The contract to supply the major station equipment went to General Physics in late 2009. Cal State LA formed a team consisting of faculty and staff from the campus, and the Planning and Construction office.
Following one year of design, the construction of the station started in late 2010 as a design-build process. The design-build process uses one entity to provide both design and construction services, under one contract.
One concern during construction was that the majority of hydrogen-related technology companies were concentrated east of the Mississippi River or in Canada, so the station team was not sure if the station would receive service or support during full station operation.
The station officially started operations in May 2014.