Projects include GlenMor 2, SRC expansion, solar farm and overflow parking
By on June 20, 2014
Much of the work on the exterior of the Student Recreation Center expansion is complete. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. Photo by Ross French
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — As the campus quiets down for the summer months, two large campus construction projects are entering the home stretch, while a handful of smaller projects will get underway shortly, all with a target of being completed before students return in the fall.
The 800-bed, 334,000-square-foot GlenMor 2 Residence Hall project at the corner of Big Springs Road and Valencia Hill Drive is slated to open in September. The facility includes a parking structure, swimming pool, community spaces, academic resource center, computer lab, fitness center and a dining emporium for both residents and non-residents.
On the north side of campus, the new Student Recreation Center expansion is also nearing completion. The 75,000 gross square foot expansion includes outdoor pool and aquatics facilities, a multiple use athletics court, indoor jogging track, climbing wall and 20,000 square feet of weight room and cardio fitness facilities. New tennis courts, as well as basketball courts, will be built on the southeast corner of the existing nine-acre complex.
Site preparation on the West Campus Solar Farm was completed in mid-June and crews from SunPower are expected to begin installation of the solar panels on June 23. Ken Mueller, director of UCR Physical Plant, said that the project is on schedule for activation on September 18. When complete, the site will provide the campus with about three megawatts of electrical power.“Things are progressing and we’ll start to see some significant action over the next few weeks,” Mueller said.
Transportation and Parking Services is converting an empty lot across from Lot 30 into a daytime overflow parking lot that can accommodate up to 250 vehicles. The lot will only be opened during peak parking periods when other lots are impacted and additional parking is needed on the campus.“The lot will be open to all gold, blue and red permits,” said Andrew Stewart, superintendent for Transportation and Parking Services. “When it is not needed, it will be closed.”Stewart said that the lot’s compacted gravel surface will allow water to percolate into the soil, to recharge underground aquifers, rather than run off into the storm drain system. A stone-lined water retention basin is being built along the north side of the site to provide additional storm-water storage capacity. The design will keep the site in line with new federal storm-water mitigation requirements.“The lot is being constructed to provide additional parking capacity that is needed during larger campus events and to help mitigate the impacts from parking spaces that have been used to provide laydown space for construction projects on campus.The cost of the lot is less than $100,000. It is scheduled to be completed during the summer and be available for use during Fall 2014.
The City of Riverside is wrapping up the bidding process on a project that will revamp the University Avenue corridor between University Village and the Bannockburn crosswalk, adding sidewalks, bike lanes and restriping the street.