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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento

January 28, 2004

Trustees approve new master plan for campus

The California State University Board of Trustees has approved an ambitious new master plan to remake CSUS into a residential campus and add some 1.5 million square feet of building space.

The plan, to guide campus growth in coming decades, includes housing for as many as 5,000 students and an arena and wellness center. It also envisions a performing arts center, new classroom buildings as high as eight stories, a space science center, parking structures and a green mall down the center of campus.

The projects are dependent on a mix of donor, student and state funding.

CSUS President Gonzalez, speaking to the campus last week, said the plan would bring the biggest changes to the University since it moved here from Sacramento Junior College in 1953. He said the goal, despite current budget challenges, was to turn CSUS into a “destination campus for the West and a flagship of the CSU system by 2010.”

The plan maximizes the use of the University’s 300 acres.

CSUS would eventually offer on-campus housing to as many as 4,000 more students than it does now. Inefficient old low-rise buildings would be demolished and newer buildings placed on the outer part of campus. Traffic would be directed to the perimeter of campus so the interior, with its green mall, would become more pedestrian-friendly.

The proposed arena and wellness center would be built just to the north of Hornet Stadium. It would provide a place for special events such as commencement and concerts, gym facilities for all students, a home for intercollegiate athletic teams and a new health center.

The performing arts center would be to the south near Highway 50, either on campus or in the nearby 65th Street redevelopment area.

The plan also calls for new classroom buildings on the east of campus, as well as a building to house the MBA program in the College of Business Administration and a Center for Space Science. And there are two additional parking structures, one next to the new parking structure that will be built soon near Hornet Stadium and one near the residence halls.

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California State University, Sacramento • Public Affairs
6000 J Street • Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 • (916) 278-6156 • infodesk@csus.edu