Cal State East Bay, CORE Building

The library has long been considered the heart or core of a university campus. By transforming Cal State East Bay’s library to meet the needs of its students and faculty, the new CORE building—designed by Carrier Johnson + Culture--will become the center of academic achievement, collaboration, and innovation.

Purposefully located in the center of campus CORE and the Hub for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will provide students with the technology, tools and access to faculty and professional expertise they need to excel in today’s rapidly changing job market.

CORE will be divided into three levels, each dedicated to serving different purposes for students. The first floor will house the Hub for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. It will allow inventors, entrepreneurs, start-ups and venture capitalists to engage in opportunities that will propel the creative and innovative economy into the next generation and beyond.

The second floor of CORE will serve as a 21st century library with a service and information desk, study and technology rooms, self-directed learning and work spaces for visitors, and an exterior roof deck open for selected hours. The facility will serve as a home away from home for students. With a large commuter population, many students spend a large amount of time in the library.

The Student Center for Academic Achievement will be relocated on the third floor of CORE. At the SCAA, students of all majors receive guidance and peer mentoring in writing, reading, math and other disciplines. 

Cal State East Bay’s commitment to sustainability is evident in the new CORE building. It is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification and Zero Energy Ready.

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