Dedication of the Schatz Center West Wing

The Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State formally dedicated its new West Wing addition. Last month, Congressman Jared Huffman was joined by HSU President Lisa Rossbacher, Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Council Member Jason Ramos, and Schatz Advisory Board members Jack West and Andrea Tuttle to celebrate the center’s expansion.

The 1,900 square-foot addition is located west of the main building and includes two faculty offices, a conference room, and fourteen staff and student workstations. This larger space has enabled the Schatz Center to hire nine additional student research assistants for summer 2018 to work on projects in wind energy, smart grids, biomass assessment, and off-grid energy access.

The dedication ceremony was followed by an open house with demonstrations in solar product testing, biomass energy, and microgrid management systems, an unveiling of interpretive photo galleries newly installed throughout both buildings, and the official deployment of the first electric vehicle charging station at HSU.

The Schatz Center’s new wing was designed by Suarez Kuehne Architecture of San Francisco and built by a team led by Adams Commercial General Contracting of Eureka. Humboldt State University Facilities Management coordinated the design and construction process. The project was fully funded by donor contributions, including major support from the estate of Louis W. Schatz, additional gifts from Anne and David Katz, Peter and Carolyn Lehman, Christina and Jack West, Jamie Everett, and Joel Lehman, and grant funding from the California Energy Commission.

More than 40 engineers, scientists, and students work on renewable energy projects at the Schatz Center. For the latest activities and events, visit