project Manager at (310) 243-3344, or send him an email at

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the construction of this major capital outlay project designed to advance the mission of CSUDH.