San José State University

San José,

Student Health And Counseling Center Detailed Programming

In 2007 San José State University contracted B&D to develop a program for a new student health center. During the course of program development, the opportunity for co-location of the Counseling Services Department with Health Services in a new facility was explored and determined to be an effective strategy for improving service and operational efficiency. Our scope of work included building program and budget; demand model; series of student and faculty/staff focus groups and random intercept interviews; two financial models; and a web-based student survey. Development of the project program was initiated to outline specific programmatic needs, design character, and quality of the center at the university. Therefore, the design team for the project relied on the detailed program and feasibility study reports, along with the periodic design reviews with us and selected university staff, for guidance in making architectural, project planning, and engineering decisions. Planning efforts addressed medical and mental health care for the growing student community, with emphasis on increasing wellness awareness. In keeping with this approach, the proposed facilities were viewed as tools integral to the university’s commitment to its educational mission and to its continued enrollment growth. The 53,000 SF, $36.5 million Student Health & Counseling Center opened in 2015.