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Prop. 1D Would Allocate Funds for Music,
Engineering, Rady School of Management Projects at UCSD

By Ioana Patringenaru | October 16, 2006

UCSD would receive $94.5 million to build new facilities and refurbish old ones if California voters approve Proposition 1D, a $10.4 billion statewide school bond on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Prop. 1D includes funds for public schools, community colleges and universities, for construction and renovation, repairs for aging buildings and upgrades for labs and other scientific facilities.

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.

UCSD’s share of construction and renovation moneys would go to several projects.

  • $75.1 million would go to the construction of the Structural and Materials Engineering Building.
    A model showing a potential design for the Structural and Materials Engineering Building.
    The 110,000-square-foot structure would be located just across the Warren Recreation Fields and Canyonview Pool and would be ready by summer 2010. It would house about 45 engineering faculty serving an estimated 1000 students. It also would be home to facilities for the Visual Arts department. 50,000 square feet would 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 would 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 would meet demanding state standards for environmentally-friendly construction.
  • $13.1 million to renovate Mayer Hall. Work would begin during the 2007-08 academic year. Mayer Hall was built in 1963. Prop. 1D funds would go to fire and safety upgrades, including a sprinkler system for the whole building. They also would allow the university to modernize Mayer Hall’s outdated labs. The project also would allow the physics department’s instructional lab program to move from Warren College to Mayer Hall.
  • $3.2 million to improve the campus’ chilled water and electrical distribution systems.
William Contreras dances
An artist's rendering of a small lecture and recital hall.
  • $2.2 million to pay for 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 and would open in fall 2008. It would include a 400-seat concert hall and would become the new home of the music department.
  • $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.

Prop. 1D opponents argue against adding to California’s debt; believe that this bond is too large and have expressed concerns about how the funds will be spent. Supporters regard Prop. 1D as a wise investment in the infrastructure needed to improve educational quality and sustain California’s economic growth.

Prop. 1D has been endorsed by a broad coalition of education, business and taxpayer groups, including the California Taxpayers Association, the California Chamber of Commerce, California State PTA, the California Business Roundtable and the California Teachers Association. Opponents include the California Taxpayer Protection Committee and California Political Review.

Related links:
Prop. 1D Fact Sheet

Prop. 1D FAQ

Summary of Projects for UC’s 10 Campuses

Telemedicine on UC Campuses

Medical Education on UC Campuses

Prop. 1D Ballot Arguments

UC and Prop. 1D

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