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Pacific Building Group (PBG) started as a one-man operation specializing in tenant improvements and today employs more than 150 individuals who work together to complete diverse ground-up, tenant improvement and facilities maintenance projects across various industries. Built on a foundation of excellent customer service, safety, integrity and taking a personal approach to business, the firm is now celebrating 35 years in business.
As one of San Diego’s largest and most respected locally-based and locally-operated general contracting firms, PBG takes great pride in delivering the highest level of service, every time. Some of the firm’s recent work includes Portside Pier at the San Diego Embarcadero, five law offices including two downtown, and a new amenities building for NuVasive in Sorrento Valley.
In partnership with the Port of San Diego and The Brigantine, Inc., PBG is helping to transform one of Southern California’s iconic, flagship waterfront restaurant sites: 1360 North Harbor Dr. along the North Embarcadero. Portside Pier will offer new dining options, a second-floor public walkway and viewing deck with panoramic views of the San Diego Bay, and dock-and-dine accommodations.
What does it take to transform one of San Diego’s most iconic and busy piers? Coordination…and lots of it.
To drive the pier’s 52 piles, upon which the Brigantine, Miguel’s Cocina, Ketch Grill and Taps and Portside Coffee and Gelato will sit, PBG executed a highly-coordinated effort with water quality advisors, biologists, fellow builders and designers and the Port of San Diego.
This is just one of the many ways PBG is transforming the waterfront while keeping the crew, residents, tourists and sea life safe.
Always putting safety first, PBG is accustomed to working in bustling, occupied work environments, while ensuring the safety of those working at the project site.
The firm recently completed construction on five leading San Diego-area law firms’ offices: Kilpatrick Townsend; Perkins Coie; Sullivan Hill; Robbins Arroyo; and Schor Vogelzang. Much of the work was done in occupied buildings, which meant PBG was particularly mindful of noise, dust and traffic.
Two of the law firm projects are located downtown, including:
Schor Vogelzang turned to PBG for a complete remodel of its 4,350-square-foot office at 2170 Fourth Ave. The project features structural upgrades to allow for a modern, open-area concept, a new conference room, break area and private offices.
PBG’s work at Sullivan Hill’s office expanded one full floor in a downtown San Diego high-rise at 600 B St. The project includes upgraded finishes throughout common areas, conference rooms, hallways and partners’ offices as well as upgrades to the existing common-area elevator, lobby and restrooms.
PBG’s diverse skills extend to both tenant improvement and ground-up projects including recently completing another project for NuVasive. Perched high above the I-805/I-5 merge in Sorrento Valley is NuVasive’s stunning new amenities building. The project consists of new ground-up construction of a 28,000 square-foot building to expand upon their existing and growing campus.
For more information about Pacific Building Group, please visit pacificbuildinggroup.com or call
A New Vision for Sycuan Casino Resort Breathes New Life into the Competitive San Diego Resort Market
As the saying goes: “Vision without action is merely a dream. Vision with action can change the world.” Or, more appropriate in this case, “can change the competitive landscape of San Diego hospitality and entertainment.”
That is exactly what Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, CA, owned by the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation, has achieved–a blue-sky vision realized as Sycuan Casino Resort’s stunning evolution, from small bingo hall, to locals’ casino, to major destination resort that capitalizes on the idyllic climate and natural beauty of its mountain valley location.
The March 2019 opening of Sycuan’s $226 million, 500,000 SF resort expansion has delivered vibrant new upscale amenities to the regional hospitality market, tailored for appeal to diverse guest interests. Top 5 nationally recognized hospitality and entertainment designer, HBG Design, based out of San Diego and Memphis, TN, led the visioning, planning and design for the project. HBG Design’s partnership with Sycuan has helped the property grow their regional presence over a 10+ year period, by providing a fresh perspective on market positioning and design that shapes the guest experience.
New additions include a striking 12-story, 300-room hotel tower, exciting new gaming offerings, a new collection of fresh upscale concept-driven dining options to suit every culinary taste, and a spectacular 4-acre garden pool environment complete with lazy river.
Embarking on a large-scale interior renovation in 2011 served as the first bold step in implementing Sycuan’s strategic vision. “By elevating the quality level and adding new high-end non-gaming amenities during that renovation, the stage was being set for Sycuan’s transition from a locals’-only casino, to their current high-profile, forward-thinking AAA Four-Diamond resort experience,” says Rob Jurbergs, AIA, HBG Design Principal.
“Sycuan knows their customers better than anyone and provided a wealth of market and customer information,” adds HBG Design’s Jurbergs. “In approaching the recent expansion project, this helped inform design opportunities, innovative branding ideas and diverse choices for resort and “staycation” guests, like pool side concert events, a full-service luxury spa, and elevated night life venues.
To help shape a new strategic mix of unique relatable and upscale dining opportunities, Sycuan engaged renowned boutique hospitality branding company, Clique Hospitality. Clique has been shaping the dining and nightlife landscape of Las Vegas for almost 20 years and was the branding brain behind the dining venues at The Pendry in San Diego.
