HSU Begins Renovation of Historic Trinity Annex, Plans to Complete New Children’s Center and Child Development Lab by Next Year | Lost Coast Outpost

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NOTE: HSU told the Outpost that hazmat abatement was completed prior to recent construction to remove any asbestos from the building.

Humboldt State University recently broke ground on the renovation of the historic Trinity Annex, located just off campus at 14th and B streets. The extensive renovation and expansion will be the future home of the children’s center and the university’s child development laboratory; the project is expected to be completed in June 2023.

This week, demolition and abatement efforts are underway, as contractor S&B James removes hazardous materials, demolishes buildings, cleans up landscaping and begins lead paint abatement. The full scope of the project includes the demolition of the dilapidated east wing of the building, but retaining the aesthetics of the original west-facing facade. Additional square footage for the Child Development Lab will come from a new wing and main entrance that complements the existing architecture. When completed, the renovated annex site will house the children’s classrooms, staff offices, education space, support spaces and play areas.

“Over the past year and a half, we have worked with the staff and teachers of the Children’s Center and Child Development Department to design a space that meets their growing needs and blends seamlessly into the landscape of the neighborhood,” said Jason Baugh, Facilities Management Project Manager. Additionally, the University worked closely with the Secretary of Interior Standards to assess the site for significant impacts on historic resources and aesthetics.

Originally constructed in 1944, the building served as Trinity Hospital until 1972. After being purchased by the University, the annex was used as a classroom until the early 2000s and, more recently repurposed for campus storage. Despite the weight of age and underuse, the original structure of ancient redwoods has preserved the annex to the extent that renovation is possible.

The project is partially funded by $8.6 million from the state budget, allocated by California State University in 2019. The total project budget will exceed $14 million with additional funding coming from the university and other project sources.

The renovated children’s center will include expanded outdoor play areas and provide better access for families using the center by bus, bike or on foot. The city bus stop serving the Center will be moved from 14th to B Street and short-term parking will be reserved for pick-up and drop-off.

“The new facility will allow us to increase our ability to provide high-quality child care services to families in the university community, as well as training opportunities for the many student assistants we employ,” said the director of the Center for children, Betsy Wilson.

Established in 1971, the HSU Children’s Center has continuously provided high quality, affordable, subsidized child care and early education programs for children ages three months to five years of students, staff, and families of faculty at HSU. In addition to providing a wide range of comprehensive family services, the Children’s Center also employs student assistants as supervised “teachers-in-training” each semester.

For 54 years, HSU’s Child Development Lab has been a special environment designed to provide a preschool model for children, create a center of learning for college students and faculty, support and educate parents of young children, and serve as a research and teaching center at Humboldt. State.

“We are excited to see this project move into a new phase,” says Hyun-Kyung You, Professor of Child Development and Lab Program Manager. “The new facility will feature indoor and outdoor spaces that are developmentally appropriate and culturally unique for young children, continuing our legacy with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) beyond licensing regulations. state-level child care. Additionally, this facility, equipped with the latest technology, will greatly enhance our students’ hands-on learning experiences as they teach preschoolers and learn from their relationships.

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