Groundbreaking for newest building held

By Ray Kaiser
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Groundbreaking ceremony for Academic III building.
Groundbreaking ceremony for Academic III building. By CSUMB.

Anyone who had class in the Gambord Business and Information Technology Building last fall will recall the sounds of backhoes tearing up the much loved, and missed parking lot next door. This demolition was not to torment students with the thought of fewer parking spaces, but rather to make way for the next new academic building at California State University, Monterey Bay.

The planned 48,000 square feet, U-shaped building will be the for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS). It will feature a 200-seat film screening theatre, film production and language learning labs,  and multiple interdisciplinary classrooms.

On top of all that, a major facet of the first floor will be an art gallery. This gallery will allow students to learn how to exhibit their work as well as hosting faculty and guest exhibitors.

Behind the CAHSS building there will be an amphitheatre for events.

“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,” said Ilene Feinman, CAHSS Dean at the November ceremony.

The new building, which should open in the fall of 2019, is just part of the fresh look for Divarty Street. There will be more landscaping and a walking path added.

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