UPDATE: The Topping Out Ceremony for the Santos Manuel Student Union Expansion is today Monday, March 2, from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.The event has been moved indoors to SMSU Events Center B, and can be access from both inside/outside of the student union.


Cal State San Bernardino will hold a topping out ceremony on Monday, March 2, to celebrate the placement of the highest beam of the three-story, 120,000-square-foot, $90 million expansion of the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union. CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales, along with administrators and student leaders, will speak about the project and its impact on the students and the university during the ceremony, which is set to begin at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held on the northside of the existing Santos Manuel Student Union and the construction project. The expansion, which is set for completion in September 2021, will comprise of a multi-purpose ballroom, which is twice the size of the existing SMSU Events Center, an eight-lane bowling alley and game room, a pub, food service and retail space, collaborative spaces for student organizations and support centers, and a bookstore.             The expansion will have two primary entrances on the first level: the southern entrance nearest to the existing Santos Manuel Student Union and the north entrance accessed from Coyote Walk, the main campus pedestrian spine. Though the new facility will not be physically connected to the existing student union, the project will also renovate the existing union to visually and functionally link the building in a number of ways:
  • A plaza will be created between the south entrance of the expansion building and the north entrance of the existing building;
  • The existing building’s north entrance will be converted to a glass storefront; and
  • 29,000 square feet will be renovated to include a new wellness and counseling center along with various meeting and support spaces.

The project’s architect is LPA Architects in Irvine and the construction contractor is Hathaway Dinwiddie of Los Angeles. For more information, contact the CSUSB Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit inside.csusb.edu