November 23, 1998 Vol. III, No. 7

Etiwanda Realignment Paves Way for New Admin Building

CSU Trustees Approve Plans for Administration Building and Art and Design Center Expansion

Beginning to significantly reshape the west side of the campus, a contractor this week is scheduled to begin work on a project to realign a section of Etiwanda Avenue and prepare the area for a forthcoming new three-story Administration Building (artist's rendering above).

The $886,000 university contract with Madison Paving Inc. will create the first segment of a planned campus loop road by building a new section of Etiwanda between Prairie and Vincennes streets, straightening the street's alignment by moving the new roadway segment to the east.

Tom Tindall, Cal State Northridge's director of facilities planning, said the contract is just the first in a series of changes coming to that area, including a subsequent contract to construct the new Administration Building and the relocation of the popular reflecting pond nearby.

Because the new north-south segment of Etiwanda (see map on right) will require the removal of the reflecting pond as well as adjoining landscaping, Physical Plant Management workers with the biology department already have begun building an improved pond along Lindley Avenue west of the Student Health Center.

"We've even saved the fish and as many of the plants in the pond as we could," said Tom Brown, PPM's assistant director for engineering services. He said the new pond-deeper and more naturally shaped and designed-is due to be completed by mid-December.

However, because the current pond along Etiwanda has been such a popular element there, campus officials also are planning to add a new water feature adjacent to the nearby Student Services Building (former Administration Building). But the exact design of that has yet to be determined.

The first of the various changes, the Etiwanda realignment, will be done in phases so as to minimize any impacts on traffic flow. Essentially, the new roadway segment will be built and opened by the end January, and only then will the current roadway be removed, from late January into February.

Tindall said the new Etiwanda roadway segment, including a landscaped median lined with Mexican fan palm trees, will set the pattern for the ultimate plan to create a scenic, horseshoe-shaped loop road around the campus covering Lindley Avenue, Plummer Street and Etiwanda Avenue.

The new Etiwanda segment will have single, 20-foot-wide lanes north and southbound separated by the four-foot-wide landscaped median. The streets will be wide enough to easily accommodate buses and bicycle traffic. But there no longer will be a separate bus lane there as now exists along Etiwanda.

The new street segment also will no longer have curb parking. That means campus officials are now looking at options for replacing the current angled faculty-staff parking in front of the President's Office, and the metered parking to the south in front of the two Administration Domes.

The first sign of the work in the area is due to surface this week with the erecting of 10-foot-high chain link fencing along the entire stretch of the future street segment-basically from just west of the Student Services Building to almost the edge of the current Etiwanda street.

Once the new street segment is completed, the fenced off area will be shifted to the west to encompass the current street segment so it can be removed and graded to make way for the future Administration Building. That facility is due to begin construction in April 1999 and be done by June 2000.

Earlier this month, the Cal State system's Board of Trustees approved plans for the $13.4 million, 85,000 square foot Administration building. The three-story building, with masonry and stucco walls and a floor-to-roof lobby, will sit at the southwest corner of the future Etiwanda Ave. and Prairie St.

The trustees also approved the campus' plans for a $5.7 million expansion of the Art and Design Center (see photo on left)along Halsted Street to house the art department. The one-story, 32,000 square foot building is due to start construction in April 1999 and be completed by January 2000.

And in other moves, the trustees ratified the campus' selection of an architectural firm, Coleman/Caskey Architects Inc., for CSUN's Corporation Yard project, and added a $2.8 million project to rebuild the University Club to the CSU's non-state funded capital outlay program for 1998-99.

-John Chandler

November 23, 1998

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