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Campus Progress: Current Projects

Project summaries, review and approval timelines, and links to published environmental documents are presented below. Future dates presented below are subject to revision.

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Advanced Transportation Infrastructure Research Center (ATIRC)

The UC Davis Advanced Transportation Infrastructure Research Center(ATIRC) project would provide a facility for two research programs: the Pavement Research Center and the Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology Research Center. The four-acre ATIRC project includes (1) the construction of two paved test tracks for pavement testing and equipment evaluation; (2) construction of 42,800 gross square feet (gsf) (26,000 assignable square feet (asf)) of new buildings to provide laboratory space, offices, meeting rooms, and shop space; and (3) site development (parking areas, drainage facilities, access roads, landscaping, lighting, and fencing) needed to support the proposed facilities. Construction of the proposed facilities would occur in phases with the first phase expected to start construction in late 2007 and future phases to be constructed as funding becomes available. The proposed project would increase the campus population by approximately 40 people (faculty and staff). The ATIRC project would be located on the West Campus at UC Davis approximately 1,000 feet west of the intersection of Hopkins Road and Airport Road.

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Arboretum Heron Colony Management

Beginning in the 2009 nesting season, UC Davis proposes to employ a higher level of management actions at the Shields Grove to reduce or prevent heron nesting. The activities will include pyrotechnics (loud explosions and loud whistles launched through the air with a glowing visual appearance), bio-acoustics (loud playback of bird distress calls), and handheld lasers (pointed at the birds). The use of frightening devices potentially will take place daily from March through July. Activities will primarily take place for two hours before and after sunrise and sunset as the birds arrive to prospect for suitable nest sites.

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Arboretum Waterway Improvements

The proposed Arboretum Waterway Improvements project is a water recycling project. The purpose of the project is to improve the water quality in the Arboretum Waterway, which is stagnant, by keeping water flowing through the waterway year-round. The project would consist of re-operating an existing, but currently unused, 18-inch pipeline to circulate tertiary-treated water from the existing campus wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) through the Arboretum Waterway before discharging it to Putah Creek. Tertiary-treated wastewater has undergone filtration that removes additional pathogens and contaminants and meets Department of Health Services’ standards under Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations for unrestricted recycling uses. The campus’s wastewater already is being discharged to Putah Creek, so the project would extend the route that the wastewater takes before discharge. The project would involve installation of two valves, a connecting pipeline, and an outfall structure in order to accomplish the project purpose.

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Bookstore Renovation and Expansion Project

UC Davis proposes to remodel and expand the existing UC Davis bookstore. The bookstore renovation and expansion project site is in the core campus at UC Davis and is southwest of the intersection of North Quad and East Quad Avenues. The project site for construction activity is approximately two acres, of which, the existing bookstore occupies approximately 42,000 square feet at ground level. The proposed expansion would include new space in the basement, on the first floor, and a new second floor to provide approximately 41,000 square feet of new space. The Memorial Union area includes a pedestrian plaza area surrounded by Freeborn Hall, North Quad Street, the existing bookstore, and the Memorial Union Building. The proposed expansion of the bookstore would take place within the existing pedestrian plaza and would also add a second-story to the existing bookstore and enlarge the existing basement area. The expanded bookstore would provide needed space for student course books and materials, additional display space during periods of high demand, display space for general merchandise, and an area for a small café within the expanded bookstore.

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Bookstore Temporary Relocation Project

UC Davis proposes to construct a temporary structure of approximately 18,000 square feet and relocate a campus entry gate to expand the campus area closed to private vehicles.  The temporary structure would be located on approximately two acres south of Hutchison Drive on Parking Lot 43 immediately west of the Silo food service area.  Construction of the temporary building would remove approximately 80 parking spaces from use.  The temporary building would provide space to operate bookstore sales during the planned renovation and expansion of the main campus bookstore. 

A new campus entry gate would be constructed on Hutchison Drive immediately east of Kleiber Hall Drive.  The relocated gate would function similarly to the existing gate and would expand the closed campus area by eliminating private vehicle access to approximately 400 yards of Hutchison Drive between Kleiber Hall Drive and California Avenue.  With gate relocation, the campus would reduce the amount of parking available for general campus access and would convert some parking to restricted uses such as service vehicle use and would remove approximately 20 additional parking spaces from use. In total, the proposed project would remove approximately 100 parking spaces from use.

