Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- January 23, 2004
Proposition 55 on March Ballot Would Bring Cal Poly
$34 Million to Replace Aging Buildings and Equipment
Proposition 55, the statewide school bond on the March 2 ballot, would
bring $34 million to Cal Poly to replace aging buildings, classrooms
and equipment which would otherwise be delayed significantly, university
officials announced today.
Funding included in Proposition 55 for Cal Poly includes:
- $28.5 million in construction money for a new building to house
the university’s architecture and construction management programs,
part of Cal Poly’s nationally-recognized College of Architecture
and Environmental Design
- $5.3 million to pay for new high-tech equipment for the Engineering
IV building now under construction
- $1.2 million for initial design and drawings for a new Center for
Science and Mathematics to replace the 50-year-old science and math
“The funding included in Proposition 55 for Cal Poly is essential
to our ability to maintain and enhance our quality of education, and
continue to provide the margin of excellence leaders of industry, employers,
students, alumni and supporters expect from this university,”
stressed Cal Poly President Warren J. Baker. “It also gives us
some of the resources necessary to enhance the number of graduates in
the fields critical to the California economy.
The Proposition 55 money earmarked for the new architecture and construction
management building is crucial to the continued success of these programs,
the president said. “Our bachelor’s program in architecture
is ranked as one of the top three in the nation, and our graduates are
in high demand. One of every five California architects is a Cal Poly
graduate.” Baker said. “Our students are the architects
of tomorrow, and they need access to 21st century classrooms and equipment.”
Money to design the new architecture and construction management building
was part of Proposition 47, the statewide school bond approved overwhelmingly
by voters in November 2002. Private donors have already donated nearly
$2 million in cash and cash pledges, and corporate sponsors are now
considering another $3 million in private support. The college is raising
$7.5 million in private contributions to pay for a portion of the new
The proposed 44,000 square-foot building would rise on the site of the
existing Heating and Air Conditioning facility in the campus core. That
complex is a conglomeration of small one-story buildings ranging from
40 to 60 years old, which currently house manufacturing engineering
classrooms and labs and other classrooms, explained Facilities Director
Included in the $28.5 million in Proposition 55 funding for construction
of the new building is money to remodel architecture and industrial
technology classrooms in the adjacent 30-year-old Engineering West building.
Engineering West currently houses laboratories and offices for the College
of Engineering and Environmental Design, engineering laboratories, and
the industrial technology program.
The 165,000 square-foot Engineering West remodel would improve lighting,
wiring, and classroom and lab space for the building, which was built
in the 1960s.
Proposition 55 also includes $1.2 million in design money for a new
multi-story building for the university’s College of Science and
Mathematics at the heart of the campus.
That $1.2 million would pay for the initial design through the schematic
drawing stage of a new 256,289 square-foot state-of the-art science
facility that would replace the inefficient, sprawling and outdated
science building in the heart of campus, Kitamura said.
“The new Center for Science and Mathematics will be designed to
fully integrate 21st century technology into classrooms and laboratories,”
stressed Dean Phil Bailey of the College of Science and Mathematics.
Prop 55 also allots Cal Poly $5.3 million to purchase new equipment
for the Engineering IV building now under construction.
All of the Proposition 55 projects are important to Cal Poly because
they would allow the university to strengthen its advantage as one of
the nation’s top institutions for undergraduate study of engineering
and architecture by offering students up-to-date facilities and equipment,
President Baker stressed.
If California voters do not approve Proposition 55, the university will
have to significantly delay the new architecture facility and remodel
of the Engineering West classrooms, and will not have funding for new
equipment for the Engineering IV building now under construction. Plans
to start design work for the new Center for Science and Mathematics
would also be put on hold.
“Many of our students would continue to be taught in aging buildings
with poor wiring, lighting, and heat,” Baker said. Baker urged
the university community and local residents to find out more about
Proposition 55 and the benefits it would bring to local K-12 schools,
Cuesta College and Cal Poly, as well as the local construction industry.
More details about what Proposition 55 would bring to San Luis Obispo
County if approved in the March 2 election are available on the Cal
Poly News Web site at
www.calpolynews.calpoly.edu/prop55.html, or at www.Yeson55.com.
Contact: Teresa Hendrix (805) 756-7266 or Leah Kolt