Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- January 3, 2000

Construction To Get Under Way On New Buildings - It's going to be busy over the next two years at the gateway to California State University, Stanislaus.

Construction activity will get under way this month on the $25 million Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway Center that will become the Universityís largest building when itís completed in December 2001. The structure is one of two new campus buildings that will go up over the next two years, the other being the Bernell and Flora Snider Music Recital Hall projected for completion during the 2000-2001 academic year.

The latest building projects are part of the ongoing upgrade of the 230-acre Turlock campus which has experienced some dramatic improvements under the direction of President Marvalene Hughes. More than $50 million is being invested in building and improvement projects, making the University an academic as well as economic key to the region.

McCarthy Construction of Sacramento came in under budget projections during the recent bidding process for the Rogers Center and has already started preparing the site. The 130,000-square-foot, three-story building that will house Student Services and administration offices is being built at the Delís Lane entrance on Monte Vista Avenue on the east side of the Reflecting Pond.

The small metered parking lot in front of the Main Dining Hall is being removed to accommodate the project and construction fencing has already been installed around the site as surveying is conducted. Carl Coffey, CSU Stanislaus Senior Director of Facilities Planning, said site excavation work for the building that will include a lower level basement area will get under way in January. Small wells will have to be installed to handle the high groundwater levels on the site, he noted.

Plans are near completion for the Snider Hall that will go up on the west side of the Music Building, linked to that structure by a covered trellis. Bids will go out soon for the steel frame of the structure and CSU Stanislaus crews will complete the building and install landscaping on the building, starting this spring. The Hall, which will include a lobby and seating for 250 people, was made possible by a $500,000 gift from Bernell and Flora Snider of Turlock.

The start of construction on the two new buildings follows the Fall 1998 completion of the $20 million Demergasso-Bava Hall, a classroom/laboratory/faculty offices complex. Other recent major projects on campus have included expansion of the University Amphitheatre to allow for seating capacity of more than 10,000 and inclusion of an adjoining waterfall and stream; addition of three stormwater retention lakes, one of them crossed by a bridge to the Gymnasium Complex; completion of a campus perimeter road; a new softball stadium; remodeling of the former Television Learning Center to accommodate faculty and coaches offices; and $3 million in renovations at the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton site which opened in Fall 1999.

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