State Funding of Higher Education Construction Makes an Impact
Despite facing a year of budget cuts, community colleges have pushed construction forward through previously secured bond funding. As a result, C.W. Driver Companies was selected for the first design-build project funded by the state, a multidisciplinary facility at Long Beach City College.
“Colleges are being conservative with their facility investments and prioritizing the greatest needs while planning for the future,” said Dave Pintar, director of project development, C.W. Driver Cos.
Although California State University capital improvement plans were put on hold, private funding enabled projects, such as the Innovation and Instruction Building for CSU Dominguez Hills by C.W. Driver, to continue. Looking ahead, the 2021-2022 California State University budget includes an increase of $547.1 million to the ongoing general fund and an increase of $965 million to a one-time general fund, in part to support reoccurring and one-time CIP expenditures throughout the CSU system.
Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM.
In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.