San Diego, Calif. — The design-build project will add upgrades and enhancements to the dorm that was built in 1968.
San Diego, Calif. — Balfour Beatty Construction has started construction on San Diego State University’s (SDSU) $53 million Zura residence hall renovation project. The design-build project will provide upgrades and enhancements to the student housing facility that was originally built in 1968. The 141,000-square-foot facility features three separate housing towers with five, seven, and eight stories and a common first floor. The 585-bed facility will be overhauled to increase housing density to 606 beds. Upgrades will include an enhanced main entrance, the enclosure of selected balconies to increase resident room sizes, new restroom cores, upgraded finishes, new HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, as well as replacement of windows and seismic upgrades. The scope also includes the addition of community space for academic achievement and socialization.
Renovations being made to achieve this goal include modifying the existing elevator tower that is currently an open-air format and stops on even numbered floors only. The renovation will enclose the entire elevator core, infill the odd numbered floor levels and modify the elevators to stop at every floor. This will create a common area on every floor for all three towers. In addition, a roof top terrace will be added on the five-story building with the ability to show outdoor movies.
The architects for the project are HMC Architects and Mahlum Architects. The renovation project is being financed through the California State University (CSU) System wide Revenue Bond program, and housing reserves. It is expected to be complete by summer 2015.
This is the fourth major housing project at SDSU contracted to Balfour Beatty Construction. The company also provided design-build services to construct the Cuicacalli residence halls and dining facility. In addition, the company provided construction management at-risk services for renovations at the University Towers residence hall and dining facility and Villa Alvarado Apartments.