Aug. 31, 1998 Vol. III, No. 1

Major Quake Recovery Events Highlight New Semester

Library Wings Groundbreaking, AMC Designs and UTA Demo All Coming

A groundbreaking ceremony for wings of the Oviatt Library, new designs for future arts, media and communication buildings and the completion of the University Tower Apartments demolition will be early fall highlights for Cal State Northridge's continuing earthquake recovery.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m., CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson, Dean of the University Library Susan Curzon and others will host the groundbreaking near the Oviatt Lawn for the $16.7 million contract to rebuild the wings, a project due for completion by October 1999.

Also starting the semester, campus officials plan to preview new building designs for the College of Arts, Media, and Communication. That project now has been split into two future buildings, a main south building near the former Fine Arts site and a smaller north building along Halsted Street.

And, campus officials said the contractor demolishing the University Tower Apartments high-rise on the North Campus-the last of five major buildings requiring removal because of the 1994 earthquake-is due to finish the project by this October.

Overall, the campus remains on schedule to complete its earthquake recovery during the year 2000, at an estimated cost of $378.7 million. Thus far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $324.9 million, and the campus has spent about $238.2 million of that.

Through the year, university officials are planning various methods to communicate updates on earthquake repair activity. One of the newest is a campus construction activity web site at /~reconst/ that will provide details on active projects around the campus.

During the summer, officials said, repairs were completed on Jeanne Chisholm Hall, University Student Union Building A, 18 small campus projects and the off-campus San Fernando Observatory. Also, the last portable buildings were removed from the Engineering Field site.

Other project updates follow:

-John Chandler

August 31, 1998

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