Consultants volunteer to help fix UCSD lifeguard tower

City News Service

Two San Diego firms are volunteering their time to fix up the lifeguard tower at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, city and UCSD officials announced Thursday.

Sundt Construction and Safdie Rabines Architects are working with city

and school officials to repair the decaying structure as part of UCSD's 50th anniversary celebration. Their contribution means the school will only have to shell out a small amount of money for the project.

Councilmember Sherri Lightner was joined by Mayor Sanders, UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, and Lifeguard Chief Rick Wurtz in making the announcement.

The tower is owned by the school but staffed by city of San Diego lifeguards.

“The new lifeguard tower will have more efficient space with increased visibility and better public announcement systems that will help lifeguards perform medical aids and rescues,'' said Wurts.

“These improvements are especially important at this popular beach. In 2010, lifeguards performed 84 rescues and 95 medical aids in this area,'' he said.

The building is tentatively scheduled for partial demolition next week, with completion of the rebuilding project scheduled for the end of April.



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