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Elbert Covell Hall, which had been used for storage in recent years, was revitalized for use by UOP International students.

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Pardon our dust while we build for success

Pacific continues construction surge to meet needs of current, future students
Jan 19, 2018

There is much to celebrate at University of the Pacific in 2018, especially when it comes to building, expanding and revitalizing facilities on all three campuses.

While most Pacificans on the Stockton Campus have seen the new residence halls rising up on the north side of the Calaveras River, many may not be aware that the university has completed several major capital improvement initiatives since 2013 when the Raney Sand Volleyball Courts were built, and in 2014 when the Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium was removed and several modern sports venues were put in its place.

It's all part of the drive for dynamic growth at Pacific outlined in the university's strategic plan. In all, these projects represent an investment in the university's infrastructure, enriching experiential learning opportunities, providing students with engaging living and learning environments, and delivering superior athletics facilities for competition in the West Coast Conference. The university also went through an extensive way-finding effort on all three campuses to improve signage and update campus maps.

"I think it's pretty impressive," said Graeme Mitchell, assistant vice president in charge of facilities for the university. "Especially, if you add into it that we completed the San Francisco building. ... That was a pretty major undertaking."

New residence halls in Stockton will open soon

Among the latest construction projects are the 381-bed Upper Division Experience residence halls just north of the Calaveras River on the Stockton Campus. Contractors will finish the buildings later this spring. They are the first residence halls to be built on the Stockton Campus since the Monagan and Chan Family halls were completed in 2002. And is the case with all new facilities, it is being built to LEED Silver equivalency.

"I think the residence halls are a great project," said Mitchell. "It certainly gives us a good visible presence with everyone who visits the campus. It's a showcase facility to display that Pacific is healthy, and it is vibrant."

And it also promises to be a comfortable place to live and learn.

"Some of our residential halls are on the older side, so this project was very important to the university in that it provides some of the accommodations and amenities that our incoming students have come to expect," said Patrick Day, vice president for the Division of Student Life. "We want our students to have living and learning spaces, engaging spaces for them to study, relax and meet with friends and classmates. That's very important for the overall college experience."

Upper Division Residence Hall
The 381-bed Upper Division Experience residence halls will have the amenities that students have come to expect.

The Upper Division Experience residential halls, the first part of a multi-phase plan to enhance, renovate and repurpose student housing at Pacific, will include two four-story buildings — one 75,233 square feet and the other 74,069 square feet for 149,302 square feet — built in the Collegiate Gothic style for which Pacific is known. Each building will have apartment-style living — studio, two-bedroom and four-bedroom, each with its own kitchen. An additional nearly 7,770 square feet of colonnade and covered entries, bring the total to nearly 158,000 square feet.

The first floor of the east building will include amenities such as a library and study area, technology lounge, communal kitchen, meeting areas, a workout facility, laundry, coffee counter, swimming pool, and gaming and media area. The first floor also will have offices, meeting areas and living quarters for Residence Life and Housing staff, as well as the necessary building support facilities. The landscaping will include drought-resistant grasses, plants, flowers and trees. Additional parking spaces have been added near the west building and just north of the Theta Chi house.

The new residential halls sit on land where the tennis courts were once located. Those courts were replaced with two other recent projects, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center, which opened in March 2016, and the Roy and Jean Sanders Tennis Clubhouse, which opened in October 2017. Those facilities are located within the footprint of the former Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium.

Several residential halls were renovated, the Ted and Chris Robb Garden was expanded with the addition of the Bon Appetit Native Plant Garden. Elbert Covell Hall, which was being used as storage, saw renovations to accommodate UOP International students, including a revitalized interior, new lounge and study areas, staff workstations, a sink and food counter. 

San Francisco and Sacramento campus improvements
Originally built in 1973 for Crocker National Bank, Pacific purchased the property at 155 Fifth Street in San Francisco in 2011 and completed an extensive exterior and interior renovation over two years. It currently houses the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and several graduate programs such as data science, food studies, music therapy and audiology. 
Renovations to the second floor of the Muddox Building on the Sacramento Campus were completed for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, and other health-related programs will likely go on the first floor sometime in the future. Other projects on the Sacramento Campus are being considered.

Modernizing the library and other projects
The "stacks" of books have been moved to the basement of the William Knox Library and the upper floors have been transformed and modernized to better reflect contemporary library buildings that offer space for both collaborative group work and solitary study. The shift now is for increased digital and online content — academic publications to streaming video and proprietary databases — to enrich faculty teaching and student learning opportunities. The facilities will support students' digital literacies and learning, making it an academic hub for the Stockton Campus. The Cube, located on the first floor of the library and adjacent to the future Media X site, provides students, faculty and staff with resources and technology to encourage cross-disciplinary exploration, collaboration and creation. Services include virtual reality, 3D printing, 3D scanning, computer aided design and workshops. The Holt-Atherton Special Collections, currently located in the basement of the library, eventually will be moved to the second floor.

Other current or recent projects include the repurposing of the 11,000-square-foot space that had housed the dental hygiene clinic in the Chan Health Science Learning Center and Clinics. The renovation will allow the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to expand patient care clinics, as well as teaching, research and innovation services. The space will include flexible classrooms to help reduce the teacher-to-student ratio, a student lounge, rooms for enhanced clinic activities, space for preparing and storing teaching equipment, space for curricular use or future limited dispensing activities, and meeting and conference rooms. It will include secure computer and data access for a VA Northern California on-site telehealth outreach program. Renovated to LEED Silver equivalency, the space will enhance the experiential learning experience, provide a better clinic atmosphere for learning, and add offices for the growing pharmacy program.

Violinist practicing in Owen Hall
Owen Hall was renovated to enhance and elevate experiential learning opportunities offered by the Conservatory of Music. 

The renovation of Owen Hall completed in August 2017 enhances and elevates experiential learning opportunities offered by the Conservatory of Music. The space includes renovated audio recording, video recording, composition and reed-making studios, a dedicated space for the Pac Ave Records music label, a jazz suite and a percussion practice area. There were improvements to the music practice rooms, acoustics and overall cosmetics. Accessibility was improved and faculty offices were added. The project centralizes the conservatory's learning centers, such as the studios, Pac Ave Records, the Jazz Studies Program and the jazz library. Part of the project included adding instrument lockers for students in Faye Spanos Concert Hall.

Pacific's Stockton Campus is known for its classic Collegiate Gothic architecture and red brick buildings, some dating back to when the oldest chartered university in California relocated to Stockton in 1924. More buildings - most using the same architectural style and red brick - were built and renovated over the years, including most recently the Baun Student Fitness Center (2003), Biological Sciences Center (2008), the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center (2008), and the John T. Chambers Technology Center (2009). The classic structures on the Stockton Campus have become the backdrop for countless Pacific celebrations, and generations of visitors have taken photos to mark quinceañeras, graduations, weddings, and for family portraits.

Athletic facilities upgrades and new tennis center

Tennis Center
The Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center and Roy and Jean Sanders Tennis Clubhouse provide the community a chance to see high-caliber collegiate and professional tennis.

Pacific put in Zuckerman Field for soccer and a field hockey turf, built the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center, Roy and Jean Sanders Tennis Clubhouse, the Janssen-Lagorio Performance Center, new baseball cages adjacent to the Klein Family Field, and the Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center at The Reserve at Spanos Park. Handrails were added in Alex G. Spanos Center, which will see more upgrades in the future, such as new lighting.

To view more images of what Pacific is building and renovating, visit the Building for Success photo gallery.

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