San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif., recently completed renovations and seismic upgrades to Yoshihiro Uchida Hall, a multi-purpose athletic and academic facility.
The new facility, which features a refurbished Judo activity space, updated weight training classroom, exercise physiology research lab, stress management lab and classroom, aquatic center, updated instructional gymnasium, and a new air conditioning and fire sprinkler system, is part of a $48 million project to improve and modernize the university’s 176,062-square-foot historic Spartan Complex. The work was completed by Sundt Construction Inc.
“We aimed to retain the architectural integrity of the existing building while improving the complex’s aesthetics with color, appropriate exterior skin materials and electrical systems,” said Sundt project manager Jason Hughes. “These upgrades not only will improve the safety for students, faculty and staff in the event of an earthquake, but also enhance their daily comfort with the updated operating systems.”
Uchida Hall is the first of four buildings to be completed at the Spartan Complex, which includes Uchida Hall and Uchida Natatorium, Uchida Hall Annex, Spartan Complex Central and Spartan Complex East. In a nod to sustainability, the Spartan Complex upgrades incorporate recycled content, low emitting materials, sustainable roofing elements and increased insulation. Construction for the entire complex is expected to be completed in late 2015.