Aztec Recreation Center Expansion, San Diego State University

San Diego, Calif.
Construction Cost: $61 million
Area / Square Feet: 138,000
Occupancy Date: August 2022

The expanded and renovated Aztec Recreation Center reflects the voice and the needs of SDSU students, prioritizing a wide range of wellness activities and meeting sustainability goals. A 40-foot climbing wall, fitness studios, athletic courts, yoga rooms and cycling studios create a vibrant and active space for student wellness.

While the existing Aztec Recreation Center (opened in 1997) was constantly abuzz with students and activity, the Associated Students, who own and operate the building, sought to expand the facility to offer a more holistic wellness experience and a place that would serve as a “living room” for the west side of campus. Inspired by the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, the goal was to renovate and expand the ARC to be more than a place to work out, offering a full range of wellness activities and spaces not previously offered, all while operating sustainably and achieving LEED Platinum with the input of student organizations.

Importantly, the ARC has always served as a source of social connectivity for students. One of the design goals was to capitalize on this and create a central hub (spine) that promotes a sense of belonging and camaraderie. SDSU envisioned the expanded and reimagined Aztec Recreation Center to be engaging for a broad cross-section of the student population, inclusive for students of all backgrounds and inviting to non-traditional recreation center users.


Smith Group

San Diego, Calif.


Building Systems - Skylights
Fitness Center - Climbing Walls
El Dorado
Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball
Action Sports Flooring
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose
Action Sports Flooring
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball
Action Sports Flooring
Locker/Shower - Flooring
Mosa Tile
Locker/Shower - Lockers
Columbia Lockers
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions