In this special report, sponsored by BOMA San Diego, we take a look at what it takes to be a Class A building in San Diego, as well as information on office space availability and absorption, legislative issues related to property owners and managers, and global offshoring and its effect on property management.

  • CarrAmerica announces regional TOBY Award win in San Diego

    San Diego's Towne Center Technology Park IV earned top honors in the renovation competition of the Office Building of the Year (TOBY) Award for 2004-2005.

  • Two premier downtown high-rise buildings now leasing

    American Assets and CB Richard Ellis are pleased to announce available class-A office space in two centrally-located downtown San Diego office buildings. Both buildings feature spectacular bay views, high-speed Internet, on-site WiFi hot spots and an above-market parking ratio.

  • Downtown San Diego looks ahead to 2005 and beyond

    The year 2005 promises to be another exciting year for downtown San Diego -- recognized as one of the most dynamic urban areas in the nation today.

  • Cruzan Monroe buy Sorrento Mesa office development for $24.8 million

    Dennis S. Cruzan and Philip W. Monroe of Cruzan Monroe Investments did some year-end housecleaning in December, selling some industrial properties and acquiring an office complex.

  • Kajima, Obayashi orders rise on growth in construction demand

    (Bloomberg) -- Kajima Corp., Japan's largest general contractor by sales, and rival Obayashi Corp. said they received more orders for the nine months ended Dec. 31 on increasing private and overseas projects.

  • VEF Advisors completes sale of Legacy Sabre Springs

    VEF Advisors LLC, through its VEF Value Enhancement Fund III, has completed the sale of the Legacy Sabre Springs office development in San Diego to Kilroy REIT. The purchase price was $98 million.

  • RSI continues steady growth pace

    RSI Roofing opened its doors a decade ago in Pacific Beach.

  • San Diego office rebound marked by flight to quality

    Burnham Real Estate reports that the San Diego County office market continues to stabilize with the rebound anticipated last year firmly taking hold. The company reports that 2004 closed with 1,376,208 square feet of net absorption, lowering vacancy on leasable inventory from 12.1 percent at year-end 2003 to 11.7 percent today.

  • Grubb & Ellis|BRE Commercial offers insights into 2005 market

    Assuming economic conditions remain stable, owners and developers of commercial real estate in prime San Diego County submarkets should have reason to celebrate a "more of the same" market in 2005, according to the 10 Grubb & Ellis|BRE Commercial real estate brokers whose achievements earned them "Top Producer" status in 2004.

  • Canyon Ridge Technology Park receives major facelift

    It may not quite qualify as an "extreme makeover," but the upgrades and renovations now being completed at Canyon Ridge Technology Park in Sorrento Mesa will give this high-quality space for mid-tech and R&D facilities and corporate headquarters a major face lift.

  • Pacific Building Group completes TI in Bank of America building

    Pacific Building Group, one of San Diego's leading full-service general contractors, tenant improvement specialists and facilities maintenance providers, has completed tenant improvements for Greenbook Financial Services and Cavignac & Associates in the Bank of America Building located at 450 B St. in downtown San Diego.

  • John Shelton has joined Southwest Value Partners

    We are pleased to announce that John Shelton has been named senior vice president and general manager of Southwest Value Partners.

  • Evicting your least favorite tenants -- ants

    Even Class A buildings get bugs, and by far the most common unwanted pests in San Diego offices are ants.

  • Managing the slippery slope of leaky roofs

    San Diego seems to have fully recovered from the rainstorm of early January, which released up to five or more inches of water onto some areas of the county. But the rainy season is not over and March, typically the second wettest month of the year, is right around the corner. With averages of almost two inches and seven days with measurable amounts of rain, it is time for property managers to be prepared for San Diego's next wave of wet days.

  • Outsourcing effect on offices not all negative

    With the remarkable capabilities of today's telecommunications and ever-rising labor costs, more and more companies are looking toward the outsourcing of jobs to less expensive labor markets. The question among the commercial real estate sector has been how exactly will this affect the office market?