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California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project

UC Davis will operate a program to remove lost fishing gear from state marine waters in order to improve habitat and recreational resources. The Initial Study identifies one potentially significant impact to the White abalone and incorporates a mitigation measure to decrease the potential impact to a less-than-significant level. The proposed Project would be located in state marine waters of California off the approximately 1,100-mile coastline from the Oregon border to the international border with Mexico and from the intertidal zone to maximum water depth of 400 feet.

The Proposed Negative Declaration and Initial Study for the Project will be circulated for public and agency review from July 3, 2008 to August 1, 2008. Comments received during the review period and responses to these comments will be presented in a revised Initial Study.

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California National Primate Research Center 2007 Research Laboratory Project

UC Davis proposes to construct five buildings and provide new utility connections to increase the space available for existing and proposed laboratory research and support at the UC Davis California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC). In total, the proposed project would provide approximately 16,000 gsf of new space and would increase the campus population by approximately 20 employees. None of the proposed buildings would provide housing for animals and the proposed project would not increase the number of laboratory research animals at the CNPRC. The proposed use of biohazardous substances in one building would require that the building be constructed and operated as a biosafety level (BSL) 3 facility. Biosafety ratings range from Level 1 to Level 4 and indicate the varying degrees of building containment and laboratory precautions that must be followed while conducting research with particular organisms. The buildings would be located west of County Road 98 and approximately two miles west of the UC Davis main campus within the developed area of the CNPRC north of the existing Primate Center Laboratory building. Utility upgrades to serve the proposed project and future growth at the CNPRC include new telecommunications, natural gas, and domestic water mains.Construction of the proposed project is anticipated to begin in spring or summer 2007.

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California National Primate Research Center Facility Upgrade Project

The proposed project consists of four facility components, the construction and operation of which would upgrade the capabilities and functionality of the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis. These improvements include (1) two 840-gsf modular freezer buildings for long-term storage of frozen research samples; (2) up to twenty 980 gsf modular buildings for indoor holding of CNPRC animals from the adjacent outdoor research field corrals; (3) two 840-gsf modular buildings and one 1,150-gsf modular building that would be used for administrative and research office space; and (4) a new, one-story 7,433-gsf building for laboratory and work space to replace the existing 6,000 gsf Temporary Building 196 (TB 196), which would be demolished.

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California Regional Primate Center Improvement Projects

UC Davis proposes five improvement projects at the California Regional Primate Research Center in the west campus, south and west of the intersection of County Road 98 and Russell Boulevard. The improvement projects will provide stormwater drainage improvements, office space, and space for research animals.

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Castilian Demolition Project

UC Davis proposed to demolish a student apartment building complex located at 1440 Wake Forest Drive in Davis, California. The apartment complex, known as Castilian Hall, has an area of approximately 104,000 square feet and provides 500 beds for incoming freshman and transfer students.  This project has been replaced by the "Castilian Hall Redevelopment" project described below.

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Castilian Hall Redevelopment

In 2011, UC Davis ended the use of Castilian Hall (at 1440 Wake Forest Drive) for student housing because of seismic safety concerns and the final residents of Castilian Hall moved out of the buildings in June 2011.  At that time, UC Davis did not have a redevelopment plan for the Castilian parcel and briefly contemplated an action to demolish the structures and retain the land for future housing needs.  In July 2011, UC Davis started the review process pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for a project (listed above on this website) titled the “Castilian Hall Demolition Project” (State Clearinghouse No.  2011082014) which began to evaluate the environmental effects of demolishing the existing buildings and retaining the land in a housing reserve status.

In October 2011, UC Davis decided to revisit the issue of redevelopment at the Castilian parcel.  With consideration of a redevelopment action, UC Davis stopped the prior environmental review (i.e. the Castilian Hall Demolition Project) and embarked on a redevelopment planning effort for the site.  With a new plan for demolition and subsequent redevelopment, the University prepared a Draft and Final Environmental Impact Report.  The University will consider approval of the Castilian Housing Replacement project design in January 2013.

