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Construction was scheduled to start around the end of August on the Summit Rancho Bernardo, a 105-acre, mixed-use development that will include two Class A office buildings and an amenities building in its first phase.

San Francisco-based Jay Paul Co. is developing the property at 16550 W. Rancho Bernardo Drive. That campus will ultimately total 3.2 million square feet of research and development, office and industrial space in 11 towers and two amenities buildings.

The first phase will consist of two Class A office towers -- one five-story and one six-story, totaling 407,000 square feet -- and a two-story, 40,000-square-foot amenities building. The 185,000-square-foot and 222,000-square-foot towers will feature materials including limestone, granite, metal panel and glass with entry features such as a projecting glass stair tower and deep entry canopy.

Construction begins on phase one of Jay Paul's Summit Rancho Bernardo, a 105-acre mixed-use development.

Rick Guinn, project executive for general contractor Rudolph & Sletten, described the project as having "a beautiful setting, high-end buildings."

"It's not just stucco and glass like a lot of buildings up there," he said.

The amenities building for tenants will be unique in the area, Guinn said. It will provide a full-service fitness facility with an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, free weights, exercise machines, spa services and cafe. Initial occupancy is scheduled for late 2008. The initial phase will also include two parking garages, a basketball court and volleyball court.

Future phases include nine office towers of five to 10 stories, one more 40,000-square-foot amenities building and parking facilities providing a total of 11,869 parking spaces.

The project is designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification with Core and Shell green designs for the office buildings and New Construction green designs for the amenities buildings.

The project will also include a ridge trail lining the perimeter of the site as well as a green space in the center of the campus.

Rudolph & Sletten and architect DES Architects & Engineers, have worked with Jay Paul Co. on similar projects in Northern California.

Jay Paul purchased the 75-acre Summit land site in January of this year and the neighboring 30-acre site from Sony Electronics (NYSE: SNE) in 2006 for a combined $145 million. Chris Pascale and Brent Wright of CB Richard Ellis (NYSE: CBG) are the exclusive leasing team for The Summit.

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