Fall Campus Construction Update

SDSU College of Sciences

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 ComplexThe 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 RenovationsConstruction 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 …

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