The nuts and bolts of construction in San Diego, from commercial and residential project updates to a review of how the industry is faring.

  • Hiring an owner's construction manager helps ensure a successful project

    Professional project management, or owner's representatives, are an often overlooked profession in the construction industry.

  • $456 million Prebys Cardiovascular Institute in La Jolla completed

    Construction is completed on the new 383,000-square-foot Prebys Cardiovascular Institute and adjacent 26,000-square-foot central energy plant on the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus at 9888 Genesee Ave.

  • San Diego National Electrical Contractors Association-NECA San Diego

    Contractors connecting the world with power, advanced lighting, renewable energy and integrated systems.

  • Watkins Landmark Construction takes ownership of new Carlsbad HQ

    Just days after raucously celebrating its 10th anniversary aboard the Maritime Museum’s renowned Star of India, terra firma was on the brain for many of Watkins Landmark Construction’s San Diego team members. Specifically, the awaited — and occasionally dreaded — company moving day had finally arrived.

  • Swinerton Builders making solid progress on new Gaslamp hotel

    In April 2014, Swinerton Builders San Diego division broke ground on the Gaslamp Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Downtown San Diego. An estimated $20 million project, work expects to wrap up by the end of the summer.

  • Lane Field North – Local firm helps engineer new hotel and park

    Project Design Consultants, a local multiservice design firm, is headquartered in downtown San Diego and provides civil engineering, surveying, planning and landscape architecture services. Founded in 1976, PDC has been part of the local region for almost four decades and has worked on more than 90 projects throughout the downtown area.

  • Benefits of the design-build and design-assist delivery methods

    Every construction project starts with a vision and ends with a finished and improved product. What separates one project from another is the process of how the owner, designers and contractor interact with one another to achieve a common goal. The stage for the overall “process” and experience is set at the onset of the project when the owner decides which project delivery method will be implemented.

  • Escondido-based Baker Electric grows alongside San Diego

    Baker Electric, serving Southern California’s electrical needs since 1938, continues to make a bold impact in and throughout San Diego County with projects that have ranged from installing intricate electrical systems at residential and civic properties to new, sweeping solar installations on buildings throughout the region.

  • davisREED construction’s partnering philosophy

    Often our industry will place a title on a procedure or a concept that to many may be new, but to others such as davisREED has been a proven process for years -- we merely practiced it without a title. In the late ‘70s, the catch words “construction management” became popular. And soon enough, seminars nationwide addressed the negotiated, fast-track process during which the contractor is involved in the development of a project from the conception to the end in lieu of the traditional bid process. But it was not a new process, only the naming was new.

  • Join the regional campaign to save water

    San Diego County businesses have special opportunities to help the region conserve water through the adoption of water-efficient practices indoors and outdoors during what is shaping up to be a fourth consecutive dry year. Those upgrades can boost the bottom line and demonstrate the business’ dedication to the efficient use of natural resources.

  • A construction leader in America’s Finest City

    Dynalectric, with more than 40 years of working in America’s Finest City, has been a major contributor to San Diego’s evolving footprint and skyline. Our clients know us as a technologically advanced and forward-thinking electrical contractor, committed to delivering high-quality safe projects. We’ve grown our organization and its capabilities to be responsive to the needs of our clients as technology and construction has become increasingly sophisticated. Add to that our core values -- integrity, discipline, commitment to safety, transparency, mutual respect and team work -- and you have the key to our philosophy of endeavoring to deliver a customer experience that exceeds our client’s expectations.

  • Urban Discovery Academy finds new home in East Village

    Bonds of about $10.5 million have been obtained for use in the ongoing construction of the Urban Discovery Academy, a K-8 public charter school in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood, said Gordon Kovtun, founder and principal of KCM Group, a full-service construction management and consulting firm that is overseeing the relocation and construction of the school.

  • County reaches milestone in number of craft breweries

    San Diego County's reputation as one of the nation's top beer-making centers should be burnished in the next couple of months, as the region opens its 100th brewpub, with dozens more potentially in the pipeline.

  • With spring and summer comes variety of hot new restaurants

    As San Diego heats up this spring and summer, so too will a variety of enterprising dining, dancing and event venues. Large in scale and backed by big names, the latest entrants to San Diego’s hospitality scene will offer international flavors and stunning vistas.

  • Waterfront plans spinning out controversy

    When Dan Malcolm, chairman of the Port of San Diego’s board of commissioners, opened a hearing on whether to build a gigantic Ferris wheel along the waterfront, he told his fellow commissioners that they were about to have “a little bit of fun.”

  • Horton Plaza restoration, expansion progresses

    About eight months from now, the city plans to unveil a new downtown attraction with the Horton Plaza redevelopment. New, of course, can mean different things. In this case, it's more like taking a constantly remodeled vintage car, returning it to what it was at its beginning, and parking it in a nicer garage with all the bells and whistles.

  • Local agencies to modernize second-busiest intercity passenger rail corridor in US

    The San Diego Association of Governments and the North County Transit District are moving forward on a $31 million project to replace four bridges that cross Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.

  • Genesee Avenue overpass at I-5 to get makeover

    Caltrans recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on the Interstate 5/Genesee Avenue Interchange Project, which will replace the existing six-lane overpass with a 10-lane structure to improve traffic flow.

  • Residential housing construction ranges in size, affordability around SD County

    A wide variety of residential projects are being built across San Diego County, from a boutique nine-unit building to a 250-unit affordable living tower and a 100-unit complex with ocean views.

  • Construction to start on Southwestern College’s aquatics and fitness center

    In roughly two years, students, staff and the Chula Vista community will have new aquatics facilities, indoor sporting venue and fitness labs as Southwestern College is getting ready to start construction on its new Wellness Center.

  • Chula Vista moving forward with bayfront plan

    The Port of San Diego sent out a request last summer for qualifications on its plan with the city of Chula Vista to build a hotel and convention center along Chula Vista's bay front, a major component of the city's Bayfront Master Plan. A "whopping" response was received, "but it turned out to be a good one," Chula Vista City Manager Gary Halbert said recently.

  • In the works

    Here’s the latest news on some long-term projects happening around the county. Projects are listed by estimated cost.

  • 2015 construction forecast

    Construction’s economic future is set to continue improving throughout the course of 2015. Not only are economists and industry experts optimistic, but so are small business owners in the construction sector. The majority says they are positive about their business’ outlook in the year ahead, according to a report by small business insurer, Hiscox.

  • Residential construction spikes in Bankers Hill

    More than 450 multifamily units and at least 14,000 square feet of commercial space are in the works for Bankers Hill, with construction beginning on several projects, and at least one more expected soon.


  • Construction executives cautiously optimistic about 2015

    General contractors, for the most part, say they are “cautiously optimistic” about the construction industry in San Diego this year, with smaller projects holding up backlogs and numerous bidders still vying for projects.

Archived Reports

Building San Diego - 2014

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

Building San Diego - 2013

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

Building San Diego - 2012

The nuts and bolts of construction in San Diego, from commercial project updates to a review of how the industry is faring.

Building San Diego - 2011

The nuts and bolts of construction in San Diego, from commercial and residential project updates to a review of how the industry is faring.

Building San Diego - 2010

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

Building San Diego - 2009

The nuts and bolts of construction in San Diego, from commercial and residential project updates to infrastructure and public works.

Building San Diego - 2008

Find out about current construction plans and how developers are changing the region's landscape.

Building San Diego - 2007

In the face of a changing marketplace and continual challenges for the industry, find out what construction plans are currently in the works and how San Diego developers are changing the region's landscape.