Together, HBG Design and Clique conceived a repositioning and rebranding of Sycuan’s former GameDay sports bar; the result is the Rank & File brew house, the latest addition to the burgeoning craft beer scene. Promising a warm meal and a cold brew, Rank & File is a vintage-industrial inspired nod to our armed services with a philosophy of serving classic American comfort food and 30 taps in a friendly, never pretentious setting.
Boasting dramatic views of the lush new pools, gardens and mountain landscape, the posh, edgy craft cocktail lounge, Elicit Lounge and Bar, engages guests seeking breezy indoor/outdoor dining and vibrant night life entertainment. Elicit’s design provokes the senses with Far Eastern design influences and warm, low-lit ambience designed to complement the fresh hand-rolled sushi and small plate cuisine offerings.
The level of detail customized for the guest experience is what sets HBG’s design of the Sycuan property apart from the competition. Each new venue not only transforms the hospitality and entertainment experience at Sycuan Casino Resort but also meets a distinct need for approachable elegance in Southern California.
Dike Bacon, Principal, HBG Design, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Baruffaldi, Principal, HBG Design, email@example.com
Photos by Chad Mellon
Photos by Peter Malinowski / Insite Architectural Photography
Photos by Clique Hospitality / Spearhead Media
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: FALCK
Falck is proud to be a new member of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. As the largest Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider in the world, Falck has the unique position of having access to resources that no other ambulance provider can offer. With more than 112 years of experience, Falck tailors its service delivery model to different regions around the globe, across California and the US.
“We know that every municipality is different and a one-size-fits-all approach does not work for every system,” said Dannie Wurtz, Director of Clinical Operations for Falck and a member of the San Diego leadership team. “Our workforce recruitment model is centered on hiring from within the different communities we serve, which ultimately allows for the best response times and ability to retain staff.”
Operating as Falck in counties throughout the Bay Area and as CARE Ambulance Service throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the company continues to provide unparalleled service throughout California. Falck is clearly the Southern California leader in EMS services, representing 80 percent of EMS services in Orange County and 40 percent in Los Angeles County. They respond to more than 350,000 9-1-1 calls each year and serve more than 5 million people – in Southern California alone. Most recently, Falck successfully secured a contract to provide EMS services throughout Alameda County, serving 1.7 million people across 740 miles, and a contract to serve Aurora, Colorado, serving over 370,000 people across 154 square miles. In Aurora alone, the company prepares to respond to 30,000 9-1-1 calls each year.
Today, Falck is making a huge impact in San Diego. The local leadership team has been partnering with numerous organizations around the city to support and bring awareness to different causes. From supporting the Girls Empowerment Camp with the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation in April, the Burn Institute’s Spirit of Courage Awards in May, the Equality Awards in June, San Ysidro Health Center’s Anniversary Gala in August and the September 11th Memorial Stair Climb last month, Falck has been diligent in building meaningful and long-standing relationships throughout San Diego.
The local leadership team is thrilled and honored to be a new member of the Downtown San Diego Partnership and is looking forward to more opportunities to connect with different organizations throughout San Diego.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: BORETTO + MERRILL CONSULTING, LLC
Boretto + Merrill Consulting remains on the forefront of restoration and new development throughout San Diego.
Colleen Boretto and Angela Merrill, the principals at Boretto + Merrill, have been furthering development in downtown San Diego since 1998, working on major projects such as Petco Park, Omni Hotel, The Park at Banker’s Hill, M2i, Doma, Broadway 655, and most recently entitling Broadway Block and completing 625 Broadway and 1836 Columbia Street.
As Project Managers and Owner’s Representatives, Boretto + Merrill provides a full-service partnership opportunity for developers who want to supplement their staff or add expertise to their team. Boretto + Merrill has over 20 years of experience working with City Staff and former Civic San Diego staff including multiple major entitlements, building permits, and substantial conformance reviews in and around downtown San Diego.
Recently, Boretto + Merrill have found their niche outside of residential development and have been working on a variety of historical renovation projects including the previously mentioned 625 Broadway, the Hotel Del Coronado, and multiple projects at Liberty Station. In addition, Boretto + Merrill recently completed The Conrad Center for Performing Arts in La Jolla, a world class performance venue, new home to the La Jolla Music Society and recipient of The People’s Choice Orchid for San Diego. La Jolla Music Society | The Conrad has also won a 2019 Best Projects Award from Engineering News-Record in the Cultural/Worship category- ENR California Region.
Boretto + Merrill is a Project and Construction Management firm that specializes in residential, commercial and hospitality projects including historical renovation. Focusing on dense urban areas, Boretto + Merrill offers expertise in project management, acquisition, entitlements, programming, estimating, value engineering, construction management and project close out.
Why San Diego?
Boretto + Merrill chose San Diego because San Diego offers one of the best urban platforms in the United States; an urban environment with perfect weather, immediately adjacent to a major port, and of course, international tacos.
Boretto + Merrill is a woman owned business and is Caltrans DBE certified, City of San Diego SLBE Certified, and SBA certified. For additional information please visit borettomerrill.com.
In addition to the above, current projects include:
* XPO (21 townhomes in Banker’s Hill)
* Historical renovations at the Hotel Del Coronado.
