published on August 25, 2016 - 11:03 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
As the new semester begins at Fresno State, campus construction continues with more than $86.5 million in improvement projects completed or underway.

One of the key additions this semester is the 30,000-square-foot Jordan Agricultural Research Center, located on the campus farm at the corner of Barstow and Woodrow avenues. The project costs $24 million and was made possible by a $29.5 million gift to the Ag One Foundation from the Hanabul “Bud” and Dee Jordan family in 2009.

Other new improvements on campus, some completed over the summer and some still in progress, are part of President Joseph Castro’s new strategic plan of investments in campus facilities and utility infrastructure.

“This is an excellent move forward,” Castro said in a statement. “I recognize the construction on campus may create short-term challenges and frustration for our community, and I hope everyone remembers this work will provide long-term benefit for all.”

Twenty million has been invested in campus-deferred maintenance projects, including Joyal Administration parking lot improvements, Conley Art 101 lecture room modernization, elevator upgrades for the Grosse Industrial Technology building, Madden Library south wing and Peters Business building, new roofs for Social Science, North Gym, North Gym Annex, University Center and Conley Art buildings, North Gym and South Gym modernization, and new landscape and hardscape in the quad area near the McKee Fisk building.

CSU capital outlay funded projects include a $30 million electrical infrastructure upgrade and $3.7 million in small projects to repair underground water, hot water, natural gas and sewer lines.

Other campus projects include track replacement and other improvements at Warmerdam Field ($2.8 million), the modernization of McLane Hall and Science 1 ($1 million) and the modernization of two engineering laboratories in Engineering West ($500,000).

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