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Austin Veum Robbins Partners (AVRP) is busy preparing for ground breakings set to take place on two towers designed for downtown.

Sapphire Tower

Groundbreaking is scheduled in late August for Sapphire Tower, a 30-story, 187,000-square-foot, mixed- use residential and commercial high-rise.

Located on Kettner and A Street, Sapphire Tower will include six studios, 18 one-bedroom, 62 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom units.

The estimated $50 million dollar project will include six studios, 18 one-bedroom, 62 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom units. There are also a total of 168 parking places in a five-story subterranean parking structure.

The tower is located on Kettner and A Street, in front of the Santa Fe Depot and one of the trolley stops to be found in downtown.

The narrow structure will have two units per floor that allow for direct entrance into the unit. High ceilings and contemporary design detail the units as well as the amount of glass ornamenting each unit.

"Any natural light to the street is an important aspect to a building," Doug Austin said. "We build slender towers and therefore create less shadow. We also open the skyline up to more views because you can see past our project. We don't block out the sky."

AVRP designed Sapphire Tower with the focus of providing an environment that promotes human interaction, growth and opportunity for a downtown lifestyle.

AVRP is responsible for the master planning, schematic design and architecture for the tower. Team members include: Doug Austin, FAIA, principal-in-charge; Thomas Anielski, project director and Aidee Arellano. The clients for the project are Centurion Partners and Goldman Sachs, as well as AVION Development, a development group and extension of AVRP. The consulting engineer team is John A. Martin Associates for structural, Sasco Electric for electrical, Davis Earth and Materials for geotechnical, Fuscoe Engineering for civil/ survey. The general contractor is Swinerton Builders.

Sapphire Tower is slated for completion in the fall of 2007.

Library Tower

Library Tower is a 40-story, 232,000-square-foot, mixed-use residential and commercial high-rise estimated at $72 million.

The tower will consist of 41 one-bedroom and 127 two-bedroom configurations, as well as two two-story penthouses. The project also includes a low-rise podium with a fitness center and a pool, and office and retail space on the ground level.

Library Tower is located in the Ballpark District on K Street between 12th and 13th streets. The tower is located across the street from the main trolley station and on one of the gateway streets in San Diego, Park Boulevard. The importance of having accessible public transportation near or around where people live and work is of great importance to AVRP and is essential for the environment as well as convenient for the community's residents.

AVRP designed Library Tower with the consistent focus of producing and encouraging an environment that promotes human interaction, growth and opportunity for an urban existence.

As one of California's leading design firms, AVRP is responsible for the master planning, schematic design and architecture for the tower. Team members include: Doug Austin, FAIA, principal-in-charge, Thomas Anielski, project director, Carlos Ortuño, project architect and Pablo Collin, project designer. The developers are Centurion Partners, Goldman Sachs and AVION Development. The consulting engineering team is John A. Martin Associates for structural, Sasco Electric for electrical, Davis Earth and Materials for geotechnical and Fuscoe Engineering for civil/ survey. The general contractor is Swinerton Builders.

Library Tower is slated for completion in early spring of 2008.

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