Representing a unique public/private venture between California State University San Marcos and Seabreeze Properties, the Extended Learning Building (ELB) is sited off-campus in neighboring North City, a burgeoning 202-acre mixed-use development master planned by Safdie Rabines. The project includes a 135,000 SF building, a pedestrian bridge providing a safe alternative to crossing the busy street that separates the campus from North City, and a 709-stall parking structure. Replacing the existing on-campus ELB, the 6-story facility will house classrooms, laboratory, faculty, and administrative spaces for Extended Learning and their subsidiary departments; including Global Education, American Language and Culture Institute and International Programs. Tutoring and academic support for all students will be located in the the Academic Success Center located on the 2nd floor of the building. The new ELB is located at the gateway to North City, across from The Quad mixed-use student housing project. The double loaded, in-situ concrete structure contains ground floor street-facing retail spaces with a massive plaza-like walkway to inspire gatherings and connection. To the rear, dual laboratories outfitted with bi-fold garage doors open to a shared green space. Large breezeways and decks, including a 1600 SF deck surrounding ELC’s 6th floor administration offices, provide ventilation and enhance building porosity. Open offices are configured to capitalize on natural light.
The ELB is a design-build project in collaboration with Turner Construction Company.