Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- November 08, 2002
Voters Approve Proposition Giving Cal Poly $37
Million to Build Classrooms
California voters said yes to Proposition 47 by a solid margin Nov.
5, approving a $13 billion school building bond that will give Cal Poly
more than $37 million.
Statewide, Proposition 47 received 57.5 percent of the vote. In San
Luis Obispo County, where the bond would fund classroom building projects
at Cuesta College and K-12 schools in addition to Cal Poly, the measure
passed with 52 percent of the vote.
Thanks to voter approval, Cal Poly will receive some $37.3 million over
the next two years.
The money will pay for construction of a new engineering building, fill
it with high-tech equipment, and provide the university with money to
design a new architecture building and prepare plans to remodel a 30-year-old
engineering and architecture building.
“Even in a difficult economy, California voters clearly recognized
that an investment in education is a sound investment,” said Cal
Poly President Warren J. Baker. “Their support will allow Cal
Poly to tear down outdated structures to make room for modern facilities
designed and equipped to produce tomorrow’s engineers and architects.
Thanks to their support, the university will be able to further strengthen
its advantage as one of the nation’s top public undergraduate
The new Engineering IV Building, made possible by Proposition 47, will
house the university's aeronautical, mechanical, civil, environmental,
industrial and manufacturing engineering programs.
It will allow teachers and students to move out of corrugated metal
buildings on the north side of campus that are 40 to 50 years old. They
were originally built to house the agricultural welding and related
"Passage of Proposition 47 ensures that Cal Poly's College of Engineering
will have the facilities we need to continue offering one of the nation's
very best engineering and computer science programs,” said College
of Engineering Dean Peter Y. Lee.
The new engineering facilities and equipment brought by Proposition
47 funding, Lee said, “will create a lab-centered, state-of-the-art
learning environment for the future. “We couldn't be more delighted."
The 112,000 square-foot Engineering IV Building will rise northwest
of Kennedy Library, near two existing engineering buildings and one
currently under construction — concentrating much of the university's
engineering programs in one area.
New high-tech equipment for the Engineering IV Building will include
lasers for mapping, visualization, and velocity measurement in the wind
and water tunnel laboratories; scanning electron and optical microscopes
for the materials engineering laboratories; and helicopter controls
and gyroscope controls test systems for the aeronautical engineering
Cal Poly’s architecture program will also benefit from Proposition
47. The university will receive money to design, through the schematic
drawing stage, a new multi-story building in the heart of campus for
the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The college educates
one in five California architects.
The new architecture building will eventually house the college’s
construction management and architecture programs and will provide added
lecture space. Plans call for it to be built on the site of the existing
Heating and Air Conditioning facility in the campus core. That complex
is a conglomeration of small buildings that are 40 to 60 years old.
Finally, Proposition 47 will give Cal Poly funding to prepare plans
for remodeling and renovating the 40-year-old Engineering West Building,
which houses architecture laboratories and offices, engineering laboratories,
and the industrial technology program. The 165,000 square-foot remodel
would improve lighting, wiring and classroom and lab space.
Contact: Teresa Hendrix (805) 756-7266