The Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union at San Diego State University has received an award for Best Overall Sustainable Design at the 10th annual Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards. The awards, hosted by the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, highlight the achievements that California campuses have made through innovative and effective energy efficiency projects and sustainable operations.
“The Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union definitely deserved the award,” said Robert Schulz, university architect and associate vice president of operations at SDSU. “This is a major accomplishment, and we are all deeply proud that the university could make it happen.”
Nearly 80 percent of the materials from the original student union, Aztec Center, have been recycled or reused in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.
Other “green” building highlights include: solar panels; radiant floor system; green roof; underground storage tank to collect rainwater; storm water control; natural daylighting.