Campus: CSU, Hayward -- February 2, 2001


Trustees Approve Plans for Internet Switching Center at Cal State Hayward

Construction of an Internet switching center could begin in the fall on the California State University, Hayward campus following a unanimous vote of approval by the California State University Board of Trustees.

The 11-0 vote on Jan. 24 clears the way for a 20-year contract to be developed between the California State University system, Cal State Hayward and Geographic Network Affiliates International for a "carrier hotel" project on campus. The first phase of construction begins this fall. 

The initial phase calls for development of a 180,000-square-foot structure to house network equipment and servers belonging to several telecommunications carrier companies. Multiple carrier companies lease space within the same carrier hotel so they can easily interconnect networks. A second phase would add a 200,000-square-foot building on which construction could begin by the end of this year. Examples of telecommunications carrier companies are Sprint, Cable and Wireless, AT&T, Pacific Bell and MCI.

The center would be located on six acres at the south end of the campus on undeveloped land in a valley near the university's Pioneer Heights residence hall.

Under the plan approved by the trustees, GEO would build the two buildings and lease them from Cal State Hayward for a minimum rental rate or 25 percent of the net, whichever is greater. When the project is complete, the university could earn revenues ranging from $1 million to $2 million a year. These funds could be used for academic programs and support of projects such as a Business and Technology Center, expected to open in 2004.

"Cal State Hayward already has established itself as one of the premiere institutions when it comes to educational technologies," said university President Norma S. Rees. "This center will continue our leadership in this field by serving as a magnet for international telecommunications services companies." 

"This is a project with enormous academic benefits," Rees added. "It will create a steady stream of new opportunities for academic programs, research and business partnerships. For example, by locating an Internet switching center on campus our faculty, students and staff will have direct fiber optic connectivity to Internet 2, the next generation of the Internet."

The project had been given conceptual approval by the CSU trustees last November, but Wednesday's action cleared the way for contractual arrangements, according to John Charles, CSUH director of information technology.

"We're on an aggressive timeline, but we think construction on Phase One could begin this fall," Charles said. 

About 15,000 square feet of the project will support Internet operations by Cal State Hayward, other universities, and K-12 schools.

Further information about the partnership project is available at: www.csuhayward.edu/ics/csuh-geo.htm


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