San Diego State, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
San Diego, CA
September 2009 - September 2014
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LEED Platinum Certified
California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, Best Practice Award, Overall Sustainable Design, 2014 →
The next generation’s vision of the future. Today.
Sustainability. Efficiency. Inventiveness. All words that come to mind to describe the new Aztec Student Union at San Diego State. Officially named the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, the replacement to the original 1968 Aztec Center is the largest LEED Platinum Student Union building in the state of California. This was accomplished in no small part due to the vision of SDSU students, who ultimately selected the structure’s hyper-efficient design. And it’s the students who are enjoying the fruits of that vision. The new Aztec Center serves as the hub of the campus, where students meet friends to eat, shop and enjoy themselves between and after classes.
Students at SDSU demanded a highly sustainable student union building. Our team delivered a range of innovative energy and water saving systems into a space delivering the utmost comfort and recreational possibilities for students. The multi-function building features a theater, ballroom, bowling alley and a variety of dining and shopping options, making it a popular student hotspot. Highly efficient air-conditioning and heating systems respond to occupant demand, improve indoor air quality and use over 40% less energy than California standards. This design safeguards occupant health and ensures comfort while reducing energy consumption. The building’s lighting system is an effective mix of natural light and efficient lighting. Daylight illuminates significant portions of the building’s interior and energy saving light fixtures and overhead lighting illuminate the space after the sun goes down. A photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof offsets a portion of building energy usage. The Aztec Center also comes outfitted with a rainwater collection system to reclaim and use water for irrigation. All utility systems within the building included sub-metering to make energy and water consumption patterns easily visible. The new student center boasts 49.8% annual energy and costs savings over the previous one.