It's been 71 years since Sac State first opened its doors, but come next year there's going to be a new "front door."
That's how university officials at a Thursday ground-breaking ceremony described a new welcome center to be constructed next to the new university parking garage near the arboretum at the J Street entrance.
"It's a space where we say, 'You're welcome at Sac State. You’re gonna be part of our family. We can't wait to have you as our family,'" university President Robert Nelsen said during the ceremony.
This is just one of several planned improvements to Sacramento campus. School officials said they are looking ahead to expansion of student housing, a new engineering building, and renovation of older lecture halls.
The welcome center is being built by Clark Pacific of by West Sacramento. That company also built that latest Sact State parking garage last spring.
The project is slated to cost $6.8 million, and it's expected to be finished in time for the spring 2020 semester.