UC ANR Vice President Barbara Allen-Diaz, announced that UC ANR will be consolidating more than 150 employees into one location in East Davis.
UC ANR has reached an agreement with John Buckel and Rod Johnson of Capital Partners Development Company and Sam, Gwen and Jeff Harrison of the Davis Indoor Sports Center, LLC, for the purchase and renovation of the building located at 2801 Second Street in Davis. MFDB Architects is the project architect, Harrison Construction Company is the general contractor, and Jim Gray and Nahz Anvary of Cassidy Turley are the brokers. Construction will be starting soon and occupancy is expected by year’s end.
Originally built as an indoor roller hockey rink, and later used as the temporary home of the Yolo County Library and the Explorit Science Center, the building will become the administrative home for UC ANR’s statewide programs. Interior renovations are planned for the existing approximately 33,000 square feet, and 9,600 square feet of a partial second floor will to be installed in the rink portion of the building.
“With our administrative and statewide program staff co-located in one building in Davis, we will be able to work more efficiently to meet the needs of Californians statewide,” said Allen-Diaz. “We also anticipate savings on energy and other costs by renovating an existing building to meet LEED Certified Interior standards.”
UC ANR’s statewide programs include Cooperative Extension advisors located in 57 counties as well as nine Research and Extension Centers in different ecosystems from the Oregon border to the Imperial Valley. UC ANR also manages a number of well-known statewide programs whose administrative offices will be located in the new building including:
· Integrated Pest Management Program,
· Master Gardener Program,
· 4-H Youth Development, and
· The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).
“The City of Davis is thrilled to welcome UC ANR, a leader in developing solutions for healthier food systems and environments,” said Ken Hiatt, director of Community Development and Sustainability Department. “Co-location of their disciplines into a single 42,000 SF facility is a creative and efficient adaptive reuse, filling one of the largest vacant buildings in town.”
For more information about UC ANR, visit http://ucanr.edu.
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