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Construction To Start On New Cal Poly Ag Complex

June 13,2017-

Demo Of Horse Barns In Coming Weeks

Construction is expected to start sometime this month on a proposed sprawling four-phase ag complex at Cal Poly. The project includes the the building of the proposed Oppenheimer Pavilion funded in part by a $20 million donation from longtime Cal Poly supporters Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer, said to be is the largest cash gift in the university’s history.

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Designed to be phased over 5 years or so, the project’s first phase will replace the historic horse barns built in 1940 at the northwest corner of the campus including the mare barn where visitors have enjoyed the first rompings of newborn ponies over the years. Replacing the existing buildings over 25 acres will be the new Equestrian Pavilion, Foaling Barn and Stallion Barn with work beginning now – to be completed in December 2017.
Cal Poly spokesperson Matt Lazier says demolition of the existing equine buildings will be the first order of business in coming weeks.
The college’s environment study says Phase 1 includes the demolition of three existing structures, the Stallion Barn, Horse Barn, and Mare Barn, all located within the campus Equine Center. The total area of structures to be demolished encompasses approximately 8,821sf.
New project components to be constructed during Phase 1 include a 56,000sf roof over the existing equestrian pavilion (Pavilion 1), a new 5,000sf foaling barn, a new 6,000sf stallion barn, a 3,000sf expansion to the existing hay barn, and two new detention basins to control surface water runoff from the Phase 1 project area.
Phase 2 will include a Equestrian Pavilion, Animal Health Center and New Storage Building with work starting in September 2020 and completed in September 2021. Phase 2 includes the demolition of 15 existing Environmental Horticultural Science support facilities, including a residential structure, lath houses, greenhouses, barns, and storage structures. The total area of structures to be demolished encompasses approximately 62,582sf. New project components to be constructed during Phase 2 include a new 54,580sf equestrian pavilion (Pavilion 2), a new 10,000sf animal health center, a new 3,000-ft2 storage barn, and a new pedestrian bridge above an unnamed drainage.
Phase 3 is estimated to commence construction in September 2020 and be completed in September 2022 and includes the demolition of two existing structures, including the Beef Unit and Herdsman Hall, both located within the campus Beef Unit. New construction includes the new 88,150sf agricultural event center seating 1500 and parking facilities and would replace the Herdsman Hall – to be demolished.
Phase 4 is estimated to begin construction in May 2018 and be completed in September 2020.It is approximately 5.5 acres located within the campus Crops Unit area. It will include a new farm store, a 60,000sf state of the art research, production greenhouses and associated support facilities to replace the greenhouse structures that would be demolished under Phase 2 of the project. The new greenhouse and support facilities are expected to include a new fruit and vegetable processing and research facility, a new plant sciences teaching and research laboratory building, and a new storage facility for restricted products and equipment. These project components are conceptual and have not undergone design yet say officials.


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