College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences New Building Opening Fall 2019Click for a timelapse video!
Academic III will be the heart of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. This project continues to fulfill the CSUMB campus vision for growth in our Comprehensive Master Plan. The site for the new building is the large parking lot area west of the Gambord Business and Information Technology Building.
The new building represents a long-sought opportunity to bring much of the college together in one place.
- Site operations started in August, 2017, with start of major construction in October, 2017
- This 48,000 GSF building will feature:
- State-of-the-art 200-seat film screening classroom
- Film production classrooms
- 40-seat and 60-seat inter-disciplinary classrooms
- Language instruction classrooms and a language assessment lab
- Oral history lab
- Anthropology and archaeology classroom
- An art gallery, serving as a cornerstone of the first floor, affording students the opportunity to learn how to exhibit their work alongside faculty and guest exhibitors.
- Gathering spaces: Multiple inviting and informal gathering spaces together with conference rooms provide faculty, staff and students opportunities to initiate and advance collaborations.
- Amphitheater: The lobby and gallery lead out to the amphitheater welcoming campus and the surrounding communities to events and conversation.
- Department Suites include:
- CAHSS Office of the Dean
- Cinematic Arts and Technology
- School of Humanities & Communication
- School of Social, Behavioral and Global Studies
- School of World Languages and Cultures
- Scheduled completion date is Fall Semester of 2019
Academic III will also serve as the hub for CAHSS programs whose facilities are elsewhere on campus, including:
- Psychology research labs and faculty at Heron Hall, Building 18
- Visual and Public Art faculty and studio buildings in the VPA Complex, Buildings 70, 71 & 72
- Music and Performing Arts faculty, recording studios, and recital hall in Music Hall, Building 30
- Cinematic Arts and Technology studio and editing suites, which will remain in Building 27
With the new building, we have redoubled our dedication to faculty, staff, students and our community partners in a signature space that invites innovation and collaboration to enrich our disciplines and for students to engage in high-impact practices of applied learning, undergraduate research, service learning, and internships in service of community needs.— Dean Ilene Feinman
Gross: 55,962 SF
Net: 1st Floor: 21,315 SF
Net: 2nd Floor: 25,424 SF
Landscape: 90,362 SF
Building Coverage Area: 22,735 SF
L1 (Capacity-38) Classrooms: 5 + an Anthropology Support Storage Room
L2 (Capacity-60) Classrooms: 4
L3 (Capacity-200) Classroom: 1
Specialized Instruction Spaces: 4 Classrooms + 1 Language Assessment Space
Amphitheater: 3 Tiers 2,205 SF
Gallery: 607 SF
Lobby: 1,265 SF
Oral History Room
Small Conference Room Overlooking Amphitheater
Widened corridors with collaborative seating areas
Johanna Poethig to Create Mural for Academic III
Dean Ilene Feinman and the University Art Committee are pleased to announce that CSUMB Professor Emerita Johanna Poethig, Visual and Public Art Department, has been commissioned for a signature mural for the main entrance to the building (Divarty Street).
This 12'x45' mural will reflect the spirit of the college, its integration to the wider community, and engage the departments and studios that reside in auxiliary buildings.
The Dean's Office hosted a brainstorming Phase I Design Session on November 8, 3-5 pm, at the VPA Complex (Building 71). Faculty, staff, and students were welcome to join us to share their ideas and learn more about the plans and design.
A preliminary design concept was presented to the Academic III Mural Committee on January 22.
A presentation to the college on the final design and concept is scheduled for April 16, 2-3 pm, in the University Center Living Room.
For more details on the mural including timeline, committee, and more, please visit the CAHSS Academic III Mural page.
Beam Signing July 26, 2018
President Eduardo Ochoa joins Dean Ilene Feinman and Associate Dean Andy Drummond in signing the last steel beam to be added to the new A3 building.
As you can see, A3 is really taking shape as construction progresses ever closer to our move in date for Fall of 2019. The front lobby is starting to take shape as well as the lower level classroom spaces. The center Amphitheater has come into view soon with the outer shell of the building added. Watch our webcam for the latest progress.
Groundbreaking Held November 6, 2017
This video was shot in November 2017.
For information on the construction timeline and progress, please visit the Campus Planning and Develoment's Current Projects Page.
A view of their latest webcam footage (please note, that as we reach the stage of interior work only, the webcam will be disabled):
Tour Photos-February 22, 2019
At a recent tour of Academic III, select faculty and staff were treated to a sneak peek into the construction progress of the new building.
From the main entrance on Divarty Street, the new mural will usher you into the 2-story open lobby, which leads out into the large amphitheater. Also on the first floor are the new VPA Art Gallery, Archaeology Exhibit Display, 11 classrooms (includes specialized classrooms, 2 sizes of classroom spaces, and our largest classroom and film screening room which seats up to 200), the Dean's Office suite, and gender-inclusive restrooms. The second floor features 3 specialized classrooms, a language assessment conference room, the Oral History room, cafe-style seating for collaboration, soft-seating areas for projects and gatherings, and faculty offices for the following CAHSS Departments/Units: Humanities and Communication; Cinematic Arts & Technology; Social, Behavioral and Global Studies, and World Languages & Cultures.
We are on schedule for a Fall 2019 opening and look forward to welcoming students into this collaborative, creative space! For more photos from this tour of the building, visit the google photos album.Make a Gift to CAHSS Today