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Renovation project at SDSU's Zura residence hall underway

Balfour Beatty Construction has is moving forward on a $53 million renovation project for San Diego State University's Zura residence hall.

The 141,000-square-foot facility, built in 1968, features three separate housing towers with five, seven and eight stories, and a common first floor.

The 585-bed hall will be overhauled to increase housing density to 606 beds.

Upgrades will include an enhanced main entrance; the enclosure of selected balconies to increase room sizes; new restroom cores; upgraded finishes; new HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems; new windows; and seismic upgrades.

A new community space also will be added.

The renovation will enclose the entire elevator core and modify the elevators to stop at every floor. This will create a common area on every floor for all three towers.

A rooftop terrace will be added on the five-story building with the ability to accommodate outdoor movies.

The Zura residence hall is surrounded by five other student dorms that will be occupied during construction.

Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2015.

“Together in partnership with SDSU and our design-build partners, HMC Architects + Mahlum Architects, we are excited to breathe new life into one of the university’s oldest housing facilities,” said Anton Greenville, senior vice president of Balfour Beatty Construction.

“We are committed to delivering a premier facility and to being a relentless ally for the success of this project,” he said.

The renovation to Zura residence hall is being financed through the California State University System-wide revenue bond program and housing reserves.

This is the fourth major housing project contracted to Balfour Beatty Construction at SDSU. Balfour Beatty provided design-build services to construct the Cuicacalli residence halls and dining facility, and provided construction management at-risk services for renovations at the University Towers residence hall and dining facility, and Villa Alvarado Apartments.

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