August 17, 2001
Growth spurs new round of campus construction
Construction season is in full swing
at California State University, Sacramento.
Burgeoning growth, both in enrollment and community partnerships,
has the University in the midst of a major building effort.
Funding for the projects will come from a variety of sources
including state-funded general obligation bonds, revenue bonds
The summer saw the installation of a City of Sacramento storm
water project that now runs underneath the campus. The project
routes storm water runoff, through two 48-inch pipes, from
East Sacramento, under the railroad levee, across campus and
into the American River.
This semester will see a number of projects get underway.
them is the multimillion-dollar renovation of the CSUS Aquatic
Center at Lake Natoma. The first phase of the project will
add two boat storage areas, showers and locker rooms, classroom
and meeting space, and new docking facilities. A second phase
will include improved beach access, site development and an
additional instruction and administration building.
In October, ground will be broken for a 34,000 square-foot
Regional and Continuing Education Building on the south end
of campus. The facility will provide lecture and laboratory
space for classes and house RCE's administrative support staff.
Currently, most course offerings and administration functions
are located off-campus. The estimated cost of the project
is $7.4 million. It is scheduled to be completed by August
Also in October, construction begins on a four-story, 1,000-space
parking structure. The new garage will be on the northeast
side of campus near the University Union. The $10 million
facility, which will be paid for primarily with parking fees,
is scheduled to be completed by January 2003.
In the months ahead, the University will break ground for
two other buildings: a new home for Capital Public Radio and
Work on the Capital Public Radio building is expected to begin
in January. The $4.5 million facility on the south end of
campus will feature a 24,000 square-foot building with studio
and office space for radio stations KXPR and KXJZ Sacramento,
KXSR Groveland, KKTO Tahoe City and KUOP Stockton, as well
as a broadcast tower. It is expected to be completed by December
And by the time the next academic year begins, another south
campus facility will be underway. Modoc Hall, a 79,000 square-foot
office, laboratory and classroom building, will extend the
on-campus presence of the U.S. Geological Survey. The building
will house the USGS' administrative offices, as well as the
Caltrans Water Quality program and the University's Water
Programs. It is expected to be completed by December 2003.
Several other construction projects and expansions or renovations
to existing buildings are in the works, all of which will
involve donated funds. They include the addition of a Nursing
Resources Center to El Dorado Hall, renovations to the University
Library's Special Collections and University Archives and
a 20,000 square-foot addition to Tahoe Hall. The University
is also working with the City of Sacramento on a downtown
50,000 square-foot Performing Arts Complex for University
and regional arts groups.
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