Gilbane Building Company Breaks Ground on California State University Monterey Bay Student Union Project

The Otter Student Union is expected to open in the spring of 2020 as a place-making statement and a commitment to the campus’ vision of continued growth.

Seaside, CA – May 17, 2018 – Gilbane was honored to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the California State University Monterey Bay Otter Student Union project on April 16, 2018. This project will be delivered by the Gilbane | HGA team as a collaborative design-build effort. The 70,000 SF building will house Student Union programs with activity, meeting room, lounge, and food service spaces, a bookstore and retail environment, as well as student government, administrative and organizational support spaces.

“It has been exciting to prepare our design-build team for the construction of this Student Gathering space”, says Shaik Sihabuddin, Sr. Project Manager with Gilbane Building Company, “The collaborative approach to this project has prepared our team well to transition seamlessly from design to construction and we’re excited to get going.”

“As Shaik indicated, this event marks an important milestone for the student community here at CSUMB,” adds Selene Lenox, Vice President of Gilbane Building Company. “It marks a 10+ year vision of the campus and nearly 2 years of dedicated planning and design with the students, staff, Chancellor’s Office, design and subcontracting community to prepare for the building of this critically-needed campus asset.”

“This new Otter Student Union will provide much-needed space for student organizations and activities. As our university continues to grow and mature, we hope the activities in this new building will make each of our students feel an even greater sense of belonging here at CSUMB”, says CSUMB President, Eduardo M. Ochoa.

Gilbane Building Company has extensive experience in the construction of public and student-funded education facilities, having completed more than $3.5B and 6.1 million square feet throughout California in the past 10 years.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has 46 office locations worldwide.

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