Division Initiatives and Activities
Across the Division, cross-functional teams work to complete many exciting projects, initiatives, and activities in order to better the university and advance the goals of the Plan for Excellence IV. Below are just a few examples of our current initiatives.
Barstow Avenue Bikeways
The University will break ground soon on the Barstow Avenue Bikeways through its successful pursuit of external funding. The Barstow Avenue Bikeways will provide increased commuter-bicycling access for students, faculty, and staff and also serve as a critical connector between the bikeways systems of Fresno and Clovis.
El Dorado Park
Transforming El Dorado Park into a rich living experience for all residents is an important University initiative. The University has successfully landed external funding to move this initiative forward. The University is the partner for the El Dorado Park neighborhood in the City of Fresno’s award from the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative). The University has also secured a California Emerging Technology Fund award to lessen the digital divide in El Dorado Park by bringing broadband access and digital literacy training (with an emphasis on educational achievement) to neighborhood residents and to create two neighborhood satellite computer centers. The University also lent critical support to the El Dorado Park Community Development Corporation by securing funds for operational support from the Fresno Regional Foundation.
The new Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market opened in March 2013. Come check out our expanded space and support our students.
Campus Pointe, a public-private partnership is being developed east of the Save Mart Center. We continue to work with the master developer on the build-out of this exciting project. The two phases of housing (workforce and student friendly) are completed and the retail area is now under construction and will be built-out in phases as tenant leasing efforts are finalized. Future plans include construction of a hotel and senior housing.
‘Clean’ Lawn and Garden Equipment
The University is testing new ‘clean’ landscaping equipment as part of a grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Cordless Zero-Emission Commercial Lawn and Garden Equipment Demonstration Program. The Program provides immediate reductions of criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from commercial sector equipment. The University also provides performance data and feedback to the District.
There are several exciting construction projects underway:
- Jordan Research Center (JRC): Currently in the schematic design phase, this new 30,000 sq. ft. multi-disciplinary facility is being made possible through a private gift of $29 million from the Jordan family. This building will include research laboratories and project spaces that will enhance our research capabilities in the areas of agriculture, engineering and the sciences. Construction on this project which is located on the southeast corner of Barstow and Woodrow is expected to be completed by fall 2015.
- Faculty Office Lab Building (FOLB):This 23,000 sq. ft. building located near the pool complex is also in the schematic design phase. The new building will feature labs, offices, and meeting rooms and will house Physical Therapy and Athletics coaching faculty. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2014.
- Meyers Sports Medicine Building: This new 10,726 sq. ft. building is under construction, with completion scheduled for fall 2013. The $6.3 million project is supported entirely by donors and will provide wellness and sports medicine services to our student athletes. The building is located between the Duncan Building and the Ricchiuti Academic Center.
- North Gym 118 Assembly Room: We are nearing completion of a complete remodel of the old swimming pool and sun-bathing areas. The new space includes a large auditorium, convenience store and outdoor plaza.
- Water Tower: To protect the clean water held within our tower the facilites team will be painting the exterior of the tower during summer 2013.
IT Strategic Plan
Technology Services is working to implement the new IT Strategic Plan which supports the goals of the Plan for Excellence IV. The plan includes six strategies and dozens of initiatives including the implementation of Box.com for improved file services and collaboration during 2013. Technology Services will deliver advances in mobile applications, analytics and remote access to academic software through application streaming this year. We will also upgrade the technology infrastructure, such as our campus data network, in support of the strategic plan. Click here for more details on the updated IT strategic plan.
We are in the process of upgrading all centrally scheduled smart classrooms to utilize new digital technology. This project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2013.