Student services centralized, while fitness facilities get in shape
BY BARRY ZEPEL
New academic support and fitness services, along with renovations to a CSUEB athletic landmark, greeted students returning for classes and cocurricular opportunities at the Hayward Campus for fall quarter.
Student Services & Administration Building
Students scheduling an appointment for academic advising or picking up a financial aid form will find what they’re looking for in one convenient spot, the recently opened Student Services and Administration building (SA), facing the College of Science on the east side of the Hayward campus.
Construction of the $40 million project, funded through voter-approved general obligation bonds, began in July 2007. Doors officially opened in late July. The building, where approximately 350 people work, is adjacent to the Valley Business and Technology Center.
Recreation and Wellness Center
While the University community takes care of its academic business in the SA, a short walk away on the south side of the Hayward campus, the state-of-the-art Recreation and Wellness Center will help take care of student, employee, and faculty members’ fitness needs.
The 56,000-square-foot Recreation and Wellness Center, slated to open during fall quarter, will house a multi-court gymnasium; elevated jogging track; fitness center; multipurpose fitness and activity rooms for aerobics, martial arts and dancing; locker rooms; juice bar; and administrative offices.
The center will include many sustainable building design features, including a green roof, cool roof systems and water efficient landscaping using reclaimed water. Three full-time staff members, including a campus recreation director, intramural sports coordinator, and fitness coordinator, will be hired to run the center. They will be supported by a part-time staff of about 50 Cal State East Bay students who will serve as intramural monitors and assist in operations.
Pioneer Stadium Update
The University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams — and members of the CSUEB community who support the teams — have seen changes in one of the older facilities on campus, Pioneer Stadium.
In early 2010, construction crews removed the stadium’s grass and replaced it with artificial turf, then widened the field to regulation size, said Jim Zavagno, director of planning design and construction. The width of the existing running track was narrowed to five lanes to accommodate the larger field.
The newly renovated stadium greeted those who attended commencement ceremonies in mid-June and fans cheering on the Bay Area FC Gold Pride of the Women’s Professional Soccer league when the team made its home debut at the facility June 19.
In addition to the competition areas, improved sidewalks and fencing were added to the facility, according to Zavagno, who reported that construction costs came in under budget at $1.9 million, about $600,000 less than had originally been projected.
“For fall quarter 2010, students will find continued improvements in campus services and student life on campus,” Zavagno said. “That is what our work has been all about accomplishing.”