Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- September 27, 2000

Largest Building Project Ever on CSU Stanislaus Campus to Boost Growing Student Enrollment

New Administration BuildingA new, state-of-the-art administration building that will serve many needs and function as a "one-stop" service location for students is under construction at California State University, Stanislaus.

McCarthy Building Companies Inc., Sacramento, began work in January on the $25 million Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway Center. Upon completion in late 2001, this facility will be the largest building on the CSU Stanislaus campus and will enable the University to better serve its growing enrollment. By consolidating all student services together in one location, this will free up various facilities throughout the campus, which will then be used for other necessary expansion.

The new building is named in honor of the late Mary Stuart Rogers, a Modesto resident for over 40 years until her death in 1993. She had a long-standing interest in education and consequently founded the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation, which has provided more than $5 million to CSU Stanislaus for excellence in education. Her $4 million donation for the Educational Services Gateway Center is the single largest private gift to date in the Campus's history.

This latest building project is part of an ongoing upgrade of the 220-acre Turlock campus under the direction of President Marvalene Hughes. Beginning her seventh year as leader of the growing University in the heart of the Northern San Joaquin Valley, which enrolls more than 7,000 students, President Hughes has spearheaded a number of improvements and additions at the University. About $50 million has been invested in building and improvement projects on the campus.

Located on the east side of the campus main entrance, the 130,000-square-foot Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway Center will include: a three-story main building; central atrium; and a connected, one-story, 150-seat conference center. Serving as a one-stop services facility for students, the building will house admissions, records, financial aid, academic advising, counseling and career development, as well as offices for the president, provost and other University administrators. Adjacent site improvements also will be made.

McCarthy's contract for the construction of the building is $17.8 million out of the $25 million total project cost.

The three partners at executive architect RSK Associates, San Francisco, developed the original design for this building while working together at the Smith Group in the early 1990s. The design seeks to simplify and unify the process for students seeking services by utilizing an atrium that organizes and visually links the different departments. Extended barrel-vaulted roof elements of the atrium shelter the main entries at each end. The conference center building to the south provides an autonomous element to the main building mass and will be available for use by campus-wide groups during off hours.

An 18-foot deep basement area posed some early construction challenges for McCarthy. During years of heavy precipitation, the area's water table can remain as close as 10 feet below the soil's surface. One of the unusual aspects of this project was that the water table had to be lowered about 20 feet below its natural elevation before excavation could begin for the basement that will house record storage, reprographics and the mail room.

McCarthy installed 22 water pumps around the perimeter of the basement to continually pump up to 300 gallons of water per minute from the site. As a permanent solution to the high water problem, an elaborate one-half-foot thick mat slab of which the top surface is the floor of the basement was installed. This mat slab creates the ballast for the building, and with its large mass contributes to the waterproofing system.

Made possible through passage of a 1998 state general obligation bond for educational facilities, the structure is designed to meet seismic, American Disabilities Act and life safety requirements. The building has steel frame floor and roof systems, and eccentric braces will be utilized for lateral support. The exterior will feature glass-fiber-reinforced concrete panels with glass curtainwalls at each end of the atrium and a curved metal roof over the atrium and conference center.

This is the fourth project McCarthy currently has under way for the CSU system and the most recent in a continuing relationship with the statewide educational institution. At the same time, McCarthy also is constructing the $31.4 million Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center and the $740,000 Environmental Technology Center, both at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, as well as the $11.8 million, five-story classroom building at CSU Sacramento. In addition, the firm has previously completed other projects at CSU system campuses in Sacramento, Fullerton and Los Angeles.

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