California State University Channel Islands


Student Union Feasibility Analysis, Financial Analysis, And Referendum Support

California State University, Channel Islands was experiencing an ever-increasing student population and projected the need for a community-focused student union building. The university retained B&D to verify that need and outline its feasibility. Our work toward this goal included a competitive look at peer institutions, interviews with administrators and students, surveys, and demand-based programming. We uncovered the fact that a student union would provide much-needed socialization and organizational space, and offer an informal atmosphere which currently did not exist on campus. As a result, our recommendation was that the university go forward with the union construction in multiple phases over time to accommodate enrollment increases. We also built a financial model for this project and helped with its student referendum, which ultimately aided the passing of a student fee increase to support the debt service and operations of the new union. Groundbreaking took place late in 2008 and the new 25,100 SF, $13 million Student Union opened in March of 2010.