California State University, Stanislaus received funding to modernize its original science building, built in 1971. The 51,000 gross square foot Science I building was taken offline when the Naraghi Hall of Science opened at the campus in fall 2007. The building has seen very limited use since that time. The two-year renovation project will return the facility to use as classrooms, laboratory space and faculty offices that will house our growing nursing and social work programs. Construction is scheduled to begin Jan. 4, 2012.
The seismic retrofit and renovation project will update structural components in the two-story concrete building, and renovate the interior space to provide contemporary facilities for nursing and master of social work degree programs. The updated building will contain 70 offices, six laboratories and eight classrooms with support space, one open computer lab and three conference rooms. In addition, the Science I building will be more energy efficient with updated power and sustainability components.
“We are fortunate to be able to modernize one of our older classroom facilities for future students, despite the economic downturn in California,” said CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani. “I am pleased that the community will also substantially benefit with the creation of more than 150 construction related jobs during the two-year project.”
The total project cost is $18,528,000. Funding is being provided by the State of California through the sale of lease-revenue bonds, a source separate and distinct from the general state appropriations that fund university operations.