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Cal State San Marcos continues expansion plan

California State University San Marcos is in the midst of building a new facility that when completed, will help keep up with the projected growth and campus master plan.

The Social and Behavioral Science Building will be the newest learning center added to the four-year university.

The four-story facility will have lecture classrooms; computer, anthropology and G.I.S. labs; a small rodent facility; and over 100 offices with administration space for the College of Arts and Science.

The building will total 106,509 square feet and O'Connor Construction Management Inc. has been selected by Cal State San Marcos to provide construction management services, but no general contractor has been finalized at this time according to Alison Murphy, senior business development coordinator for O'Connor Construction Management.

The project is projected to be LEED silver certified and was designed by Los Angeles-based firm AC Martin Partners.

Funding for this $40 million project came from a 2006-2007 state allocation.

According to campus officials, the building will assist in the increasing enrollment demands that are expected to reach 8,000 by 2010.

Phase one of this project, which consists of grading and service road construction, will be completed this month. Construction is slated to begin in December for the second phase.

The building exterior will consist of porcelain tile with metal stud furring on a steel braced frame. Also, a courtyard at the rear of the building includes a rock-lined vernal streambed and drought-tolerant, indigenous landscaping.

Windows will be punched aluminum, with dual-glazed high-performance low-E glazing with aluminum sunshades on the southern elevation, and aluminum curtain wall will be at the main entry and interior central stair.

The roof will have a single-ply membrane cool roof with R-19 rigid insulation, and there are two hydraulic elevators and four exterior metal stair systems.

The lobby is designed to have porcelain floor tile with a bamboo wood accent wall, and on the second floor a two-story atrium space with glass and stainless steel rail will be in place.

Also part of the construction team is Brandow & Johnston, structural and civil engineering; MA Engineers, mechanical engineering; Michael Wall Engineering, electrical and telecom; and Ah'be Landscape Architects.

The O'Connor Construction Management team includes Neil Murphy, regional manager; Dave Strandberg, construction manager; and Brent Schertzer, project engineer.

Also, in addition to the Social and Behavioral Sciences building, O'Connor is providing construction management services for the university on other ongoing projects including Parking Structure 1, Campus View Drive Road Extension and the McMahan House meeting facility.

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