March 15, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 12

Proposition 55-funded equipment and furniture, like that shown in this rendering, will help complete Engineering Building renovations.

Proposition 55 Funds New Science Building for Campus

Measure Also Will Provide Research Equipment to Complete Engineering Building Renovation

California voters' approval this month of Proposition 55 has paved the way for construction of a science building to replace the university's 43-year-old Science 1 Complex.

Proposition 55, the Kindergarten–University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2004, also provides funding for equipment to complete Northridge's Engineering Building renovation project. Teaching, research, testing and communications equipment will be purchased for the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Health and Human Development, along with computers and furniture.

The design process for the new 115,000-square foot science structure should begin before January 1, 2005, said Bill Fairchild, manager of capital projects for Northridge's Facilities Planning, Design and Construction office. Designs should be complete by June 2006, with the start of construction expected to follow in fall 2006.

Approximately 60 faculty offices are planned for the new building, enough to house nearly 120 full-time College of Science and Mathematics faculty under one roof for the first time in campus history.

None of the college's mathematics professors have offices or classrooms in the current Science 1 building. Instead, they are located in the Faculty Office Building, Jerome Richfield Hall, the Student Services Building and other sites on campus.

Among other features, the three-story facility will have eight lecture rooms, a new vivarium for the Biology Department and 27,000 square feet of research and instructional laboratory space, including nine planned teaching laboratories.

Fairchild said crews could begin removing the aging 80,000-square foot Science 1 building, located between the Sierra Quad and East University Drive/Lindley Avenue, over the 2006/07 winter break. Conservative estimates slate November 2008 for completion of construction.

Facilities Planning already has begun drafting a long list of architects for possible consideration, Fairchild said. The architect selection process may even start this semester, he added.

"The new structure will have a larger footprint than the existing building," said Fairchild, "representing a significant increase in space for instruction and research in science and mathematics."

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