This special report takes a closer look at some of the projects and trends in construction here in San Diego.

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Wave of new apartment construction cresting through downtown

There has been resurgence in new residential construction projects across the county, including several mixed-use multifamily complexes projects currently under construction in downtown San Diego. There are 26 multifamily projects in and around downtown that have either just opened, are under construction or are in the planning stages, Alan Nevin, director of economic and market research at the Xpera Group, said.

From beer to seafood, new restaurants to play to San Diego’s strengths

The San Diego restaurant scene seems to be in a continual state of renewal, with several new venues slated to replace old favorites.

New industrial stormwater permit brings additional regulations, expenses to San Diego businesses

Until recently, many small businesses supporting the building industry, ranging from cabinetry, flooring, painting, solar and windows/glass companies to breweries, bakeries, print shops and transportation companies, were thought to be exempt from the costly and complex compliance requirements of California’s General Industrial Storm Water Permit (GIP). All that changed on April 1, when the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new GIP. While the new GIP does not come into force until July 1, 2015, businesses should begin planning now on how they will address these new requirements.

Ground broken for long-planned hotel, retail at Lane Field

Groundbreaking took place May 8 for a project that will create a 253-room SpringHill Suites, a 147-room Residence Inn, approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space, more than 400 parking spaces and a public park at Lane Field along downtown San Diego's North Embarcadero. For Rob Lankford, president and CEO of Lankford & Associates, who eight years ago began the quest to obtain a ground lease option from the Port of San Diego and assembled the consortium that will build and manage the project, the groundbreaking was greeted with a mix of gratification, exhilaration and relief.

Old Grant Hill hospital transforming into charter school

An architectural firm and a public charter school are breathing new life into a frumpy old building on the edge of downtown San Diego.

Stehly Farms to open third market in Kensington Commons

After opening its first location in Bay Park less than a year ago, Stehly Farms Market is set to launch a new grocery store on the ground floor of Kensington Commons, now under construction.

North Parker Lofts boosts urban renewal with hip, modern spaces

The new North Parker Lofts project is now open at 30th and Upas streets at the southern end of North Park. It includes 27 two-bedroom rental units, four retail suites totaling 6,000 square feet and office space for North Parker architect-developer Jonathan Segal FAIA.

Energy developments are on the horizon with Pio Pico, South Bay Substation projects

Two energy-related projects in the southern part of the county are nearing starts, with the Pio Pico Energy Center and San Diego Gas & Electric's South Bay Substation expected to break ground this year.

State selects Sundt-Layton to construct $169M expansion at Otay Mesa prison

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation recently selected Sundt-Layton, a joint venture of Sundt Construction Inc. and Layton Construction, as the design-build contractor for a new $168.7 million, 792-bed facility for medium-security inmates at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa.

Transformation of North Embarcadero starts to take full shape

If you haven’t strolled down Harbor Drive along San Diego Bay lately, the area is going through a major transformation: A new waterfront park has just been installed, a hotel and park are under construction and improvements to the boardwalk and streets are close to completion.

Architecture students transform empty East Village lot into ‘RAD’ urban park

The developers of The Quartyard, a temporary mixed-use project that is repurposing a vacant lot in the East Village, has received a conditional use permit and their lease has been approved by Civic San Diego. The project broke ground earlier this month.

Private money construction financing:

If you have a terrific construction project there is financing available, even when the banks say “no.” Private money financing can be an affordable, highly responsive and refreshing alternative to the protracted money hunt with conventional lenders. Here are a few quick thoughts to consider should you decide to pursue the private money alternative.

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Roundtables

Industry executives, public agencies see slight improvement in 2014

Local construction executives from the public and private sector who attended at The Daily Transcript’s third annual Construction Day discussion April 30 said the industry is slowly getting better but still has limited areas of growth.

Building construction lending improving despite susceptible recovery, leaders say

Marked improvement in San Diego's construction financing environment has arrived, industry insiders said at a recent roundtable discussion at The Daily Transcript.

Profiles

New waterfront park came with years of obstacles, changing needs

County Supervisor Ron Roberts reflects on the years it took to make an idea for a waterfront park downtown become a reality.

Construction Works 2014 videos

Downtown SD seeing increased apartment construction

May 2014 -- Multifamily construction has picked up again in downtown San Diego. But instead of condominium projects like in the 2000s, the region is seeing apartment complexes. Reporter Carlos Rico hits the streets to learn more.

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