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Central Campus Major Capital Improvement Project, 2008-2009

The proposed project consists of four components: three new buildings and an addition to the campus chilled water and steam supply underground utility infrastructure. In total, project would occur on approximately 6.5 acres within the Central Campus at UC Davis and the utility project would extend for approximately 3,500 feet through a corridor of ranging from 20 to 30 feet in width. The four components are summarized below:

Segundo Services Center  The Segundo Services Center would provide a new building to serve ancillary functions for campus housing occupants and would install a new landscaped area within the core of the Segundo housing area on approximately 3.5 acres east of La Rue Road.

Student Community Center  The Student Community Center would occupy a site of approximately 2 acres to provide space for student support functions such as food service, lounges, studying space, and counseling space east of California Avenue.

Music Instruction and Recital Building  The Music Instruction and Recital Building (MIRB) (now called the Classroom and Recital Hall) would occupy a site of approximately one acre within the core campus near the existing Music Building south of Hutchison Drive.

Chilled Water Phase 7  The Chilled Water Phase 7 development would extend underground chilled water and steam utilities through the core campus to provide increased distribution for the chilled water system.

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Childhood Respiratory Disease Center

UC Davis is proposing to construct and operate the Campus Child Care Center (the project) on a vacant site immediately west of the Recreation Pool Lodge and north of Parking Lot 30. The nearest street intersection is Hutchison Drive and Extension Center Drive. The project would provide year-round childcare for approximately 95 infant through preschool-aged children. In addition, the facility would provide school holiday and summer day care for approximately 24 elementary school-aged children. The proposed project would include a building with approximately 9,200 gross square feet (gsf) or 7,100 assignable square feet (asf) and approximately 10,710 square feet of play yards. The project would also include a drop-off area and provide staff parking in the adjacent Parking Lot 30.

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Chilled Water Facility Expansion

The project would expand the campus' existing chilled water facility located north of the Arboretum and south of La Rue Road. Environmental effects associated with this project were evaluated in the 2003 LRDP EIR.

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Communication Resources Relocation

The UC Davis Communications Resources division provides voice and data communication infrastructure and services to the UC Davis campus. The Communication Resources division utilizes approximately 10,000 square feet of modular office space within the Tercero dormitory housing area north of South La Rue Road and south of the Tercero Dining Commons building. The planned expansion of Tercero housing beginning in 2009 will create an option for an open space landscaped area on the site currently occupied by the Communication Resources modular office buildings. To allow development of the open space landscaped area in the Tercero housing area, UC Davis proposes the following actions:

The public comment period for this project concluded on November 3, 2008 and the campus has subsequently approved the project.

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Conference Center, Hotel and Graduate School of Management Building

The proposed project includes the construction and operation of a conference center, a hotel, and a building for the Graduate School of Management on approximately five acres in the south entry area of central campus, south of the Department of Environmental Horticulture's buildings.

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Crystal Lake Alumni Family Camp and Environmental Education Center

The UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association proposes to construct and operate an alumni family camp/environmental education center and conference center on the 210-acre Crystal Lake property south of Interstate 80 between the Yuba Gap and Eagle Lakes freeway exits in Nevada County.  The camp and education center would serve a population of up to 350 campers with 70 staff.  The conference center would serve as an event venue for professional social gatherings for up to 50 people for a total population of approximately 470 people during peak periods.  The mountainous geography of the property and nearby areas consist of steep mountain peaks, heavily forested vegetation, areas of open granite outcroppings, and streams, rivers, and lakes serving to drain and impound water from snow and rainfall.  

The proposed project will necessitate pre-construction vegetation removal and initial management as well as long-term operational vegetation management to reduce fire hazards, clear areas for building sites, prevent invasive species, maintain existing species, and enhance the user experience.  Construction of the following types of camp facilities would be included in the proposed camp: dining hall (approximately 17,000 square feet); lodge, (approximately 10,000 square feet), sleeping pods (80 sleeping cabins and 7 restroom/shower buildings for campers and staff), swimming pool, craft center, caretaker’s house and equipment building, amphitheater, developed recreation facilities, registration building, utility and infrastructure buildings, informal recreation trails, and a lake recreation beach and dock area. 

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Field Hockey Facility

UC Davis proposes to construct and operate a new field hockey facility.  The proposed project is planned for up to 4 acres on the UC Davis central campus northwest of the intersection of La Rue Road and Dairy Road.  The new facility would include perimeter landscaping, fencing, overhead field lighting, bleachers for spectators, and the field hockey playing surface.  The facility would be used exclusively for field hockey practice and competition during daytime or evening periods.  Typical competitive events would occur 6 to 12 times per year and would include approximately 50 to 100 spectators.

