The construction industry seems to be rebounding from the recession as several new projects are underway in central San Diego. This fall, the city welcomes a world-class library, public parks, high-rise residences and a new leader in sustainable urban planning.

  • Balboa Park Centennial plans under way

    With Balboa Park’s centennial less than a year and a half away, planners and producers are busily preparing for an ambitious yearlong celebration intended to draw international attention to San Diego and showcase the city’s offerings.

  • Manchester Grand Hyatt completes phase of multimillion-dollar renovation

    Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. recently completed the renovation of 1,628 guestrooms at This Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. The 13-month project began spring 2012. The hotel also debuted a brand new Executive Club Lounge on the 33rd floor. The next phase of the renovation for the tallest waterfront building on the West Coast will include revamping its meeting facilities, lounges, restaurants and public spaces.

  • Venter Institute's grand opening in November

    The new $39 million, 45,000-square-foot J. Craig Venter Institute being constructed on the UC San Diego campus is slated for its grand opening celebration Nov. 9.

  • Works in Progress

    A quick look at some of the large ongoing construction projects around the county. Projects are listed by estimated total cost.

  • Local landscape contractors win 2013 Beautification Awards

    The San Diego chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association recently honored 19 local landscape contractors in its 2013 Beautification Awards for excellence in landscape installation and maintenance, demonstrating the best quality, construction, originality and attention to detail on 2012 projects. Thirty-nine awards were presented in 26 categories culled from 65 entries, which encompassed residential and commercial landscape construction, maintenance and renovation, along with water features, outdoor lighting and water-saving California-friendly landscaping.

  • Five biggest lessons learned by small-business owners

    Chances are you have read plenty of advice about how to run a business. It’s easy to find helpful hints and inspiring success stories. But what about the mistakes other businesses have made that you should take care to avoid in order to help your business to grow? Here are a few of those top mistakes I hope you can learn from.

  • Taking noodle bar to lofty heights

    The 27-unit North Parker Lofts is coming to the corner of 30th and Upas streets. Leasing applications should include a “must love ramen” clause; Little Italy's Underbelly is headed to the future residential complex.

  • New public parks to perk up central, southeast San Diego

    Many public park projects that were stalled for a year or more have now found funding. Residents of neighborhoods in central and southeast San Diego will be able to visit several new parks, from mini, “pocket” parks to those with trails and a skate plaza, starting in December.

  • School district to sell more properties, raise $97 million

    The San Diego Unified School District plans to sell additional properties to help close a projected $88 million deficit in its 2013-14 school year budget. The district expects to make about $97 million off the sale of seven surplus properties, of which $61 million will be used to cover the shortfall in a $1.1 billion operational budget, said Jenny Salkeld, the district’s interim chief financial officer.

  • Developer aims to make old Police Headquarters into arresting retail center

    Visitors to Seaport Village and the San Diego bayfront will have new shopping and dining options by the end of this year, as renovations are under way at the historical police station to turn it into a lifestyle district. Terramar Retail Centers, which operates Seaport Village, is modernizing the former San Diego Police Headquarters. About 70 percent of the retail center, called the Headquarters, is leased out.

  • Library prepares for new chapter with $185M facility

    Finishing touches are being put on the new San Diego Central Library, which is set to debut at the end of September. Since the beginning of July, library staff has been packing and moving all the books from the now-closed Central Library on E Street downtown to the new facility at 330 Park Blvd. in anticipation for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and sneak peek tour Sept. 28. Visitors will be able to use the library and check out books starting Sept. 30.

  • Mission Bay Gateway Project has big vision

    An idea 10 years in the making may be gaining traction: a sweeping redesign of the parkland surrounding one of San Diego’s most popular recreational destinations, Mission Bay. The Mission Gateway Project is the brainchild of Scott Chipman, a Pacific Beach resident who is also a member of the P.B. Planning Group and the P.B. Town Council. In spite of the still-recovering economy and a sticky situation with residents of the De Anza Mobile Home Park whose leases expired in 2003, Chipman is rallying support for his vision of Mission Bay in and out of City Hall.

  • Makers Quarter neighborhood targets millennials

    In a certain corner of downtown San Diego, the past and the future are separated by only a block. At 15th and E: the building that once housed the Coliseum, domain of prizefighters from Archie Moore to Ken Norton. At 15th and F: Smarts Farm, an urban garden that hints at transformative things to come for a five-block area that stretches from the eastern edge of downtown to the southern edge of San Diego City College. The idea is Makers Quarter, an urban, mixed-use neighborhood that would lie within the 93-acre I.D.E.A. (an acronym for innovation, design, education and the arts) District conceived by developers David Malmuth and Pete Garcia. The catalysts behind Makers Quarter are three firms -- Lankford & Associates Inc. of San Diego, Hensel Phelps and Portman Holdings.

  • A new Renaissance

    Coming to a neighborhood near you: • A restaurant bearing the imprint of Richard Blais, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars.” • An old-fashioned breakfast counter in a building that dates back to 1887. • A piazza inspired by the grand public squares of Europe. The neighborhood near you is San Diego’s Little Italy, which continues to evolve from its quaint, Old World roots into a downtown destination that’s an alternative to the hectic, high-priced Gaslamp Quarter.

  • North Park residents have long-standing beef with fast-food giant

    It’s not the walls of the box that caused controversy on Upas Street in North Park; it was the permitting process and Jack in the Box’s drive-thru that had residents concerned.

  • Holiday Inn expansion welcomes visitors to Point Loma

    The Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside unveiled its $13 million expansion over the Fourth of July, and the reception has been extremely positive. The hotel, owned and operated by Bartell Hotels, has been sold out every day since it reopened, and the project has been nominated for a prestigious Orchid by the San Diego Architectural Foundation.

