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Transformation continues at Old Police HQ

Carlsbad-based Terramar Retail Centers announced that it has entered into the next phase of the adaptive re-use and redesign of the Old Police Headquarters next to Seaport Village.

The $40 million project known as The Headquarters, is designed to transform the 100,000-square-foot former police headquarters into a retail, dining and entertainment destination.

Workers have already removed original building elements such as windows, doors, tiles and fixtures that are being preserved, restored and reused as part of the reinvention of the property.

The existing three buildings, set around an interior courtyard, are being transformed into a collection of up to 30 shops and restaurants.

The Headquarters' main courtyard will feature fountains and landscaping designed to create an attractive setting for al fresco dining, plazas, meandering walkways and an outdoor entertainment venue.

Terramar, which is also planning a major upgrade of its Seaport Village leasehold, said The Headquarters should benefit from Seaport Village traffic that reportedly totals more than 4 million visitors annually.

Originally built in 1939, the building served as the San Diego Police Headquarters until 1987. Its Spanish, Mediterranean and Pueblo Revival styles are being preserved in the renovation.

With the assistance of restoration designer Heritage Architecture & Planning, and project architect Carrier Johnson + Culture, Terramar identified the historic building elements to be restored and reused in the renovated property. These include the 27,500 roof tiles, large and ornate heavy wood doors, ironwork, light fixtures, 20 skylights, windows, 15,000 square feet of historic courtyard pavers, and many other design and building elements indicative of the late 1930s design.

In addition, the old cell block doors from the prisoner tunnel to the cells have been restored and fixed in place as part of an onsite museum that re-creates the cell block.

The cell block work set the stage for the next phase of construction, currently under way, which includes structural re-enforcement to bring the building to modern seismic standards, installation of new infrastructure systems and the reconfiguration of the building’s interiors to accommodate the new uses.

The general contractor on the project is Legacy Building Services. Work on The Headquarters is expected to be completed in fall 2013.

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