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Campus and Community Build Toward Future

Expanding enrollment, flourishing programs and successful University-community partnerships are continuing a Sac State building boom.

Over the 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.

Computer rendition of Regional and Continuing Education buildingOne 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 University’s 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 rooms

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 Area’s bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. In addition to providing classes for CSUS students and athletic facilities for the University’s rowing and water-ski teams, the Center offers training and recreational opportunities for local residents such as boating safety classes and kayak and sailboat rentals.

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 and Waterways.

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 RCE’s 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 University’s water programs.

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 Library’s 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.
  • 68,160 square-foot area of Sequoia Hall, to be remodeled to house the nursing and geography programs. Cost: $13.7 million. Expected start date: summer 2006.
  • A redesign of existing space in the University Library, to create an efficient storage and retrieval system for the University’s 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.

Computer rendition of Tahoe Hall addition

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