*North Parking Structure and Co-Gen renovation at the hotel Del Coronado
* Celsius (101 apartments in in Lemon Grove)
* Liberty Station Tenant Improvements
* Azure (9 semi-custom homes in Encinitas)
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
Voice of San Diego is an award-winning nonprofit news organization that digs deeply into local issues and organizations that affect the public and reports on its findings. Our mission is to deliver ground-breaking investigative journalism for the San Diego region and to increase civic participation by giving residents the knowledge and in-depth analysis necessary to become advocates for good government and social progress.
VOSD reaches close to 200,000 people each month through our website, daily email newsletters, podcasts, partnerships with NBC TV and KOGO, and public events. We have readers across San Diego County, with strong foundations in central and northcentral San Diego. VOSD is supported by almost 3,000 individuals, as well as national and local foundations and corporations. Sign-up for our newsletters at https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/newsletters/
On October 26, 2019, Voice of San Diego will convene its public affairs summit, Politifest. No greater challenge faces the San Diego region – and California in general – than the cost of living here. Rents are soaring and the concept of buying a home is unfathomable to many residents. But the economy is booming, jobs are being created and babies are being born, both of which drive up the demand for homes. This affects everything. The economy, quality of life, health care, education and the environment. If people can’t afford to live in our cities, it will cripple local economies for decades.
Housing is intricately connected to transportation and San Diego leaders have touched off a major, if not historic debate about the future of transit and highways in the region.
Join Voice of San Diego for a daylong journey through these critical subjects at Politifest 2019. We’ll begin the day with a keynote speaker, followed by a range of sessions led by subject matter experts, as well as several debates among candidates for elected offices. Panelists will discuss housing supply, homelessness and potential solutions, the future of transit, and new tax and policy proposals.
Politifest provides a platform for residents to raise their voices, ask tough questions, and delve into these important issues.
Learn more at https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/politifest/
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: LOWE
Lowe is a private real estate investor, developer and manager. Founded in 1972 by our Chairman Robert J. Lowe, our company is owned by active and retired employees. Over the past 47 years, Lowe has acquired, developed or managed over $32 billion of real estate assets. We have offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle and Washington, DC.
Lowe uncovers and delivers value beyond what might be expected from a traditional real estate company. We value collaboration and partnership with others, welcoming new ideas and perspectives. Lowe is committed not to a single service, property type or location, but to mastering the process of building value in real estate. We develop, we invest, we manage. We create commercial properties, hotel properties, multifamily properties, and retail properties. Often, we get the opportunity to combine all of these skills to create a new mixed-use environment. Through our foundation of steadfast values and innovative real estate services we strive to bridge meaningful and positive human experiences with financial performance. We tailor our approach to the needs of each asset and the goals of each partner and find opportunity in complex challenges.
We are proud members of the San Diego community with the IDEA1 mixed-use community in East Village, the County Operations Center and the redevelopment of the Town and Country, San Diego among our recent local projects.
As a company we share core beliefs that guide and shape all of our interactions. We believe that’s what encourages good people to make their careers at Lowe and forges the lasting relationships we value so highly with our partners. We believe that people – the people who work with us, the people who use our properties, and the people we serve – are the most valuable asset in real estate.
THE POWER OF BIG. THE VALUES OF SMALL.
davisREED Construction Inc. is a San Diego-based, sought-after general contractor that reaches across the west coast with offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and even Napa. From high-end hotels to educational institutions, multi-family to commercial office, we have the crews and construction know-how to bring your plans into reality. Cultivated partnership with our clients, vendors and trade contractors have led to countless project success stories. Our driven staff is saturated with a diversity of experience, and from project executive to laborer – are dedicated to the project they are on and truly the heart of the company.
Derek Davis, President
Dan Dalry, Executive Vice President
Erik Kissner, Vice President
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Partnership is more than a buzz word for davisREED
davisREED’s approach to general contracting and philosophy toward our relationships with clients, designers and trade contractors can be summed up in the word “partnering.” Often our industry will assign a new-fangled title to a process or a concept that may be new to some, but to others (such as davisREED), has been a proven process and method of doing business for many years. Whether referred to as “partnering” or another buzz word, davisREED bases our approach to sound execution on the practice of delivering a negotiated, fast-track project during which the contractor is involved in the development of a project from the conception to the end.
Through “partnering” davisREED fosters effective relationships with our owners, architects, consultants and trade contractors, and these relationships are intentionally designed to support and promote our mutual project goals. We have found that partnering is the most successful business ethos that davisREED can foster in unifying the fragmented nature of a project. Partnering ultimately unites owners, architects, engineers, construction managers, trade contractors and vendors. Because the success of the whole project depends on the performance of each entity, partnering requires the cooperation of everyone to support and encourage each partner’s project sphere of influence.
The Carte Hotel | San Diego CA
The Carte Hotel is taking shape as davisREED nears completion on this 15-story, 246-room hotel downtown. There are guestrooms on 11 levels, a FIT Gym on level 2 & 3, a pool on level 3 with meeting rooms, and two levels of underground parking. Hotel amenities Level 1 include a 4,100 SF restaurant, 1,500 SF wine bar and an expansive Urban Outdoor Space at the ground level. Level 15 includes a rooftop bar.
