Zura Hall Housing Refresh

Zura Hall Housing Refresh

2016 | National Award — Merit | Rehabilitation / Renovation / Restoration

Zura Hall Housing Refresh

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

San Diego State University (SDSU) utilized a modified version of true design-build titled “collaborative design-build.” It was set up to allow full collaboration between the design-builder and SDSU throughout design and construction, thereby giving SDSU much more input for the outcome of the project than through a traditional design-build process.


Balfour Beatty Construction, HMC Architects, Mahlum Architects and San Diego State University (SDSU) partnered together under California State University’s new collaborative design-build process to design and build this highly successful project that finished on time and on budget in Fall 2015. This complete top-to-bottom renovation and reinvention of the 592-bed freshmen residence hall is acclaimed by senior leadership at SDSU to be the most successful project ever built on campus.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: San Diego State University
Design-Builder: Balfour Beatty Construction
General Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction
Architects: HMC Architects, Mahlum
Engineers: Nasland Engineering, Randall Lamb Associates
Specialty Contractors: Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers, Arrow Automatic Fire Sprinkler, Inc.
Specialty Consultant: LandLab
Other Team Member: O’Connor Management Inc.
Duration of Construction: 25 months
Project Cost: $47,856,161