UCSD answers questions about University House
Here is some more information provided by the UCSD Chancellor’s Office on Feb. 8 about plans for University House provided by the university’s communications office. Environmental impacts of restoring the house will be considered at a hearing on Feb. 24.
• What is the timeline for upcoming actions?
The project timeline includes receiving project and design approval by the University of California Regents, as well as environmental certification. University officials believe that construction could commence in fall 2011 with completion anticipated fall of 2012.
• Has a company been hired to work on the construction, and if so which company?
Many steps remain before we finalize the plans and choose a company for construction.
• Can you offer details with regard to the Environment Impact Report?
A public meeting has been scheduled on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at the UC San Diego Faculty Club. The review period for the IR ends March 31, 2011. The EIR can be accessed online at: http://physicalplanning.ucsd.edu/environmental/pub_notice.html.
• Who is part of the committee that looks into the renovation of the house?
In the fall of 2008, the campus developed an advisory group with the community, partnering with Native American representatives, the La Jolla Historical Society, Save our Heritage Organisation and others. The advisory group, which has made recommendations on how to improve University House, has been particularly sensitive to the cultural values of the Kumeyaay, whose ancestors once lived on the site.
• Do you have an estimate of how much it costs to repair the house to a functioning building?
At this time, we are in the process of identifying a cost-effective avenue to revive the house so that it will be seismically sound, habitable and offer a venue to host university donors and guests.
• Is the $2 million donation enough to cover the costs of renovation?
The $2 million gift from Audrey Geisel will help to pay for the renovation to University House. All costs for the renovation will be paid by philanthropic donations and other non-state resources.
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