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Thomas Jefferson School of Law to boost downtown redevelopment

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The Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a centerpiece of the redevelopment of the East Village area of downtown San Diego. Located on Island Avenue between 11th Avenue and Park Boulevard, the new construction is a vertical campus, stepping up to eight stories, with expansive roof terraces at the fifth and eighth levels.

The law school features classrooms, a library, admissions, administrative, staff and student departments, faculty offices, and student and faculty lounges. Pedestrian access to the law school's lobby, the Public Law Clinic, the café and the bookstore is at street level. The construction of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law will also encourage the development of student housing in the surrounding neighborhood, furthering the ongoing efforts to create a vibrant urban environment in this once-neglected area of downtown San Diego.

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law is now under construction in East Village, and will certainly become a significant catalyst for continuing redevelopment in downtown. The school is currently located in Old Town, in a collection of obsolete buildings with parking problems. The new school is a vertical campus on a 30,000-square-foot urban lot located at a trolley station. The new structure epitomizes the sustainable concept of urban infill adjacent to transit, particularly for occupants that will use transit and/or live downtown. The building is registered for LEED Gold certification, and incorporates numerous energy features, including a solar/photovoltaic system on the distinctive roofline.

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