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Ground Broken for CCPE Building

Published: March 20, 2017

The new three-story College of Continuing and Professional Education is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.
The new three-story College of Continuing and Professional Education is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.

CSULB officials broke ground on March 3 for a $30 million College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) building on campus that will give the college a central location for its students, faculty and staff.

Currently, students and faculty use classrooms spread across the campus, according to Jeet Joshee, dean of CCPE.

“This is the first building for the college, so clearly it is a dream,” Joshee said. “We’ve always needed instructional space for the students and faculty.”

The 35,000 square-foot building, located near Health and Human Services, is expected to be completed by Summer 2018 and ready for students that fall. Construction is in its early stages, but President Jane Close Conoley, Provost Brian Jersky, Vice President of Administration and Finance Mary Stephens and Joshee helped the process by shoveling a few scoops of dirt during the groundbreaking ceremonies.

“I think, but others in the audience are more expert, our last new building from the ground up was the Hall of Science and that was about eight years ago,” Conoley said. “So, it’s been a long time between brand new buildings.” The Hall of Science was dedicated in September 2011.

The CCPE project will create a new three-story building which consists primarily of 20 modern general classrooms, a large conference center and support spaces, as well as outdoor gathering areas for the CSULB community. The project will be constructed at the highest level of sustainable green building standards, and will be the first net-zero energy building in the CSU system. This is also being certified through the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum building.

Conoley called it a “great example of blending high technology in the learning community environment and it shows our commitment to sustainability.”

Joshee said discussions for the new building began in earnest about six years ago, but ramped up in the past two to three years.

“It’s been a long process but with a very good result,” he said.

Jersky noted the new CCPE home will allow students and faculty to be more innovative and enable CSULB students to further their education after graduation, calling CCPE “a link to the outside world.”

“As you can see,” Jersky told the gathering, “this building will create an outstanding learning facility for students and our faculty.”