SDSU Aztec Stadium

Project Design Consultants is providing a variety of professional services to SDSU for the design and development of both the stadium and the Mission Valley site. Great to see the commitment by Ms. Bashor.

Mrs. Dianne L. Bashor Makes $15 Million Commitment to SDSU Mission Valley’s Aztec Stadium

Rendering of Proposed Aztec Stadium

San Diego philanthropist Mrs. Dianne L. Bashor has donated $15 million to San Diego State University toward construction of the new stadium that will be part of SDSU Mission Valley, it was announced Thursday. The commitment provides a lead gift for the stadium, the first project scheduled for SDSU’s proposed expansion into Mission Valley. In recognition of her generosity, SDSU will name the field at the new Aztec Stadium Bashor Field.

SDSU President Adela de la Torre, Adrienne Vargas, SDSU Interim Vice President for University Relations and Development, and SDSU Athletics Director John David Wicker announced the lead gift with Mrs. Bashor and CSU Board of Trustees Chairman Adam Day during a December 5 news conference. Administrators, staff, students, donors and members of the community were in attendance.

“Mrs. Bashor believes in San Diego State University’s vision and its dedication to academic excellence that places student success at the core of its mission,” said Vargas, also Chief Executive Officer of The Campanile Foundation. “SDSU is fortunate to have a generous friend in Mrs. Dianne Bashor and her gift is a reaffirmation that after more than 122 years, this university continues to earn widespread support.”

A first-time donor to the university, Mrs. Bashor presented a gift that is one of the largest single donations ever made to SDSU.

SDSU Athletics Director John David Wicker called this commitment “a critical step” in the university’s proposed Mission Valley expansion. He reiterated the school’s intention to break ground for the new stadium in April 2020.

“We are grateful to Mrs. Dianne Bashor, a member of our community who believes in SDSU and is willing to invest in a stadium that is being built not just for SDSU, but for the community as a whole,” Wicker said. “The stadium will provide a true home field advantage for the Aztec football team and will positively impact the rest of our department as well as the overall institution.”

SDSU President Adela de la Torre expressed her gratitude for Mrs. Bashor’s gift, referencing the donor’s long history as a local benefactress.

“Mrs. Dianne Bashor is known for her generous community support, and her gift reflects the close relationship between the San Diego community and San Diego State University,” President de la Torre said. “This is an extraordinary gift and an important investment in the future of SDSU. We thank Mrs. Bashor for her commitment to our university and for her continuing dedication to the community we serve.”

Mrs. Bashor, who attended and spoke at the press conference said, “Today I am excited to announce my support for San Diego State University with a $15 million lead gift for Aztec Stadium. This gift is a commitment to not only a great university, but the San Diego community.”

Mrs. Dianne Bashor and her late husband, businessman Jim Bashor, are known for their significant gifts to many local institutions including the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Imperial Council, and Boy Scouts of America. In September, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors proclaimed Dianne Bashor Day for her generosity and dedication to the community. Jim Bashor was a graduate of Hoover High School, near SDSU’s main campus. Mrs. Dianne Bashor did not attend SDSU and did not have any previous connection to the campus.

In addition to the new multi-use stadium for which Mrs. Bashor’s gift is earmarked, the university intends to build a world-class campus and a much-anticipated community river park. On November 18, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the process that will allow SDSU to purchase the Mission Valley stadium site.

New renderings, flyover animation, and the latest information on SDSU’s Mission Valley stadium project at aztecstadium.com. Learn more about SDSU Mission Valley at missionvalley.sdsu.edu.

Sea Level Rise Briefing

This is one of the most significant issues facing California and it will affect land development in the future. Project Design Consultants’ engineers, surveyors, and planners are active participants in multiple projects that have the potential to be impacted by future rises in sea level.

Lawmakers briefed on sea rise
Warning issued on growing threat to state infrastructure
LOS ANGELES TIMES
At a packed meeting in catering to state lawmakers and top planning officials, Mark Merrifield played a video that he and his research team at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have seen many times before.
The camera zooms in on the majestic sandy bluffs that make this stretch of the San Diego County coast so iconic: A close-up, everyone realizes, of that cliff crumbling in real time — ancient sand and soft, somewhat cemented rocks tumbling onto the beach below.
Moments later, a popular commuter rail rumbles by. Some in the room gasped. Lawmakers watched in sober silence.
“This is a natural phenomenon, it’s feeding the beaches, but it’s happening more and more frequently in part because of sea level rise,” said Merrifield, director of Scripps’ Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation. “So what can do? That’s why we’re here, right?
Flood projections keep getting worse, critical roads and infrastructure are mere feet from toppling into the sea, cities up and down the coast are paralyzed by the difficult choices ahead — the reality check was bleak as scientists and local leaders shared what they’re up against with the Assembly’s Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy, which met Tuesday in Encinitas.
This special committee of California lawmakers had gathered for the first time in five years, reviving a much-needed discussion on sea level rise and what the state needs to do to better prepare coastal communities from devastating loss.
“We know the sea is rising. This is not something that’s out there in the future, it’s happening now,” said Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas, who had requested to revive and chair this committee. “How do we preserve what’s wonderful about our coastline, but really face the realities of the next 100 years with sea level rise?
Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, a candidate for San Diego mayor, mentioned approximately $6 million in the current state budget for Del Mar bluff stabilization secured by state Sen. President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.