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California State University, Bakersfield

The Client

Bernards was founded in 1974 by brothers Doug, Greg, and Jeff Bernards and has grown into a nationally ranked, multidisciplinary commercial builder and construction management company. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Bernards delivers technical expertise and outstanding construction services to developers, corporations, educational institutions, and public agencies.

The Project

Founded in 1965 and centrally located on a 375-acre site in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California State University, Bakersfield is a continuously growing comprehensive regional university. The University serves more than 8,720 students and counts over 40,000 alumni from its four schools: Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering; and Social Sciences and Education. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and credential programs, and CSUB’s Extended University serves the community by offering additional professional development, certificate, and degree programs. With over 70 percent of its alumni remaining and working within the central valley, CSU Bakersfield supports ongoing social, cultural, and economic development in the region. Bernards brought Pierre into the CSUB student housing project situated on 7.5 acres in the northeast section of the campus, where Bernards designed and built three four-story residential buildings and a single-story support facility. Designed and constructed to achieve U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold equivalency, the project necessitated extensive landscaping around the new buildings. Pierre crews prepared and amended 75,350 square feet of soil, installing 39 automatic sprinkler zones and about 23,000 combined linear feet of mainline and drip line. Over 60,000 1-gallon and 5-gallon plants were installed, in addition to 19 24” box trees, 120 36” box trees, and over 23,000 square feet of hydroseeded grasses. Finally, 434 cubic yards of mulch topped the soil, 5 tons of decomposed granite were spread, and site furnishings were installed, including 6 bike racks, 2 picnic table sets, and a hot coal bin.


Customer: Bernards
Architect: SWA Landscape
Description: Education / Student Housing
Location: Bakersfield, California
Project: California State University, Bakersfield
Scope: Landscape including demolition, amendment, irrigation, plants, 24” and 36” box trees, decomposed granite, hydroseeding, aggregate, mulch, and site furnishings.

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