California State University Long Beach

Student Success Center


California State University Long Beach (CSULB) began its first day of classes in September 1949 and is now the third largest campus in the CSU system with nearly 40,000 students.

The Peterson Hall renovation project created a new Student Success Center which consolidates multiple campus organizations that help disadvantaged and struggling students stay in school and attain their degrees. At the basement level, the College of Arts expanded the Masters of Fine Arts studio spaces and added spaces for their Film and Electronics Arts department. New to the building, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology, and Forensic Studies incorporated state-of-the art teaching labs, focusing on hands-on teaching and real-life simulations and applications. An existing open exterior area on the south side of the building was turned into a thriving outdoor plaza with abundant seating and Wi-Fi.

Vantage worked with CSULB and SmithGroup on the planning, architectural integration, system design and deployment of the audiovisual systems in the renovated building.


  • Consolidates multiple campus organizations in one location to help build student success
  • Incorporates state-of-the-art teaching labs including a simulation room
  • Integrates networked camera observation system for test proctoring


  • Infrastructure Design
  • System Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Audiovisual System Commissioning


  • Audiovisual
  • Digital Wayfinding
  • Networked Cameras for Testing Monitoring
  • Sound Masking
  • Client: California State University Long Beach (CSULB)
  • Location: Long Beach, CA
  • Project Type: Classroom and Lab Building
  • Architect: SmithGroup
  • Size: 80,000 square feet
  • Budget: $45 million