Originally built in 1976, the Titan Student Union (TSU) is a mainstay of the Cal State Fullerton campus. Most students—commuter or residential—pass by or through the building each day. In 2012, a student governing board led the charge to improve the aging campus hub, revealing that they had saved years of student body fees and could fund and oversee an expansion. Student representatives expressed two primary objectives: To connect students to each other, while connecting the building to the campus.
The new 27,000 SF addition creates a front door experience for the campus community. The triple-height atrium, which includes a below-grade expansion, integrates the variety of activities within one dynamic space. The lower level offers collaborative study areas, and a maker space, while the second level acts as a connective hub between the existing cafe, new, power- equipped outdoor eating area, and central campus courtyard. In between these two levels, students can study and socialize on the grand staircase, which features stadium-style bench seating. The second floor supports a new student government formal meeting hall, as well as quieter collaborative areas.
Transparency in the building design serves a dual, maximizing daylight and a connection with the campus, while also reducing the need for energy consumption during the day. In addition, the new facade, sustainable features include a cool roof, high-performance glazing, solar shading, daylight sensors and a new HVAC system.