San Jose State University, Spartan Complex Seismic Upgrade

San Jose, California

Design team:
Chiao Hsieh Clerkin (Principal), Sean Clerkin (Project Architect), Scott Harper (Project Manager)

The project reconstructed four adjacent buildings, providing for the next phase of their life and exemplifying the nature of the four departments from four colleges: movement and fluidity. It was a full renovation that upgraded and modernized all ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$298.00FEATURED IN2017 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation systems—seismic, accessibility, life safety, energy management, and HVAC.
The original buildings were constructed more than 30 years ago of cast-in-place concrete and did not meet the university’s curricular needs, energy use or pedagogical evolution.
Two significant design challenges were identified. In Phase 1, the original gym and new judo dojo were to host conference events, but visitors could gain access only from the second floor. The solution was to split the building in two and provide a glass-faced lobby with an adjacent green terrace. The second challenge was in Phase 2, regarding dance performance space. It was poorly situated and limited in use. It was moved next to the entry to provide direct access and visibility. Glass was added at the rear stage to make rehearsals visible from the east-west campus walk.
The addition elements are curvilinear in form, contrasting the blank solidity of the original structures and emphasizing the body in motion.