Renderings have been released, showing the futuristic design planned for the Career Education Complex at San Jose City College, San Jose. These new designs come from Steinberg Hart, an international architecture firm with roots in San Jose extending back to the 1950s. Once complete, it will offer facilities for career education courses and a welcoming environment for the rest of the campus. The spaceship-like complex is expected to cost $112 million for completion.
Two single-story industrial buildings, currently used for classrooms and laboratories, will be demolished to make way, with a third remaining. The four-story development is expected to yield around 125,000 square feet. Forty thousand square feet will come from the aforementioned building’s renovation, while 85,000 square feet will be from the new facility. The structure will include new classrooms, computer labs, and other labs for medical education, business, and information disciplines.
The two builds will be connected by an outdoor crossword connector, designed to allow outdoor learning. This will be elevated by its bold cantilevered surrounding, which will help provide open space protected from rain and sun. The renderings suggest that its recessed curtain wall facade will have a transparent glass, increasing natural lighting inside. Its angular exterior makes way for rounded spaces within, like in the welcoming atrium.
Rob Barthelman, Principal-in-Charge at Steinberg Hart, said, “…The complex will enable the college to cultivate an even more powerful connection with the local community, including major area employers such as Adobe, Cisco, and Google, who stand to benefit from the talents of SJCC Career Education graduates.”
Katia McClain, Managing Principal for Steinberg Hart’s San Jose office, said, “this project reflects an expansion of the work we’ve been doing with the SJECC District for more than 20 years…This history and our local relationships uniquely qualify us to understand the needs of the community and deliver a project that is designed to foster greater learning outcomes.”
This complex is the flagship project in three-fourths of a billion-dollar bond program for the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District. The program, which passed in 2016 with 65% approval, is aimed to fund capital improvements that improve the campuses and classrooms.
The design process has already started, with groundbreaking expected by June of 2021. General Contractor Flint Builders will be responsible for the construction, which is expected to finish by January 2024.