The Guild Hotel | San Diego CA
Construction was recently completed on the 92,535 SF Guild Hotel. The 162-room, seven-floor Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel was converted from the historic Army-Navy YMCA building in downtown San Diego. The property, originally developed in the 1920s, features a lobby bar, outdoor restaurant, outdoor gardens, a private penthouse with a rooftop deck and a grand ballroom that was once the gym’s basketball court.
davisREED believes in doing more than just building project within a community. We believe in actually building up that community as well! Recently, a handful of davisREED employees and family members once again had the opportunity to cook and serve a BBQ lunch to Seanys Camp Reach for the Sky daycamp. This amazing non-profit offers FREE camps to kids (and their families) that are battling or surviving in the aftermath of cancer. For more information: www.theseanyfoundation.org.
To discover more about davisREED or partner with us on an upcoming project, visit www.davisreedinc.com
PORT OF SAN DIEGO’S 8TH ANNUAL
U.S. SAND SCULPTING CHALLENGE
San Diego’s largest Labor Day weekend celebration is one of the world’s most prominent sand sculpting competitions, and it’s right here on Broadway Pier and Landing in downtown San Diego on Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2. It is the focal point of activities that draw over 200,000 visitors to the beautiful Embarcadero. 12 World Master Sculptors carve solo for four days to create museum-quality sculptures reaching up to 15 ft. tall and weighing over 20,000 lbs.
Transportation and Parking is Easy
NEW transportation and user-friendly parking options make getting to and from the event easy. MTS trolleys and buses, the North County Coaster and Amtrak trains all take event goers within 2 blocks of the Broadway Pier. The Coronado Ferry disembarks next door! Lyft and Uber drop event goers at the festival’s front door.
San Diego Seals lacrosse stars make special appearances to take photos with fans and sign autographs.
The annual Dimensional Art Exposition runs alongside the Sand Sculpting Challenge. Shop from more than 2,000 items such as hand-made clothing and accessories, wood carvings and metal designs, beautiful gourds, glass art, jewelry, quilled greeting cards, ceramics and much more!
EXPANDED Kid Zone features sandcastle building lessons from Master Sculptors, and rides such as European Bungie, Bubble Fun, Bounce Houses and more!
Families can picnic on the bay with food and drink from over a dozen gourmet food trucks and vendors including: Cousins Maine Lobster, Eat Your Heart Out, The Habit Burger Grille, Matheny’s Wagon Works, Lolita’s Mexican Food, Sophia’s Kitchen, Pomodoro Rosso, Kettle Masters Kettle Korn, Cruising Cones, Goodness Baked Cookie Co., Old School Shave Ice, and Maui Wowi.
Live entertainment from bands paying tribute to the Beatles, Beach Boys, Dylan, Journey and other greats. Special appearances by Elvis on Saturday and Sunday nights!
Get your tickets NOW at www.ussandsculpting.com.
3D Art Expo LLC is a San Diego based event marketing company specialized in turning arts and culture into fun for the whole family. Its principals have been involved in creating and implementing promotional marketing campaigns for Fortune 100 companies for more than four decades, and have won national and international awards for their work from the American Marketing Association, Advertising Age and others. For the past 8 years, the company has produced the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition on the downtown San Diego waterfront, an event that has hailed as Best U.S. Labor Day Event in 2018 by CNN Travel, a Top 20 “Must See” seaside festival in the world by American Express and USA Today’s 10 Best.
San Diego offers an unusually creative environment on a pier downtown, with skyscrapers to the East and the beautiful bay on the West. On top of that, tall ships on the water, a perfect climate, mass transit just 2 blocks from the site and more.
RESOURCE ACCESS PROGRAM (RAP)
HELPING PEOPLE GET THEIR LIFE BACK
Earlier this year Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher announced a new partnership to increase staffing capabilities to the City of San Diego Resource Access Program (RAP).
The expanded RAP program is a mental health initiative which consists of two American Medical Response (AMR) paramedics, two San Diego Fire-Rescue staff, and two clinicians from the county’s Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams (PERT). The RAP team provides resources and navigation services to vulnerable residents who use 911 emergency services in disproportion to the general public. Many of the individuals suffer from complex circumstances, mental illnesses, substance abuse problems, and/or chronic homelessness.
“Collaboration is key when it comes to helping vulnerable people with complex health issues and AMR is excited to continue its involvement with RAP,” said Madeleine Baudoin, Government and Public Affairs Manager for AMR. “It’s a great program that works to get people the help they need, while reducing the strain of unnecessary 911 calls.”
Since its launch in May, the RAP team has helped 16 individuals – 13 of which were homeless, while the others were at immediate risk of homelessness. Of the 13 that were homeless, RAP has so far secured housing for seven of them.
“If it wasn’t for the RAP team, I wouldn’t be sober and back on my feet today. They are a blessing,” said a RAP client.
