California State University, East Bay

  • Location: Hayward, CA
  • Architect: Carrier Johnson
  • Industry: Education

The Cal State East Bay's (CSU) CORE Building, a LEED Gold project, is located in the heart of the hilltop campus. The brand-new, 21st-century academic library connects the upper and lower parts of the campus on three floors, with abundant study seating and group study rooms for students. The library logs 1.2 million visits annually, making it one of the busiest libraries within the California State University system.

The Collective worked alongside the University's team to furnish the 103,000-square-foot building with study spaces, group study/meeting areas, training rooms, and other learning activation areas. The facility provides a modern and innovative space but also pays tribute to the school's history.

Hundreds of custom study carrels and over 1,200 chairs were sourced and strategically placed throughout the library to encourage efficient learning practices. Each study carrel is powered and includes paneling for privacy.

The space blends all of these carrels with break-out areas and conference rooms to provide a variety of study/work zones for students to collaborate, focus, and research.

The ground floor, which houses the Hub for Entrepreneurship, features training rooms with mobile furniture, conference rooms, and an atrium with lounge furniture that welcome visitors to the building. The upper floors of the building sprinkle community tables, study carrels, and group study areas in between the library bookshelves and beautiful skylight.