The new Extended University Commons (EUC) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is a three-story, 67,000-square-foot building that houses both academic and office space. The building, completed in September 2016, includes instructional spaces for the Tseng College of Extended Learning to accommodate their rapidly growing programs, and incorporates workspace for the College’s administration services. With both educational and professional users, the design team had the unique challenge of including elements that meet many different needs.

Within the academic spaces, the design team explored passive versus active learning concepts to discover how students can explore and engage collaboratively. The classrooms are designed to accommodate technology with media and flexible, mobile furnishings for formal and informal meetings.

The point of visual connection for both students and working professionals is the three-story-high lobby. The visual connection directly influences workplace behavior and student interaction in the surrounding gathering and social spaces. Additionally, the courtyard creates a dynamic setting for students to engage, but more importantly, this setting is easily adaptable for the corporate setting as well for spaces where employees can take a break, have lunch or engage in an informal meeting. The design responds with a balanced and strategic plan for the college to provide quality student services, efficient work flow, flexible academic spaces and social spaces to facilitate collaboration. 

The completion of the Extended University Commons for the Tseng College at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) marks the 100th LEED building to be completed by LPA’s integrated design team.

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Project Details

  • Northridge, CA
  • 67,000-square-foot
  • Completed in 2016
  • LEED Gold certified

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