Liberal Arts 1 1st and 3rd Floor Renovation & PSY Minor Renovation


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)
Document Title
Liberal Arts 1 1st and 3rd Floor Renovation & PSY Minor Renovation
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed Project would renovate the 1st and 3rd floors of LA1 and a small portion of PSY. LA1, which was built in 1962, houses the Liberal Arts College’s advising department (ATLAS) as well as the Department of Geology. The purpose of the renovation is to address deferred maintenance, capital renewal, energy efficiency, and ADA compliance needs. First floor construction for ATLAS would include the installation of new doors, carpet, and paint, electrical, mechanical, and acoustical systems upgrades, installation of LED lighting, and the addition of a fire-rated ceiling over existing corridors, in order to complete renovations for a new waiting area, office upgrades, a new huddle room/kitchenette, a conference room, and Director offices. First floor construction for the Department of Geology would include new finishes, acoustical ceilings, HVAC registers, and AV equipment installation, in order to complete renovations for the waiting areas, a new main advising office, a new graduate student lounge, a conference room, a staff break room, a research room, and faculty offices. Restroom finishes would be upgraded, and additional fixtures installed, including drinking fountains. 3rd floor improvements for the Department of Geology would include accessibility upgrades, all new finishes, LED lighting, acoustic wall panels, and writable wall surfaces. PSY houses the Department of Psychology in addition to some space for the Department of Geology. The partial renovation of PSY would include a new wet lab and prep rooms, totaling approximately 1,110 square feet, in the southeast portion of the building on the 4th floor.

Contact Information

Melissa Soto
Agency Name
Program Planner, Capital Construction
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Long Beach
Los Angeles

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, Class 1 Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project would include interior renovations of the 1st and 3rd floors of the existing Liberal Arts 1 Building and partial renovations on the 4th floor within the Psychology building on the CSULB campus in order to address deferred maintenance, capital renewal, energy efficiency, and ADA compliance needs, as well as install a new wet lab and prep rooms. Renovations would require interior construction and finishes, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and fire services and installations, and built-in equipment and furnishings. The project is categorically exempt under Class 1 Existing Facilities, having met the qualifying criteria provided under CEQA Guidelines Section 15301. Class 1 consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. Section 15301 provides some, but does not limit project scope to, examples of such projects, including interior or exterior alterations involving such things as interior partitions, plumbing, and electrical conveyances. As detailed above, the proposed Project would be categorized under this description. In addition, with adherence to existing regulations and Best Management Practices that are employed on campus, the construction of the project would not result in impacts to environmental resources. As such, the proposed project would be considered an improvement to an Existing Facility and would be exempt under a Class 1 Categorical Exemption.


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