About American Medical Response (AMR):
With more than 70 years of caregiving throughout San Diego County, American Medical Response serves more communities and patients than any other private ambulance provider. As part of the community, AMR enjoys a long and proud history of rapid response, and caring for San Diegans in need. We employ approximately 1,100 employees locally, and respond to over 200,000 emergency medical calls annually. AMR has a single mission: to make a difference by caring for people in need. We are proud to be an employer that champions diversity and inclusion. We are caregivers, first and foremost. Our promise to you is that we will treat our patients, customers and team members with the utmost respect. AMR wants to remind you to: Stay Healthy San Diego.
Member Spotlight: General Dynamics NASSCO
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
On Saturday, June 15, General Dynamics NASSCO launched and christened the largest containership built in San Diego. The Lurline is an 870-foot-long, 3,500 TEU, 44,200 deadweight metric ton, combination containership/roll-on, roll-off (“ConRo”) vessel.
Lurline is the lead ship of a two-vessel contract being built for Honolulu-based Matson at General Dynamics NASSCO. Thousands of NASSCO employees had a role in constructing the Lurline. The design of the ship provides the capability to transport containers, automobiles and rolling stock, including trailers.
The construction and operation of the Lurline is aligned with the Jones Act, requiring ships that carry cargo between U.S. ports be built in U.S. shipyards, further protecting hundreds of thousands of American jobs in the domestic American maritime industry.
“The launch of the Lurline represents a journey of challenges, learning and transformation. It’s a celebration of an entire team coming together for a common purpose,” said Kevin Graney, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “NASSCO is proud to build the Lurline and her sister ship for Matson.”
“The great speed, capacity and environmental improvements of this new ship position us well to serve the needs of our communities in Hawaii for many years to come,” said Matt Cox, Matson’s chairman and chief executive officer, at the shipyard ceremony.
As part of the ceremony, the ships sponsor Ms. Constance Lau, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle on the ship’s hull. Ms. Lau is the President, CEO and Director of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., as well as a member of the Board of Directors for Matson.
NASSCO serves as the only major shipyard on the West Coast of the United States designing, constructing and repairing ships for the U.S. Navy and commercial customers.
Member Spotlight: Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP | 80 Years New
Although it is now in its 80th year of serving the legal needs of individuals and businesses in San Diego and beyond, Higgs Fletcher and Mack (HFM) considers itself to be “80 Years New.” While the Firm was founded in 1939 by attorneys Dutch Higgs and Ferd Fletcher, who met while representing clients on opposite sides of a lawsuit, HFM has evolved to become the quintessential modern-day law firm. This year alone, HFM has refreshed its brand and unveiled a new logo, completely remodeled its office suites, introduced a new enhanced user-experience website, and added its stamp to the city skyline, with the Firm’s name prominently positioned atop the building at 401 W. A Street, the Firm’s home.
Today, HFM is comprised of nearly 80 of the city’s top attorneys, with a breadth of experience and expertise across nearly all areas of law and with clients in a variety of industries. As the Firm continues to grow and change with the needs of its clients, value and service remain the core tenets of the Firm’s success. Paramount to HFM’s approach to each client matter are the Firm’s guiding principles. HFM attorneys take on their clients’ issues and challenges as their own, engage in their clients’ success through creative solutions to complex problems, and are always prepared, loyal, honest, responsive and above all, professional.
According to HFM’s Managing Partner, Steve Cologne, the Firm is committed to honoring the legacy of its founders while adapting to changing business practices and adopting strategies that will ensure the Firm’s continued success. The Firm also maintains its commitment to serving the community and its efforts to improve diversity in the profession, attributes that will continue to guide the Firm well into the future.
“Higgs Fletcher and Mack has worked diligently to serve businesses, individuals and our broader business and legal community. We aim to always pay homage to those who have made HFM the success it is today, while also addressing modern law firm needs.”
As the Firm looks to the future, it will prioritize planning for the future and highlighting the strengths of the attorneys who comprise the Firm, many of whom have practiced at HFM for over twenty years and have made HFM their professional home. Throughout the remainder of this year, and beyond, HFM will shine a spotlight on the attorneys and clients who have contributed to the Firm’s success and will continue to seek out ways to better serve its clients and the community.
While HFM serves clients throughout the county and the state, we appreciate being a part of the evolution of San Diego’s downtown business environment and enjoy practicing law from a location at the center of the city’s legal community, in close proximity to our State and Federal courthouses.
Member Spotlight: JCJ Architecture
JCJ Architecture is a planning, architecture and interior design practice that offers comprehensive services to clients in the private and public sectors. Formerly known as Wheeler, Wimer Blackman, the firm has been a part of the San Diego community for over 70 years. JCJ’s engaged process brings together a methodology of active and alert advocacy with our wide ranging experience as design professionals . JCJ creates environments that are respectful of contextual and relate specifically to the needs of each unique client.
Bob Gdowski – Design Principal and Director of Hospitality Design
Paul Hamel – Principal, Managing Director of the Western Region
The firm’s work stretches back decades and includes the planning, architectural and interior design of many local facilities including work at Balboa Park, Chula Vista Library, Mission Valley Library, the US Grand Hotel, and projects for clients such as the San Diego Unified School District, Cisterra Partners, RAR Hospitality, Paragon Real Estate Investments, the City of San Diego, San Diego State University, and the University of San Diego.
JCJ’s extensive work nationally with Tribal Nations has informed our collaboration with many local Tribes including the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Pala Band of Mission Indians, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians.
