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Contact: Tim Woodhull

September 20, 2000


California State University, Dominguez Hills, breaks ground on first state-funded facility in more than a quarter-century

California State University, Dominguez Hills, broke ground Wednesday, September 20, on its first state-funded building in nearly a quarter-century. James L. Welch Hall will help the university meet current and future needs for classroom, office, and laboratory space, university officials say.

The first floor of James L. Welch Hall will be used mainly for computer-based instruction. It will include five mediated-instruction classrooms, nine computer-based laboratories, two computer workstation rooms, and one 250-seat symposium center.

The second floor will provide a central location for student services that include financial aid, registration, course application, and transcripts.

The third floor will house the School of Health, with 24 new faculty offices, and offices for the school and division administration. In addition, the third and fourth floors will include administrative functions currently located on the fifth floor of the Cain Educational Resource Center.

Eight California State University Trustees attended the ceremony. They were: Laurence Gould, chair; Daniel Cartwright; Debra Farar; Murray Galinson; Harold Goldwite; Neel Muraka; and, Ralph Pesqueira.

The event also drew support from public officials across the region. They included: Jerome Grooms, city manager of Carson; Steve Bradford, Gardena councilman and CSUDH alumnus; Morgan Lynn, interim president, Cerritos College; Bill Brown and Sybil Brown, city commissioners of Carson; and, Gil Smith, former mayor of Carson, and member of the advisory board to CSUDH President James E. Lyons, Sr.

Moreover, members of the James L. Welch Family Trust, and students, faculty, staff, and administrators from CSUDH attended the groundbreaking, at which President Lyons and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed each spoke.

Lyons said that James Welch Hall reflects the fact that the university is moving forward to meet the needs of the communities it serves and accommodate its growth in enrollment.

Reed praised the university for its "magnificent" success in securing support for the new facility. "The next time I visit, I want to turn the key in the door," he said.

Scheduled for completion in October 2002, the project architect of James L. Welch Hall is Charlene J. Dekker, of Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall of Los Angeles. Projected cost of the structure is $25,497,000. The contractor is S. J. Amoroso Construction Co., Inc. of Foster City, with offices in Costa Mesa.

Further information may be obtained by contacting George Pardon, vice president, Administration and Finance, at (310) 243-3367.