DEC. 6, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Work began today to repair the water-damaged Student Union building at California State University, Bakersfield after officials earlier this week awarded the bid for the work to JTS Construction of Bakersfield.

JTS Constructionís bid of $109,650 was the lowest of the four bids received. Company officials said they anticipate completing the work by Dec. 31, which would allow the building to reopen in time for the winter quarter, which begins Jan. 6,2003.

The building has been closed since Nov. 18 when a pipe burst overnight flooding the building. The pipe break and flooding closed all operations in the building except for the Runner Bookstore. Those offices and operations affected are the student union office, the Safe 1 Credit Union, student government office, Student Life office, and Wiley's Pub. Bill Perry, assistant vice president for student life, said the student union staff, student government staff and the Student Life staff are being accommodated temporarily in other offices on campus. The Runner Bookstore, on the east end of the Student Union, was not much affected by the flooding and is open normal hours. The credit union and pub will reopen when the building does.

The building will require extensive work, including new sections of drywall, painting, wall-covering, base trim, carpeting and vinyl flooring, electrical repairs, cabinet repair and reinstallation, plumbing repairs and cleanup.

The Student Union has already incurred about $60,000 in cleanup costs, said Mike Neal, CSUB vice president for business and administrative services.