San Jose State President, Mary Papazian, gave her annual welcome speech on Aug. 20 to the campus community, bringing forth good news concerning new facilities.
Papazian introduced a new solution for the critical campus housing issue.
“I am pleased to announce plans for Campus Village 3, which will feature 1,600 beds on the ground which is now Washburn Hall,” Papazian said.
The new campus village is expected to be 15 stories high, which will be taller than Campus Village 2.
“Two thirds of this will be apartment style units and earmarked for juniors and seniors, while the remaining third will be for first year students,” Papazian said.
The building is scheduled to break ground by this year and be ready for occupancy in about 18 months to two years.
Papazian also announced that food insecurity on campus will be improved by the establishment of a new food pantry. The university is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank for this initiative.
“Because a hungry student cannot be a successful student, we also have a new permanent food pantry that will open soon to serve our students,” Papazian said.
The new food pantry will be located in the Student Union however, the start date is yet to be confirmed.
Flor Sario, a business management information systems junior, said she is happy to hear about new plans on campus housing and food security.
As an intern at the Chicanx and Latinx Student Success Center, she said, “I am very excited for this year, hearing a lot of plans...I am trying to see how they are going to be implemented and connect to Chicanx students.”
The opening of the Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center has been long-awaited, Papazian addressed this also. “Our current hope is to have a grand opening in early April . . . that we should be able to provide membership information to staff and faculty by mid-late fall,” Papazian said.
The Aquatic Center will provide another gathering spot for the university community — especially students — to recreate, swim, exercise and keep fit.
The updated athletic facilities at South Campus are also now ready for student athletes to use. Golf, tennis, softball and soccer facilities are currently being completed while volleyball, baseball, track and field and football are next in line for completion.
Other than focusing on changes to student-centered facilities, the university is planning to build the first academic facility in 30 years for SJSU. A new science building called the Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB), is expected to be built at the south west quadrant of SJSU’s campus.
“This much needed science facility and innovative and forward-looking blending of teaching and research, will enhance interdisciplinary STEM education, and provide more opportunity for students and faculty to collaborate with our industry partners,” Papazian said.
The university expects the CSU to formally approve the design of the building next month and they hope the building will be ready for occupancy three years from now.
While bringing new facility to enhance the academic quality for STEM education, non-STEM students also hope to see their facilities being updated in the future.
“As an art student, we don’t necessarily get as much of a push as they do in the tech,” art history sophomore Jacqueline Friedland said. “It would be cool if they update those two [Art building and Gillis Hall] and gives us better facilities also."