Cal State San Bernardino officials broke ground Wednesday, Sept. 7, on a $126 million performing arts center, the latest big-ticket project on the sprawling campus.
The new 73,337-square-foot facility will be raised south of the Performing Arts Building and have a 500-seat theater for those in the university’s theater arts and music programs.
CSUSB officials say the auditorium will be the only one of its size and quality in the region.
Scheduled to open during the 2024-25 academic year, the state-funded performing arts center also will include modern teaching, rehearsal and performance spaces and create a new “front door” to campus.
Rafik Mohamed, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Wednesday adding state-of-the-art college facilities breeds academic success.
“Research shows that student learning and achievement increase when students are taught in new, rebuilt or renovated structures,” he said in a news release. “Specifically, campus facilities have been shown to positively affect student health, student behavior, engagement and attendance, all of which are associated with improved student achievement.”
In the five years since Cal State University trustees approved the San Bernardino college’s new master plan, a 400-bed student housing commons, the Center for Global Innovation building and a revamped Santos Manuel Student Union have been unveiled on campus.
Wednesday, CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales told the nearly 300 university administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members in attendance that present and future Coyotes “deserve the very best.”
“They have that already with their faculty,” he said. “Now we need to ensure that they have it in their learning spaces.”