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Health and Wellness Center

UC Davis proposes to construct and operate a Health and Wellness Center to provide a new medical facility for UC Davis students. The new building would provide routine medical treatment, counseling, pharmacy, and physical therapy services for UC Davis students living on and off campus. The proposed 71,000 gross square foot, three-story building would replace the existing student health center. The new building would be located on the central campus at UC Davis west of Activities and Recreation Center on the west side of La Rue Road and south of Parking Lot 35. Parking Lot 35 would expand by approximately 41 spaces.

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Hyatt Place Hotel Expansion and Old Davis Road Extension

UC Davis proposes two projects on the south portion of the central campus.  The first project would expand the existing campus hotel by adding 52 rooms to the existing 75 rooms which would result in a total hotel capacity of 127 rooms.  The existing Hyatt Place hotel at UC Davis was completed in 2010 and is built and operated by a third-party developer.  The hotel expansion would take place on a landscaped area within the developed parcel of the hotel to the north and east of the existing building.  The existing parking lot for the hotel has sufficient capacity to accommodate the proposed expansion and would not need to be expanded.  The expanded hotel building would result in an additional 30,000 square feet of building area and, like the existing building, would be four stories tall.  The design of the hotel expansion would match the architecture and height of the existing building.

The second project proposed for the south portion of UC Davis is the extension of Old Davis Road from its existing terminus east of the existing hotel to the southern terminus of A Street.  The proposed extension of Old Davis Road has been previously identified as a component of the long-term UC Davis roadway plans and the road was partially extended by 800 feet in 2009 with the conference center and hotel construction projects.  The proposed extension would construct approximately 1,100 feet of new roadway and would connect to the south side of Parking Lot 5 allowing through access on the connected roadway.  Once connected, the road extension would provide an alternate route to the existing Old Davis Road alignment.  UC Davis eventually would convert the existing Old Davis Road along the south side of the UC Davis Arboretum to a bike and pedestrian path with emergency vehicle and service vehicle access. 

The road extension would include two-lanes for motorized traffic (one lane in each direction) and a bike lane adjacent to the road curb.  The project would include a sidewalk on the north side of the road and landscaping along the road.  A 15 foot-wide corridor south of the road would be designated as a future planning corridor for underground utilities.  The extended road would replace the existing road connection located between Mrak Hall Drive and  A Street.

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International Complex

UC Davis proposes to construct the International Complex building to provide classrooms, administrative space, and shared resources for three campus international programs. The proposed three-story, approximately 58,000 square-foot building would consolidate existing programs that occupy buildings at three locations. The new building would be located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Russell Boulevard and California Avenue. Vehicle access to the site for passenger drop-off would be provided by a pull-out/turnaround lane on the east side of the site along California Avenue.

The spaces occupied by two of the three relocated programs would be potentially backfilled by other programs. The space occupied by the third program, which is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Orchard Park Drive and Extension Center Drive, consists of portable buildings. The portable buildings would be removed as part of the proposed project.

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Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

UC Davis proposes to construct and operate the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art building to provide space for displaying art, conducting art classes, and managing the UC Davis art collection. The new building would include approximately 30,000 square feet of space and would be located on 1.6 undeveloped acres in the southern portion of the Central Campus at UC Davis in Yolo County.  The project site is south of Old Davis Road southeast of the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and south of Vanderhoef Quad.  The building would include galleries, offices, restrooms, a large lecture space for approximately 120 people, art studio and classroom space, and an outdoor art making yard.  Activities at the site would include regular admission hours for art viewing, regularly scheduled art classes, tours for school groups, and public festivals and events.

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J-1 Renovation and Upgrade

The UC Davis Building J-1 Renovation and Upgrade would renovate and expand an existing 23,000 square foot building that was designed for infectious organism containment research. The proposed project would renovate approximately 1,550 square feet within the north wing of Building J-1 to provide improved animal holding, laboratory containment rooms, and upgraded air handling capabilities.

