Frequently Asked Questions


What are STORCs hours of operation?

STORC is open for project work from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. 

Is STORC open to the public?

Because STORC is a working laboratory housing potentially sensitive projects, visits to the STORC site by the public are available by appointment only. Appointments can be made through Associate Dean, Dr. Kevan Shafizadeh, at or (916)278-6852.

Tours for Groups

How do I arrange a tour?

To arrange a tour contact the Associate Dean, Dr. Kevan Shafizadeh, at or (916)278-6852.

What age group are tours available to?

We generally accept only ages 10 and up.

How large/small can a tour group be?

Typically, tours can accommodate up to 25 students.

What does a tour include?

The projects hosted at STORC are constantly evolving so tours will depend on the projects currently being hosted. At this time a tour will likely feature activities in the areas of aquaponics, tiny house living, biodiesel, and zero-net energy homes. 

How long does a tour last?

Tours are generally 1 to 2 hours.

What is appropriate attire?

STORC is an outside working laboratory so casual clothing and close toed shoes are most appropriate.


How do I start a project?

To start a project at STORC you must submit a proposed Statement of Work (SOW) and await approval. The link to this can be found on the Projects page along with further information.

Will STORC provide funding for my project?

You are expected to provide the funds for your own project.

Does STORC have resources available to facilitate my project?

If your project is approved, STORC will provide you with a project space on the STORC site, as well as utilities and tools.

How can I get involved in STORC?

To learn about ways to get involved with STORC contact the Dean of ECS, Lorenzo Smith, at or (916) 278-6127.