PHOTO: CCPE new building groundbreaking ceremony, (L-R) MATT Construction CEO Steve Matt, ZGF Architects Partner Ted Hyman, CCPE Dean Jeet Joshee, CSULB Provost Brian Jersky, President Jane Close Conoley, VP of Administration and Finance Mary Stephens, Senior Manager of Construction Services Mark Zakhour

Until now, CCPE never had its own building; instead, it utilized available facilities and classrooms on the CSULB campus. Due to the growing need for additional space as its programs grew, the college found it necessary to have its own space. On March 3, 2017 the campus broke ground on the new CCPE building.

“This is the first new building in CCPE’s history, so it is a dream come true to see it finally being built,” said Jeet Joshee, Dean of CCPE and Associate Vice President of International Education and Global Engagement. “It will provide much-needed instructional space for students and faculty, and it has been constructed with an ideal blend of technology and sustainability.”

Joshee was speaking on the morning of July 11, when CCPE marked a milestone with the “Topping Off Ceremony” for its new building. As part of a tradition in the construction world, the “topping off” commemorates the final piece of steel being erected onto the building to complete the basic structure. The beam was available for everyone to sign, before being raised into place. Attendees included CSULB President Jane Close Conoley, CSULB Provost Brian Jersky, and Vice President of Administration and Finance Mary Stephens.

The new CCPE building is projected to open in July 2018. The three-story, 35,000-square-foot space will function as a hub for international students and professional programs, with 20 classrooms and a conference center that can accommodate 300 people, or be divided into three additional classrooms. An external courtyard will be filled with trees and café-style seating, as well as wi-fi service and electrical

The most notable feature of the building is its sustainability, for which it has been certified with an energy neutral LEED Platinum status. That means the structure will produce an equal amount of energy to offset what it consumes.

An automated control system will regulate temperatures based on conditions outside and occupancy inside, with motorized windows providing natural ventilation and the specially designed foundation radiating warm or cool conditions as needed. Other environmentally-friendly components include the use of solar panels, recycled materials, high-efficiency LED lighting, and low-flow water fixtures.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, President Conoley called it a “great example of blending high technology in the learning community environment, and it shows our commitment to sustainability.”

Provost Jersky also lauded CCPE in his remarks at the groundbreaking, describing it as “a link to the outside world. As you can see, this building will create an outstanding learning facility for students and our faculty.”

CCPE was established 46 years ago when California legislators passed the Extension Education Act in 1971. What began as a small operation to serve adult learners has become one of the largest of its kind in the CSU system. The college has helped spur economic development by collaborating with business leaders, non-profit organizations, public schools, government programs, and workforce development agencies to provide relevant education and training.

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