Southwestern College Student Union

Coffman provided structural engineering services for a two-story, 100,000 sf building that will become a central student hub at the heart of the Southwestern College campus. The structure includes a primary structural and lateral system, as well as exterior metal stud framing, architectural trellis and overhang components, and details for architectural and site elements required by Division of the State Architect (DSA). The building is being constructed with cast-in-place concrete utilizing flat plate floor slabs, concrete columns on a relatively uniform grid, and concrete shear walls for lateral resistance.

The new student union will complete the heart of campus by offering a range of activities and spaces for students to gather, socialize, and interact with their peers. Balancing a number of small discrete spaces with larger flexible spaces will support student and campus programs and activities ranging from quiet study, to casual dining, to formal events. Food service and dining are critical elements of a successful student union and should take advantage of Chula Vista’s benign climate by connecting indoor spaces with outdoor terraces and patios.

Photo Credit: Gensler.


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