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Summer Sees Long List of Campus Enhancement Projects Beginning at Cal Poly

Contact: Aaron Lambert

805-234-4644; [email protected]

Madden Football Center rendering
The John Madden Football Center is among the plethora of campus improvements planned or underway this summer at Cal Poly. It honors Madden, an alumnus and former student athlete (baseball and football) who when on to become a NFL Hall of Fame coach and television football analyst.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Summer at Cal Poly is bustling with nearly a dozen major capital projects in support of the university’s Master Plan. The projects include building the John Madden Football Center, reconfiguring the Administration Building parking lot, renovating the interior of the University Union, expanding the Technology Park, and beginning the Kennedy Library transformation.

While these developments are intended to enhance the quality of university life, they may create temporary inconveniences for employees, students and campus visitors. To assist in navigating these changes, a comprehensive list of the projects that might impact traffic and parking is listed below.

John Madden Football Center

Work begins: Summer

Parking impacts: C3 and C4 lots closed June 19

Road impacts: College Avenue, Sept. 21-Nov. 1; Dec. 18-Feb 14, 2024

South Perimeter Road, June 19-Sept. 15

map showing A-1 parking lot project
The parking lot adjacent to the Administration Building (No. 1) will be reconfigured to improve vehicular flow.

A1 Parking Lot Reconfiguration

Work began: June

Parking impacts: A1 parking lot closed June 26 through late fall 2023

University Union Renovations

Work began: June

Building impacts: The entire first floor of the building will be closed from June 19 to Sept. 14, including the Craft Center, Multi-Cultural Center, Starbucks, Market University Union, Mustang Station, Red Radish and Mustang Lanes. Starbucks will maintain service via a mobile unit located in the University Union Plaza during the closure.

Parking impacts: none

Road impacts: Poly View Road is expected to be closed to vehicle traffic, June 1-July 7. There will be no pedestrian impacts.

Sports Complex Road Repairs

Work began: June

Parking impacts: none

Road impacts: Flagging traffic to the Swine Unit

Agricultural Sciences Building (No. 11) Roof Replacement

Work began: June

Parking impacts: none

Road impacts: Intermittent flagging on University Drive adjacent to the building


rendering of Kennedy Library courtyard improvements
The Robert E. Kennedy project, which includes improvements to the facility's courtyard, will renovate the largest building on campus. Work gets underway in August — 43 years to the month after the building, named for a former university president, was originally completed.

Robert E. Kennedy Library Transformation

Work begins: Aug. 25, 2023

Parking impacts: Closure of the back end of C7 parking spaces, which will serve as a temporary study space throughout the project’s duration.

Several parking lot projects will also be taking place throughout the summer involving resealing, re-asphalting and restriping. The work will be completed in phases, with one lot impacted at a time. Specific dates for each lot closure have not yet been determined. Affected lots include G2, H4a, H4d, H4e, C2d, and C2c. For more information on parking lot closures, visit the Transportation and Parking Services webpage.

For a complete list of current capital projects visit the Project News page.

About Cal Poly

Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 21,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives.

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