Modern Athletic Facility for First CSU Campus
San Jose State University is a booming metropolitan university based in Silicon Valley. Established in 1857, it is the oldest public university on the West Coast and founding campus of the California State University system. San Jose State University’s new Student Recreation and Aquatic Center (SRAC) heralds the university’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art athletic amenities that promote active, healthy living for ~40,000 Spartans and faculty members. The SRAC is centrally located on the main campus and is comprised of a 120,000 SF gymnasium and 40,000 SF outdoor aquatics deck supporting two 50-meter pools. Additional amenities include weight and fitness studios, an indoor track, full basketball, badminton and volleyball courts, a rock climbing wall, and locker rooms.
Holmes Fire provided a tailor-made fire and life safety strategy for the project, working closely with the architect from a code consulting standpoint to accommodate two-story atria, egress paths across expansive mixed-use floor plans, and recreational deck occupancy. Holmes Fire also gained approval from the state fire marshal for a cost-effective alternative solution that addressed protection of the building’s HVAC system. Holmes Fire was further involved during the construction phase, providing fire and life safety guidance and addressing the state fire marshal’s comments and issues that arose during the inspection process.