New Phases of Construction
by Pamela McLaren
from Dateline (February 27, 2003)
|Performing Arts Center
Cal State Fullerton is entering a new
phase of construction with the long-awaited building of the Performing
Arts Center this spring and the first of two multi-level parking
structures this summer. Both projects will lead to a major
new look for the west side of campus.
Construction for the 102,000- square-foot Performing
Arts Center is set for late March or April. Once construction begins,
West Campus Drive will be closed from the Titan Student Union to
the Science Laboratory Center. Parking Lot L, east of the Visual
Arts Complex, also will be closed.
Following on the heels of Commencement, construction
will begin on a multilevel, 2,500-space parking structure in Parking
Lot D. It is one of two planned for the west side of campus to help
ease the current parking congestion.
|Multi-level parking structure
Completion of the parking structure is expected by
fall 2004; the Performing Arts Center is scheduled in summer 2005.
“Both of these exciting projects will provide
long-term benefits to the university,” noted Willie Hagan,
vice president for administration. “As with all major construction
projects, short-term disruptions to our current environment will
be necessary to realize these long-term benefits.”
In addition to the closure of West Campus Drive, closures
of the parking lots and of the Performing Arts Lawn will mean the
loss of 1,300 parking spaces.
To help mitigate the disruption of parking for all
campus members, Parking and Trans-portation will offer stack parking
in student lots A, B, E, G and College Park, and in faculty/ staff
Parking Lot F and College Park, said Hagan. Parking at the Spectrum
Club will continue with a shuttle to and from campus, and faculty
and staff members will be able to park on the top level of the Marriott
Hotel’s parking structure. Additional new spaces will be provided
where possible, including on campus roadways.
“These mitigations will certainly mollify the
parking situation, but clearly parking challenges will continue
until the first structure is opened,” said Bill Barrett, associate
vice president for administration. “We ask that everyone be
patient, understanding and cooperative during this period.”
In addition, student semester permit sales will be
limited to 19,000 permits; permits valid after 3 p.m. will be sold
to students; and subsidies for bus and train tickets/passes will
be available. Participants in the student carpool program will be
provided reserved parking.
Additional information and maps regarding where members
of the campus community can park are available at the Parking and
Transportation website, www.parking.fullerton.edu.
Updates will be provided and informational meetings are being planned
throughout the spring semester.
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