Find out what construction plans are in the works around the county and how industry leaders are changing our region's landscape.

  • Crosby property garners more than $6 million

    A partnership of Del Mar-based Davidson Communities has paid a reported $6.27 million for eight acres for a 13-home residential development called Crosby Enclave at Del Dios Highway and Bing Crosby Boulevard just outside the Rancho Santa Fe covenant.

  • New master plan in the works for two Carlsbad neighborhoods

    The city of Carlsbad is preparing to revitalize its two historic neighborhoods as a Florida-based urban planning firm has been hired to develop a new master plan.

  • CV project to feature housing, retail space

    The first mixed-use development has broken ground on Chula Vista’s Urban Core Specific Plan, seven years since the plan’s adoption and at a time where it is getting ready to be updated.

  • New building construction contracts off to slower start in 2014

    Through the first two months of the year, the value of construction contracts awarded around San Diego County is lagging the production of January-February 2013.

  • Design activity slows slightly to start off 2014

    The pace of design activity in the West has slowed the first two months of the year compared to the end of 2013, but is still in the positive, according to the latest American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Billings Index released on Wednesday.

  • Coastal panel OKs substation with more lines underground

    The California Coastal Commission has approved the permit San Diego Gas & Electric needs to move the South Bay Substation farther south on Bay Boulevard in Chula Vista.

  • Construction starts on $555M Central Courthouse

    A groundbreaking ceremony took place Monday for the $555.49 million San Diego County Central Courthouse.

  • Scripps Health breaks ground on new medical office building

    Construction began Wednesday on the planned Scripps Clinic John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion, a $175 million project of Scripps Health.

  • Local downtown firm helps to engineer the future

    Project Design Consultants began in a small office in downtown San Diego in 1976. Since that time, PDC has helped transform communities throughout the Southwest and has played an integral part in the redevelopment of downtown.

  • Education and health care markets drive growth for local BNBuilders

    Local firm BNBuilders, a general contractor that specializes in highly technical construction projects, attributes its recent growth to the active education and health care sectors in San Diego and the Southern California region.

  • In the works: New venues for a night out

    San Diegans looking for a new place to dine out, listen to music or dance the night away will have several stylish options within the coming months as construction projects near completion.

  • Harrah’s wagers on huge redesign for Valley Center resort

    Harrah’s Rincon Hotel & Casino is getting ready to celebrate the completion of its $160 million renovation, as Phase 3 is close to completion.

  • As drought persists, Carlsbad desalination plant on schedule

    As the state endures its third straight year of dry conditions, the county is awaiting the completion of Poseidon Resources' seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad.

  • Work at Southwestern College overcomes setbacks

    Progress in being made and projects are moving forward after delays at Southwestern College for its Proposition R construction bond measure.

  • New county waterfront park near completion

    At the County Administration Center's 75th anniversary last year, Supervisor Greg Cox said the new park going around it would "set the whole building off in a much more attractive setting." That was last July. A lot has happened on site since, as the $46.5 million park has begun to take shape ahead of its expected opening this May.

  • Horton Plaza development going to bid

    Construction of the planned amphitheater and the retrogressive update to the existing Horton Plaza park could begin as soon as late June, according to officials from Civic San Diego.

  • Mission Bay landmark gets $30M facelift

    A year ago, Belmont Park’s ownership was seeking feedback from residents and planning groups on what they wanted to see at the beachfront amusement and entertainment complex.

  • Construction at US-Mexico border gets requested funding push

    Big improvements to the busiest land port of entry in the world are back on track following the federal budget's inclusion of $226 million in funding for the San Ysidro border crossing.

  • Lawsuits, permits delay Convention Center expansion

    There are a few more hurdles to jump before construction can begin for the Phase 3 expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, as officials are now eyeing an early 2015 groundbreaking.

  • Renovation, reinterpretation is the key to development in 2014

    In urban and suburban environments where density is on the rise, finding terrain for ground-up construction has become increasingly difficult.

  • Commercial pest control

    Worldwide, they outnumber us by a ratio of 200 million-to-one, according to entomologists. Each year, in San Diego County alone, they cause property damage in the millions of dollars. They can be a serious health hazard or a relentless nuisance. “They,” of course, are insects, vermin, arachnids and rodents -- collectively categorized as pests. Pests are everywhere and cannot be completely eradicated, but they most certainly can be controlled.

  • Indian Wells Tennis Garden complete

    There are many professionals who deserve accolades for their contributions to this landmark project. Let me begin by praising the tireless effort of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Project Team:

  • Sudberry Properties embarks on major initiatives at Civita in 2014

    Following last year’s sale of more than 100 homes at Civita, Sudberry Properties is embarking on a number of major projects at Civita, the sustainable urban village in Mission Valley.

  • McMillin Communities, Fairfield Residential break ground on nearly 500 new residences

    With grading and infrastructure development in the first phase of Millenia well underway, McMillin Communities plans to start construction soon on three urban-style attached neighborhoods with grand openings slated for the end of the year.

  • How going green will affect our industries

    Although the new Title 24 “requirements” were pushed back to July 1, (originally slated to hit Jan. 1), the building owner and contractor industries are scrambling to make sense of it all.

  • Murphy Development to deliver 200,000 square feet of quality industrial buildings in Otay Mesa

    The final two sites at Siempre Viva Business Park are fully entitled, graded and have architectural plans completed, according to Andy Irwin, senior vice president of Murphy Development Company, developer of the 2.1 million-square-foot business park on Otay Mesa.

