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Palm Desert Construction Begins

Construction of the UCR Palm Desert Campus Gets Underway

Completion of Two-Building Complex Scheduled for Spring 2005

(January 27, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — University of California, Riverside officials announce a celebration, Wednesday Jan. 28, marking the start of construction at the UCR Palm Desert Campus. Activities are scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the corner of Cook Street and Frank Sinatra Drive.

Among those on hand at the celebration will be UC Riverside Chancellor France Córdova, UC Riverside Executive Vice Chancellor William Jury, A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management Dean Rajiv Banker, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Richard A. Luben, USFilter founder Richard J. Heckmann, and representatives from the City of Palm Desert.

Joining UC Riverside officials at the dais will be Palm Desert Mayor Robert Spiegel and Palm Desert City Manager Carlos Ortega, an alumnus of UC Riverside. Members of the Palm Desert City Council will also be on hand.

Following the speakers, UC Riverside officials, California State University San Bernardino President Albert Karnig and College of the Desert President/Superintendent Maria C. Sheehan will sign a slab of wet concrete that will become part of the courtyard at the UCR Palm Desert Campus.

Heckmann donated $6 million to the construction of the 21,209-square-foot Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management. UC Riverside received $10 million in state funds to design and build a 23,600-square-foot, $6.5 million educational facility, and for infrastructure improvements to the campus as a whole.

Objectives for the Palm Desert Campus include establishing the Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management, offering several advanced degree programs such as environmental management, arts management, health care management, management of innovative organizations, global business enterprises, and international financial management. The campus will also develop a Technology Transfer Center to stimulate new technology based business start-ups in the Coachella Valley.

Douglas E. Barnhart, Inc. of San Diego is building the UCR Palm Desert Campus. When completed in March 2005, the campus will offer a unique opportunity to create an unprecedented model for higher education in the Coachella Valley, based on the missions and strengths of all three systems of public higher education in the state.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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