Summer Projects 2013
Santa Clara University continues to improve the campus facilities and grounds for our students, faculty and staff. Improvements and renovation of various buildings around campus will occur through the summer. » Info
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 opens this month
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.
a. O'Connor Parking Lot – two additional spaces
b. Varsi Parking Lot (behind Varsi Hall) – six additional spaces
c. Santa Clara Street – two new spaces
d. Benson Center Parking Lot (across Market Street) - four additional spaces (complete)
e. Parking lot between Daly Science 100 and Lucas Hall – six new spaces
3. Develop procedures and processes to minimize construction noise
a. Enclosure for saw cutting pavers
b. Demolition in the early morning and on weekends
c. Pre-demolition work to the degree practical
d. Deliveries during the early morning hours
4. Convene open forums to give the campus community an opportunity to provide ideas, recommendations, and additional concerns that need mitigation consideration. Two have been scheduled:
a. Wednesday, November 20 at noon in the California Mission Room
b. Thursday November 21 at noon in the Forbes Conference Room, 126 Lucas Hall
c. For those of you who have an input or wish to attend but cannot make either of those dates, please send me an email with your comments and/or alternative dates that work for you.
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.
New Parking Structure - Opened 11.18.2013
The new Parking Structure is located on the Franklin block, off Benton Street between The Alameda and Alivso Street. The four level structure will provide parking for approximately 380 vehicles and includes a system to show the number of parking spaces available on each level. It will provide parking for B (Faculty/Staff) and E (Non-resident student) parking permits. A self-service kiosk will be available to purchase daily parking permits. Access to the parking structure will be available from two entrances one on The Alameda and a second on Alviso Street. It will handicap access parking spots on the first level with elevator service for the upper levels. In addition, 3 electric vehicle charging stations will be installed on the first level and can service 6 vehicles.
Campus Beautification - conversion of Palm Drive and Alviso Street to pedestrian malls -Estimated Completion Summer 2014
The first part of the project to convert Palm Drive and Alviso Street to pedestrian malls was completed in September 2013 with the opening of Palm Drive to pedestrian traffic. This completes part of the campus master plan to create pedestrian promenades that offer safe routes for heavy pedestrian traffic on campus and highlight the Mission Church as the centerpiece of campus.
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.
Main Electrical Distribution Center - Estimated Completion 01.2014
Santa Clara University is constructing a new electrical distribution center consisting of medium voltage circuit breakers, state of the art digital metering, protection relays and SCATA system as well as future connection points and controls for on-site generation and the existing 1 megawatt solar panel installation. The new distribution center will be the focal point a larger energy initiative project to incorporate renewable energy, power reliability, control and security.
Art and Art 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
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