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Columbia Center to be renovated, renamed

Emmes Realty Services has announced plans for a multimillion-dollar interior and exterior renovation of downtown San Diego's Columbia Center, now named 1 Columbia Place.

The plan calls for transforming the 27-story high-rise office building into a contemporary destination for multitenant leasing, including a new and prominent exterior entrance on Columbia Street and a lobby renovation.

“Our vision for the (new) 1 Columbia Place is bringing life to work,” said Scott Grady, vice president of Emmes Realty Services of California LLC, an affiliate of The Emmes Group of Cos. “The property is ideally located in proximity to public transportation, San Diego’s courthouses and a fantastic variety of dining options."

The restyling will include an updated facade on Columbia Street to establish a stronger and more recognizable entrance at street level, Grady said.

Renovations will include new furnishings, color palette and digital displays in the lobby; new signage throughout the building; enhanced lighting to help guide tenants and visitors; and redesigned and refurnished exterior terraces.

A rendering of 1 Columbia Place's street-level entrance. Courtesy image

Refurbishing the lobby, common areas and outdoor terraces is expected to be complete by summer.

Design work for the new 1 Columbia Place was done by LPA Inc.

In addition, the elevators have been renovated and a fiber-optic cable network installed throughout the building.

“We think downtown San Diego’s Core-Columbia district has incredible potential to be the premier locale for desirable tenants, including law and technology firms,” Grady said.

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