Cal State San Bernardino officials on Wednesday (Sept. 7) opened a $126 million performing arts center, the latest expensive project on the sprawling campus.
The new 73,337-square-foot facility will be elevated south of the Performing Arts Building and will feature a 500-seat theater for students 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 in the 2024-25 academic year, the publicly funded performing arts center will also include modern teaching, rehearsal and performance spaces and create a new “gateway” to the campus.
Rafik Mohamed, acting provost and vice president of academic affairs, said Wednesday that adding state-of-the-art university 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 press release. “Specifically, campus facilities have been shown to have a positive effect on student health, behavior, engagement, and attendance, all of which are associated with higher student achievement.”
In the five years since Cal State University administrators approved the San Bernardino College’s new master plan, 400-bed student housing, the Center for Global Innovation building, and a Santos student union Revamped manuals were unveiled on campus.
On Wednesday, CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales told the nearly 300 university administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members in attendance that current and future Coyotes “deserve the best.” .
“They already have that with their faculty,” he said. “Now we have to make sure they have it in their learning spaces.”