Oct. 18, 2019

TO: All campus
FR: Stevenson Hall Renovation Task Force
RE: Stevenson Hall Renovation Project

Campus Community,

In an effort to collect preferences from the campus community about furniture in the renovated Stevenson Hall, we will be hosting a furniture fair. The furniture fair will be held on the first floor of Salazar Hall from Monday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Nov. 1. Furniture samples from a number of different companies will be available to see, touch and try. EHDD Architects will be on site all day on Oct. 28 to answer questions. The furniture will be for classrooms, offices and common areas. In addition, we hope to utilize feedback from this event to help determine furniture that will be purchased for renovation of all general purpose classrooms over the next three years.

What: Stevenson Hall renovation furniture fair
Where: Salazar Rooms 1033, 1034 and 1035 - former Technology High School space, south side of the building
When: Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oct. 29, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thank you for your continued feedback as we move forward with the vision for a state-of-the-art learning and teaching space for our campus community.

Aug. 28, 2019

TO: All campus
FR: Christopher Dinno, Chief Planning Officer
RE: Stevenson Hall Renovation Project

Campus Community,

Welcome back Seawolves! Over the past several months, faculty and staff have participated in four design sessions with EHDD and Truebeck, our Stevenson Hall Design/Build team. The goal of those meetings was to refine designs for a 21st century, state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces for our campus community. Stevenson Hall is being re-imagined to include collaborative and informal learning spaces as well as 17 general purpose classrooms and computer labs on the first floor. The Schools of Business and Economics, Education and Social Sciences will look out from the second and third floors into an enclosed courtyard space where students, faculty and staff will be able to work together in an active learning environment.

In addition, sustainability is a part of the university strategic plan and a guiding principle in design. The architects have strategically incorporated windows on the exterior and interior to maximize the shared day-lighting, while also preserving many of the views of the surrounding hillside. Stevenson will have state-of-the-art mechanical and plumbing systems, as well as all the energy efficiencies available in the new building design, per the California Green Building Standards Code and LEED Gold requirements.

We are excited to share this incredible progress with our campus community. Please visit the Stevenson Hall Renovation website to check out the latest floor plans and renderings from the summer meetings as well as frequently asked questions.

In our continued efforts to communicate timely, we are pleased to announce the development of an opt-in listserv for notifications of updates to the website. We will use this method to communicate regular project development summaries as well as announcements regarding the Stevenson Hall Renovation. We will also use it to announce campus meetings regarding the renovation. Please consider signing up for the Stevenson Hall Renovation listserv to get more frequent updates on this exciting project.

April 16, 2019

Dear SSU community:

Sonoma State University’s Stevenson Hall Renovation Task Force is inviting the campus community to take part in an online survey designed to assist in the refinement of the building program as identified in the 2018 Feasibility Study . The survey will remain open until May 3.

The survey is designed to kick off a three-week initial information-gathering process, which includes three World Cafes as well as department-specific discussions. To see the updated schedule of events, please visit the Information Gathering Schedule/Timeline on the Stevenson Hall web page. EHDD and Truebeck will be conducting all meetings and will host an initial summary of their findings on May 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Ballrooms B and C.  
If you have any questions, please email

Thank you for participating in this important process and remember to stay up-to-date on the project by visiting the Stevenson Hall Renovation website.


The Stevenson Hall Renovation Task Force


April 8, 2019

Dear SSU community:

Sonoma State University's Stevenson Hall Renovation Task Force is pleased to announce the next series of events to capture campus-wide feedback regarding the Stevenson Hall design, as we refine the building program based on the 2018 Feasibility Study.

Now that EHDD and TrueBeck are the official design-build team, we are hosting a series of gatherings where two-way conversation from the campus community will help shape the future vision of the Stevenson Hall Renovation Project. This important step in the process will allow students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to provide ideas, input and feedback on the project design in the way that is most comfortable to them. EHDD and Truebeck will use this information as they work on the design over the summer, and will be prepared to present a schematic design in the Fall 2019. EHDD and Truebeck will continue to work with the campus community on refinement of the design throughout the 2019/2020 academic year.

As part of this announcement, we are providing the Information Gathering Schedule/Timeline, dated April 10, 2019, outlining all of the meetings being hosted by EHDD and Truebeck. There are three Stevenson Hall Renovation World Café-style gatherings scheduled and three Stevenson Hall Renovation Pop-up Events for SSU colleagues to meet and share ideas. In addition, there will be department-specific discussions and an online information submission survey. We need your vision and voice to help make the Stevenson Hall Renovation Project the state-of-art teaching, learning, and student support space we all desire.

Please join us for one of the three Stevenson Hall Renovation World Café events on:

  • Thursday, April 18th from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Cooperage 3
  • Monday, April 22nd from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Ballroom C & D
  • Wednesday, April 24th from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in Ballroom B & C

Also, there is an opportunity to provide input at one of the three Stevenson Hall Renovation Pop-up Events on:

  • Thursday, April 18th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Stevenson Quad South
  • Monday, April 22nd from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Stevenson Quad South
  • Wednesday, April 24th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Stevenson Quad South

Please find the full schedule of campus meetings here.

If you have any questions, please email

Thank you for participating in this important process and remember to stay up-to-date on the project by visiting the Stevenson Hall Renovation website.


The Stevenson Hall Renovation Task Force

March 7, 2019

TO: All campus
FR: The Stevenson Hall Renovation Evaluation Committee
RE: Design-build team chosen for Stevenson project

Campus Community,

The Stevenson Hall Renovation Evaluation Committee is very excited to announce the selection of Truebeck Construction and EHDD as the collaborative design-build general contractor/architectural team for the Stevenson project. They will guide us through the next steps in the Stevenson Hall renovation programming, design documentation and construction process. While all the proposals received were of top quality, the committee agreed that Truebeck Construction and EHDD most closely met our needs, including the creation of state-of-the art teaching, learning and student support spaces with an emphasis on sustainability. Truebeck and EHDD comprises a talented team of high-performing design professionals who actively listen and collaborate and are experienced with higher education design and renovation projects.

The University community has been preparing for this exciting project for a number of years. Part of that preparation has involved the collaborative creation of the Stevenson Hall Feasibility Study to describe the campus vision, goals and needs for the building. As we move forward with Truebeck and EHDD, the feasibility study will be the foundation for additional collaboration through individual department/school workshops as well as public forums. The goal of this outreach is to allow for input from all campus constituencies as the final building program is designed. We expect these discussions to occur from March to May.

Once campus input is received, Truebeck and EHDD will begin the design and program for the future building. Building construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2020, with completion of the renovation planned for summer 2022. More detailed schedules can be found at:

We are grateful to the campus community for taking advantage of opportunities to provide feedback and dialogue as we have moved this exciting project forward. A special thanks to our Stevenson Hall Renovation Evaluation Committee for reviewing the proposals and providing feedback. 

Stevenson Hall Renovation Evaluation Committee:
·         Christopher Dinno – Chair
·         Joyce Lopes - Vice President for Administration and Finance
·         Melinda Milligan – Vice Chair of the Faculty and Sociology Professor
·         Karen Thompson - Interim Dean, School of Business and Economics
·         Elias Lopez - Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Resources

For additional information regarding the Stevenson Hall Renovation Project, including FAQs, timelines, the November 2018 Feasibility Study and fitplans, please visit the Stevenson Hall Renovation Website.