Areas of Expertise
Arts & Culture
Public Safety and Justice
Pre-Design Feasibility and Planning
Graphic Design/Environmental Branding
Member Spotlight: Park 12
New Retail and Residential Complex in East Village Offers a Range of Activities and Services
Construction is now complete on Park 12 – The Collection, a $400 million four-building luxury apartment and retail community featuring dramatic modern architecture and design, located at 100 Park Plaza overlooking San Diego Bay and Petco Park.
Situated on a 3.5-acre triangular site, Park 12 is comprised of one high-rise and three mid-rise buildings – all owned and operated by Greystar, a global leader in the investment, development and management of rental housing properties. The complex encompasses 371 luxury apartments in a 37-story tower and 347 units in one six and two seven-story midrise buildings — for a total of 718 rental homes. Residences include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans – as well as penthouse suites – with square footage spanning from 518 to 2,824 square feet, with direct access to Petco Park for San Diego Padres baseball games and other special events.
The apartment homes, all of which are designed to condominium standards, feature a classic, modern feel – with plank flooring, private patios or balconies, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, polished chrome fixtures and full-size washer/dryers. Rents start at $1,909.
According to Jerry Brand, senior managing director of west coast development for Greystar, Park 12 – The Collection was built to create a sense of community, with high-end amenities designed to fuel camaraderie and engagement.
“Today’s residents are all about interaction and amenities and as a result, landlords have upped the amenity game significantly in recent years,” Brand said. “Apartment dwellers expect more today. We are working hard to stay abreast of evolving demands and to meet tenants’ diverse needs, and this is evidenced at Park 12, one of downtown San Diego’s most amenity-rich communities.”
High-end perks at Park 12 include a nearly 5,000 square foot entertainment hub – complete with a karaoke room; a movie theater; shuffleboard, ping pong, poker, chess and billiards tables; a virtual golf simulator; six TVs; multiple arcade games and a mini bowling alley.
Residents also have free access to a beautifully designed co-working space, complete with private offices and multiple conference rooms.
Additional amenities include an indoor/outdoor fitness center featuring top-of-the-line equipment; two pools with a sundeck and spa; underground gated parking with 1,216 spaces; a clubhouse with kitchen; resident lounge; multiple rooftop terraces with outdoor seating, fire pits and outdoor kitchen and grilling areas. Two dog runs – one for small and one for big dogs – are outfitted with a dog washing station and pet drinking fountains. An expansive lobby includes 24-hour concierge services.
For more information, visit https://livepark12.com.
Member Spotlight: San Diego Padres
The 2019 season marks the San Diego Padres 50th anniversary – a season-long celebration with a focus on the fans, the Friar Faithful and the city’s continued support for the team. This past weekend the Padres paid tribute to their history and recognized former players, including Fred Kendall of the original 1969 team, in a special pre-game ceremony where they were greeted by a group of original Padres season ticket members.
In addition, the Padres, in partnership with the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, also recently launched the “Padres Thank SD” community initiative as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration. With the dedicated support of the San Diego community for the past 50 years serving as an integral part of the club’s history, the Padres and the Padres Foundation have partnered with Sycuan to express their gratitude through projects that will make a positive and lasting impact on the community. In total, the organizations will support charitable projects totaling over one million dollars in 2019. Projects range from funding matches for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship program, to renovating a Miracle League field for boys and girls with special needs and many more.
Member Spotlight: San Diego Theatres, Inc.
Delivering exceptional performing arts experiences in the heart of Downtown San Diego
Were you one of the lucky theater-goers who experienced Hamilton at downtown’s Civic Theatre? Or Wicked or CATS, or The Nutcracker ballet or the Opera’s Carmen? Were you at the Balboa Theatre to sing along with The Sound of Music or laugh along with Ellen DeGeneres? If you have attended performances at the Civic Theatre or the historic Balboa Theatre, you have seen San Diego Theatres in action.
San Diego Theatres is a 501(c)3 non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to the management, marketing, and operation of the San Diego Civic Theatre and the historic Balboa Theatre in Downtown San Diego. The City-owned theaters are operated under long-term leases with the City of San Diego. Our mission is to deliver exceptional performing arts and educational experiences, foster collaboration and partnerships, and create an accessible place for all to enjoy the arts.
San Diego Theatres welcomes over 500,000 theater patrons annually. Our staff of theater professionals – led by a management team with a combined 130+ years of arts administration leadership – provides our guests with world-class service, from ticketing through the performance experience. Under our management, the theaters generate revenues that exceed $10 million annually. In turn, San Diego Theatres has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars of our earned revenue in capital improvements to the theaters.
San Diego Theatres was established in 2003 by the San Diego Convention Center Corporation as a subsidiary corporation with responsibility for the management of the Civic Theatre. In 2008, we assumed management of the historic Balboa Theatre. In 2012, San Diego Theatres separated from the Convention Center Corporation and began independent operations as a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Our Success Story
To measure the success of our programming and services, San Diego Theatres looks to the significant growth of our attendance and revenue. In the past five years, the total number of guests attending performances increased from 338,000 to 528,000 – a 56% increase. In the same time period, gross revenues increased at the Civic Theatre and at the Balboa Theatre, by 96% and 75% respectively.
