Sac State Building Housing Next to River

An excellent plan to embrace the American River, as reported by the Sacramento Bee.

An excerpt.

Taking a planning cue from Sacramento and other riverfront cities, Sacramento State is building new dorms and amenities overlooking the American River, which flows past the campus but has long seemed like a design afterthought.

The biggest piece of that riverfront development is a 416-bed residence hall, scheduled to open in 2017, that will peer over the river and provide easy access to popular bike paths atop the levees. California State University trustees approved the $54.9 million project last week.

It marks the beginning of a major campus overhaul that takes advantage of the university’s proximity to the American River, said Mike Lee, chief financial officer of CSU Sacramento.

“In the past, we put parking lots next to the river,” he said. “The campus is going to look at options to have better access to the river and better use of the bike trail.”

A new science building with views of the water will be constructed on another parking lot north of the student bookstore when funding becomes available, he said.

New student housing has been an integral part of President Alexander Gonzalez’s Destination 2010 plan, designed to transform Sacramento State’s image from that of a commuter college to a more residential campus.

Retrieved March 31, 2015 from

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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