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The new Aztec Student Union The new Aztec Student Union

Welcome Home!

SDSU’s 206,000 square-foot “campus living room” is a sustainable space for Aztec family and friends.
By Natalia Elko

“Welcome home!”

Aztecs are moving into the new four-story Aztec Student Union and it will mark a new era on campus when SDSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community walk through its arches on Jan. 22.

The 206,000 square-foot union’s LEED Platinum design includes sustainable living, dining, retail space, lounges, meeting rooms, a 300-seat theatre, a multi-purpose ballroom and outdoor courtyards.

While some amenities won’t quite be ready for this week’s opening, many of the groups and departments that will call the building home will open their doors on Wednesday, including Associated Students, the Center for Leadership & Service, the Center for Intercultural Relations, the Commuter Resource Center, and expanded offices and workspaces for student organizations.

Also in the building — a 6,000 square-foot Aztec Recreation Center Express that features a wide variety of state-of-the-art fitness equipment. And Aztec Lanes is SDSU's new 12-lane bowling alley and games center complete with a gaming lounge, five professional-grade billiard tables, two professional-grade table tennis tables and eight big-screen TVs.

There will be several dining options coming soon to the union, including: Starbucks, The Habit Burger Grill, Chipotle, Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Company and an expanded Aztec Market with a Shake Smart kiosk.

Celebrating the union

On Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. Associated Students’ President Josh Morse and President Elliot Hirshman will informally christen the building, followed by breakfast for the campus in the courtyard.

During the first week of spring classes, Associated Students has activities planned for students including nooner concerts, Aztec Nights Events, a men’s basketball viewing party, 50 tons of snow and lots of themed bowling events.

The official Grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, March 7. The Grand Dedication Week, March 3 through 8, will feature daily themed celebrations.

The building’s history

Construction on the Aztec Student Union broke ground in June 2011. Funded by a student fee referendum approved in March 2010, the $104 million union is twice the size of Aztec Center that was built in 1968 as the first permanent student union in the California State University system. As part of the project, the university is pursuing LEED Platinum certification with the U.S. Green Building Council.

By the numbers

March 2010: when a student fee referendum was approved to fund the union

June 2011: when construction teams broke ground on the union

Jan. 22: the union opens to the SDSU community

March 7: the official Grand Dedication and union opening

2: times the size of Aztec Center

4: stories in the building

206,000: square-feet the size of the building

6,000: square-feet the size of ARC Express

300: seats in the theatre

Tour the union

Guided tours of the union will be offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Gather at the University Information Center, located on the first floor, and a tour guide will greet you. A building tour map is available for download for self-guided tours.

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Aztec Student Union
The new Aztec Student Union opens to the public January 22