  • Local developer has several housing projects in the works

    The Broadstone Italy development under construction will be a six-story, 201-unit apartment development at Kettner and Grape streets in the Little Italy area. That project, slated for completion about the end of the year, will feature 9,000 square feet of retail space. Sister company Alliance Residential Builders acts as the general contractor on all of the company’s projects.

  • Planner keeps calm, carries on with 'smart growth' ideas

    When Bill Fulton took charge of San Diego’s Planning and Neighborhood Restoration Department last month, he came in with the reputation of being one of the state’s leading experts on “smart growth” -- as an author, academic, consultant and politician. Despite the turmoil that has embroiled City Hall -- with Bob Filner’s sexual harassment scandal, which moved into the spotlight just six days after Fulton took his job -- he has remained calmly outside the fray.

  • San Diego hops with explosion of craft brewers

    When the San Diego Brew Project opened in Little Italy in February, its goal was to be the go-to showcase for locally made beers, with 28 craft beers on tap, all made within San Diego County. But with the explosive growth among local brewers recently, it would take a lot more taps to get a taste of all the beers being produced.

  • Ariel Suites on Beech St. 80 percent complete

    Ariel Suites, a new apartment high-rise in Little Italy, is on track for completion in December. The 22-story, 224-unit building at 735 W. Beech St. is 80 percent complete, according to Curtis Chism, project manager at Swinerton Builders.

  • Terminal 2 ready for takeoff at SD International Airport

    After four years of construction, the expansion to Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport is complete and is now fully open to travelers.

  • Affordable housing for families, seniors in Logan Heights

    A mixed-use retail and affordable housing project in Logan Heights is regarded as a catalyst for positive change in the neighborhood. Comm22, as it is referred to, is a transit-oriented, master planned community at Commercial and 22nd streets, on a 4-acre site that used to be a maintenance facility for the San Diego Unified School District. Construction began in the spring.

  • SDSU's long-awaited Hillel to be ready by 2014

    Jewish students at San Diego State University have been waiting for a new Hillel center for two decades. If all goes according to plan, they’ll have one by April.

  • New Romney mansion permit facing approval

    The California Coastal Commission will consider an appeal of a permit granting Mitt and Ann Romney the right to demolish their existing 3,900-square-foot La Jolla house and build a more than 11,000-square-foot mansion on Sept. 11.

  • County hotel sales outpace state in volume, price

    Hotel sales in San Diego County increased by 200 percent, total dollar volume went up 1,895 percent and the county had the state's most expensive hotel sale during the year's first half.

  • New rentals take shape downtown

    A new high-rise apartment project is coming to a street corner of downtown San Diego. Situated on an infill site that formerly was a parking lot, Celadon at 9th & Broadway will include 250 rental apartments for individuals and small families.

  • Forums scheduled for trolley extension projects

    SANDAG is holding twof forums to encourage local disadvantaged business enterprises to bid on projects for the $1.3 billion Mid-Coast Corridor trolley project.

  • Construction backlog up 1.1 months in the West

    Future construction work continues to grow in the West as the private sector rebounds, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Backlog Indicator report recently released.

  • Local architects paid more than national average

    Architecture firms in San Diego County are seeing better business conditions compared to the national average and that has resulted in increased earnings for staff, according to the 2013 American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Compensation Survey released Wednesday.

  • Scientists move into new SW Fisheries Science Center

    A new five-story, 120,000-square-foot laboratory for the research arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been completed.

  • Belmont Park plan OK'd, but mural may be destroyed

    Plans to add roof decks to three buildings in the Belmont Park leasehold were unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission Wednesday, but a mural depicting orcas is likely to be sacrificed in the process.

  • Brokers say San Diego office market continues to improve

    San Diego County’s office market continues to improve, and that includes having more full buildings than any time in its history, according to a second-quarter report.

  • Private contracts returning, but contractors still seeing smaller margins

    Opportunities for non-residential construction contractors in San Diego are improving after a struggle that lasted beyond the last recession, but profit margins and have yet to recover as much, according to several construction executives at a recent Daily Transcript roundtable.

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Archived Reports

Soaring Dimensions - 2015

The Daily Transcript’s final edition of Soaring Dimensions, a special annual publication that highlights all the new and ongoing construction projects happening around the county. This report looks at a range of projects, including residential, hospitality, public works and education.

Soaring Dimensions - 2014

The Daily Transcript presents its 33rd edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county.

Soaring Dimensions - 2013

The Daily Transcript presents its 32nd edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county.

Soaring Dimensions - 2012

The Daily Transcript presents its 31st edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county, plus special reports on the Port of San Diego, and Temecula and Murrieta.

Soaring Dimensions - 2011

The Daily Transcript celebrates its 30th edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county, plus Temecula and Murrieta.

Soaring Dimensions - 2010

The Daily Transcript presents the 29th edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county, plus Temecula and Murrieta.

Soaring Dimensions - 2009

The Daily Transcript presents the 28th edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county.

Soaring Dimensions - 2008

The Daily Transcript presents the 27th edition of Soaring Dimensions, featuring in-depth coverage of the county's real estate and construction developments. Organized by region, this special report takes a closer look at local expansion and redevelopment projects, as well as ongoing and new plans.

Soaring Dimensions - 2007

The Daily Transcript presents the 26th edition of Soaring Dimensions, featuring in-depth coverage of the county's real estate and construction developments. Organized by region, this special report takes a closer look at local expansion and redevelopment projects, as well as ongoing and new plans.

Soaring Dimensions - 2006

The Daily Transcript presents its 25th edition of Soaring Dimensions, featuring in-depth coverage of the county's real estate and construction developments. Organized by region, this special report takes a closer look at local expansion and redevelopment projects, as well as ongoing and new plans.