California State University, Stanislaus reopened its Science 1 Building last week, on the first day of Spring semester, following two years of renovation work.
One of the oldest structures on campus, the Science 1 Building was due for seismic retrofitting and renovation. The interior of the building has now been completely remodeled with eight new classrooms and an open computer lab. The building now hosts the mathematics, philosophy, and modern languages departments, as well as the School of Nursing. A new lab for the School of Nursing will provide hands-on training to the region’s next generation of nurses.
Melody Maffei, Associate Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities Management, said the two-year-long, $18 million reconstruction project was completed on time and within budget.
“All of the team members worked closely with the university to create a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment that adheres to CSU Stanislaus’s commitment to sustainability while complying with all current building codes,” said Maffei.
The sale of lease-revenue bonds, a source separate and distinct from the general state appropriations that fund regular university operations, funded the reconstruction. Acme Construction of Modesto, Suarez-Kuehne Architecture of San Francisco, and Van Pelt Construction Management of Fairfield all aided in the project.
“In science, we are always looking forward,” said Reza Kamali, Dean of the College of Science. “Students want to see advancement, and this building represents that. The nursing simulation lab, in particular, will offer our students an experiential learning environment that mirrors real-life, clinical training to help them transition into professional practice.”
During the renovation and seismic retrofitting, a number of energy-efficiency upgrades were made including the installation of photovoltaic solar panels and skylights.
The university expects the photovoltaic solar panels installed on the roof will provide enough energy to meet all of Science 1’s needs besides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The skylights and new windows will provide more natural light, also reducing energy costs.
The Science 1 Building is located near the Nora and Hashem Naraghi Hall of Science and the university bookstore. In 2007 Naraghi Hall underwent less structural changes to its exterior, including new paint on the building’s trim, as well as new ramps and handrails.
The new layout in Science 1 provides larger, open spaces similar to those in Naraghi Hall. The seating areas throughout the building provide connections to power outlets for students, faculty, and staff.
The Department of Mathematics has gone to extra lengths to create an inviting atmosphere for students, offering six bookcases full of texts, journals and other resources for students, and glass cases to showcase student and faculty research. There will be enough tables and chairs to provide a quiet group-study area for up to 16 students.
“Math students who form study groups tend to perform better in classes than those who study on their own,” department Chair Tom Abram said. “Science 1 now provides opportunities for our students to form several different study groups within close proximity of the math department faculty.”