Campus: SAN BERNARDINO -- June 14, 2006

Palm Desert contributes $4.5 million toward Health Sciences Building

The California State University Board of Trustees approved naming the fourth building at Cal State San Bernardino's Palm Desert Campus the Palm Desert Health Sciences Building in honor of a $4.5 million contribution from the city.

The action took place at the board's May meeting, said Fred Jandt, dean of the campus. The new Palm Desert Health Sciences Building will consist of two wings, housing nursing education programs and science laboratories. The structure may also become home to other health science programs in future years, Jandt said.

"This gift by Palm Desert's City Council was the major donation which has brought us near the completion of our $14 million goal for this building," Jandt said. "We're very grateful for Palm Desert's continuing support of this campus." Jandt added that the city donated the original set-aside of 200 acres at Cook Street and Frank Sinatra Drive in north Palm Desert for the purpose of developing the campus.

HMC Architects of Ontario, Calif., is designing the facility, and Kevin O'Brien of HMC is the lead architect on the project. University officials plan to break ground on the structure later this year, with a goal of finishing construction in late 2007.

For more information, contact the Cal State San Bernardino public affairs office at (909) 537-5007 and visit the university's news Web site at More information is also available at the Palm Desert Campus Web site at or contact Palm Desert Campus at (760) 341-2883.

Contact: Sid Robinson, (909) 537-5007

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