Campus Completes Infrastructure Project
Includes ‘GO BEACH’ letters destined to become ‘selfie central’
As students return to Long Beach State University today, they are being greeted by a host of improvements made as part of a two-year, $22-million campus infrastructure project that includes an enhanced transit hub, better disabled access, protection against flooding, new lighting and landscaping.
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LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2018) – As students return to Long Beach State University today, they are being greeted by a host of improvements made as part of a two-year, $22-million campus infrastructure project that includes an enhanced transit hub, better disabled access, protection against flooding, new lighting and landscaping.
None of these repairs and upgrades, however, is as likely to gain the attention of passersby quite like the set of “human-scale” yellow letters spelling out the campus motto, “GO BEACH,” located in the West Campus Circle area. Each pre-cast concrete letter is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs 2.5 tons. Various social media posts already highlight its lure as a photo-op among students and visitors, and it is destined to become “selfie central.”
Other campus projects are not as eye-catching but essential.
“As with many Cal State campuses, Long Beach was due for some infrastructure repairs,” Director of Design and Construction Mark Zakhour said. “Age and use had resulted in a deteriorating infrastructure. In addition to upgrading our electrical distribution system and two of our heating/hot water supply ‘loops,’ we had to do a lot of work in the West Campus Circle.”
According to Zakhour, a significant amount of attention was focused on the area because overtaxed drainage systems flooded traffic turnarounds. In addition, there was a growing possibility coming rains would trigger overflows and result in costly water damage to surrounding facilities, including the Family and Consumer Sciences building and Brotman Hall.
After years of significant wear and tear to the West Campus Circle and the need to install new piping, the street was “torn up,” repairs were made and the entire hub area was “reworked.”
“Because it’s a main drop-off hub, we wanted to make the new version more student-friendly,” Zakhour said. “We installed ADA upgrades, we’re providing Wi-Fi in the waiting areas, added seating, shade trees over the seating and new lighting so it’s safer at night.
“The GO BEACH letters were not part of the original upgrade plan, but as we were looking at replacing a wall, we realized we could put that money, instead, into a unique branding experience,” he added. “Working with Marketing and Communications – together with student input – the idea of the letters became a reality. So far, the feedback has been very positive.”
About the campus:Long Beach State University is a teaching-intensive, research-driven university committed to providing highly valued undergraduate and graduate degrees critical for success in the globally minded 21st century. Annually ranked among the best universities in the West and among the best values in the entire nation, the university’s eight colleges serve more than 37,500 students. The campus values and is recognized for rich educational opportunities provided by excellent faculty and staff, exceptional degree programs, diversity of its student body, fiduciary and administrative responsibility and the positive contributions faculty, staff, students and more than 300,000 alumni make on society.
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