and Community Build Toward Future
enrollment, flourishing programs and successful University-community partnerships
are continuing a Sac State building boom.
next 10 years, the University expects to construct 16 new buildings, or
expansions to existing facilities, both on- and off-campus. Funding will
come from a variety of sources including statefunded general obligation
bonds, revenue bonds and donations.
of the most eagerly anticipated University projects is the proposed downtown
Center for the Performing Arts. The University and the City of Sacramento
are working together to develop a first-rate performance venue for regional
and University arts groups. The town and gown combination exemplifies
the Universitys ongoing commitment to the community.
The nearly 50,000 square-foot facility will substantially increase the
performance space now available. Plans call for a 1,300-seat auditorium,
lobby and reception areas, a box office, and dressing, make-up and green
rooms. It will also offer rehearsal labs, a scenery shop, a lecture room,
faculty offices, teaching labs, stage/set areas and lighting/audio control
The total cost for construction and equipment, not including land, is
expected to be close to $27 million. Funding will come from state general
obligation bonds and some private giving.
A project already underway is the multimillion-dollar renovation of the
CSUS Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma. The first phase of the project is
adding two boat storage areas, classroom and meeting space, and new docking
facilities.A second phase will include improved beach access and an additional
instruction and administration building.
The facility, which is operated in partnership with the California Department
of Boating and Waterways, was selected as the rowing venue in the Bay
Areas bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. In addition to providing classes
for CSUS students and athletic facilities for the Universitys rowing
and water-ski teams, the Center offers training and recreational opportunities
for local residents such as boating safety classes and kayak and sailboat
The two phases of the remodel are expected to cost about $6 million, $200,000
of which will come from donors. The additional funds will come from Boating
Another project that got started this year was the 34,000 square-foot
Regional and Continuing Education building. It will provide lecture and
laboratory space for classes and house RCEs administrative support
staff. The estimated cost of the project is $7.2 million.
CSUS will also break ground for three other buildings in 2001. All three,
as well as the RCE building, will be funded by revenue bonds. They include
a new home for Capital Public Radio, a parking garage and a building to
house a variety of research programs.
The $5.2 million Capital Public Radio facility will feature a 25,000 square-foot
building with studio and office space for five radio stations and a broadcast
tower. The four-story, 1,000-space parking facility is planned near the
University Union. The $11 million facility will be paid for primarily
with parking fees. And Modoc Hall, a 66,000 square-foot office, laboratory
and classroom building, will house U.S. Geological Survey offices, as
well as the Caltrans Water Quality program and the Universitys water
Other upcoming construction projects feature expansions or renovations
to existing buildings, all of which will involve donated funds.
A 1,200 square-foot addition to El Dorado Hall will allow the Division
of Nursing to accommodate 10 additional nursing students each semester.
It will house equipment and a literature and tape library. The University
hopes to raise $75,000 to fund the project.
Renovations to the University Librarys Special Collections and University
Archives will include a reading room for students and researchers using
archival resources and special materials. There will also be an exhibit
area and a seminar room for lectures, demonstrations and workshops. The
University hopes to raise between $150,000 and $200,000 for the project.
Also in the works is a 20,000 squarefoot addition to Tahoe Hall. The new
space will provide computer-ready classrooms and areas for MBA students
and faculty to collaborate on projects, as well as lecture and videoconferencing
facilities. The cost for construction is expected to be $4 million. The
University hopes to raise 60 percent of those funds privately.
In 2002, another wave of ground-breakings will begin. The issue of scarce
on-campus student housing will be addressed with a new 1,000-bed residence
hall. The $23 million facility will be funded primarily by resident fees.
Also in 2002, work will begin on the Academic Information Resource Center.
The 100,000 square-foot building will consolidate the computing, communications
and media services departments. It will also feature nearly 1,000 computer
stations for student use. Construction on the $24 million project will
be funded by a mix of general obligation and revenue bonds.
In The Pipeline
Several other building projects are also in the pipeline. All are pending
approval of state general obligation bonds. They include:
- A 25,000
square-foot addition to Eureka Hall, which houses the College of Education,
to include offices, lecture classrooms and labs. Cost: $10.8 million.
Projected start date: July 2003.
- A five-story,
113,802 square-foot Science II building, to house the biological sciences,
mathematics and chemistry departments. It will feature classrooms, laboratories,
offices and an animal care and use facility. Cost: $33.7 million. Projected
start date: July 2004.
square-foot area of Sequoia Hall, to be remodeled to house the nursing
and geography programs. Cost: $13.7 million. Expected start date: summer
- A redesign
of existing space in the University Library, to create an efficient
storage and retrieval system for the Universitys library collection.
Cost: $13.4 million. Expected start date: summer 2006.
- A 53,000
square-foot Art Complex, to provide classrooms, offices and teaching
and graduate labs for the art department. There will also be space for
galleries and a slide library. Cost: $13.5 million. Expected start date:
summer 2006. For information on contributing funds toward a University
building project, call the Office of University Affairs, at (916) 278-7043.