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King Hall Renovation and Expansion

The proposedoject would integrate the construction and operation of a 22 percent addition to the existing Martin Luther King Jr. Law School building with renovation of key portions of the existing building. The project would add approximately 29,795 gross square feet, renovate approximately 20,870 gross square feet, and upgrade certain building systems in the existing facility. The project would include a new trial practice room and additional meeting space, and would require upgrade of campus chilled water and steam utility lines.

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Large Lecture Hall

UC Davis proposes to construct and occupy a two-story lecture hall of approximately 17,500 square feet within the UC Davis core campus.  The project site at the southwest intersection of Kleiber Hall Drive and California Avenue would include additional bike parking and a pedestrian plaza as part of the project. The lecture hall would provide 550 to 600 seats for campus lectures and would help to better serve the increasing demand for lecture space on the campus.

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Large Solar Power Plant

The proposed projet would construct a solar power plant on approxiamely 70 acres at the UC Davis South Campus.  The project would be constructed east of Old Davis Road and north of Putah Creek. 

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Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for UC Davis 2002-2003 Campus Projects

The Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan covers the following five projects that could potentially affect the valley elderberry longhorn beetle, a species listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act: the Genome Launch Facility, the Cole Stormwater Improvements, the Center for Companion Animal Health, the NEES Centrifuge Support Building, and the Phase 2B Electrical Improvement Project.

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Memorial Union Renewal

UC Davis proposes to renovate the existing Memorial Union Building. The proposed project would qualify as a categorical exemption pursuant to the CEQA Guidelines. Details of the exemption are provided in the document below.

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Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester Project

UC Davis proposes to install and operate a renewable energy anaerobic digester (READ) at a site on County Road 98 in the west campus area of UC Davis. The proposed waste-to-renewable energy facility would accept agricultural waste, animal manure and bedding, food waste from the campus dining commons, and the organic component of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated on the campus, process the waste in a biodigester, and use the biogas produced in the biodigester and the campus landfill gas to generate electricity in a microturbine. The facility would involve five primary processes: (1) material receiving and preparation; (2) anaerobic digestion; (3) refinement of biogas; (4) generation of electricity using biogas and landfill gas; and (5) effluent treatment to process and dispose of any solid or liquid byproducts of the process. The READ facility would be built in two phases. The Phase 1 facility would be designed and constructed to process up to 25 tons per day of organic wastes. Phase 2 would expand the facility to handle up to 50 tons of organic wastes per day..

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The Draft Initial Study was published on July 2, 2012 and was available for public comment from July 2, 2012 through August 1, 2012.  The Initial Study has been completed and is available below.

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Respiratory Diseases Center Project, CNPRC

UC Davis proposes to construct and operate a new primate respiratory disease research laboratory within the existing UC Davis California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC). The CNPRC is located on County Road 98 south of Russell Boulevard in Davis, in the west campus area of UC Davis. The proposed Respiratory Diseases Center project (the project) would be a one-story building with approximately 20,000 gross square feet (11,700 assignable square feet) that would include laboratory and laboratory support space, offices, animal holding rooms, and mechanical and support areas.  The proposed project site is within the developed area of the existing CNPRC facility, north of existing CNPRC buildings on land that is currently used for materials storage.

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The Final Environmental Impact Report was approved in 2010.  The Draft Environmental Assessment (available below) is available for review September 2, 2011 through October 3, 2011.  The Final EIR, CEQA Findings, and Draft Notice of Completion are available below.

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Orchard Park Student Housing Redevelopment

UC Davis proposes to consolidate the Solano Park and Orchard Park student housing areas by redeveloping Orchard Park at a higher density and suspending housing operations at the Solano Park housing area.  At Orchard Park, the approximately 20 acre site would undergo a demolition and redevelopment process from 2014 through 2016 to provide housing for a total of 1,410 people in 550 dwelling units.  At Solano Park, the existing housing would continue to be utilized through the summer of 2016 and then would be placed in a caretaker status until a future land use and redevelopment plan has been considered.

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Sacramento Hospital Seismic Demolition and Office Replacement

UC Davis proposes to complete a series of construction projects that will comprise the Hospital Seismic Demolition and Office Replacement Project for improved seismic safety and replacement office space at the UC Davis Sacramento Medical Center.  The proposed project includes multiple components consisting of construction of the North Addition 130,000 square foot office building, demolition of the 235,000 square foot North/South Hospital Wing, and demolition of the 20,000 square foot Housestaff building.  In total, the project would reduce building area by approximately 125,000 square feet.

