California State University, Dominguez Hills

Carson,

Student Recreation And Wellness Center Concept Development Analysis

As part of a larger vision to improve the student experience, B&D—supported by Hastings & Chivetta Architects and CW Driver—was engaged in 2015 to help California State University, Dominguez Hills understand ways to improve existing on-campus recreation facilities. In particular, the university desired to expand existing facilities or construction a stand-alone facility. We were tasked with recommending whether the university, in conjunction with Associated Students, Inc. and the Loker Student Union board of directors, should move forward with a 2016 referendum for a new building. A Strategic Asset Value session we led identified drivers for the project that aligned with the university’s mission and vision. Subsequent project steps included focus groups and stakeholder interviews, a campus-wide fee-sensitivity survey, a demand-based programming analysis, and an outline program of spaces for the two development options: renovation and expansion versus construction of a new recreation complex. Conceptual architectural drawings were completed to determine constructability of the two options, and a financial analysis outlined fee levels needed for financial feasibility. We then developed two concepts: One would capitalize on the foundation and location of the existing facilities and provide more updated and adequate facilities, and the other would create a dedicated student recreation and wellness center. However, we ascertained that a majority of the university’s students were not prepared to support a referendum, and advised delaying the vote for one year to spur more campus discussion.