San Diego State appoints contractor for new Mission Valley campus

SOURCE: San Diego State University
San Diego State University Mission Valley Innovation Centre.

By U2B Staff 

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San Diego State (SDSU) has awarded Clark Construction Group a second contract at the site of the university’s satellite campus and stadium in Mission Valley.

Although it has yet to secure the 132 acres of city-owned land needed to complete the project, the university announced the appointment of the nationally acclaimed firm for site development on Friday. Clark will be responsible for site-wide engineering and grading work, as well as the construction of infrastructure.

“The campus expansion at Mission Valley will be transformative for San Diego,” said Adela de la Torre, President of SDSU.

San Diego State University Mission Valley 35,000-seat, multi-use stadium redevelopment. Source: San Diego State University

“The University and its partners will be building and expanding on this site for years to come, and we need to ensure that the physical foundation—and the teams helping us to lay that foundation—are strong and highly dedicated to the success of the region.”

This is the second time this year the university chose the company as a contractor for the development in Mission Valley. In February, SDSU selected Clark Construction as the design-build contractor for a planned 35,000-seat, multi-use stadium at the current site of SDCCU Stadium.

The campus project will also include 89 acres of parks and open space, 4,500 faculty and market-rate housing units, 1.6 million sq feet of office space, 95,000 sq feet of neighbourhood-serving retail stores and 400 hotel rooms spread across two hotels.

San Diego State University Mission Valley campus redevelopment. Source: San Diego State University

Clark Construction is partnering with Project Design Consultants (PDC) on the design and build of the entire recreation and open space area, including a 34-acre river park.

“The team of Clark and PDC demonstrated expertise for this complex project that will require close collaboration with government agencies and community organisations,” said Tom McCarron, an executive on the university’s Mission Valley development team, said in a statement.

“Additionally, their commitment to working with local, small and minority businesses demonstrates their dedication to serving the best interest of our greater San Diego community, for which this project will greatly benefit.”

San Diego State University Mission Valley campus redevelopment. Source: San Diego State University

The design and planning for the complete SDSU Mission Valley site is taking place concurrent with the university’s negotiations with the City of San Diego to purchase the land, and the preparation of the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

The university anticipates the draft EIR will be out for public review this summer and the California State University Board of Trustees is expected to consider its approval at their first meeting in 2020.