Campus: CSU, Chico -- May 09, 2001

Physical Education Classroom Construction To Begin

Construction for a 70,000-square-foot physical education classroom and faculty office building will begin at the end of this month on the California State University, Chico campus.

The two-story, state-funded building, known as PEII, will be located just west of Shurmer and Acker Gymnasiums and just south of the football and track and field stadium.

The $12-million facility will provide new classrooms, laboratories, lecture halls and offices for faculty in the physical education and exercise science and recreation and parks management departments.

Completion of the project is expected in November 2002. John F. Otto Inc. of Sacramento has been awarded the contract, which is undergoing final approval process by the CSU this week.

PEII and an infrastructure yard just west of it will require the space currently occupied by 16 university tennis courts. Eight of the courts will be permanently displaced by the PEII building. Professor Dick Trimmer, physical education and exercise science chair, is currently making arrangements with area tennis facilities to provide alternative venues for tennis classes.

During construction, the east-west asphalt pathway to campus will be closed just west of the tennis courts. Students crossing the Union Pacific railroad tracks will have to follow the pathway south around the greenhouse and boiler-chiller plant to reach Warner Street.

The main entry for trucks to the construction site will be College Drive off Warner Street. Smaller vehicles seeking access to the site will enter just south of Shurmer off Warner Street. All vehicles will continue to be able to drive behind Shurmer and Acker through to the stadium.

Phase one construction this summer will include preparing the site and PEII foundation work.

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