New 'Green' Classroom Building Under Construction

Ground was broken in June for a new social and behavioral science building scheduled for completion by August 2010 as part of CLU's 50th anniversary celebration.

The $8.5 million Swenson Center for Academic Excellence, located at the corner of Faculty and Pioneer streets, will house classrooms and faculty offices — replacing the inadequate facilities in the converted chicken coops.

The center will be CLU's first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building. The lobby, designed to take advantage of natural airflow, will be cooled using natural ventilation rather than air-conditioning. Dampers will automatically open in the morning to bring in cool air and close when sensors detect the outside air is too warm. The rooflines, walls and windows are designed so that natural light will provide most of the illumination in corridors and offices.

Donations are covering the cost of the building and a $2 million program endowment. The donors are Jim and Sue Swenson of Dana Point, Marv and Fran Soiland of Santa Rosa, the Ullman Family Foundation, Karen and Allan Spies of Denver, Kirsten and Karsten Lundring of Thousand Oaks, Jack and Carol Gilbert of Oxnard and the estate of Eleanor and Paul Culver of Lake Sherwood.