I’m sure many of you have walked by the lego-shaped building, and wondered what it is. I’m here to tell you! It’s the Central Plant of CSULB!
What does the central plant do? The central plant’s main purpose is to take water and either heat it up to 180 degrees fahrenheit or chill it to around 40 degrees fahrenheit. After it does this, the water is pumped all over campus. Not only is this water used in the restrooms, it is also used to keep buildings warm or cool. By having a central plant that does all of this, CSULB is able to save around a million dollars a year!
So what’s the story with the central plant? The central plant was actually contracted out to the P2S Engineering firm, which did all of the design. Why is this significant? P2S Engineering was actually started by CSULB alumns! Kent Peterson, Kevin Peterson, and John Sosoka started P2S Engineering way back in 1991. Kent got his degree in Mechanical Engineering, while Kevin got his in Electrical Engineering.
P2S Engineering eventually went on to become one of the top electrical design firms in the country, and even designed the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, along with the Molecular and Life Sciences buildings you see on campus.
Even now, P2S Engineering employs many CSULB alumns, and even has 3 presidential scholars from CSULB working there.
P2S Engineering is a great example of a community working together to get significant things done, and I can’t wait to see their new projects on campus, if any! Maybe a new Engineering complex? How about a new USU?