CSUN’s Oasis Wellness Center Receives Honor for Outstanding Institutional Design

  • The Oasis Wellness Center offers a relaxing atmosphere for the CSUN community to unwind. Photo by Lee Choo.

  • Multiple outside spaces allow students to relax in the sun or by a fire pit. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • Oasis visitors can use the spaces to take naps, relax with friends or just take it easy at a quiet place. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

The Southern California chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recognized California State University, Northridge’s Oasis Wellness Center with its Honor Award in the “Institutional Design” category, Oct. 6 at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim.

The Oasis Wellness Center at CSUN’s University Student Union was designed by LPA Inc., a leading integrated design firm in California and Texas that spearheaded the architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) engineering for the 5,800-square-foot facility. The wellness center opened in 2015. LPA also has designed and worked on CSUN buildings such as the Student Recreation Center and the brand-new Extended University Commons.

“It truly is a relationship that we value,” Richard Bienvenu, design director of landscape architecture for LPA, said of CSUN. “The quality of the work is being recognized by our peers in the landscape industry.”

The theme for this year’s ASLA Quality of Life Awards was “celebrating the evolving vision of California landscapes.” The society noted the outstanding professionalism of LPA’s work at the Oasis.

“It is indeed an honor for the wellness center and CSUN to receive this award,” said Debra Hammond, executive director of the University Student Union. “Recognition by LPA’s peers speaks volumes about their ability to truly design a series of outdoor rooms that honors the natural environment, are truly beautiful, and help our students to relax, revive and succeed.”

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