If you drive by San Diego State University Thursday, you'll notice a major landmark missing -- Aztec Center.
Demolition of the 43-year-old student union building was completed this week to make way for a larger, more modern and greener complex.
Crews are now separating building materials such as concrete and metal that will be hauled off for recycling. In June alone, more than 150 tons of material was recycled. An estimated 80 percent of the original building has been recycled, much of it slated for use in the new building.
According to the school, several retaining walls will remain. The foundation for the new structure is expected to be poured in October, with the steel framework rising next February.
The Aztec Student Union will be twice the size of Aztec Center, with a larger Montezuma Hall, a multi-purpose theater, a state-of-the-art bowling and games center, a fitness center, space for student organizations and dining facilities.
It also will have solar panels to generate electricity, vegetation on the roof to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and underground tanks to collect storm water runoff that will be recycled in landscaping.
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