Alviso Street Work - 1.13.2014 - 2.28.2014
Last Spring Vice President Bob Warren’s email to the campus community described a proposed project to convert both Palm Drive and Alviso Street to pedestrian malls over the next year. We completed Palm Drive in September and are in the planning stages to complete Alviso Street next summer.
To ensure access to Mission Church next summer during construction, the portion of Alviso in front of the Mission Church is planned forJanuary 13 – February 28, 2014.
This construction window was coordinated with the Mission Church Director to minimize impact this winter. During this seven week effort it will be necessary to close Alviso Street on campus. Below is what we will be doing to mitigate parking and noise issue
1. New parking garage is now open
2. As a result of meetings with a number of faculty concerned with handicap parking issues, we are adding new ADA spaces in the following parking lots. This will be complete by December 30, 2013. Taking into account the lost ADA spaces on Alviso, this will give us a net increase of 11 spaces serving that section of the campus.
3. Develop procedures and processes to minimize construction noise
While I understand this will be a huge change for some of you, the seven week effort will provide additional insight on other issues that might need mitigation prior to considering the work for next summer. To that end we will have additional forums in the Spring to review the project and propose additional mitigation measures. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we pursue a project that enhances pedestrian safety and adds to the campus environment.
Campus Beautification - Conversion of Alviso Street to Pedestrian Mall -Estimated Completion Summer 2014
Throughout the Fall of 2013 Alviso Street will remain open to vehicle traffic as a one-way street entering from the north of Franklin Street and exiting onto Santa Clara Street. In January 2014, a section of Alviso Street in front of the Mission Church will undergo construction for 6 weeks in preparation for conversion to a pedestrian mall in the summer.
Starting in the summer of 2014, Alviso Street will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic and for parking in order to begin the construction project that will create a pedestrian mall from Franklin Street to Santa Clara Street. As part of the project, handicap parking will be added at various locations on campus to replace the ADA spaces from Alviso Street.
Art and Arty History Building - Future Construction
Current plans for the new Art and Art History building call for constructing a three-story building on Franklin Street. This 46,400 square foot facility will include modern studios for students and faculty, technology-rich classrooms, student workspaces and meeting areas. The building features a rotunda on the third floor with an outdoor terrace area. A spacious gallery on the first floor will be showcase student, faculty, and visiting artists' work. The landscaping plan also includes an outdoor sculpture garden at the corner of Alviso and Franklin Streets. The overall project plan also includes converting Franklin Street between Lafayette Street to The Alameda from a roadway to a pedestrian mall.
Planning & Projects
Director of Planning and Projects