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n DEVELOPMENT higher learning Here’s a breakdown of some of the major college campus construction projects underway in the Capital Region. SACRAMENTO STATE’S NEW ERNEST E. TSCHANNEN SCIENCE COMPLEX: The $91 million, state-of-the art facility will include a planetarium, chemistry and biol- ogy labs, two auditorium-style classrooms, research labs, modern chemical storage, and an observatory with a retractable roof to view planets. Sundt Construction is lead- ing the project with CO Architects, with an estimated completion of 2019. SACRAMENTO STATE’S UNIVERSITY UNION EXPANSION: The student gathering spot will get a 71,000-square-foot expansion and renovation — including large-scale meeting rooms and offices for university functions and new outdoor space — for an estimated $53 million. Dreyfuss + Blackford architects and McCarthy Building Companies are building the LEED Gold-designed project, which is expected to be completed in 2019. SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE’S MORH HALL REPLACEMENT: Built in the 1960s, the now-torn down Morh Hall will be rebuilt to facilitate a modern lab and gathering spaces, with an exterior similar to existing campus architecture of two stories, brick, concrete and terracotta clay tile. The project by Dreyfuss + Black- ford is expected to be completed by 2020 for an estimated $17 million. SIERRA COLLEGE’S CAMPUS-WIDE UPGRADE: Opened in 1961, the community college will modernize and expand to accommodate more students over the course of a 15-year timespan, which will include a new sci- ence building, child development center, public safety center, instructional building, dormitory and other upgrades. Measure E gives the school a $350 million bond to help fund facility improvements. The master plan was developed by Sierra College and Kitchell Corporation. UC DAVIS’S HOUSING EXPANSION: As part of an ongoing effort to address student housing needs, the Webster Hall rede- velopment housing project is being built by DPR Construction and HKS architects for an estimated $50 million, and will include 371 beds when it opens by end of 2019. The Emerson Hall replacement project will include 800-plus beds, is out for bidding and slated for completion by fall 2022. CHICO STATE’S NEW PHYSICAL SCIENCES BUILDING: The 110,200-square-foot building will include space for chemistry, physics, geological science and science education labs, as well as classrooms, graduate research studios, a dean’s suite, faculty offices, and administrative and support areas. The $101 million state-of-the-art facility is designed by SmithGroupJJR with construction led by DPR Construction, and is scheduled to open in fall 2020. - Sena Christian 56 comstocksmag.com | February 2019 ty,” says the team’s economist Lon Ha- tamiya. The group is also developing a relationship with UC Davis and has met with Vice Chancellor for Research Prasant Mohapatra, the university’s project liaison. Further west, Robert Burris, CEO of Solano Economic Development Cor- poration, has his eye on innovation prospects as well. Burris’ office is in discussions with national and inter- national companies in the agricul- ture biotech space and medical device fields that value being near UC Davis. Currently in Solano County, over 1,600 acres are zoned for ag and food tech re- search and manufacturing, and nearly 500 acres within view of the UC Davis water tower, which Burris indicated as an important landmark for many com- panies considering the area. Dixon and the northeast part of the county already have the appropriate zoning for innovation and technolo- gy activities, and Burris envisions a variety of facilities, greenhouses and experimental cropland that might go there. Vacaville is also generating in- terest for its established presence in biotech. In addition, Solano Commu- nity College has a biotechnology cen- ter and is one of the few community colleges offering a bachelor’s degree in the same field, creating an educat- ed and available workforce for biotech companies that locate there. In the next six months, Burris will be courting companies to set up their facilities or become anchor tenants in Solano County, selling the county’s proximity to the university, available space and affordability. “These kinds of facilities can be very expensive to create and come with a lot of regula- tory hurdles, and what we are looking to do is keep those obstacles to a min- imum,” he says. Based on preliminary development design guidelines, zon- ing regulations, typical facility costs and other factors, Burris estimates that within the next decade, Solano