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Sweet Noise of Improvement: The Latest on Cal Poly’s Construction Projects

With the completion of several massive construction projects this past year, it seems as though campus is finally whole again.

However, these projects were only the first of many. New project plans are wrapping up and work is scheduled to get underway soon on a new wine and viticulture building as well as a research center in the heart of campus.

Throughout the 2017/18 academic year a number of projects came online that have supported many different groups around campus. Below is a rundown of projects that Facilities Management and Development has recently completed, is currently working on, or will be coming up.

Completed Projects

Yakʔitʸutʸu | Photo by Cal Poly Housing on Flickr
Doerr Family Field | Photo by Alex Paulsen / Cal Poly Corporation
  • Oppenheimer Family Equine Center
    With its 60,000 square foot riding arena, stallion barn and foaling barn, this new equine center was also recently completed.
Oppenheimer Family Equine Center | Photo Cal Poly Corporation
Gold Tree Solar Farm | Photo by Cal Poly News

Projects Underway

Vista Grande Dining Complex | Photo by Cal Poly Campus Dining
  • Baggett Stadium Enhancement Project
    The upgrade to the baseball facilities will not only bring an upgraded Dignity Health Baseball Clubhouse to campus but also increase the seating capacity to 3,500.
Baggett Stadium Enhancement Project | Photo by Go Poly

Upcoming Projects

  • JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture
    A complete winery with labs, meeting rooms, and faculty and student offices, the Wine and Viticulture Center construction will begin in January with completion near June 2020.
JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture | Photo by Cal Poly News
  • Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Center (SATRC)
    The Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Center will support educational priorities, including the latest learning pedagogies, state-of-the-art faculty/student research space, student collaboration spaces, faculty and staff offices, conference rooms and general classrooms. This project will increase available space for the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), the College of Liberal Arts as well as general university classrooms. Work on the SATRC is scheduled to begin June 2019.
Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Center | Photo by CAFES
Plant Sciences Complex | Photo by CAFES

Currently in the feasibility and fundraising phase, the Orfalea College of Business intends to expand in order to produce more flexible learning spaces. The current building has fairly rigid and defined classroom spaces that do not allow for maximum flexibility. A feasibility study was conducted in 2015/16 and the first project will focus on the area located at the southern corner where buildings 2 and 4 adjoin.

Also in early stages of development are plans to update space in the College of Engineering projects center. Wanting to morph into a more hands-on transportation and mobility-based facility, the college is looking to relocate the projects center from its current site on Via Carta to the parking lot behind Engineering 13.