CSU, Chico News

Ceremony Will Mark Progress of Student Services Center University Receives Resolution for Sustainability Efforts from State Board

Date: 04-18-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico and Turner Construction are hosting a topping-out ceremony tomorrow, April 19, noon, at the construction site at 2nd and Ivy streets to highlight the progress of the new Student Services Center.

Turner Construction was chosen from among 10 firms vying to build the $38 million Student Services Center, a four-story, approximately 120,000 square-foot building estimated for completion in April 2008. Founded in 1902, Turner Construction is one of the best-known and largest builders of educational facilities in the world.

The Student Services Center is being built following environmentally conscious standards established by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a program begun in 1999 by the U.S. Green Building Council. When completed, the Student Services Center will be one of the first new state-funded construction projects in the CSU that is LEED-certified.

In a long-held tradition for building projects, a tree will be hoisted to the top of the structural framework of the building. In addition, a "gold bolt" will be placed in the structure to mark the completion of the steel frame of the building.

The occasion will also include comments by CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg, Turner Construction Project Executive Cliff Kunkel, David Israel, principle, BAR Architects, and Margo Reid Brown, chair of the California Integrated Waste Management Board. CSU, Chico Vice President for Business and Finance Dennis Graham will be master of ceremonies.

The Integrated Waste Management Board is holding a meeting at CSU, Chico tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in BMU 210 that will discuss the trend of "green" buildings that reduce impacts on the environment. During the meeting, the board will present Zingg and Graham with a resolution honoring the University for its work in sustainability.

Offices of admissions, financial aid, advising, student employment and career planning and placement are some of the planned occupants of the Student Services Center.