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)
Education/Classroom/Faculty Office/Laboratory Addition and Expansion
Butte Hall Renovation
Student Service Center
Education Classroom/Office Addition Phase II
Agriculture Teaching and Research Center (University Farm)
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
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.
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
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
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
147) Does the campus own any land that will be developed for private,
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
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
Some environmental principles at these locations include recycling,
energy efficient appliances, and low flow plumbing fixtures.