February 2, 2006
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Construction of a new parking lot has begun at California State University, Bakersfield. The new lot, positioned between Facilities Management and the Student Health Center, is replacing Parking Lot E, which will become home to the new Math and Computer Science Building set to break ground during spring quarter.
Pat Jacobs, CSUB Facilities Management director, hopes to have the parking lot useable by the beginning of spring quarter. The new lot will hold about 600 cars.
The parking lot may be farther out, but Jacobs said estimated walking time is five minutes. “It’s what happens as a campus gets bigger,” he said. “In the master plan we have tried to separate the foot traffic from vehicular traffic. This type of structure is seen at other universities throughout the state and system.” Jacobs explained the campus will have parking on the perimeter with all the walking and bicycle space in the middle.
And students shouldn’t worry about safety; each parking lot will be well lit with pathways into campus, he said.
Plans for an additional parking lot set for the north end of campus by the Doré Theater have been put off. Jacobs said due to the raising cost of asphalt and to maintain their budget they decided to expand the size of the parking lot currently under construction.
Once construction for the new Math and Computer Science Building begins the entire site will be fenced in so students and visitors will have to walk around the old parking lot. Jacobs assured that his office will monitor construction activity to minimize noise during class time.
Studios Architecture of San Francisco and S.C. Anderson Inc. of Bakersfield are jointly working on the 54,000 square-foot structure.
Thomas Meyer, interim dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, said the new building will have about 70 offices, 15 labs, classrooms, and a student lounge.
The $20 million project should be completed during the fall 2008 quarter but won’t be operational until winter 2009.