University and local government officials gathered in front of the new building located at 304 S St. for an opening ceremony and welcome tour Tuesday. Sacramento State University President Robert Nelson says the expansion has been planned for more than 30 years.
"This is about our students and about our community," Nelson said. "And to be able to serve our community, I can't think of any better joy in the world."
Nelson says the building will house several professional programs, the Institute of Social Research, as well as Community Education. Phil Serna, who serves on the Board of Supervisors and is a Sacramento State graduate, says he is proud to see the building open to serve students downtown.
Initially, the new building will accommodate about 200 students, but as many as 300 students will be able to take classes there in the future. The building will house the Institute of Social Research, Community Education and several professional programs.
Phil Serna, who serves on the Board of Supervisors and is a Sac State graduate, says the building is a perfect addition to downtown.
"To include a downtown campus is really a phenomenal addition to the fabric of our city," Serna said.