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studio and offices that will serve as the national headquarters for
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Construction is moving forward at the Legacy International Center,
which broke ground in May. The $162 million development will
feature a new 125-room hotel, a pavilion with a 500-seat theater and
a museum that will house religious artifacts.
"When these buildings are finished, it will be a cross between an
old world ethos and contemporary architecture," Mudd says. "For
example, the museum is not a box. It's angled. When you walk in,
there will be a reverence to it."
The two-story museum, which will also serve as a welcome center,
will feature a huge, interactive globe made up of dozens of touchscreen panels that offer information on cities around the world.
Visitors will even be able to walk inside the globe. "Inside is a full
motion theater that will fly you through the Bible," Mudd says. "It's
quite a ride."
The 4-D History Dome Theater will feature vibrating seats, wind,
fog, light strobes and scents. Other features of the museum include
a variety of galleries with religious-themed video exhibits, an interactive exhibit area for children, museum space showcasing Morris
Cerullo's religious travels, catacombs lined with rock walls and
a replica of Jerusalem's wailing wall.
"The stone in the museum is mechanically fastened," Mudd says.
"We are going to Israel to select the stone from a quarry. That gives
you a sense of how important that building needs to look."
The pavilion, which will also serve as a university for religious
studies, also has its share of unique features. "It's a very highly
interactive building," Mudd adds. "Technology is integrated into its
architecture. When a student enters the pavilion, the building will
start downloading the student's lesson plan into his phone. The
buildings are very, very intelligent."
Aside from the museum and pavilion, the development has a
retail component with restaurant space, a television production
Called San Diego State University West, the proposal to be decided
by voters in November would transform an existing football stadium
into a walkable campus environment. It would feature new student
and faculty housing, additional university classrooms, a research
park and a new hotel. It calls for retail space and a stadium that
would be used for both soccer and football.
"We were asked to come up with an education-centric urban
development," Mudd says. "It's a new urban city with San Diego State
University being the main benefactor. That university is an economic engine for our community."
In addition, the 230-acre site will also feature 90 acres of public
open space and a river park. The site plan calls for restoring and embracing the San Diego River. "They want it to help the river conservancy and fix flooding issues," Mudd says. "We're also going to open
the river to the community. Right now, you can't even walk to it."
Also, the mixed-use development would provide housing for
an additional 2,000 students and 400 faculty-housing units. It also
calls for roughly 70,000 square feet of retail space, five campus office
buildings and two academic buildings. The new stadium would seat
up to 35,000 people. "It's a big deal for San Diego," Mudd says. "We
think our plan will play a very big role."
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