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Ullman Commons, California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA
Ullman Commons
Local fare (that's
globally aware).
Environmentally-conscious meets campus community.
(Crafted) services.
California Lutheran University’s Ullman Commons embodies sustainable consumption in both craft and cuisine.

Positioned at the intersection of two main pedestrian access points, the Commons establishes a new, central gathering place for the CLU community. The open-plan interior offers a variety of dining options, featuring local seasonable selections that support both a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle. Flexible seating, including booths and high-top tables, accommodates students’ preferred dining experience, while a market and Starbucks provide on-the-go options—and additional on-campus jobs for student workers.

Elegantly modeling sustainability in action, the two-story, LEED Silver dining facility leverages energy-efficient and water-saving features to conserve operational resources, while a transparent exterior skin maximizes daylighting and enhances interior/exterior connectivity.

A powerful example of community-based environmental awareness and green design, the new Ullmann Commons demonstrates that responsible choices can be beautiful—and delicious.
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Results
Through both dining options and design, The LEED Silver facility models sustainability in action.
A transparent exterior skin leverages daylighting and increases interior / exterior connectivity.
The environmentally-friendly structure also includes energy-efficient and water-saving features to reduce energy load and conserve operational resources.
An open-plan interior provides an upscale, retail-dining experience.
A variety of food stations offers healthy, locally-sourced menu items to accommodate every diet and appetite.
Replacing a fifty-year-old cafeteria, the new Ullman Commons is a central focal point and community gathering space at the heart of campus.
The rhythms of campus life are changed because Ullman Commons is giving students an educational experience, not just a dining experience.”
Tom Visyikis
Director of Auxilary Services
California Lutheran University
Project Data
Ullman Commons 2011-00003-000
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
28,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$10.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2014
Project Team
  • Tania Van Herle
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Corporate Systems Leader
    PRINCIPAL
  • Brent Miller
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Managing Principal
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Michael Bulander
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader

  • Choong Kim
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design

  • Sean Bani
    PE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Electrical Engineering Leader

  • Gary Goldblum
    AIA, CSI
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design

  • Rafael Noriega
    LEED AP
    Associate
    Electrical Engineering

  • Bharat Patel
    PE, CEM, LEED AP
    Principal
    Engineering Leader

  • Bradley Pepperell
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

Environmentally-conscious meets campus community.
Ullman Commons, California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Local fare (that's
globally aware).