For eight decades, Yoshihiro Uchida Hall and Spartan Complex have housed programs that taught generations of students how to stay healthy and help others to do the same. It’s time to return the favor.
A $54.7 million bond-financed renovation of the entire wing will improve and modernize accessibility, electrical, data, heat and cooling systems, and offices and classrooms over a total of 171,000 square feet.
Construction begins this term, and continues through 2015, with the goal of boosting academic quality, enriching the student experience, providing a healthy learning environment and supporting community alliances.
The project is split into two phases, with phase one involving the renovation and seismic upgrade of Yoshihiro Uchida Hall and Annex, and phase two completing the seismic renovation with SPX Central and SPX East.
Plans for YUH include a new home for SJSU’s judo program, which has a long history of spawning Olympians. The Department of Kinesiology will also receive a state-of the-art instructional weight training classroom, exercise physiology research lab, stress management lab and classroom, dedicated athletic training classroom and lab and refurbished instructional gymnasium. The departments of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism Management, Mexican-American Studies and Athletics will also benefit from the improvements.
For the short term, all this means some shuffling of faculty member offices and classrooms while construction is underway. This includes a handful of SJSU Gymnastics meets that will be held at the Event Center this term.
No student tuition or fees will be spent on this project. Funding is provided through bonds sold by the state of California for capital improvement projects statewide, including those within the California State University system.
Because state funding is available for construction only, SJSU is raising funds for new and upgraded equipment and furnishings as well as on-going program support for the 10,000 students who take classes in these buildings annually.
For more information, please contact Director of Development Lane Jimison at (408) 924-1142.