Mission Valley Groundbreaking

ARC Expansion set to Open in Fall

By Jeff Ristine | Photograph by Sandy Huffaker

July 21, 2021

There’s a new view from Aztec Walk. An expansion of the Aztec Recreation Center (ARC), which got underway in March 2020 just after the campus emptied in response to COVID-19, is on pace to finish up this fall. Construction will then turn to a renovation of the original features, built in 1997.

The $77.6 million update is bringing some of the latest fitness trends and sustainability features to one of SDSU’s most popular but undersized facilities. The Associated Students-managed center will grow to 138,000 from 78,000 square feet to meet user demand. The new two-story structure will include synthetic turf in an open-space area for functional training, an indoor rock-climbing wall and bouldering area, and a hot yoga studio. An indoor track, about an eighth of a mile to a lap, will have views of campus in every direction. The facility also will have five fitness studios (up from two), seven court and gym spaces, areas for SDSU’s growing Adaptive Athletics program and a Shake Smart. It aims to be LEED Double Platinum-certified, with recycled water to irrigate landscaping and flush toilets.

ARC director Mark Zakrzewski expects the new space to become a counterpart to the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union across the mesa — with a similar “living room” vibe, where friends socialize between classes. He says, “We know that sense of community, sense of belonging, is really important.”