  • Balfour Beatty Construction achieves success on ‘Zero Harm’ campaign

    At Balfour Beatty Construction, we are challenging the construction industry’s assumptions about safety. We believe that no level of harm is acceptable on any project. We aim for Zero Harm, derived from zero fatalities, zero serious injuries, and zero harm to the public. And, we have added Zero Harm to the environment to the equation.

  • Kilroy Realty: Leading the way for reshaping real estate

    Kilroy Realty Corporation has successfully operated in the vibrant West Coast commercial real estate markets for more than 65 years. Today, it operates a portfolio of high-quality commercial properties totaling more than 13 million square feet from Seattle to San Diego. KRC aims to provide innovative, highly amenitized work spaces that take real estate beyond a place to work into an environment that advances creativity and productivity while providing a strategic, sustainable, competitive advantage to meet the changing needs of the most dynamic companies in the world.

  • Kilroy waits for city to finalize One Paseo's environmental report

    Kilroy Realty continues to amend the design and architecture of its proposed buildings at One Paseo as it waits for the city of San Diego to finalize the environmental impact report.

  • Dynalectric San Diego

    For Dynalectric San Diego, a leading Southern California electrical contractor that’s part of EMCOR Group’s family of companies, safety is more than just a department — it’s a mindset. The Dynalectric commitment to safety is a culture ingrained in its people — one that compels them to make the right decisions on a daily basis. But safety is not just something to aspire to for Dynalectric. It’s an outcome, a product — the direct result of what happens when employees are properly trained to make safe decisions regardless of the circumstances.

  • Rising government fees thwart economic recovery

    The construction industry has weathered the most serious economic downturn since the Great Depression, whereby new home permits plummeted to historic lows culminating in the loss of thousands of good paying construction jobs. Yet, in the face of favorable news regarding home values and permit activity, rising government fees and mandates threaten this tenuous drive toward economic recovery.

  • Millenia, Civita continue to evolve with new projects

    The Corky McMillin Cos.' Millenia development in Chula Vista and Sudberry Properties' Civita project in Mission Valley are changing the landscape.

  • Moving on up

    Several new residential complexes are being constructed around town. Here’s a quick look at some developments that are in the works.

  • Revised plans for a large project next to Petco advance

    After nearly a decade interrupted by a recession, an amended Ballpark Village plan for the 3.9-acre parcel between Petco Park and the San Diego Trolley line is making a comeback.

  • Kaiser breaks ground on $900M central hospital

    Close to 100 doctors, nurses, political dignitaries and construction officials gathered Wednesday in Kearny Mesa for the groundbreaking of the new Kaiser Permanente San Diego Central Hospital.

  • County extends deferring construction fees

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has extended a program that defers impact fees from developers of residential tracts and commercial buildings.

  • County building permits in 2013 slightly outpaced 2012

    A comparison of 2013 and 2012 reveals that in the county, total building permit values were buoyed in 2013 by improved residential building numbers, which modestly outweighed a struggling non-residential sector.

  • AGC economist sees continued growth in construction

    Construction activity is growing, although unevenly, but the industry will be slightly better in 2014 than it was last year, said Ken Simonson, Associated General Contractors of America’s chief economist.

  • CPUC approves agreement for Pio Pico Energy Center

    The California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved San Diego Gas & Electric's power-purchase tolling agreement with the proposed Pio Pico Energy Center.

  • Associated Builders and Contractors installs new board

    The Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego chapter installed its 2014 board of directors Wednesday at its annual meeting, held at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse.

  • Hines' net-zero tower just weeks from being occupied

    About to unveil its second office tower at its La Jolla Commons campus on Executive Drive in University Towne Centre, Hines has moved on from years of research to execution in creating the largest commercial net-zero energy office building in the country. The future tenant of that tower, LPL Financial, has placed its chips on the vision of Hines and the campus co-owner, J.P. Morgan Asset Management. The vision, Twardowski said, is to create an offering to tenants unlike any other in the market.

  • NewSchool makes Gregory Marick its new president

    The NewSchool of Architecture and Design has retroactively named Gregory J. Marick as its new president, according to a Thursday release.

  • County breaks ground on Boulevard fire station

    The days are numbered for the converted court office serving as the fire station for the East County community of Boulevard, as the county broke ground Thursday on a modern facility.

  • Design services demand in West rises in '13

    Demand for design services in the West ended 2013 the way it started — practically at the same rate, according to the monthly American Institute of Architects Architecture Billings Index released Wednesday.

  • California construction firms expect no layoffs in '14

    Many California construction firms plan to start hiring again, and most contractors predict demand will either grow or remain stable in virtually every market segment in 2014, according to a report released Tuesday by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • SDSU Aztec Student Union opens Wednesday

    After more than two years of construction and several years' worth of effort, a new student union at San Diego State University will open this week for the start of the spring semester.

  • 2014 construction predicted to go on upswing

    Construction executives say that 2014 will be a stronger year for their industry than 2013, although increased fees could mean some negative impact.

  • SD construction employment grows 8 percent over last year

    San Diego County construction employment made significant gains in November as month-to-month and year-to-year comparisons showed increased job growth, according to the latest data by the state Employment Development Department.

  • Plumbing-efficiency standards to change Jan. 1

    California will follow the lead of San Diego and other cities in requiring water-conserving plumbing to be installed in homes and businesses undergoing renovation when a new law takes effect Jan. 1.

  • Canter CEO kicks in last funding for East Village student project

    The organization trying to bring temporary working spaces to a vacant East Village lot has received funding from Andrew Canter, CEO of Canter Cos.


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