CSU, Chico News

Northern California Natural History Museum Announces Groundbreaking Event

Date: 04-16-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

After more than 10 years of planning, the Northern California Natural History Museum is taking a significant step in the construction of its building on the California State University, Chico campus adjacent to the Bidwell Mansion. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony on the building site at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24.

The public is invited, and is reminded to use public parking in the area rather than the Bidwell Mansion parking lot.

The groundbreaking ceremony will encompass a variety of activities to commemorate the start of construction. The program will be highlighted by a Mechoopda blessing of the project. Additionally, music will be performed by the North State Symphony brass players.

Speakers will include Judy Sitton, president of the board of directors; James Houpis, dean of the College of Natural Sciences; Greg Liggett, the executive director of the museum; and Paul Zingg, president of CSU, Chico.

Construction of the museum building is expected to be completed by summer 2009. No public opening for the museum has been scheduled yet.

Planners anticipate Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the silver level based upon many sustainable design elements of the building and its construction. Once it is completed, the museum will offer exhibits, educational programs and a learning resource for the community.

The mission of the Northern California Natural History Museum is to create a lifelong learning environment that enables people to explore, interpret and celebrate the magnificent natural heritage of our region through science, research and education.