The Humboldt State University Wildlife Building was originally built in the mid-1950's to house programs in Fisheries and Game Management. In its day, it was considered the "state of the art." In order to meet the demands of the current programs and students, a plan was put forward to remodel the existing Wildlife Building and build an addition. Another part of the plan was to build a separate facility for storing the Fisheries Biology program's boats and field equipment. After spending several years in planning, the voters of California passed Proposition 203 and the project moved forward. The faculty and programs moved out of the old Wildlife Building during the summer of 1997. The remodeled building was completed in late spring of 1999. Faculty and students began their first semester in their new quarters in the fall of 1999. The new Boat Storage Facility (6,500 Gross SF) was constructed near the main campus in February 1999.
The new Wildlife and Fisheries Building provides much needed instructional and research space. A new two-story addition was built onto the front of the old existing Wildlife Building, which itself was completely renovated. The newly combined facility (25,286 assignable square feet and 41,040 gross square feet) is a vast improvement over the old Wildlife Building of 11,605 square feet. Once again, the Fisheries Biology program has a "state of the art" building. Fisheries Biology facilities in the new Wildlife and Fisheries Building include lecture rooms for classes, teaching labs for Limnology and Ichthyology, a modern Fish Collection to house the program's important fish collection, graduate and faculty research labs, and new or remodeled faculty offices. The most important and extensive improvements have been for faculty and graduate student research efforts. New laboratories are devoted to Age and Growth of Fishes, Fish Genetics, Fish Pathology, Fish Ecology & Taxonomy, and Wastewater Utilization & Water Quality. These new labs have state-of-the-art equipment and also provide cubicles or bench space for Fisheries Biology graduate students. In addition, the new building provides accommodations for the Cooperative Research Unit offices and graduate student research lab.
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