Cal Maritime to Open Multi-Use Center in Downtown Vallejo
(Vallejo, California – October 12, 2018) – California State University Maritime Academy's Enterprise Services arm is leasing 14,000 square feet on Georgia Street in downtown Vallejo. The new Cal Maritime Anchor Center will be home to community educational programming and rental space for outside organizations.
The property, located at 253 and 255 Georgia Street, will also be activated to facilitate renovation and renewal of the main campus in the coming years.
"The configuration of the facility will be useful as surge space in concert with the expansion plans laid out in the campus physical master plan which was approved last summer by the California State University Board of Trustees," said Mark Goodrich, Associate Vice President for Enterprise Services. "The location will be used to augment and enhance Cal Maritime's core academic mission with strong benefit to the Vallejo community as well."
It has been a goal of the City Council to bring new energy and life to the downtown. The City of Vallejo welcomes the use of this space, furthering enthusiasm for the "College Town Vallejo" movement launched in 2015.
"The space, which is split over two addresses, contains a large gathering area for events and two breakout rooms, as well as more traditional classroom spaces with small testing areas," said Krysta Kasinski, Director of Conference and Events. "The largest room can accommodate approximately 100 people, depending on configuration and event type."
The location of the building – two blocks from the Ferry Building and directly behind the Vallejo Transit Center – makes it a convenient location for people in the region. The Center will be fully-operational on January 1, 2019.
"I believe the opening of this new Center will help foster cooperation and collaboration between the Academy and the City of Vallejo," said Cal Maritime President Tom Cropper. "Many of our cadets, faculty, and administrators are already engaged and deeply involved in volunteer and civic activities in Vallejo and surrounding communities. This downtown Center can serve as an anchor for us to deepen that relationship and also contribute to the ongoing renewal of our historic downtown."
"Infusing students, faculty and staff into the downtown will naturally create synergy and align with the excitement we are seeing on Mare Island and across Vallejo," said City Manager Greg Nyhoff. "Downtown folds into the vision for Mare Island and the Waterfront, but today, it is downtown's turn to be a part of the Up Bay Boom."