With COVID-19 cases surging, independent construction contractors continue to face challenges and obstacles in adapting to COVID-19 regulations in the workforce. The construction industry was excluded from the shutdown of non-essential businesses in California, that Governor Newsom issued. When the regulations of The California Department of Industrial Relations came into effect, construction sites had to immediately implement safety and health guidelines to specifically combat COVID-19. “When modifying work stations for my 15 employees, it was difficult to come up with a plan that would reduce the amount of workers in enclosed and confined areas. At the moment, only about three … [Read more...] about Independent construction contractors continue to face challenges with pandemic regulations
The 90-million-dollar expansion of the San Manuel Student Union (SMSU) construction promises new activities and student spaces by August of 2021. The amenities and resources included in the plan of the new SMSU are based on student opinions gathered in person and via surveys. The expansion of the SMSU includes a new three-story building directly across from the current student union building. There will be a pub with outdoor seating, game room, eight-lane bowling alley, dining and lounge space, and a new bookstore on the first floor. The second and third floors will have a multi-purpose conference center, offices for the Associated Students Inc., student government, cultural … [Read more...] about SMSU expansion
When we first came to school, we all saw and heard the same thing with collective confusion. Construction, fences, tractors, and massive piles of dirt that don't make sense. Mallory Bedney, a student confused at the sight, explained that the construction was distracting. "My curiosity gets peeked, and I wish that what was going on was public knowledge," said Bedney. Leatha Elsdon, the Director of Faculties Planning, Design, and Construction helped dissolve this confusion. Those huge piles of dirt will become the water filtration system for the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) expansion. This will collect stormwater that must be captured by California law and the … [Read more...] about What’s being dug on campus?
Note: The story was corrected for the accuracy of the facts on Nov. 22nd, 2019. After four years of planning and two years of construction, CSUSB's newest building is open and available for use. Students are already eating, studying, and socializing in the building's large shaded plaza. The building contains 24 classrooms with the newest state-of-the-art technologies. Many of these classrooms are supplied with interconnected smart boards, smart screens, and smart carts, giving the professor more ease and control. The larger lecture halls come with pre-installed "catch boxes" which are Bluetooth operated microphones designed to be passed around a classroom, giving more ability for … [Read more...] about Opinions: Students have mixed feelings over newly opened Center for Global Innovation
By Erika Aguilar |Staff Writer| After the election, twelve of the seventeen propositions were approved by voters; the other five that failed to do so will have an impact on Californians. Prop. 51 allows California to borrow $9 billion to improve overall education. "I think it's great because money has been taken away from school over the years and it's obvious it has had an affect on this generation," said student Breanne Downey. Prop. 52 guarantees funding for Medi-Cal to help low-income families. "It's great that this prop passed because it helps pay for health care services for children, low income families and seniors who pay for their medical expenses," said student … [Read more...] about California Props; Did we get them right?
By Josh Adamson |Staff Writer| Inland Empire's local 91 freeway, which just closed two ramps due to construction, continues to delay faculty and students’ commutes to campus. “Construction makes me ten to twenty minutes late [to class],” said student Jose Loera, who added that his commute is slowed down ten minutes because of construction. The Riverside County Transportation Commission has stated that the 91 Project, which broke ground in 2013, is now 85 percent complete. Students who drive to campus are faced with extensive traffic, especially commuters who come to school from Riverside and Corona. "I live in Riverside, so the traffic is really only bad on the 91," said … [Read more...] about I.E. construction continues
By Clarissa Toll |Staff Writer| Construction for a grade separation bridge at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Cajon Boulevard is underway. With the completion of this bridge and the elimination of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad crossing, traffic will be able to flow without waiting for passing trains. The bridge will consist of two lanes and is estimated to cost $36 million, as stated on the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SanBAG) website. The project will be funded by the Trade Corridor Improvement Fund and other local funds. The construction is set to last for 18-24 months with an approximated completion in Summer or Fall of 2015, according to SanBAG … [Read more...] about New bridge under construction in SB
by Norberto Perez | Staff Writer | More than $10 million is being invested toward making the path to higher education more accessible to the handicapped at CSUSB. Current and potential students affected with disabilities will have an easier time going to and from classes, meetings and other campus events once the current construction projects are completed. Hamid Azhand, the Director and Executive Facilities Officer of Capital Planning, Design and Construction Division (CPDC), has been overlooking the renovation challenge since this summer. “These construction activities around campus are part of the accessibility ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) improvements. The project has been … [Read more...] about CSUSB’s Construction Project to Benefit the Handicapped