Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project would include window replacements and exterior renovations of the existing FO2 in order to improve the building’s insulation as well as update the building’s exterior appearance to align with other buildings on campus.
The proposed 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. The key consideration is whether the project involves negligible or no expansion of use. 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 proposed project would not result in impacts to environmental resources. As such, the proposed project would be considered minor alteration to an existing facility and would be exempt under a Class 1 Categorical Exemption.