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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 and donations.

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.

Aquatic Center UpgradeAmong 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 2002.

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 Modoc Hall.

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 2002.

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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