SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Construction crews Saturday began pouring the concrete foundation for the $104 million student-funded Aztec Student Union on the San Diego State University campus.
The 205,582-square foot replacement for the Aztec Center, whose demolition was completed in August, is expected to open in the fall of 2013, officials said.
The new student union will include Montezuma Hall, a 300-seat multi-purpose theatre, modernized study lounges and courtyards with wireless Internet access, a satellite fitness center, a bowling and games center and a Cross-Cultural Center with various dining establishments.
"As this project rises out of the ground, so does the level of excitement," said Associated Students Executive Vice President Darin Ruiz said. "This foundation milestone is symbolic of all the hard work student administrations past and present have put forth in making this building a reality."
About 60 trucks delivered a total of 600 cubic yards of concrete to the northwest section of the construction site. Sundt Construction, Inc. provided the concrete services. The entire foundation will consist of 4,600 cubic yards of concrete on pouring is completed, officials said.
The building was designed to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certified, the U.S. Green Building Council's highest rating for green buildings, and be the first LEED Platinum student union in the California State University system, officials said.
More than 15,000 tons of materials from the 43-year-old Aztec Center were recycled, including concrete that was crushed and used as structural backfill for the new building, officials said.
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