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SAN JOSE, CA – Dwight Bentel Hall will be closed through Aug. 29 due to water damage. The building is home to San Jose State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
University officials have temporarily relocated classes and faculty offices. In addition, officials will temporarily relocate Spartan Daily, the student newspaper. The DBH closure affects approximately 28 faculty members and 1,250 students.
Construction crews have been renovating the 103-year-old building over the summer. The water damage, discovered Aug. 19, occurred in DBH’s east wing. The cause was a leak in a steam distribution system that runs beneath the building.
SJSU’s Environmental Health and Safety staff conducted an immediate review. Materials were removed, the affected area was sealed off, and efforts were initiated to eliminate residual moisture using industrial fans and dehumidifiers.
San Jose State University — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 32,000 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.