CSU San Marcos University Student Union

Serving as the gateway building for the northern entrance of CSU San Marcos, the University Student Union is a hub of student life and recreation that supports the campus as it grows.

The USU features a central hub with connections to student lounges, study spaces, retail, a café, and exhibit areas. A dining court providing a variety of indoor and outdoor seating offers students a range of cuisines all day. A conference facility organized around a flexible, multi-purpose ballroom supports the Union’s large-scale events. Directly above the ballroom is a rooftop events terrace providing vistas north and south of the San Marcos hills. Drought tolerant plantings and a green roof are key sustainability components of the USU's terrace and create a relaxing outdoor space for students to gather and relax. The project was delivered via Collaborative Design/Build method and completed in Spring 2014.


Facility Design, Award of Excellence (ACUI) 2015
Outstanding Design, Architectural Portfolio (American School and University) 2015


CSU San Marcos
San Marcos, CA
Core Team
John C. Davis
Eric K. Gunther
Co Chau
Bill Robinson Photography
Andrew Reed
LEED Gold Certified