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Background facts about the Heckmann Center

Background facts about the Heckmann Center

(March 23, 2001)

The Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management will operate under the auspices of the A.Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management's (AGSM) Center for Entrepreneurial Management at the University of California, Riverside. The Center for Entrepreneurial Management at AGSM was created in 1995 to address the growing demand for entrepreneurial education in business school throughout the world as well as within the private and public sectors.

The Heckmann Center which broke ground March 23, is expected to 20 acres of a 200-acre campus built in cooperation with UCR, the City of Palm Desert, which donated the land, and the California State University, San Bernardino. The center will be built in two phases.

Phase I: The 21,209-square-foot Heckmann Center will be constructed on about seven acres at the southwest corner of the parcel on Frank Sinatra Drive and Cook Street. This building will include teaching and meeting rooms, teleconferencing and distance learning spaces, computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, and center support rooms. Construction completion is targeted for fall 2002. The Heckmann Foundation is expected to build this phase with non-state funds at a cost of about $7.8 million. At completion, the foundation and the Palm Desert Redevelopment Agency will convey the building title to the University of California with an option to acquire the adjacent 13 acres.

Phase II: UCR is requesting $10 million in state funds to design and build of a 23,600-square-foot, $6.5 million educational facility, and for infrastructure improvements to the center as a whole. The facility plans call for a 350-seat conference assembly space, teleconferencing and distance learning area, class and meeting rooms, computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, and support areas. The Expected completion of the Phase II facility is spring 2004. An added $3.5 million are being requested for on- and off-site improvements such as roadway widening, curbs and gutters, traffic signals, utilities such as water and sewer mains, storm drains, and fire hydrants. These improvements are expected to be developed in conjunction with CSUSB to ensure coordinated development of the site.

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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