'Campus Construction Continues'

  • August 25, 2005

Cal State East Bay officials say they are pleased with the progress of the three construction projects on campus.

The Wayne and Gladys Valley Business and Technology Center, the Pioneer Heights expansion and the University Union annex are at various stages of the construction, the largest expansion of the university in more than 30 years.

"The most dramatic phase of the construction process for all three buildings is underway now, as the buildings take the three-dimensional shape and first cast a shadow," said Bruce Bagnoli, coordinator of capital projects.

The Valley Business and Technology Center is one of the busiest.

On May 10, concrete was poured for the 625-yard foundation, and on June 3 there was a final foundation concrete pour. A week later the start of structural steel erection began. It was completed July 14 with a "topping off" ceremony.

According to Bagnoli, the floor decks for the business building are about 75 percent complete, including the second and third floors, which have been worked on recently. Framing has even begun for individual rooms, and while this is being accomplished, the utility work has kept pace and is about 95 percent complete.

"The project is approximately one-third finished," said Bagnoli. "We are currently shooting for basic building completion in June 2006, with equipment installation, configuration and integration to follow."

The Valley Business and Technology Center may be in use as early as Fall 2006, Bagnoli said, but it is still a bit too early to tell.

Bagnoli also added that the most visible work would take place during the next three months, as they close the building ahead of the autumn rains.

"The fall quarter will see the building skin start to take form, with more and more interior work as the framing for the walls takes shape," said Bagnoli.

General contractor Robert A. Bothman Inc. is working on the University Union. Concrete structures have been completed and waterproofed for the basement and connecting tunnel to the current University Union.

The east side of the first floor foundation has been completed, and the west side is nearly done.

The asbestos abatement and precautionary cleanup of the existing union has been finished, which allows the demolition of the interior room to be started and completed. Steel structural framework is expected to be finished by the beginning of fall quarter.

At Pioneer Heights, Overaa Construction is currently framing buildings A (geared toward freshmen and sophomores) and B (for upper division students). Foundations for both the A and B buildings are complete, while C is nearly completed and work is just beginning for D, which will be a building for student activities and support staff offices.

During the next three months buildings A, B and C will be framed up to the fourth floor and construction crews will hurry to get all the structures waterproofed before fall.

Yet to begin - as least not physically - is the new Student Services building that will replace the Student Services floors of Warren Hall. It is still in the design stage.

Under a proposal by the chancellor's office, the building will be built under the California-approved Statewide School Repair and Construction Bond Act (Prop 55). More than $30 million was set aside from the seismic work for Warren Hall, which will now be used to build the new student services building.

"The new buildings will assure that Cal State East Bay students will have access to state-of-the-art classrooms and labs in the business and technology Center, ample housing for the students who need it at Pioneer Heights, expanded facilities for campus organizations and activities in the University Union, and easier access to services in the new student services building," said Kim Huggett, director of public affairs.

Huggett said that officials are turning CSUEB into a full-fledged regional facility that serves two counties and 33 cities, and the new construction is one of the most important elements of that effort.

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