Cal Maritime celebrated another milestone in an overarching goal of beautifying and improving the safety of its campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-reconstructed pathway between upper and lower campus along Maritime Academy Drive, Thursday, March 3.  President Tom Cropper, VP of Administration Franz Lozano, and Director of Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction Tom Van Pelt thanked the community for its patience during the construction phase as well as the various partners for their collaboration in designing and completing it. 

“The most important thing we’ve done here is to create safety,” said Cropper. “Safety is important in our profession and it’s important on our campus as well,” he added. He noted that campus beautification is an important goal too. “Beautifying the campus and unifying what we’ve done here with other parts of the campus, and creating a place where we all want to come--cadets, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors—it's fantastic.” 

MAD Cadet Walking

The newly-renovated pathway between upper and lower campus features a concrete walking surface, new lighting, and improved landscaping.

The walkway replaces the aging, elevated walkway with a easily navigable stamped concrete pathway, abundant landscaping, new lighting bench waystations. 

Video by Otto Construction

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.