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Makeover for Storm, Nasatir Halls

Project update Aug. 22, 2012: Construction got under way over the summer.
Storm and Nasatir Halls opened in 1957.
Storm and Nasatir Halls opened in 1957.

Makeover Coming to Storm and Nasatir Halls

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Two of the older buildings on the San Diego State University campus are about to get long-needed makeovers.

Renovations will begin June 1 on Storm and Nasatir Halls, bringing the 1957 buildings into the 21st century with modern energy efficiency and current health and safety standards.

Modern amenities

Once completed, the renovations to the existing 137,700 square-foot Storm Nasatir Building Complex will offer upgraded program space for eight academic departments from the College of Arts and Letters.

The renovations will include new and upgraded classroom technologies, academic and research laboratories, and faculty offices. Renovations will also include two new lecture halls with 275 and 475 seats, and a small food service facility/convenience store.

“These renovations have been a long time coming,” said Bob Schulz, SDSU’s associate vice president of operations. “The design will increase energy efficiency, make the buildings more modern with technological improvements, and, most importantly, make the buildings more comfortable and useful for our students.”

Architecturally, the renovations will provide new windows and an exterior finish to improve the building’s energy efficiency.  New elevators, ramps, site work and door operators will be provided to assure wheelchair access.

Deficiencies in the existing buildings that will be addressed include the provision of new code-compliant heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, new lighting and ceiling systems, telephone and data system upgrades, fire alarm, security and electrical

Long overdue

Storm and Nasatir Halls have been in dire need of repair for some time.

The renovations will save the university millions of dollars in deferred and ongoing maintenance costs. The project will eliminate building code and health and safety code deficiencies, significantly reduce water use and will decrease energy consumption with the inclusion of a 120 kWh Photo Voltaic installation to produce 170,000 kWh/year; a savings of $28,560 per year.

At a cost of $73,048,000, this largely state-funded project will be paid for with $62,803,000 in state construction funds,  along with a $10,245,000 investment from non-state funded support. The project is expected to be completed by January 2015.

Regular project updates will be published on the SDSU Marketing and Communications Blog.

The project architect is LPA, Inc. The general contractor is CW Driver.  It is estimated this project will create 485 new jobs and generate $70 million worth of economic benefit to the region during construction.

History of the buildings

The west wing of the social sciences building on campus was renamed Storm Hall in honor of Alvena Storm, who joined the SDSU faculty in 1926 and taught there for 40 years, coming to be known as an expert on the geography of California and the West.

Nasatir Hall was named in honor of Abraham P. Nasatir, professor emeritus of history, who taught at SDSU for 46 years, from 1928-1974.

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