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What is the overall project?

How will this be accomplished?

What is Phase 1 and how does it affect me?

How will the project affect each class of engineering students?

What is the commitment from the University regarding Phase 1 spaces?

Where will my program be moved during Phase 1?

How long are we expected to be in transition facilities?

Will the data on the current lab computers (ECC) be preserved when the labs transition over to the new location?

How do you plan to guarantee that the temporary facilities used by the engineering programs during the construction process provide a leading-edge quality education experience and do not sacrifice the quality of education of the classes of 2019-2022 for those of the future? Do you feel that the facilities will be equivalent to those currently in use? 

To whom may I address additional questions, comments, concerns regarding all of the above?


What is the overall project?

The University is investing in the creation of the largest and most complex facility to date. The overall campus, with the new facility being a key component, is known as the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation (SCDI). This will comprise four major buildings (New Construction, Heafey, Bergin, and Guadalupe Hall) as well as numerous other, smaller buildings throughout the main SCU campus housing all Engineering, Natural Science and Mathematics disciplines.

How will this be accomplished?

The dual goals of creating the new and renovated space in support of engineering, science and math requires a series of planned moves that will allow for the orderly creation of these new and renovated spaces. 

Phase 1 of the project will accomplish two goals:

Ensure that the departments affected by construction are moved to a location where their research, teaching and mission continues to operate at full capacity for the entirety of construction.

Ensure that the larger vision of the SCDI is allowed to move forward, including the construction of the new building and the renovation of Heafey/Bergin.

Phase 2 will include the demolition of current Engineering buildings and the construction of the new 270,000 sq. ft. facility that serves as the center of SCDI. 

What is Phase 1 and how does it affect me?

Phase 1 will move the School of Engineering out of Bannan Engineering, Bannan Labs and Mechanical Engineering (Murphy) to new campus locations for the duration of the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation construction period. Phase 1 spaces have been designed to support the teaching, labs, student spaces, and office spaces necessary to continue the mission of the School of Engineering.

How will the project affect each class of engineering students?

Class of 2022 – The fall term of their first year will be both in existing space and new Phase 1 spaces. By the winter term, all existing spaces will be replaced by Phase 1 spaces and Phase 2 will commence in early 2019. New construction will continue through junior year.* Possible occupation of the new facility is anticipated in Senior year.

*Construction timelines are only estimated at this time.

Classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021 - The fall term of 2018 will be both in existing space and new Phase 1 spaces. By the winter term of 2019, all existing spaces will be replaced by Phase 1 spaces and Phase 2 will commence in early 2019. Phase 1 locations have been designed to support the educational and research experiences of the existing facilities to be used in your remaining years at Santa Clara University. New construction is not expected to be completed before graduation.*

*Construction timelines are only estimated at this time.

What is the commitment from the University regarding Phase 1 spaces?

The University is committed to ensuring that the School of Engineering continues all its teaching, research and outreach missions at full capacity throughout the entire project.

Where will my program be moved during Phase 1?

The home of Undergraduate Engineering will be in Heafey/Bergin along with faculty and administrative offices for the departments of Applied Mathematics, Civil, Computer, Electrical, General, and Mechanical Engineering. Bioengineering faculty and administrative offices will be located at 900 Lafayette.

The Engineering Computing Center and Electrical Engineering Teaching Labs will be located in Heafey/Bergin.

Most Bioengineering teaching and research labs will be located in Alumni Sciences.

Most Civil Engineering teaching and research labs will be located in Alameda Hall.

Most Mechanical Engineering teaching and research labs will be located in 3305 The Alameda (The Garage).

St. Clare Commons will be the home of the Latimer Energy Lab and other teaching and research spaces.

Guadalupe Hall will remain the home to the Dean’s office, as well as existing Maker, Frugal, and graduate programs spaces.

See our interactive map for more information.

How long are we expected to be in transition facilities?

Construction schedules have not been finalized, but the expectation is that the duration will not be for more than three academic years. All efforts are being put into shortening this duration. Timing construction for the academic calendar is an important constraint. Some Phase 1 facilities will provide permanent homes in the STEM campus.

Will the data on the current lab computers (ECC) be preserved when the labs transition over to the new location?

Yes. All current data on the lab computers will be preserved during both phases of the project.

How do you plan to guarantee that the temporary facilities used by the engineering programs during the construction process provide a leading-edge quality education experience and do not sacrifice the quality of education of the classes of 2019-2022 for those of the future? Do you feel that the facilities will be equivalent to those currently in use? 
 
Throughout the construction process, the School of Engineering and Santa Clara University are fully committed to providing the leading-edge programs, equipment, and facilities expected of a Santa Clara Engineering education. 
 
Over the past three years, scores of faculty, administrators, facilities directors, and architects have been arduously planning for the temporary and permanent housing of our engineering facilities during construction of the new STEM campus. The recent addition of new buildings on campus for the Law School and Art and Art History programs have opened space for our programs and laboratories. Thorough inspections, designs, and conversations with department chairs and faculty have led to a detailed plan of action for engineering, and every current space has been assigned an appropriate temporary or permanent home. 
 
Some construction has already begun and more will be completed this summer and in the fall. Current facilities will not be shut down until new temporary or permanent homes are completed. 

To whom may I address additional questions, comments, concerns regarding all of the above?

Questions are welcome and encouraged. Please send a message to engineeringstem@scu.edu.

Contact Us

Santa Clara University
School of Engineering
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Heafey-Bergin, Bldg. 202
Discovery and Innovation, Bldg. 402

408-554-4600
408-554-5474 fax