Project Overview

The New Stan State

Originally built in 1978, the current University Student Union has many structural issues and does not provide the needs of our growing student population. The USU Board of Directors recognized the need for major improvements and took action to improve our aging University Student Union by starting the "The New Stan State" campaign in October 2015.

The result? A $52 million renovation plan for the Union, to be funded by a $209/semester increase to the student fee, effective fall 2019. In December 2015, the student body voted to approve the project.

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Project Vision

The vision for the University Student Center is to provide a fulfilling experience and the resources necessary to allow for student success. The environment should ignite campus pride and improve student life. Our students, no matter their demographic, should find their niche within the space. The building should be versatile, innovative, progressive, and inviting. It will bring our campus community together and will become the central hub of our campus.

The new building will be state of the art and will meet the needs of our ever changing campus community. It will be a place to engage, empower, and transform our student body.  This building will be the heart of our university and will be characterized by modern design and sustainable practices. It will become a place where students can be collaborative, creative, and comfortable. It will be the foundation of the New Stan State.

Project Timeline

University Student Center Grand Opening

Coming to the University Student Center

Total Square Feet
Lounge Seating
Warrior Grill Seating

Alumni Plaza

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Building Renderings

Sustainability Features

Groundbreaking Ceremony

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 8, 2018 to commemorate the beginning of construction for our new building. The ceremony included words from the last five chairs of the University Student Union (USU) Board of Directors, whose foresight and diligence played key roles in bringing the project to this seminal point.

The middle chair of the five, Turlock native Natalie Dykzeul, held the chair for the project’s pivotal moment. Her two years as USU chair included the passing of the student referendum to underwrite the project. Dykzeul praised the work of her two immediate predecessors, Emily Ruiz and Erika Santos, as well as the two who have continued as USU leaders, Hailey Holm and current chair Allysa Gonzales.

“The hardest part was the logistics, and how we reached out to the students,” said Dykzeul, who this May will earn her master’s in genetic counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her degree from Stanislaus was in biology. “We reached out to all the clubs and organizations, all the athletics teams and to housing to make sure they knew what was going on. It was a group effort doing the outreach.”

“A student center is much more than a place for social interactions and networking, although that’s a very important piece of what it’s designed to do,” said Stan State President Ellen Junn during the ceremony, standing in the same spot on which the new building will take shape. “Students, as well as faculty and staff, will come to find that a well-designed and well-managed student center is a place where classroom conversations can overflow and emerge with greater depth.”

Construction began on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Turner Construction, project general contractor, is installing fencing and trailers. Demolition of the existing building will begin mid to late March. Stay tuned for more updates and information on this exciting project.

Meet the Team

A team of Student Representatives and Professional Staff will be incorporating the student perspective and vision throughout the design process. The ideals of the student representatives in collaboration with the architects and Construction Company’s expertise will create the basis of this everlasting building.

Hailey Holm - 2016-2017 USU Board Chair
Bryan Jimenez - 2016-2017 USU Board Vice Chair
Jennifer Galeana-Vasquez - 2016-2017 USU Events Coordinator
Allysa Gonzales - 2016-2017 USU Secretary
Danielle Martinez - 2016-2017 USU Student Representative
Nicole Larson - 2016-2017 ASI President
Carlene Dyer - 2016-2017 ASI Vice President
Katie Rotan - Interim ASI Leadership & Student Government Manager
Victor Jimenez - ASI Graphic Designer
Cesar Rumayor - ASI/USU Executive Director
Marvin Hooker - ASI Student Government Advisor
Rob Noble - Dean of Students
Tim Overhaauw - Director Facilities Operations
Melody Maffei - AVP Capital Plng & Facil Management

AC Martin has planned and designed places and spaces that have this transformative effect – sustainable, enduring landmarks that enrich the surrounding environment through the authenticity of our designs. Our designs are based on the fundamental principle that we as architects, must respond to the needs of the building occupants and the community at large, through societal, cultural, environmental and global prerequisites.

Turner Construction Company was selected to provide construction manager at-risk services. The company is headquartered in New York City with local offices across the country, including Kansas City.
Turner has a long and extensive track record of successfully completing higher education projects with more than $5 billion in the education construction across the country in the past three years.

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