Summer is the best time to be on the Chico State University campus. It feels like you have all 119 acres all to yourself.
This summer, which is rapidly ending as students arrive in town this week, was even quieter than normal on campus.
For the first time in what seems like forever, there wasn’t a major construction project underway.
There’s been a string of multiyear, multimillion-dollar buildings going up on campus. Last summer, the campus was putting the finishing touches on the Arts and Humanities Building, which replaced the old Taylor Hall next to Madison Bear Garden. That project cost $58 million and took nearly three years to finish.
Before that, it was a parking structure and new university police station on Second Street. Before that, a beautiful new dormitory, Sutter Hall, on the north end of campus. Before that, the new Student Services Center, the Wildcat Activity Center and the redesign of what was once First Street…