March 18, 2001

Memorandum

To: Campus Planning Committee

From: Ruben Armiñana, President

Subject: Notes from the March 6, 2001 Campus Planning Committee Meeting

Skateboard/Bike/Scooter Policy

President Arminana stated that he wanted to move this item from an action item to a discussion item and asked Nate Johnson to explain the draft policy on Bicycles, Skateboards, Roller Skates and Small Vehicle Use. At the conclusion of the first reading, Dr. Arminana read an e-mail from Eric Carlson who was recommending that the policy be amended in regard to skateboards to allow for them to be used as transportation, but not in such a way as to jeopardize public safety. The President agreed that consideration of this amendment would be part of the discussion, but also stated that he had received numerous complaints regarding the need for safety when combining pedestrians with these other methods of transportation and has seen the damage that use of skateboards, skates and scooters were doing to the facilities when used inappropriately.

The committee agreed to discuss the policy in sections; one transportation mode at a time. During the discussion on bicycles, Phil McGough asked why the policy sited compliance with other University regulations and California laws. He asked that all information be found in one place in the policy and not contain references to other documents. The committee generally agreed.

When discussing the section on skateboards and roller skates, Megan Solomon, who was proxy for Jessica Hoyt, spoke in support of the recommendation from Eric Carlson. She stated that although appreciating the need for safety, a ban would not be beneficial. Sean Pridmore acting as proxy for Scott McClintock, spoke about the different types of skateboards that are designed as an alternate form of transportation in the urban environment and the difference between appropriate use and inappropriate use. The committee discussed the issues surrounding campus liability for inappropriate use of skateboards and roller skates as compared to bicycles and cars and the use of a standard on other campuses and in neighboring cities.

President Arminana asked that staff look at the draft policy and be more inclusive and specific regarding each of the different modes of transportation. He agreed that the issue of enforcement with geographical controls was difficult. He would like the policy to include legitimate forms of transportation, but also include language restricting riding through breezeways, under eaves and on building or landscape features in a way to cause damage to people or facilities. He asked that the policy be revised and brought back to the committee in the Fall. He would put an interim policy in place during the summer to deal with the immediate concerns

Jean Day Memorial Garden

Deborah DuVall distributed a request from the staff in the Library to create a Jean Day Memorial Garden on the west side of the Schulz Information Center. Sandra Walton spoke to the committee about the contributions and many years of service that Jean Day gave to the campus and about the site and design of the proposal. President Arminana appreciated the contribution to the campus landscape but stated that it must be done under the management and control of Facilities Services. The committee unanimously approved the concept and the site with the friendly amendment that the details of the project be worked out and implemented by Facilities Services.

Beverly Tremblay Memorial Garden

The second proposal from the Library staff was to create a rose garden south of the Darwin loading dock and east of Schulz. The committee unanimously approved the site and concept for this garden as well , with the friendly amendment that the details of the project be worked out and implemented by Facilities Services.

Acceptance of External Artwork for the Green Music Center

Deborah DuVall distributed a statement from Michael Schwager proposing a donation of a Bruce Johnson Sculpture by Dr. and Mrs. Walter Byck. This sculpture was to be placed at the Green Music Center. Deborah reminded the committee of the campus policy for the acceptance of external artwork and outlined how that policy had been met. The proposal had been considered by the External Artwork Committee, who were now making a recommendation to the Campus Planning Committee as set forth in that policy. Photographs of the recommended sculpture were distributed along with the site recommendation at the Green Music Center. Phil McGough asked how many of the committee members had seen the piece itself rather than just a photograph. Deborah DuVall stated that about half the members had visited the existing site. Mr. McGough stated that he didn’t feel that a piece should be approved by a photograph. Larry Furukawa-Schlereth made the motion that the campus should approve the acceptance of this donation. The motion was approved with two abstentions.

Information Kiosks Location

Lynn McIntyre informed the committee of conversations taking place on campus around the need for more places to display information such as posters advertising events and programs, campus maps and other such materials. These groups would like to see more information kiosks which provide the option to include lighting and public telephones. Although the Campus Planning Committee had previously approved two locations and a design standard for such kiosks, Lynn presented a suggested list of future locations. The locations included:

The committee felt that we should also place one in the Stevenson-Darwin Quadrangle ,since it is an active gathering spot, but place it closer to a building so the views and open space would not be affected.

The committee approved this proposal unanimously.

Salazar Building Roof Profile

Bruce Walker informed the committee about a new proposal to install an Evaporative Direct/Indirect Cooling mechanical system on the roof of the Ruben Salazar Building when redesigned. This system would allow for a smaller draw on the Central Plant Chilled Water System and would be more energy efficient and, therefore, more economical in operations. The architectural effect of this system would be more significant, however. Instead of the original design of six foot high mechanical units on the roof, there would be thirteen plus foot high mechanical units. The height of these units would require architectural screening. Christopher Dinno from the Facilities Planning, Design and Construction Office showed the committee a model of the Salazar Building with the two different mechanical units and a suggested method of architectural screening. Although the committee unanimously agreed that energy efficiency and economy of systems operation were a primary concern, there was also concern about the method of architectural screening. The committee was willing to approve the change to the Evaporative Direct/Indirect Cooling system, but wanted the Facilities staff to develop a more detailed view of the architectural screening. It was agreed that the architectural details would be presented to President Arminana for his approval before instigating the design.

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