The California State University, San Bernardino’s Coyote Commons is a student dining space that houses a multifaceted food service program. The 47,000 square-foot space houses 600 seats and serves faculty, staff, on-campus residents, and commuter students who converge to enjoy a mix of offerings. The building also contains a café and three dining room areas for public and private use. Adjoining the dining space is a 200-seat mezzanine that offers room to relax and enjoy stunning views of the San Bernardino mountains.
As the building is located within miles of an active faultline, seismic detailing was imperative. Cast Connex High Strength Connectors™ (HSCs) were fitted to the end of the round HSS braces employed as part of the Special Concentrically Braced Frame seismic force resisting system. The choice to use the bolt-ready HSC vastly simplified the connection, enabling compact gusset plates and eliminating the need for field welding.
Versatile, the HSC blends beautifully the architecture of the space while providing support and resistance against possible seismic disruption.