President Papazian signs one of the beams that will be used to top out the Interdisciplinary Science Building, the first new academic building at SJSU in more than 30 years. At San Jose State University in San Jose/ SJSU president Mary Papazian signsone of the beams used to top out the Interdisciplinary ScienceBuilding.

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SAN JOSE—The Interdisciplinary Science Building on the San JoseState University campus is the first new academic building oncampus in more than 30 years and the first new science facility inalmost 50 years. McCarthy Building Companies Inc., in collaborationwith FLAD Architects, recently celebrated the topping outmilestone.

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"The topping out of the Interdisciplinary Science Buildingbrings us one step closer to a new era of science at San Jose StateUniversity," said Michael Kaufman, college of science dean. "Havinga building designed to carry out 21st Century science with modern,adaptable collaborative spaces will be transformative for thecollege of science, and provides an opportunity for students andfaculty to approach scientific questions in a way that will propelthe university to new heights."

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The eight-story design-build project will serve the 3,000undergraduate and graduate students within the college of sciencesand STEM majors from across the university. In addition, theInterdisciplinary Science Building will provide opportunities forstudents and faculty to collaborate with Silicon Valley industrypartners.

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It is the first phase of San Jose State University's new SciencePark, a science and innovation center highlighting the university'scommitment to research and innovation. In addition to research andteaching labs, the facility will feature specified rooms providedfor student research teams to work away from chemicals andinstrument setups to discuss the results of projects called"collaboratories".

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Each floor of the Interdisciplinary Science Building will alsoinclude collaborative hubs. Throughout its 161,200 square feet, thebuilding will contain science laboratories and researchcapabilities in order to meet the needs of students within thedisciplines of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology andcomputing.

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"The new ISB aims to transform the way science principles aretaught and boost the university's student offerings to new heightswith a top-tier facility," said Jack Carter, McCarthy's projectdirector. "The design-build delivery is a critical component indelivering a superior building that meets the project's goals ofmaking research, teaching and collaboration inseparable. The endproduct will be an exceptional building that provides modernresearch experiences."

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The project is targeting LEED Gold in order to meet thesustainability objectives of the San Jose State University campus.The project touts several sustainable design and targetedconstruction features that support a LEED Gold certification.Registered under LEED v4, the building's sustainability highlightsinvolve its location close to downtown San Jose to allow students,faculty and staff access to nearby public transportation optionsand basic services. The building also interacts with itssurrounding community by minimizing the impact on the local heatisland by incorporating a cool roof and light-colored paving andhardscape materials coupled with vegetative areas and tree shading,Andrew Murray, McCarthy's ISB project director, tellsGlobeSt.com.

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"Energy performance is a fundamental component of anysustainable project," he tells GlobeSt.com. "The design isestimated to reduce the building annual energy consumption toapproximately 92 kBtu/ft/two years, representing an annual energyuse reduction of approximately 32% against the baseline building,which was found to use ~156 kBtu/ft/two years.

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The project is also connected to a recycled water line fornon-potable needs such as toilet and urinal flushing that resultsin 89.21% potable water use reduction when compared to conventionalfixtures using potable water. The indoor air quality will beprotected during construction and for building occupants by theinclusion of low-emitting materials that have been tested accordingto the California Department of Health's standards for volatileorganic compounds emissions. Additional features includeEnvironmental Product Declaration, Health Product Declaration andrecycled content materials.

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The design-build team is currently in the process of completingthe final structural elements of the building and transitioninginto the building enclosure and interior build-out phases, whichentail fireproofing, framing and drywall. Quickly following, themajor interior build-out activities will start and almostconcurrently, installing and completing the exterior skinsystem.

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"McCarthy is self-performing the concrete and rough carpentrywork packages, which includes all of the formwork and concreteplacement for the structural foundations, walls, slab-on-grade,elevated decks and mechanical pads," Murray tells GlobeSt.com. "Theability to self-perform different work packages allows McCarthy toset the safety and quality tone across the whole project."

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The project is utilizing various forms of prefabricated systems,such as pipe racks, bathroom carriers, ductwork and lab casework.Prefabricating these elements in a controlled environment ensureshigh levels of quality, reduced waste and a safer environment.Fewer parts and pieces to assemble onsite leads to fasterinstallation time in the field and less disruption among teams foraccess while installing. The overall benefits provide higherquality with faster construction durations and reduced costs,GlobeSt.com learns.

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"To address the best way to incorporate research and studentlearning within the same space, the departmental vision of'stickiness' became a concept of the design, and the building'scapacity to engage occupants over an extended time has been aguiding principle in this effort," Murray tells GlobeSt.com. "Withthat goal, the ISB is conceived as an extended learningenvironment, leveraging basic program components to enhancecommunication and interaction."

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Three planning principles are central to this concept:

  • Integrated research activities in proximity to the learningenvironment provides insight through visual connection, createsunderstanding of vocational possibility and through the presence ofresearchers during extended hours, provides a degree ofoversight.
  • Dedicated areas for student collaboration are given pride ofplace in plan and visual prominence in the composition. These roomsface directly onto the Paseo and create a student-centered publicface for the building.
  • Understanding that true collaboration is inherent in researchenvironments, areas directly adjacent to the laboratories have beendesigned to provide an opportunity for collegial exchange andbenefit from shared daylight and direct visual connection to thelaboratories.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.