By Christopher Galvan
The Collins College of Hospitality Management began an expansion this summer to add a new two-story building next to Building 79A.
With two large undergraduate classrooms, a student common area, _ÀåÂ_Äve faculty of_ÀåÂ_Äces, one conference room, and two smaller graduate study areas, the 12,100-square-feet building will cost $10 million to design and construct, not including amenities.
The ground-breaking took place in November 2013, and the site recently began the grating process on the inclined lot that will become the new building. The expansion was originally planned to be two two-story buildings, but the architectural plans were downsized in April.
“It’s a dif_ÀåÂ_Äcult decision to scale back the project, but it is the _ÀåÂ_Äscally responsible thing to do,” said Edward Merritt, Collins professor and former interim dean.
A proposed student commons building was eliminated from the plan after funding could not be secured.
“When you’re building on a hillside as opposed to a _ÀåÂÛ_ at piece of ground” that might add another million to the project to get the hillside ready for building,” Associate Dean Michael Godfrey said.
Marriott Foundation, Panda Group, and Inland Empire businessman Eugene Park have collectively donated over $5 million, with all donations up to that amount being matched by benefactors and the college namesakes, Carol and Jim Collins.
Funding for the project only covers the design and construction of the new addition. Funds for furnishing and supplies are still being determined.
According to Godfrey, obtaining LEED certi_ÀåÂ_Äcation for the building will raise the cost of construction.
“It may cost something upfront, but in the long term cost to the state it will actually end up being a more ef_ÀåÂ_Äcient building,” said Godfrey.
However, if the college does not use private do- nations or public university funds for furniture and equipment, the project could be brought to a standstill .
“Once we are handed the keys [to new buildings] they become state buildings, but we are still expected to furnish them,” said Godfrey.
“We have hundreds of people who are willing to give gifts in kind, and we also have many alumni that can give, maybe not at the Collins level, but that can help contribute to needs in the actual classroom.”
Recently, Construction was completed on a new, concrete staircase leading up to the college. Starting at the top of Camphor Lane, the new staircase replaces the wooden staircase as the main passage to the Collins College.
“It’s really a great way for us to invite guests, faculty, or friends from other colleges up the hill, said Taylor Young, a fourth-year Collins student and the college’s Associated Students, Inc. senator.
“[Collins] is de_ÀåÂ_Änitely more inviting than it used to be.”
Due to the ongoing construction project at the college, faculty and staff have elected to give up their ability to park at the college to provide parking spaces for Kellogg West guests.
Collins College student Justine Budisantoso said that she has seen more people from the college because of the construction.
“Right now, they are prioritizing parking for Kellogg West because of the construction project, so faculty, staff, and students have to park elsewhere,” said Budisantoso. It’s pretty cool seeing professors walking the new stairs to and from class with us.”
In addition to the new staircase, changes to the Bronco Express routes will make parking and getting to class easier for Collins students. The B and C routes will now stop at the Collins College on both in and outbound trips. This will give the Bronco Express access to the college from additional parking lots. Students are encouraged to park in Lot J to catch Shuttle B, which stops by the Health Center and the College of Environmental Design.
They may also park in Lots B, K, or M to ride Shuttle C from either iPoly High School, the Campus Marketplace or the top of Camphor Lane.
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