Campus: CSU Hayward -- November 08, 2002
Proposition 47 Victory Moves CSUH Closer to Construction
of Business and Technology Center
Passage of Proposition 47 on the statewide ballot Tuesday pushes the
campaign to construct a Business and Technology Center on the California
State University, Hayward campus closer to the finish line, according
to Hank Salvo, chairman of the building campaign.
“This is fantastic news,” said Salvo, who chairs the university’s
fund-raising effort and is a board member of the Cal State Hayward Educational
Foundation. “The ‘yes’ vote means we are well on our
way to successfully completing this campaign next year.”
“This vote shows tremendous confidence by the voters and a determination
to invest in our educational system even when California is not in the
best economic condition,” said university President Norma Rees.
“This bond issue was very important to improving K-12 schools,
which produce the students who move on to higher education in this state.
Someday, many of those students will be able to enjoy the new Business
and Technology Center here at Cal State Hayward.”
Salvo, chief financial officer for the Robert Mondavi Corp., said the
$11.5 million made available to Cal State Hayward for this project by
the bond issue will be added to nearly $7 million already raised from
private sources. Another $2 million will come from campus resources.
Projected cost of the Business and Technology Center is $23.5 million,
with groundbreaking projected in 2004.
“This victory gives us the keystone funding for the project,”
Salvo said. “It prepares us for the final $3 million fund-raising
push that we expect will include some major gifts, including a challenge
grant we will seek from a major foundation.”
Salvo noted that, in addition to major gifts already received, the alumni,
friends and employees of the university have purchased more than 800
inscribed bricks which will become part of a memorial wall in the new
“We have approached our capital campaign to build the Business
and Technology Center by using the kind of public-private partnership
effort that led to passage of Proposition 47,” said Bob Burt,
vice president for university advancement at Cal State Hayward. “That
partnership is fundamental to the strengthening of our institutions
of higher education and nowhere is that more evident than on this campus,
where we’ll use Proposition 47, campus resources and private sources
to build our first new academic building in 30 years.”
The Business and Technology Center will serve as the home of the School
of Business and Economics and function as the university’s communications
hub. It will provide a state-of-the-art home for programs in technology
management, engineering, multimedia production, international trade,
marketing, e-commerce and online degree programs.
‘The Right Project for the Right Time’
“This is the right project at the right time for the university,”
President Rees said. “It will help us better prepare our students
for success in the highly technological world of the 21st century. This
facility will greatly enhance our ability to meet the current and future
educational needs of the greater East Bay and surrounding communities.”
The building that currently houses the university’s School of
Business and Economics was built in 1965, before computers were integral
components of the academic program. The 37-year-old facility does not
have the complex wiring and connectivity needed for many university
“The vote on Proposition 47 is a major step forward and gives
us the impetus to complete this project,” said Jay Tontz, dean
of the CSUH School of Business and Economics. “We are now able
to enter the final phase of a project that will bring together professors,
technology, and students from all over the world in a state-of-the-art
The bonds authorized by the ‘yes’ vote of 58.9 percent on
Proposition 47 will provide a total of $12.7 million to Cal State Hayward.
In addition to the $11.5 million for the Business and Technology Center,
$800,000 will be made available to plan the seismic retrofit needed
for the campus library and another $400,000 will be released for other
capital improvement projects.
Statewide, the vote allows California to issue $13.05 billion in general
obligation bonds to construct and renovate school facilities: $11.4
billion for K-12 schools and $1.65 billion for higher education. The
bonds will fund construction of an estimated 46,000 new classrooms,
improvements and repairs to old school buildings, and upgrades for the
laboratories and computer facilities.
Proposition 47 provides $496 million to the California State University
system’s 23 campuses.
“With Tuesday’s vote, Californians have reaffirmed their
belief that the future of this state rests in the quality of its educational
system,” said Louis Caldera, the CSU’s vice chancellor for
university advancement and president of the CSU Foundation. “Prop.
47 will help California build the clean, safe, and modern learning facilities
that our students so desperately need.”
Caldera said more facilities are needed at CSU’s campuses to accommodate
130,000 new students expected by the end of the decade.
Contact: Kim Huggett, Director of Public Affairs (510)