The North Addition office building would provide replacement office space for staff currently working in the North/South Wing of the hospital.  The proposed building would be a six-story building located along the northern edge of the medical center between V Street and the Main Hospital Complex just north of the East Wing and the Davis Tower.  Between V Street and the proposed North Addition building, a landscaped area of approximately 40 feet would be installed.

The North/South Hospital Wing would be demolished as part of the proposed project in order to remove seismically deficient facilities.  With removal of the North/South Wing of the hospital, the remaining western edge of the hospital would have no exterior wall and a new façade on the western face of the hospital would be constructed to provide a finished exterior to the remaining building.  Upon removal of the North/South Hospital Wing, the site would be landscaped to create a plaza area. The Housestaff building was constructed in 1916 and currently provides administrative support and faculty offices.  The two-story building has a seismic safety rating of very poor and would be demolished as part of the project.   The construction and demolition periods are expected to take place from 2016 through 2022 with construction access provided from Stockton Boulevard via Colonial Way and no construction access allowed on V Street.

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Segundo Services Center

UC Davis proposes to redevelop approximately two acres within the Segundo Housing District for the Segundo Services Center Redevelopment Project (the project). The proposed redevelopment project includes the demolition of the existing dining commons building, removal of a temporary food service building, construction of a new community services building, and landscape enhancements to create a formal quad area on the east side of the new building. The new community services building would be called the Segundo Services Center and would contain approximately 25,000 assignable square feet (asf) (approximately 32,000 gross square feet (gsf)). The project site is within the center of the Segundo Housing District which is a dormitory-style housing area of approximately 10 acres located south of Russell Boulevard and east of La Rue Road on the UC Davis core campus.

The proposed Segundo Services Center will provide the services needed within the Segundo Housing District in a modern two-story building that will more efficiently utilize the available land area. The use of a more efficient two-story replacement building will allow installation of a centralized formal quad area to serve as a new outdoor living space for the area residents. The project site includes a portion of existing Parking Lot 24, and will result in the loss of approximately 50 parking spaces from Parking Lot 24.

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Service Unit Park

UC Davis is proposing the Physical Sciences Expansion and Service Unit Park (the project) that includes the construction and operation of two new campus facilities. The proposed project would relocate existing operations and maintenance facilities from a location in the Central Campus to a new Service Unit Park in the West Campus. The new operations and maintenance facilities are needed to provide modernized space and increased area at a single consolidated location. The existing buildings at the Central Campus location would then be demolished to provide a site for the Physical Sciences Expansion project. The Physical Sciences Expansion project would be a new academic building that would house the Department of Geology and teaching laboratory space for the Departments of Chemistry and Physics.

Elements of the Service Unit Park proposal include the construction and operation of a consolidated facility on the West Campus at UC Davis that would house service functions related to the operations and maintenance of UC Davis infrastructure such as plumbing, mechanical, and electrical operations. These uses are similar in function to a municipal corporation yard. In addition, the proposed Service Unit Park would provide facilities for specialized University services such as the campus reprographics unit, architects and engineers office, building alarm staff, shipping and receiving, mail services, and other similar services that support the administration and operation of the UC Davis campus.

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South Valley Animal Health Laboratory, UC Davis

UC Davis proposes to construct the South Valley Animal Health Laboratory (SVAHL), a new laboratory and office building of approximately 53,000 gross square feet. The building would provide space for a new veterinary diagnostic testing laboratory adjacent to the existing veterinary medicine research laboratory approximately ¼ mile east of Highway 99 in Tulare County south of Tulare. In addition to laboratory and office space, the project would include a cremator for animal parts and other waste, a back-up generator, an on-site water supply well and storage tank, a stormwater retention pond, relocation of existing residential modular buildings, and a new septic system for the disposal of wastewater.

The California Animal Health & Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory System is the backbone of California’s warning system that helps to protect the health of California’s livestock and poultry. CAHFS serves the people of California by safeguarding public health with rapid and reliable diagnosis of animal diseases common to animals and humans, as well as foodborne pathogens. CAHFS operates in partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), UC Davis, veterinarians, livestock and poultry producers.

