CSU, Chico News

New Student Services Center Wins Construction Award

Date: 10-22-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University Chico’s new Student Services Center has received the Best of 2008 Higher Education Award of Merit by California Construction magazine.

The four-story, 120,000 square-foot building, which opened this summer, was designed by BAR Architects and built by Turner Construction.

Cliff Kunkel, Turner Construction project executive, said, “We are extremely pleased to hear of this award, and to have been involved in the construction of Chico State’s Student Services Center.” Glennda Morse, CSU, Chico interim executive dean and director of Facilities Planning, said, “This is very exciting news and quite an honor to have the Student Services Center singled out for its construction. We are very proud of this new building on our campus.”

The Student Services Center was built following environmentally conscious standards established by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a program by the U.S. Green Building Council. The University is currently seeking LEED-Gold certification for the building, which would be one of the first state-funded construction projects in the CSU with that honor.
The statewide California Construction competition annually recognizes construction and design excellence throughout California. Eligible projects must have been completed between Sept. 1, 2007 and Sept. 1, 2008.

An independent jury of industry experts in design and construction judged more than 140 nominated projects in a variety of categories. The 50 winners will be featured in the December 2008 issue of California Construction and will be honored at an awards breakfast in December at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, and at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

The jury awarded points to construction submissions based on criteria including project management, overcoming challenges of the job, overall excellence in architectural or engineering design, innovation, safety and the contribution to the community and/or the construction industry, among other criteria.