The Humanities and Social Science (HSS) building was built as a replacement for the earthquake-damaged Liberal Arts Building. Due to schedule considerations caused by funding deadlines, the building was built with two wings, the North and South. The North wing had to be rushed into construction while the South building was still in design.
The complex is the colleges’ first LEED Certified “green” building. It is certified at the “Silver” level. The building features natural ventilation and all exterior walkways and balconies. A dramatic bridge connects both the second and third levels. The building makes extensive use of natural lighting with a variety of window types.