The proposed facility will create new preparation laboratories, diagnostic laboratories, large and small animal necropsy laboratories, and all necessary laboratory support, storage and administrative support functions. The proposed facility would accept avian and livestock sample submissions for complex diagnostic procedures to support on-going food production, food safety, and animal welfare programs overseen by the CDFA. Sample testing would involve primarily blood and tissue samples sent from throughout the region for testing and would also involve receipt of dead or dying animals delivered to the SVAHL for testing. The SVAHL would provide routine testing for on-going screening programs and would also provide testing and diagnostic services for animals with suspect disease symptoms.

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Tahoe Environmental Research Center

Plans are currently underway to provide facilities for the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) to support the ongoing study of the physical, chemical, and biological effects of human development on the ecology of freshwater lakes, streams, and their watersheds in California and Nevada. Please visit this page again to learn more about proposed TERC facilities and the associated environmental review process.

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Tercero Dining Commons 2

UC Davis proposes to construct a new 30,000 square foot dining commons capable of seating 500 people, which would serve the Tercero Residence Hall Area within the core campus at UC Davis south of Hutchison Drive and west of Bioletti Way. The Project would include full commercial kitchen capability to provide a number of food platforms, retail, grab-n-go and convenience options for students and those members of the UC Davis community that work in the core campus. The Project would include a loading dock for deliveries, outdoor seating opportunities, bicycle parking, site improvements and upgrades of the campus Hot Water and Chilled Water system required to support the new facility.

The Project site currently contains 20 temporary buildings totaling approximately 32,300 square feet to be demolished as part of implementing the project. Use of a majority of the one-story temporary buildings was phased out over the past two to three years. 

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Tercero Expansion Phase 3

The Tercero Phase 3 Expansion would demolish and redevelop a 12-acre portion of the existing Tercero student housing area in the core campus at UC Davis.  The project is located north of the existing Tercero Dining Commons building between Dairy Road and Bioletti Way.  The existing 12 buildings provide dormitory housing for 800 students and were constructed in 1967.  The buildings were recently evaluated for seismic safety and are in need of replacement.  The project will redevelop the Tercero site with modern buildings providing increased seismic safety, improved energy efficiency, and an upgraded design for improved livability and student enjoyment.  The proposed project will redevelop the site at a higher density, with 7 buildings totaling 280,000 square feet and increasing the capacity of the housing area by 400 students to provide dormitory housing for 1,200 students.

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Tercero Student Housing Phase 4

UC Davis proposes to demolish Lysle Leach Hall (Leach Hall), which is a part of the existing Tercero Residence Hall Area, and construct and operate three, four-story residential buildings.  The Tercero Student Housing Phase 4 project site is located to the north of La Rue Road and west of Bioletti Way in the UC Davis core campus.  The six existing buildings that comprise Leach Hall, were constructed in 1969 and provide student housing for 180 students.  Demolition of the buildings would include recycling of specific materials prior to removal of the building structures.  Existing trees on the site would be retained where possible.  The campus would replace the demolished housing with modern buildings that would provide improved energy efficiency and an upgraded design for improved livability and student enjoyment.  The proposed project would develop the site at a higher density than under existing conditions, with three four-story buildings providing housing for a total of 495 students. The residential buildings would also provide space for study lounges, and a minor amount of accessory space for conference rooms, and offices.

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Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory

UC Davis has applied for funds from the National Institutes of Health to construct he proposed Vector-borne Disease Laboratory (VBDL) at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC). The proposed approximately 7,200 gross square-foot building would include high quality research laboratories, research support space, and office space to jointly house staff from the CNPRC's Virology and Immunology Unit and research faculty of the Center for Vector-borne Diseases (CVEC). The Virology and Immunology Unit includes faculty, staff, and graduate students from a variety of disciplines whose research focuses on using non-human primate models of human infectious and immunologic diseases such as AIDS to better understand diseases, diagnostic tools, and treatments. The CVEC faculty's research is focused on aspects of host, pathogen and vector biology including the use of non-human primate models to study vector-borne disease. The proposed VBDL would be located at the CNPRC on a vacant site immediately north of the CNPRC's Administration Building. In addition to the laboratory and office building, an approximately 5,500 gross square foot vivarium and insectary would be constructed adjacent to the VBDL to provide secure containment of research insects and animals. Significant human illness and death as well as animal suffering occur worldwide due to vector-borne disease. In California, these diseases cause great economic loss to animal producers and recreation-based industries. The rapid spread of West Nile virus in the United States has highlighted the emerging nature of vector-borne diseases and indicates a critical need for expanding the national research capacity in this area of study. The CNPRC is located on campus approximately two miles west of the academic core and west of the intersection of Hutchison Drive and County Road 98.

