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SDSU's EIS Complex is scheduled to open in January 2018. SDSU's EIS Complex is scheduled to open in January 2018.
 


Fall Campus Construction Update

SDSU will welcome the campus community back to a transforming campus on Aug. 28.
By Katie White
 

As students, faculty and staff return to San Diego State University for the fall 2017 semester, they may notice some changes to its appearance. During the summer, crews moved forward on several construction and beautification projects while South Campus Plaza saw the opening of a much-awaited restaurant and retail store.

Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex

The EIS Complex is on schedule for a January 2018 opening. Construction will wrap up by the end of the fall semester and faculty will move into their labs and classrooms during winter break.

“What’s unique about the lab spaces within the EIS Complex is that all of them are set up to be interdisciplinary, with physically open layouts to facilitate increased intellectual flow between labs,” said Stephen Welter, SDSU’s vice president for research and dean of Graduate Affairs. “This structure encourages novel collaborations at the boundaries of disciplines as our faculty pursue innovative solutions to problems facing our world and society.”

The EIS Complex will also hold the university’s first on-campus functional MRI (fMRI) brain imaging machine, which is scheduled to be installed next month. The device measures brain activity and can be used to investigate normal cognitive functioning as well as disorders such as autism and Alzheimer’s disease. The EIS building will also house the William E. Leonhard Entrepreneurship Center, containing the Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad and Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.

Tenochca Hall Renovations

Construction crews have been working on numerous upgrades to Tenochca Hall. They have torn down the program space and are in the process of rebuilding an improved version, which will be shared by residents in Maya, Olmeca and Tenochca halls. Students will be able to move into Tenochca Hall during move-in this semester. The shared program space is expected to be completed by the fall of next year.

“Our crews worked diligently to update the public spaces and corridors within Tenochca Hall with new flooring and lighting and give the lounge spaces a complete overhaul,” said Robert Schulz, associate vice president of operations and university architect. “All of these upgrades will improve the student residential experience and create an environment that fosters learning and a sense of belonging at the university.”

Centennial Mall

After a major overhaul last year that included turf and plant removal, crews recently added additional space for seating and socializing.

You may also notice a construction fence between Manchester Hall and Student Services West. Crews there are installing a plaque to honor Karen (‘69) and Christopher “Kit” (‘60) Sickels as part of the larger Sickels Plaza. The two long-time SDSU supporters recently pledged more than $1 million to the university. Their gift will support scholarships and the President’s Leadership Fund.

South Campus Plaza

Those who haven’t been to campus since May, will notice Eureka! and Trader Joe’s are now open. The Trader Joe’s grocery store occupies a 10,200-square-foot space at the northwest corner of College Avenue and Lindo Paseo. Eureka!, a restaurant, occupies a 4,000-square-foot space in the north tower of South Campus Plaza, with an outdoor dining area overlooking Campus Green and the SDSU Transit Center. Several other retailers, including Broken Yolk Café, Epic Wings N’ Things, Which Wich and GoWireless are currently building out their spaces inside South Campus Plaza and are expected to open in the coming months.

Gender Neutral Restrooms

During the past year, SDSU added several public gender-neutral restrooms, bringing the campus total to more than 20. Both Zura Hall and South Campus Plaza have gender-neutral restrooms for their residents. The most recent addition to the growing list is a multi-stall restroom located in the 24-hour area of Love Library. Once completed, the EIS Complex will also have a gender-neutral restroom available.