- Category: Education
- Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:17
San Diego, California - San Diego State University will “Welcome Home” the Aztec community with the grand opening of Aztec Student Union. The 206,000 square-foot “campus living room” will open in January 2014.
The Associated Students of SDSU and university leaders are working together to welcome students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community to the new Union.
The spring 2014 grand opening semester will highlight several amenities, including a fitness center, state-of-the-art bowling and games center, Center for Leadership and Service, Center for Intercultural Relations, Commuter Resource Center and workspace for SDSU student organizations.
A variety of dining and retail options include Starbucks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Habit Burger Grill, Oggi’s Pizza Express, Aztec Market and STA Travel.
“The Union is a testament to all SDSU students and staff who have worked so diligently to give the campus a modern facility that can cater to the needs of every Aztec,” said Associated Students President and CEO Josh Morse.
“Associated Students is especially proud of the university-wide partnership that has made sustainability a priority in the new hub for campus life.”
“Welcome Home” events
“Welcome Home” events will take place throughout the spring semester with student-focused events and tours during the first week of class in January.
The Grand Dedication Week will be March 3 through 8 featuring daily themed celebrations including a Taste of the Union Day, Recreation and Wellness Day and Arts and Culture Day.
Sustainability Day will be dedicated to highlighting the Union’s LEED Platinum design and sustainable living.
The week will culminate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the community at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, followed by an open house and ticketed alumni dinner. The public is welcome to participate and tour the building.
Funding and features
Funding for the $104 million Student Union project comes entirely from SDSU student-approved fees. The new four-story Aztec Student Union is twice the size of the former Aztec Center, which was built in 1968 as the first permanent student union in the California State University system. The Union will serve as the campus hub for student life.
Features of the Union include dining, retail space, lounges, meeting rooms, a multi-purpose ballroom, 300-seat theatre, outdoor courtyards, recreation activities and entertainment.
Updates on the events surrounding the opening of Aztec Student Union can be found online or on the at Aztec Student Union Facebook page.