The scheduled hard demo work of the building section highlighted below between north and south Storm Hall will be starting tomorrow, Friday, 9/21. In an effort to minimize noise disruptions sounds blankets have been installed on site. The sequence of work for this will be about two days, starting tomorrow and into this Saturday as well.
Jim Herrick is the Director of the SDSU Alumni Association. This post originally appeared in his blog, Directly Speaking.
Okay, huddle up!
Pardon the football analogy but it is difficult not to go there at this time of year. And the team approach to problem solving remains in vogue.
The problem, or challenge, as it were, is that only two percent of our undergraduate degree-holding alumni are annual donors. We have dissected this at length for six months and concluded that Aztec alumni who love their alma mater will help improve this abysmal percentage if they fully understand why it is important to do so. First some facts that support the notion that it is readily apparent that Aztec alumni love SDSU:
- Our basketball tickets are sold out and the season does not start for two months.
- Our Aztec for Life Alumni membership is soaring.
- Our Comprehensive Campaign for San Diego State University is tracking nicely at $340 million on the way to $500 million.
What our research indicates is that alumni do not understand that annual gifts of any amount factor into the rankings provided by US News and World Report and that donating to SDSU helps the university rise in those rankings and therefore in national stature. What alumni may also not understand is that any amount literally means ANY amount and that gifts to any San Diego State University department, college, entity, athletic team or program, scholarship, or particular academic major or program all count as gifts to SDSU.
We also learned that many alumni fall into two categories. Category one is, “The only time you communicate is to ask for money.” Category two is, “I’ve never been asked.”
Well, we are going to start asking.
Because here is the punch line: We need all of our alumni who love SDSU to donate some amount to any SDSU entity every year. We need you to declare by action that you believe in your alma mater. We need you to be counted as among those who are helping State carve a better reputation.
Did I mention any amount?
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As part of the Storm Nasatir construction project, preparations are being made to have a few site related construction maintenance items in place prior to the beginning of the Fall semester on August 27.
1. PS8 3rd Level Access: The team is coordinating with the contractor to have them wrap up the underground utilities work in this area, pull back the construction fencing and provide a pedestrian walkway to PS8 3 level. The goal is to have this in place the week of August 20.
2. ADA path at temporary restroom facility: this work is tentatively scheduled to start this Thursday, Aug. 16. The work should only take 1-2 days to complete. In an event the work does not start this week it will be rescheduled to beginning week of Aug. 20th.
3. Pedestrian walkway directly south of Storm and Nasatir Halls: The goal is to have this scaffolding and pedestrian walkway in place the week of Aug. 20 to accommodate 2-way traffic through this area. We are coordinating with the contractor to build an ADA compliant pedestrian walkway as wide as the site will allow. There will be access to/from the lower outdoor dining area and entry/exit of West Commons to the pedestrian walkway.
For your viewing pleasure, there are two webcams positioned to track the progress of the Storm Nasatir Hall Renovation Project. You can check them out here.
Renovation to Storm and Nasitir Halls continue as hard demolition begins today, July 26.
Over the next three days demolition will occur on the section of the building that connects Storm and Nasitir Halls.
In an effort to minimize noise disruptions, sound blankets have been installed on the north and west side of the demolition.
Demolition on this section will conclude on Saturday, July 28.
As part of the Storm/Nasatir Hall construction project access to the third level of PS8 3rd will need to be temporarily closed beginning Monday, July 23, 2012. This area will undergo considerable underground utilities work during this period and with the limited space, and for safety reasons, the area will need to be closed.
The intent is to open some of this area back prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Access to PS8 will be redirected through the south courtyard and elevators in front of the Arts & Letters building as shown below.
With construction in full-swing to replace Storm and Nasatir Halls, classrooms, labs and offices that once occupied the two buildings will be relocated to other campus locations.
To offset classroom space, temporary classrooms, each seating about 50 students, will be used in lots O and P on College Ave.
Other buildings where classrooms and offices will also be temporarily relocated to Adams Humanities, Love Library, College Square, Physical Sciences, Hardy Tower, East Mall and Peterson Gym.
The much needed renovation on the two 1957 buildings began on June 1 and the project is expected to be completed by January 2015.