Grand Opening Introduces Community to Transformed Campus
CSUDH celebrates the addition of three state-of-the-art new academic facilities to campus.
In October 2021, CSUDH hosted an on-campus grand opening with four simultaneous ribbon cuttings, three of which were on major capital project buildings totaling more than $200 million. The grand opening marked the biggest transformation of the campus in more than a decade, and the first additions of brand-new academic facilities in more than 20 years.
Several hundred employees, students, alumni, and community leaders came out to celebrate the growth of campus and tour the new buildings. Prior to the simultaneous ribbon cuttings, which were live-streamed on monitors at the main speaker platform, tours of the new facilities highlighted the buildings’ cutting-edge technology and thoughtful architectural details, designed to maximize learning and engagement for CSUDH students and the surrounding community.
The event introduced the community to CSUDH’s new Science and Innovation building ($67.85 million), the 506-bed Student Residence Hall ($55.87 million) complex, and the Innovation and Instruction building ($83.5 million). Students in the CSUDH Esports Association showed off their skills at the fourth location, near the future site of the Esports Incubator Lab.
Following the tours, guests heard remarks from university and government representatives, including CSUDH President Thomas A. Parham, CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro, and CSUDH alumnus State Senator Steven Bradford (BA ’85) as well as prerecorded remarks by Congresswoman Nanette Barragan, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Assemblymember Mike Gipson.
The new I&I building is a game changer for the campus and our students. The classrooms, workspaces, and amenities enable our faculty to provide high-quality, innovative education and research in 21st century facilities, and to welcome our community partners into impressive and beautiful spaces.– Fynnwin Prager, associate professor of public administration
The new Student Residence Hall is amazing. Living here is a great experience— it’s been a great way to establish community with other students, especially coming back from a year in quarantine.– Emanuel Prince, student
The new Science and Innovation building is exciting for the entire CSUDH campus community. The teaching and research labs enable our faculty to work more closely with our students on projects that will make them competitive for whatever endeavors they choose to pursue. We are also very excited to utilize these new spaces to foster new relationships with our community partners.– Ximena Cid, chair and associate professor of physics