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.
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for San Diego County inland valleys, mountains, and deserts. The warning is valid for Monday morning through Thursday evening
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.