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1901 Marketplace, Housing and New Concessions at Spanos: A Facilities Update

From the renovation of Cal Poly’s primary food service and production facility and the creation of a concessions pavilion at Spanos Stadium to increasing the amount of faculty and staff housing available near campus, the Cal Poly Corporation has a number of major capital projects moving forward.

1901 Marketplace
Renovation work on 1901 Marketplace continued to move along with significant progress this fall. The $30 million project is still on track to open for the 2023-24 academic year.

Part of CPC’s $80 million investment in the campus, the reimagined 1901 Marketplace will be home to nine separate food venues, including some Campus Dining originals as well as national favorites like Panda Express and Chick-fil-A.

The venues at 1901 Marketplace will each focus on a unique culinary niche, with healthy, allergen-free and customizable options. Campus Dining plans to introduce a variety of new in-house concepts, such as Mediterranean, Mexican and sandwich choices. The facility will also house a large community space that will feature local shops pop-ups, vendors and Cal Poly groups. Additionally, to take advantage of the temperate San Luis Obispo weather, there will be plentiful outdoor seating.  

Faculty and Staff Housing
This past summer CPC put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design and creation of a new faculty and staff housing project at the corner of Slack Street and Grand Avenue. By the close date in September a number of proposals had been received. Following a thorough review and interview process that list was narrowed down to a short list of finalists by the end of October. CPC is in negotiations with a developer and a general contractor to start pre-construction work this winter.

The planned project will include a roughly 200-unit community, using 8-10 acres of the 22-acre parcel on the corner of the Grand Avenue entrance to campus. The development is being designed to create a faculty and staff community that is closely connected with campus with condominiums for rent and single-family homes available for faculty and staff to buy starting in 2025.

The Corporation is also finalizing an RFP for a design-builder for a third faculty and staff housing development located off Highway 1 near Highland Drive, which will follow the Slack and Grand project.

Spanos Stadium Concessions Pavilion
The planned concessions pavilion in Spanos Stadium is moving forward. Located behind the north endzone, the pavilion will feature four distinct terraced levels and a large upper concourse with food and beverage service, along with table and seating areas. Designed to create a beautiful open air concessions space for athletics and live events, the area will also be available as a mid-day food hub for students and staff in that area of campus. The design process is wrapping up and construction is set to begin spring 2023.