With 210 days booked in the Civic Theatre and 109 days booked in the Balboa Theatre confirmed for FY 2020, we are on track to host another successful year of world-class performing arts.
San Diego Civic Theatre
The Civic Theatre opened in 1965 in its Downtown location adjacent to City Hall. Generations of San Diegans experienced their first Broadway show, opera, symphony, ballet, or concert at the Civic Theatre. The 2,967-seat theater is the largest and best-equipped performing arts venue in San Diego. It is the only performance space in the city with the capacity and facilities to accommodate large-scale productions of Opera, Ballet, and Broadway.
The Civic Theatre is the performing home of San Diego Opera, California Ballet, and Nederlander’s Broadway/San Diego. The theater also hosts presentations by AEG Live/Goldenvoice, Live Nation Entertainment, Mills Entertainment, Icon Concerts, and other presenters of concerts, comedy, dance, magic, cinema, and corporate and civic events.
In 2018, the Civic hosted sold-out shows by John Legend and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. In April this year, comedian Ali Wong played to a sold-out crowd at the Civic (plus 6 sold-out shows at the Balboa Theatre!)
Coming Attractions: In September, entertainment legend Tony Bennett comes to the Civic. In October, Bill Maher brings barbed political humor. Also in October, San Diego Opera presents a stunning Aida. Broadway/San Diego offers the Tony® Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen in December, Disney’s Frozen (March 2020) and Broadway sensation Mean Girls (June 2020.)
Historic Balboa Theatre
The Balboa Theatre opened in 1924 as an elegant vaudeville and movie palace in the heart of downtown, anchoring Fourth Avenue at E Street. The Balboa is notable for its working interior waterfalls, and for the Morton “Wonder” pipe organ which provides pre-performance entertainment. In 2015, San Diego Theatres invested in a state-of-the art cinema system for contemporary and classic film presentations.
The Balboa was saved from demolition when it was purchased by the City of San Diego in 1986. In 1996, the theater was named to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2002, the City’s Redevelopment Agency funded a spectacular $26.5 million renovation. The theater reopened in January 2008 under the management of San Diego Theatres.
The Balboa is the performing home of Mainly Mozart and Classics 4 Kids. Additional non-profit clients include La Jolla Music Society, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, San Diego International Film Festival, and presenters of children’s programming, Spanish language plays, and author events.
Coming Attractions: The Balboa will host a variety of exciting events during Comic-Con in July. August features stand-up comedian Brian Regan and celebrated mystery writer Louise Penny. Actor/writer Nick Offerman will tickle our funny bones in December.
Community Partnerships and Support
San Diego Theatres supports local non-profit organizations by providing discounted rates and fees for their use of the Balboa Theatre and the Civic Theatre.
Nearly 90% of our annual clients are those with whom we have continuing partnerships, including a 10+ year relationship with Classics 4 Kids at the Balboa Theatre, and our 48-year partnership with California Ballet – the presenters of The Nutcracker at the Civic Theatre annually since 1971.
San Diego Theatres’ commitment to service for our clients and guests drives improvements in accessibility technology, including upgraded hearing and visual aids. Through collaboration, we have facilitated sensory-focused programs for children with varying developmental and physical attributes.
San Diego Theatres proudly supports the arts community, and the San Diego community and economy. Our theaters welcome hundreds of thousands of patrons annually. In each one of them is the opportunity for another theater-goer to fall in love with Downtown San Diego.
Join Us Onstage!
The Civic Theatre and the Balboa Theatre are available for corporate meetings, civic gatherings, themed parties, employee recognition, client presentations, and private events. For information, contact our Programming team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Member Spotlight: Clearway Energy, Inc.
Clearway Energy, Inc. is a new name for a familiar face in downtown San Diego. Formerly known as NRG Yield, Inc., Clearway’s district energy system, Energy Center San Diego, has been providing downtown customers with chilled water cooling for almost 50 years. Our name may be new, but our cooling network is operating as safely and reliably as ever. As a long-time service provider, we have seen our downtown area grow and change year after year and are proud to be a continuing part of that growth.
Clearway Energy’s technology is perfectly suited for the downtown area. Our centrally located plant efficiently produces chilled water which is then delivered through our established pipeline distribution network. This network of pipes run throughout downtown San Diego allowing for new customers to connect easily to our proven reliable service.
Our distribution system is key to driving down energy costs for our customers. By eliminating the need for on-site cooling equipment, you reduce upfront costs, operational costs and on-going maintenance. Our exceptional record of over 99% reliability is ideal for customers who are looking to minimize outages. It also allows business owners to take advantage of limited and costly space, giving them greater architectural flexibility. It is important to reduce our carbon footprint, and in all these ways, using the Clearway Energy cooling system contributes to that reduction.
Today, we serve many major customers in San Diego, including the new State’s Courts Tower, The San Diego County Hall of Justice and the Central Jail. We also serve The City of San Diego Civic Plaza, Horton Plaza, three major hotels and a wide variety of office buildings—providing air conditioning to approximately 3.2 million square feet of space in the downtown area.
