Campus Growth and Design


139) When was your school established? 
CSU, Chico was established in 1887.

140) How much land is now owned or operated by your school and what is its geographical disbursement?
The University Farm is 800 acres and is located approximately 5 miles South of campus.  The University Range is 250 acres and is located approximately 7-8 miles Northwest of Chico.  University Village, which is an off-campus dorm, is 5 acres and is located 1 mile North of campus.  The main part of campus is 119 acres and is located in downtown Chico.

141) What are your school’s current plans for expansion or renovation?
The following is a list of the projects presently planned for development/construction on campus.  A Draft of specific projects are also listed below:

State Funded Capital Outlay:
Telecommunications Infrastructure (TII)
Education Classroom/Faculty Office Addition (PEII)
Utility Infrastructure
Education/Classroom/Faculty Office/Laboratory Addition and Expansion (Modoc II)
Butte Hall Renovation
Taylor II
Student Service Center
Education Classroom/Office Addition Phase II
Agriculture Teaching and Research Center (University Farm)

Non-State Funded:
University Village Parking Lot
University Village telecommunications
University Village Sidewalk replacement
Whitney Hall Seismic/Telecommunications 
 

Projects in Budget Year (2001/02):

Telecommunications Infrastructure (TII)

Education Classroom/Faculty Office Addition (Phase I)
The addition to the Physical Education facilities was funded for construction in 1999.  Equipment funds will be needed in 2001.  The addition will accommodate 233 lecture FTE (Full Time Equivalent), 19 UD (Upper Division) laboratory, FTE and 44 faculty offices for the Physical Education and Recreation and Parks Management programs. 

Utility Infrastructure Expansion
This project will expand, unify and complete the utility infrastructure for the campus.  It will extend the central chilled water piping system to Acker and Shurmer Gymnasiums, Student Health Center and Plumas Hall.  The project will also extend 12KV power to the Student Health Center.  In addition the project will extend and enlarge the steam piping for the central plant to Kendall Hall and the Physical Science building.  Preliminary plans and working drawings are funded by nonstate resources. 
 

Future Projects (2002/03 – 2005/06):

Classroom/Faculty Office/Laboratory Expansion and Addition
The proposed 83,280 ASF (Assignable Square Footage)/132,000 GSF (Gross Square Footage) facility (#108) will provide instructional capacity for 107 FTE in upper division laboratory space; 39 FTE in lower division laboratory space; 69 FTE in Graduate Research Laboratory; 687 FTE in lecture; 100 stations of self-instruction computing laboratories, 102 faculty offices for undergraduate education, teacher education, psychology and speech pathology programs, and three department offices for the School of Education, Undergraduate Education and Speech Pathology.  The facility will also provide an animal colony, Special Education Library, and a Speech Pathology and Family Counseling Clinic. 

A Child Care facility will be incorporated into the new building, with non-state funding from the Associated Students. The Child Care facility, 17,210 ASF/21,500 GSF, with 12,400 ASF in outdoor instruction, will accommodate 118 children between the ages of 6 months to 10 years. 

Presently accommodated in the Aymer Jay Hamilton (#2) building is 378 FTE in the psychology and speech pathology programs and 15 faculty offices. The existing building is structurally unsound and poses a life safety hazard to its occupants.  It is proposed that the existing building will be demolished after the replacement facility is built. 

Butte Hall Renovation
This building was built in 1972.  This project has been a high priority for the campus due to the extensive and pervasive presence of asbestos in the building.  Currently, repairs or upgrades to the rooms requested by faculty due to programmatic needs can be cost prohibitive.  In addition to housing the campus computer center, Butte Hall is the main classroom facility for the campus, holding about 16% of the campus lecture capacity. This project will extend the life of the mechanical building systems another 30 years.  The rescoped project for this 49,768 ASF/88,874 GSF building will include the original scope of asbestos abatement, as well as the mitigation of fire code violations and the upgrade of HVAC, electrical, plumbing, mediation and telecommunications systems to meet the programmatic and capital renewal needs. 

Taylor II Renovation/Addition
Taylor Hall is a two-story building completed in 1961.  The building presently comprises 22,696 ASF with 41 FTE of LD (Lower Division) laboratory, 26 FTE of UD laboratory, 545 FTE of Lecture, 17 faculty offices, one department office and 24 stations of self-instructional laboratory.  This project will renovate the existing building to modernize and improve the instructional capabilities and renovate the mechanical and electrical systems to improve energy efficiency and reduce operation costs.  The project will also expand the facility and add 36,489 ASF including 4,800 ASF for a 300 capacity theatre or organ recital hall, and 81-stations of self-instruction-computing laboratories.  The expansion will add 130 FTE of LD laboratory, 20 FTE of UD laboratory, 291 FTE of Lecture, 3 FTE of graduate laboratory and 64 Faculty offices, and three department office suites. 

