(VALLEJO, Calif. – October 22, 2013) – Cal Maritime will celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of its new, waterfront Dining Center on October 24 at 9:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.

The new Dining Center replaces the previous dining hall constructed in the 1950s. The old facility was initially designed to handle 130 students during meals.

The new Dining Center offers breathtaking, waterfront views from two stories and a mezzanine level. The 26,000 square foot Dining Center seats 400 for meals and 272 for banquets. It was designed to host conferences and events on campus, as well as daily meals for cadets.

Representatives from FLAD Architects; McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; the CSU Chancellor’s Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction; as well as invited guests and Cal Maritime students, faculty and staff will be in attendance.

The facility’s design won the Best Practice Award for Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Construction was funded through fees paid by cadets on their meal plans.

“Cal Maritime’s sparkling new Dining Center represents a tremendous quality-of-life improvement for our cadets,” said Kurt Lohide, Vice President for Administration and Finance. “They demonstrated great foresight and resolve in agreeing to fund the new building through their dining fees. As a result of their efforts, we have a great facility which will provide superior food services to CMA cadets far into the future.”

“The new Dining Center will provide much-needed dining capacity in an award-winning, sustainable facility for the Cal Maritime campus. Our project team focused on delivering innovative, schedule-driven construction solutions, so that the new Dining Center could open its doors and begin service as soon as possible. We are very excited to celebrate the grand opening with the Cal Maritime faculty, staff, students and the Vallejo community,” said Doug Barrows, McCarthy’s project director.

The site of the Dining Center was originally the home of the campus bookstore, which was relocated to a remodeled building that previously housed racquetball courts. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. served as the general contractor for the new campus bookstore, which opened in January 2013. The 3,500 square foot brick and mortar bookstore includes a first floor and mezzanine level stocked with textbooks, supplies, uniforms, gifts, and clothing. The campus bookstore is operated by Follett.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Diane Rawicz at drawicz@csum.edu or (707) 654-1039.



Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus offers undergraduate degrees that prepare students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.