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 signs one of the beams used to top out the Interdisciplinary Science Building.

SAN JOSE—The Interdisciplinary Science Building on the San Jose State University campus is the first new academic building on campus in more than 30 years and the first new science facility in almost 50 years. McCarthy Building Companies Inc., in collaboration with FLAD Architects, recently celebrated the topping out milestone.

“The topping out of the Interdisciplinary Science Building brings us one step closer to a new era of science at San Jose State University,” said Michael Kaufman, college of science dean. “Having a building designed to carry out 21st Century science with modern, adaptable collaborative spaces will be transformative for the college of science, and provides an opportunity for students and faculty to approach scientific questions in a way that will propel the university to new heights.”

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of 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.

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