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Veterinary Medicine 3B

UC Davis proposes to construct and operate the Veterinary Medicine 3B project. The project would consist of an approximately 124,700 gross square foot (gsf) (76,100 assignable square foot (asf)) four-story building encompassing: offices and workspace; research laboratories and laboratory support space, which includes 495 asf of biosafety level 3 laboratory space; rodent vivarium space; and centralized research support space, which could be used as future rodent vivarium expansion space. The proposed project would not increase the campus population, and would relocate existing members of the campus population from Surge 3 and Haring Hall in the core of campus to the Health Sciences District. The project would be located in the Health Sciences District of the central campus, adjacent to Parking Lot 50 and the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, west of Garrod Drive, and south of Hutchison Drive. The project would be designed to allow for a possible realignment of Garrod Drive approximately 250 feet north of the current alignment, and to allow for a possible bicycle crossing at a realigned Garrod Drive. Construction is anticipated to start in fall 2008 and last approximately two years. The construction timing for the realignment of Garrod Drive is uncertain and depends upon funding.

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Veterinary Medicine Student Services

UC Davis proposes to construct and operate the Veterinary Medicine Student Services Development which would consist of two new buildings: 1) the Veterinary Medicine Student Services and Administration Center, and 2) the Scrubs Café building.  The project construction site is approximately two acres at the southeast corner of where Garrod Drive makes a 90-degree bend near the Veterinary Medicine 3B building.  The first new building would provide approximately 24,000 square feet of administrative space for the School of Veterinary Medicine. The School of Veterinary Medicine Student Services building would be two-stories in height with a maximum height of approximately 30 feet. The building would be rectangular in shape with the long axis of the building oriented to extend east-west and the main entrance of the building facing west.

 The second new building, the Scrubs Café, would provide space for food service with approximately 11,000 square feet consisting of space for final food preparation and food serving, a production kitchen, a dry storage area, support spaces and indoor dining space. The Scrubs Café would be a one-story building with a building height of approximately 20 feet.  In total, the two buildings would provide approximately 35,000 square feet of new building space at UC Davis.  The project would include exterior landscapingalong, pedestrian paths, bike parking, outdoor seating near the food service building, and an events lawn and landscaped area of approximately 15,000 square feet.

Upon completion of the new replacement space on Garrod Drive, the existing School of Veterinary Medicine administrative space named Surge IV on Hutchison Drive would be removed and the site cleared of buildings.  The removal of these four Surge IV temporary buildings that were constructed in 1972 would decrease the amount of building space at UC Davis by approximately 25,000 square feet.  The Surge IV buildings are outdated and would require substantial maintenance and rehabilitation to continue as academic buildings.  With construction of the two new buildings and demolition of the Surge IV buildings, the net increase in building space from the overall project would be approximately 10,000 square feet.

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Walker Hall Renewal

UC Davis proposes to renovate Walker Hall, a building of approximately 45,000 square feet on a site of approximately two acres, in the core area of the UC Davis main campus.  Walker Hall was constructed in 1927 as a building for engineering with offices, classrooms, and laboratory spaces.  The building consists of a two-story portion oriented east-west and three shorter wings oriented north-south.  The building is currently vacant and after construction, the proposed project would provide classroom seating for approximately 390 students and office space for approximately 50 employees.  The existing footprint of the building would be maintained on the north, west, and east sides of the building.  The south portion of each of the three wings of the building would be shortened to accommodate a new pedestrian walkway.  

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Webster Hall Replacement

UC Davis proposes to demolish Webster Hall, which is a part of the existing Cuatro Residence Hall Area, and construct a new four-story building. The existing three-story building was constructed in 1967 and houses 265 students. The new building would provide improved energy efficiency and an upgraded design for improved livability and student enjoyment. The Project would increase the housing on the site by 104 beds to provide 369 beds. The residential buildings would also provide space for a student computer center, mail/service desk, and a student-community kitchen. 

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