When school starts two years from now there will be a half dozen major additions to campus if current construction projects remain as they are now-“on time and on budget.”
That is the mantra of university representatives of the construction of the following new buildings: Engineering Science, Marine Science Research, Intercollegiate Athletics, Life Sciences, an expanded Recreation Center and the California NanoSystems Institute.
Gary Banks, university representative of the Marine Science Research project, said the 60,542 square foot building is about 60 percent complete. He said the $18 million four-story lab research building with adjoining four-story administrative facility would be completed in late April or early May of 2004, shortly after the original anticipated completion date of late March.
“We had some rain delays and we added to the scope of the work,” Banks said. “The auditorium was originally just going to be a shell, but now we will be fitting and completing the inside. That added about 10 days’ work, but we essentially are on time and on budget.”
The 44,000 square foot two-story Intercollegiate Athletics Building is on target for its anticipated May 2004 opening. The $8.6 million facility will include administrative offices, an auditorium, weight and conference rooms and computer labs. Project administrator Dan Steed said work has begun on the wood framing of the building.
“The work is going smoothly,” Steed said. “We are on budget, on time and moving ahead.”
Mark Schwartzbach, representative of the $22.8 million Life Sciences Building project, said workers will spend this week pouring the concrete for the third of the building’s four floors. He said the 77,000 square foot project should be done by late summer in 2004.
Karl Burrelsman, university representative for the $11.7 million RecCen expansion, said his project is on track for its anticipated October 2004 completion. Workers are currently installing concrete footing and underground utilities for the facility, which will feature locker rooms, weight and cardiovascular training rooms and a climbing wall.
“Constructions will come above ground probably in November,” Burrelsman said.
Construction will begin a few months late on the estimated $53.7 million California NanoSystems Institute. The 112,050 square foot building will include specialized laboratories and administrative and office space. Associate Director of Design and Construction Services Ron Strahl said the contract for the project had been awarded and a start date would soon be set, but could not provide the exact date. The facility is slated for completion in late 2005.
One project apparently on hold is the construction of a 7,415 square foot multi-purpose center at Manzanita Village. The estimated $1.5 million contract was up for bid for 10 days in early September, after which all bids were rejected, according to the UCSB Design, Construction and Physical Facilities website.