President Cropper giving speechCal Maritime celebrated another milestone in its growing physical plant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Navigator Building on Tuesday, September 14.  President Tom Cropper, VP of Administration and Finance Franz Lozano, and Robert Ussery, general superintendent of Otto Construction each took a turn speaking about the sense of accomplishment that comes with the completion of the project, particularly during the pandemic.

The 6,161 sq. ft., two-story building is based on the dimensions of a standard shipping container, which allowed for offsite modular construction of the structural steel.  The Navigator Building is home to three classrooms as well as the IT department and Help Desk. The classrooms were designed in consultation with students and faculty to offer collaborative ways for teaching and learning. Designed to accommodate about 40 students, each room has moveable furniture to encourage flexible work areas and small-group learning. With classes having begun last week, the new spaces were immediately pressed into service.

Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. The new oceanography degree program launched in the fall of 2020. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.