Trustees approve CSU Bakersfield’s University Office Park

Street elevation view of the new University Office Park on the CSUB campus

The California State University Board of Trustees voted today to approve a public-private partnership between CSU Bakersfield and Gregory D. Bynum and Associates, Inc. for the design and construction of University Office Park, Phase I on the university campus.

The trustees’ Committee on Campus Planning Buildings and Grounds and the Committee on Finance each voted in favor of the project today, clearing the way for the $10.4 million first phase that will include a 61,300 gross square foot (GSF) office facility on 4.3 acres with 253 parking spaces. The second phase will include two office buildings totaling 220,700 GSF plus 591 surface parking spaces and a 315-space parking structure on 8.2 acres.

Overhead shot rendering of new office complex at CSUB

Rendering of the $10.4 million University Office Park to be located on the CSUB campus.

“We are very pleased that the Board of Trustees has approved this project which received conceptual approval from the Board in 2006, but did not move forward because of the downturn in the economy,” CSUB President Horace Mitchell said. “I am very pleased that Greg Bynum and Associates has been willing to work with us on the project now that the economy is recovering.” 

The project will be financed entirely by the developer, who also will manage and lease the property. No state or trustee funding will be used.  A long-term ground lease will provide lease revenue to the campus in the amount of $131,000 annually for the first 10 years for Phase I plus $50,000 per year for up to five years for the option to develop Phase II. Once developed, Phase II will provide $212,000 in annual lease revenue for the first 10 years, with both phases returning more than $300,000 to the campus annually.

“The long-term intent of this project is to provide high quality office space on the university campus that will promote and encourage direct involvement for the business community with administration, students and faculty,” Bynum said. “This collaboration will allow for student internships, potential research collaboration, employment of graduates, and income for the university’s educational mission.”

In addition to the project’s economic and academic benefits to the university, the extension of Scarlet Oak Boulevard into the campus via Camino Media and construction of a portion of the internal Loop Road will improve campus traffic circulation and walkability. The three-story, steel-frame building will be designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Additional features include an outdoor plaza, shade pavilions, drought-resistant landscaping, and ground water recharge system.

Construction is scheduled to being August 2015 with a completion date of June 2016.

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