Campus Enhancement: First-Floor Concrete Slab Poured for Learning Commons

The first-floor concrete slab was poured on the Learning Commons during construction  on Oct. 18.There was 367 cubic yards of concrete poured, 37 concrete trucks’ worth, on Oct. 18 as the first-floor concrete slab was put into place for the Learning Commons building.

There will be many milestones on the way toward completing construction of the next newest University of San Diego building in 2020 — the Learning Commons — but on Friday, Oct. 18, certainly one of the parts that means the most — the first floor concrete slab foundation — was poured and set into place.

There was 367 cubic yards of concrete poured, 37 concrete trucks’ worth, in a single day, according to Andre Hutchinson, assistant vice president for Facilities Management, about the Learning Commons foundation work.

The Learning Commons is a 36,218 square-foot, mixed-use educational facility located on the area north of Copley Library and to the west of Camino Hall. The Learning Commons is a part of the university’s comprehensive Renaissance Plan.

When the Learning Commons is fully completed, the design features will include a 24-hour study space, 13 classrooms, a Grab-and-Go including coffee, drinks and snack service and outdoor courtyard space. The building will be designed to meet LEED Silver, all while maintaining the existing Spanish Renaissance architecture style.

The goal for this space is to stimulate collaboration and social interaction in an effort to maximize the educational experience at USD.

Construction began in June of this year and is anticipated to be finished in 2020, just in time for the fall semester. Now that the concrete foundation has been poured, the structural steel for the building is expected to start in mid-November. According to the Facilities Management website, “underground utility work in the street, the Camino courtyard, the School of Leaderships and Education Sciences’ (SOLES) lot and the SOLES’ garden, is complete.

The Learning Commons’ architect is Gensler Inc., the contractor is Rudolph & Sletten, Inc. and Meaghan Christman, a senior project manager for USD’s Facilities Management group, is overseeing the Learning Commons project.


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