HSU Administrators Visit PE Building Site

Marking the start of construction on its new physical education building, Humboldt State University and President Rollin Richmond hosted a pile-signing ceremony, August 16, at the site of the new building.

A number of campus administrators, building-committee members, and construction team coordinators attanded to sign one of the building’s foundation piles prior to it being permanently incorporated into the building’s foundation.

The 90,315-square-foot building, located adjacent the recently completed Student Recreation Center, will replace the standing West Gym — including all classrooms, offices, locker rooms, and the indoor swimming pool area – with new, significantly larger facilities.

The new complex will include a larger gymnasium with seating capacity for 2,000, a larger swimming pool and natatorium area, improved classroom and laboratory spaces, and new faculty offices.

The project was also designed using sustainable-building technologies and will have extensive day lighting, utilize natural ventilation throughout the building, and draws on minimal-energy-usage techniques (25 percent less than code minimums).

Funding for the new building, a total of $43 million, came as a result of Proposition 55, which directed funds to CSU for the construction of new classrooms and upgraded buildings.

PE building construction began this summer and is slated to be ready-for-occupancy winter 2007. The standing West Gym and natatorium are then scheduled for demolition in spring 2008, bringing the entire Redwood Bowl Plaza project to completion by summer 2008.

For more information, contact facilities management at 707/826-4111.