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Design firm has $2 billion in projects

Austin Veum Robbins Partners (AVRP) has passed the $2 billion mark in construction value of its projects under contract in Southern California. The firm was founded by Douglas H. Austin, FAIA, in 1976 and currently has just under 100 employees, according to AVRP President Christopher T. Veum.

Austin, Veum and AVRP principal Randy S. Robbins share the philosophy that structures become part of the life of a community -- and that AVRP's efforts should reflect that responsibility.

The firm has concentrated on designing environments in three specific categories: where people live and play (multipurpose/mixed-use, high density urban and housing developments); where people work (state-of-the-art, high-tech, corporate and medical facilities); and where people learn (educational institutions and community centers).

"We share a commitment to the vision that great architecture goes beyond solving functional problems," said Austin. "Great architecture enhances living environments by imbuing them with a great sense of spirit."

For its designs, AVRP has garnered more than 80 local, regional and national awards.

AVRP currently has more than 100 Southern California projects in which it is involved. Some major San Diego projects include:

  • Pacific Pointe, a 700-unit housing project covering a full city block in downtown San Diego by developer Pointe of View, scheduled for construction commencement this year.
  • San Diego Mercado, a 120,000-square-foot market in a transitional neighborhood, scheduled for completion this year. The developer is LandGrant.
  • "Smart Corner," a mixed-use project led by Lankford & Associates that will consist of 299 condominiums, 93,000 square feet of office space and 25,000 square feet of retail in downtown San Diego. Smart Corner is expected to break ground in June.
  • The Pinnacle Museum Tower, a 35-story, condominium community currently under construction in downtown San Diego.
  • The Allegro, an apartment community with a 28-story tower surrounded by five- and seven-story structures and four levels of underground parking currently under construction in downtown San Diego.
  • 15th & Market, an eight-story, 65-unit condominium in downtown San Diego, being developed by Centex Homes.
  • One Library Circle, a mixed-use, 43-story project with 118 condominiums, 17,200 square feet of retail space and 240 parking spaces adjacent to Petco Park in downtown San Diego.
  • The Egyptian, a redevelopment of a landmark cinema in Hillcrest into an 80-unit, seven-story luxury condominium project that will retain the theater's distinctive modern design. Construction began in 2003.
  • Sante Fe Depot, a residential community in San Diego expected to break ground in 2005.

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