Aztec Student Union is set to 'go vertical' Sept. 4.
Aztec Student Union is set to go vertical on Sept. 4.
What's New at the Union?
Let's Get Vertical
These beams will soon support additional steel as Aztec Student Union goes vertical in the coming months.
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Three months of construction have transformed the Aztec Student Union construction site from a “hole in the ground” to a solid foundation set to go vertical on Sept. 4.
With basement construction coming close to completion, crews have set up support beams for steel erection. Two cranes will be brought onto the project site, one in early September and the other in mid-September.
Steel erection will take several weeks, eventually providing a skeleton for Aztec Student Union. By Thanksgiving, Aztecs will be able to better visualize the largesse of the new student union.
Walk this way
Pedestrian access has changed between Centennial Walkway and the Open Air Theatre with the opening of a new concrete ramp.
Due to safety concerns, access on the west side of the construction site will continue to be restricted through the duration of the project. Pedestrians are encouraged to use a detour route through Adams Humanities.
While you were away
This summer, crews poured 10,000-cubic feet of concrete for basement walls and slab-on-grade, i.e., concrete floors in the basement. Underground utilities were placed throughout the project, including lines for electricity and chilled air.
Crews also installed stormceptors that will filter debris from rainwater before it is stored in underground collection tanks or flows through local storm drains.
Additionally, crews have started building the walkway extension from the College Avenue pedestrian bridge that will eventually lead into Aztec Student Union. The cantilevered cement apparatus is described as a “feat of engineering.” The loading dock parallel to College Avenue is also coming together, another sign of what’s to come.
Formerly housed in W Lot, dirt was brought to the site for use as backfill around the basement walls. For now, beams support the basement walls until the upper floors are completed.
About the project
In the fall of 2013, Aztec Student Union will open its doors to the Aztec community as the new living room of campus, serving as a hub for studying, socializing, connecting, relaxing, eating and a much-needed coffee break. Students, faculty, staff and alumni alike will get to enjoy the state-of-the-art, LEED Platinum-certified sustainable building.
Aztec Student Union is fully funded by students and managed by Associated Students of San Diego State University, an independent, student-directed, non-profit corporation affiliated with SDSU. To learn more about A.S., visit the website