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Passage of Prop 1D Gives Green Light to Construction and Upgrading of Facilities
New $75 Million Structural and Materials Engineering Building Among Projects Funded

By Ioana Patringenaru | November 13, 2006

UCSD will receive $94.5 million from a statewide school bond that voters approved on
Nov. 7. The money will allow the university to refurbish old facilities and build new ones, including laboratories for students and researchers, as well as artist studios and offices.

In all, 56.6 percent of California voters cast ballots in favor of Proposition 1D, which set aside $10.4 billion for public schools, community colleges and universities, for construction and renovation, repairs of aging buildings and upgrades for labs and other scientific facilities.

"We're thrilled that California voters passed Proposition 1D," said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox.  "It will allow us to move forward with important building projects and improve existing facilities.”

Mayer Hall renovations
Mayer Hall

UC’s 10 campuses would receive $690 million over the next two years for facilities. Another $200 million would be go to expanding UC medical education and telemedicine programs. The bulk of UCSD’s share, about $75.1 million, will go to the construction of a new Structural and Materials Engineering Building. Prop. 1D funds also will pay for extensive renovations of Mayer Hall, equipment for the new Music Center and other improvements. They also will help cover planning costs for the second phase of the Rady School of Management.

“This is wonderful news for the campus,” says Ahmed Elgamal, chair of the department of structural engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering.  “The new building will allow us to enhance the hands-on laboratories for our structural engineering students.”

Structural engineering also will share the facility with faculty in the materials engineering department and visual arts. Elgamal said he hopes that will help create new synergies in the areas of scientific visualization and advanced materials. The 110,000-square-foot Structural and Materials Engineering Building will be located just across the Warren Recreation Fields and Canyonview Pool. It’s is expected be ready by summer 2010. It will house about 45 engineering faculty serving an estimated 1,000 students. About 50,000 square feet will go to structural engineering labs and offices, about 40,000 square feet to materials engineering labs and offices and about 20,000 square feet to visual arts labs, offices and artists studios. Faculty based in the new building will work on a wide variety of research projects, including high-performance composite materials, sensors to ensure the safety of buildings and bridges and new materials for medical applications such as dental implants and bone replacement. The building also will meet demanding state standards for environmentally-friendly construction.

Meanwhile, about $13.1 million in Prop. 1D funds will go to renovating Mayer Hall. "The passage of this bond measure will provide the critical funds to renovate the primary home of the department of physics," said Mark Thiemens, dean of the Division of Physical Sciences. "These include expansion and modern research and instructional facilities for physics and the construction of new undergraduate physics teaching laboratories." Some of the money will go to fire and safety upgrades, including a sprinkler system for the whole building. The project will allow the university to modernize Mayer Hall’s outdated labs. It also will allow the physics department’s instructional lab program to move from Warren College to Mayer Hall. Work is set to begin during the 2007-08 academic year.

A New Music Center at UC San Diego
A New Music Center at UC San Diego.

Also, about $2.2 million will go to equipment for the Music Center, including audio systems and pianos.  The 47,000-square-foot facility would be located southeast of the Price Center at the intersection of Rupertus Way and Russell Lane with a planned opening in fall 2009. It would include a 400-seat concert hall and would become the new home of the music department. "We are all very excited about moving forward on our brilliant new music building,” said Arts and Humanities Dean Michael Bernstein.  “Statewide voter approval of Prop 1D provides for essential equipment for this advanced technology facility."

Prop. 1D also sets aside:

  • $1 million to cover planning costs for the second phase of the Rady School of Management facility. The 50,000-square-foot first phase of the school’s construction is set to open in spring 2007 just north of Eleanor Roosevelt College. The 50,000-square-foot second phase is scheduled to be completed by summer 2011. It includes classrooms, team study rooms, multi-purpose conference rooms, a student support media room, changing and locker areas, student support offices, academic faculty offices, research areas and a 295-seat auditorium.
  • $3.2 million to improve the campus’ chilled water and electrical distribution systems.
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