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CSUB breaks ground on new plaza named for former Mayor Harvey Hall

Posted at 8:14 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 11:16:44-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Students and friends will soon have another place to gather at Cal State University, Bakersfield, as officials break ground on a new family plaza named after former Mayor Harvey Hall.

It's been over two years since the death of former Mayor Harvey Hall, who founded Hall Ambulance and died on May 19, 2018 due to complications with Creutzfeldt-jakob disease.

Now his legacy will carry on the campus of CSUB.

CSUB President Dr. Lynnette Zelezny joined Lavonne C. Hall on the concourse of the Icardo Center Tuesday afternoon for an intimate ceremony to break ground on the Harvey L. Hall Family Plaza project.

"Harvey and I talked about having a place here at the university that would carry our name, mainly because we always wanted to help the university. Harvey loved this university,” said Lavonne C. Hall, Harvey's wife and President/CEO of Hall Ambulance.

Previously announced in 2019, plans for the Harvey L. Hall Family Plaza originally envisioned an improved gathering place for students and Roadrunner fans attending athletic and university events at the Icardo Center.

In the time since, with the help of campus leadership, that concept transformed into a renovation that benefits both CSUB Athletics as well as the campus.

Tuesday's groundbreaking is the next step toward marking the Harvey L. Hall Family Plaza a physical reality. Construction is slated to begin in November and is expected to finish by spring of 2021.