As one of the nation’s premier district energy companies, Clearway’s portfolio extends well beyond San Diego. Our district energy systems and plants nationwide are providing reliable, resilient, cost-effective heating and cooling services to major institutional and commercial customers in San Francisco, Phoenix, Tucson, Omaha, Minneapolis, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.
Member Spotlight: Gafcon
Gafcon is a leading program, project and construction management firm with offices in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles County. Overseeing a diverse array of projects for school districts, cities and other public and private entities, Gafcon is known for its innovative approach to technology.
Working in San Diego for more than 30 years, Gafcon specializes in managing complex construction projects. A major focus this year is finalizing the design for Seaport San Diego, the future redevelopment of 70 acres of waterfront alongside Downtown San Diego.
Scheduled to break ground as early as 2024, Seaport San Diego will bring families and friends together for relaxation, education and fun and will further enhance the reputation and livability of our great city on the water. With the “wow” factor of an iconic tower, along with a blue campus and a revitalized commercial fishing basin – plus so much more – this will be a memorable destination for locals and visitors, unlike any other. Public access will be preserved and expanded, with parks, urban open space, promenades, pedestrian-oriented streets and other activated public spaces covering more than 70% of the site.
Gafcon’s innovation brings teams together
Large construction projects are a team effort. But architects, general contractors, electricians, plumbers and accountants rarely speak the same industry language. When plans are passed between disciplines, data can be mistranslated and time is lost.
Gafcon has invested heavily in technology and has developed its own Digital Twin/OneModel approach to use industry software in a more efficient way. The company’s approach has been featured in leading industry publications including Construction Dive and Building Design + Construction.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a technology that allows professionals to easily access a graphic representation of complex project plans. With Digital Twin/OneModel, Gafcon is pioneering a new way to use BIM to create a shared digital model for all members of the project team. The model combines financial, technical, time and visual data to create a virtual model. Team members can examine details like room layout, wiring schematics and more – together.
Small details make a big impact
When team members speak the same language and share the same data, they do not need to waste time searching for information and translating the details between disciplines. By preserving information about the project, future maintenance costs are reduced. Already, this approach is generating savings for project owners, to the tune of $3.1 million on one element of a recent project.
To learn more about Gafcon and how they’re creating a more innovative construction industry, click here.
Member Spotlight: TSA Construction, Inc.
Founded in 2003, TSA Construction is a 2nd generation, family-owned and operated general contractor based in San Diego with an additional office in Orange County. As a woman-owned business, TSA specializes in preconstruction, ground up construction, site development and renovations, tenant improvements, and historical and building renovations. Built on integrity and accountability, TSA’s primary goal has always been client satisfaction.
UNDERSTANDING OUR CLIENTS’ VISION EARLY ON
TSA Construction offers a hands-on, collaborative approach to our clients’ vision. Our goal is to work together at the earliest stage possible in order to build every project in the most cost effective way. We have had great success adding value and getting our clients closer to their project design based on simple floor plans, test fits, and due diligence analysis.
Understanding the client’s and architect’s goal and involving TSA in the early stages of the project planning gives the project team an opportunity to control the project budget.
Our expert team of Project Managers and Field Superintendents offer extensive experience and dedication, providing the best possible service to our clients. Our project experience includes:
- Multi-Family/Senior Living
- Native American Gaming
Door of Hope Rady Residence | San Diego
Amid a homelessness crisis, San Diego County has the fourth largest homeless population nationwide, according to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army’s Door of Hope Campus is home to programs serving homeless families of San Diego. The new Rady Residence will be a new 37,900 SF, 4-story building that will provide 32 residential units with a 1-story Housing Services wing. The Housing Services Wing will consist of an activity room, playroom, offices, and a laundry room.
Mater Dei Catholic Church | Chula Vista
Slated to be complete by April next year, the new Mater Dei Catholic Church will be a 17,420 SF building with a seating capacity of 1,000. The project will consist of other ancillary and supporting spaces as well.
Hotel Del Coronado Vista Walk | Coronado
Undergoing a revamp of the existing outdoor event space, Vista Walk is a picturesque location for ceremonies and other outdoor events at the infamous Hotel Del Coronado. The new space will be expanded from two levels to one, creating views to the ocean and the historic turret of the 130-year-old hotel. The famed Dragon Tree next to the resort entrance, which was the backdrop for a scene featuring Jack Lemmon in drag in the movie “Some Like It Hot”, is also being preserved.
Irvine Company Office Properties – Revitalization Projects | San Diego, Irvine
The Irvine Company’s revitalization of various office campuses creates collaborative outdoor workspaces that includes gathering spaces, charging stations, Wi-Fi, heaters, shading, and engaging landscaping so tenants can innovate, create, and socialize in a more relaxed way. TSA projects include:
Township 14, Del Mar Heights
Eastgate, La Jolla UTC
Gateway at Torrey Hills, Del Mar Heights
La Jolla Center, La Jolla UTC
La Jolla Reserve, La Jolla UTC
La Jolla Square, La Jolla UTC
Executive Park, Irvine
NOTABLE DOWNTOWN PROJECTS
To learn more about TSA Construction, visit www.tsaci.com
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