Why is it important to build an Alumni Center?
A Net-Zero-Energy Facility: A First for CSU!
The Alumni Center is planned to be the first major Net-Zero building for CSULB and the entire CSU system, as well as the City of Long Beach, making it a benchmark, 100% sustainable project for the university.
Where will the Alumni Center be located?
In an easily accessible location at Atherton Avenue and Merriam Way, and in close proximity to the Walter Pyramid and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Ample parking will be available.
How is the space configured?
Planned components include a banquet/conference center, an executive board room, a garden-like courtyard, an alumni showcase lounge and den/library featuring 49er memorabilia and alumni exhibits, Tradition’s hall and Alumni hall, and more.
The above is a conceptual rendering of an interior area of Alumni Center, which is subject to change
Funding & Timeline
The Alumni Center will be funded through private contributions. Construction will begin when all funds have been secured, with groundbreaking anticipated for summer 2017. Several donors have already stepped forward to support the project, bringing the total amount raised to 40% of the approximately $12 million overall budget.
A campaign for Leadership Gifts is underway, offering a range of naming opportunities within the Alumni Center. These opportunities, ranging from $1,500,000 to $50,000, will leave a legacy for alumni and their families in support of The Beach for generations to come.
Phase III of the Alumni Center Project will commence following the successful completion of Phase II, and will include a campaign for gifts at all levels. The project design and all plans will be finalized, with groundbreaking anticipated for summer 2017.
Who is Anna W. Ngai?
The lead donor to the alumni center, Anna W. Ngai was an international student from Hong Kong who graduated from CSULB in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in finance and business administration. She cherishes the lifelong friendships she made during her student years and credits the education she received at The Beach for helping her achieve success as a restaurant entrepreneur.
"I was fortunate to be an international student. It was the best four years of my life. I wanted to show people that even international students should give back."