Student Services Center
The proposed 48,700 ASF/74,900GSF facility will provide the first permanent building for all of the student services on the campus.  At present many of the student services offices are scattered in various temporary building and locations throughout the campus.  This is confusing and inconvenient for students who need to utilize these services such as admissions and records, testing, counseling, advising, etc.  The facility will also house the University Police department, Environmental Management Health and Safety Department, The Communications Services Department, and University Services.  Also included in this project is the remodeling of the First Floor of the Meriam Library east side when the Student Services functions are moved to the new building.  This area needs to be remodeled to accommodate the needs of library services. 

Education/Classroom/Office Renovation (Phase II)
This project will renovate 69,000 ASF/95,000 GSF of existing space in Acker and Shurmer Gymnasiums, incorporating the upgrade of utility systems and the conversion of space to meet programmatic needs. One of the major objectives of this project is to provide shower, locker and other facilities to provide equality between the men and women’s programs to satisfy the requirements of Title 9, which the University has been cited for violating. 

Agriculture Teaching and Research Center (ATRC)
This project will expand and renovate facilities at the University farm to make it a more contemporary university laboratory facility to support the advanced science and technology requirements of the agriculture curricula.   This project will add four new buildings, replace one existing building, renovate 13 existing buildings and remove four buildings.  In addition the project will upgrade the electrical, and telecommunications systems, roads, and irrigation systems. 
 

Other Projects:

Albert E. Warrens Reception Center – this project will renovate the old Julia Morgan House, which was previously used as a residence for University President’s into a reception center for use by the University and community. 

Soccer Field – this project will build a new soccer stadium in the area west of the residence halls and south of Sacramento Avenue.  The stadium will include field lights and bleacher seating. 

Butte Station – This project will replace the old wooden temporary structure adjacent to Plumas hall with a new permanent structure to be operated by the Associated Students Food Services for vending food and drinks along will other sundry items. 

Holt Station – This project will take the old Butte Station building and relocate it south of Holt Hall.  The building exterior will be improved for visual effect and landscaping along with tables and benches will be situated on the site.  This facility will be operated by the Associate Students Food Services to vend food and drinks. 

Natural History Museum – this planned project is to provide a new museum of Natural History on the campus in the area west of Aymer Jay Hamilton.  The facility will provide both an instructional opportunity for students and an exhibit for school children and visitors to the campus and community. 

142) Does your school have a long-range development plan describing existing and future land uses for campus?  If so, does the document contain environmental criteria?
The current Master Plan, which outlines existing and future land uses, for the University is from 1990. An updated Master Plan is currently being worked on.  The University Master Plan does include environmental studies that are submitted to the Board of Trustees for review and approval prior to acceptance of the Master Plan.  The Board of Trustees holds discretionary authority under CEQA regarding environmental studies.  The University will be the lead agency for the study.

143) Does your school have an ongoing planning committee?
Yes.  It is formally called the Campus Planning Committee.

144) Who sits on the committee?
The committee is comprised of faculty, staff, administration, students, and representatives from the Chico Chamber of Commerce, Chico City Planning Commission, Chico City Council, and the Downtown Chico Business Association.

145) Is the campus exempt from any local (city or county) land-use planning and zoning laws?
Yes.  The campus is state property and must follow specific state laws instead of city or county guidelines.  In many cases state laws are more restrictive than city or county laws.  Building plans must meet state codes and are not subject to review by city or county officials.  When dealing with environmental guidelines such as air, noise, or water quality, the campus must follow city and county guidelines.

146) Are there, or have been, any land-use conflicts between the campus and the surrounding community? If so, were they dealt with?
There are currently no land use conflicts between the campus and the community.  Examples of conflicts in the past include one regarding Warner Street.  This is a City street that runs through the middle of the campus.  For many years the City wanted to expand the street to carry more traffic and the campus wanted the street closed.  The result was that the street remained a potential hazard and no improvements were made.  Finally the City and the University joined together about five years ago and performed a joint improvement project which improved the street for pedestrian, and bicycle safety while still allowing automotive use of the street.  This project has been a great success and both entities seem comfortable and pleased with the results.  Another past conflict was regarding the parking structure.  For many years the University wanted to build a parking structure on the campus to increase the available parking spaces for students, faculty and staff.  The City opposed this on various proposed sites.  Finally a site was selected that both parties could agree to and also the design of the structure was mutually acceptable. 

147) Does the campus own any land that will be developed for private, non-educational facilities?
No.

148) Are there any examples on campus of environmental building design? If so, please describe.
The buildings that have been built in the last 10 years are all designed and built in compliance with Title 24, which requires energy efficiency.  The designers of these buildings must submit energy calculations of these buildings, which are reviewed for compliance with state energy conservation standards.  New buildings on campus often incorporate passive solar design features.

149) Does your school offer cooperative housing?
The University does offer what might be considered cooperative housing through its Residence Halls, Craig Hall, and University Village. 

150) How have environmental principles been incorporated into these housing arrangements?
Some environmental principles at these locations include recycling, energy efficient appliances, and low flow plumbing fixtures. 
 

 

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