San Mateo, CA –Truebeck Construction, an industry-leading commercial general contractor, was awarded the expansion and renovation project of Sonoma State University’s (SSU) first constructed building, Stevenson Hall. Construction begins in late 2020 and will modernize SSU’s oldest building for increased sustainability and classroom functionality.
Before Stevenson Hall, SSU students and faculty taught classes in leased buildings in Rohnert Park. By 1966, the first two buildings—Stevenson Hall and Darwin Hall— marked the permanent location of the SSU campus.
As the oldest building on campus, Stevenson Hall beheld the growth and development of Sonoma State University. It witnessed newer buildings rise up, six college presidents walk through its halls, and even provided quiet space for studying to world-renowned persons like Pro Football Hall of Famer Larry Allen.
Now, almost 55 years later, the building that established SSU and was instrumental in the development of thousands, is getting the attention it deserves. Truebeck Construction is partnering with EHDD Architects to design-build a complete renovation of the study hall. With over 145,000 square feet of renovation, Stevenson Hall will receive new classrooms, offices, conference rooms, common areas, and services and utility rooms.
When Stevenson Hall was first constructed over fifty years ago, studies around sustainable development in construction were still in their infancy. Now, those studies have matured into commonplace practice in the construction industry. Bringing Stevenson Hall up to modern standards of sustainability is a critical element of the project. The project is aiming for a LEED Gold certification with it reduced resource utilization of energy and water.
While sustainable practices evolved so too have teaching practices. The renovation is designed to improve learning outcomes by improving the educational spaces to accommodate the associated disciplines that will utilize the space.
SSU itself has also evolved from a graduating class of 250 with a single Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education to a class of 9,200 with 92 Bachelor’s Degrees, 19 Master’s degrees, and 11 teaching credentials. The renovation will increase the special capacity of classrooms to accommodate recent and future growth.
The Stevenson Hall renovation is going to be a transformational project for the campus. With its nostalgic history and forward-thinking design, Stevenson Hall will continue to be a treasured academic space for the college.
About Truebeck Construction
Truebeck Construction is an industry-leading full-service general contractor specializing in technical building, complex projects, and interiors. Clients come to us when they have ambitious goals, and when they want certainty, predictable costs, and high-performance buildings. We build it right the first time and deliver the best value.