  • San Diego Tech Center up to 94% occupancy

    Nine leases, totaling over 75,500 square feet with a value in excess of $7.5 million, have recently been signed at the nine-building, 648,000-square-foot San Diego Tech Center in Sorrento Mesa.

  • DiamondView Tower attracting Class A tenants

    Last week Cisterra Partners, the developer of DiamondView Tower, announced two major tenants -- Comerica Bank and Cox Communications.

  • Commercial landscaping attracts tenants

    A potential tenant's first impression of an office building is not the lobby or the floor plan, it is the exterior of the property -- and effective landscaping can add value and appeal to any office.

  • Communication key in high-rise safety

    Of the many pressing issues a property manager must handle, the most serious concern is always building safety. Commercial building security has become increasingly important in San Diego in recent years, and property managers must constantly strive to protect their tenants and property in a changing world.

  • It's all about efficiency: Interior design trends for 2005

    The business world is consistently moving at a faster and faster pace. Technology has allowed for instant communication across the globe, and cell phones and computers let the office travel with you wherever you go.

  • BOMA San Diego advocates for commercial property owners, managers

    The San Diego Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) has established itself as a legislative force representing the commercial real estate industry both in the city and county of San Diego and beyond through partnerships with BOMA California and BOMA International. With nearly 300 members, BOMA San Diego represents more than 15 million square feet of commercial office space in San Diego County.

  • CBRE reports strong performance 2004 for San Diego office space

    San Diego has been the star performer in the office market over the last few years compared to the rest of the country, but relatively high vacancy rates were still concerning landlords throughout San Diego County.

  • Potential CPUC proposal to hit businesses hard

    In response to a California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) order, San Diego Gas & Electric is proposing a more aggressive approach to help achieve reduced energy consumption during the hottest days of the year.

  • New tax law brings much-needed relief to building owners

    The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International achieved a long-sought goal on Capitol Hill when President Bush signed corporate tax legislation into law Oct. 22, which will result in significant changes to the corporate tax code.

  • Maguire Properties looks to expand in San Diego with acquisitions

    Maguire Properties Inc. (NYSE: MPG), a real estate investment trust, announced Friday it has entered into an agreement with an affiliate of CommonWealth Partners LLC to acquire a significant number Southern California properties from CommonWealth's Fifth Street Properties Portfolio.

  • North County Realtor Association enhanced by commercial division

    The commercial real estate market is continually growing and the North San Diego County Association of Realtors recognizes this trend. In response to the demand, the association developed a new commercial division to support interested members.

  • Plaza Hotel to be converted into apartments and stores

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Plaza Hotel, for 98 years a watering hole and meeting place for kings and queens, presidents and stars, will close by April 30 and be converted into upscale condominiums, stores, and a much smaller hotel.

  • Vigorous economic engine driving San Diego office growth may slow

    San Diego County's office market is expected to continue to thrive in 2005 with buyers from across the country continuing to purchase trophy office buildings here, vacancies declining, and substantial pre-leasing requirements in force.

  • Lowe Enterprises purchases San Diego properties for investor

    Los Angeles-based Lowe Enterprises Investment Management has acquired a San Diego property portfolio from Cruzan Monroe for $61.3 million on behalf of an institutional investor.

  • China's steel threat may be oversupply

    For much of the past two years, China has threatened to foster a world steel shortage with its prodigious appetite for imports of the metal. Now the country has become a net exporter, its domestic demand is slowing and steelmaking capacity is up around the world, sparking concern over global oversupply and tougher times for the industry in the years ahead.

  • Ownership change of nearly all downtown high-rise office space finished in 2004

    In 2004, the two-year turnover of much of downtown San Diego's high-rise office space was completed, condominium conversions multiplied, and shopping centers commanded big prices when available.

  • Office developments along SR-78 numerous but not large

    The planned office developments along the state Route 78 Corridor from Vista to Escondido are not large in terms of square footage, but what they lack in size they make up for in numbers, especially in office condominiums.

  • Carlsbad still busy site for new office development

    One new sizable office park is planned in Carlsbad, but most of the new office development will be on a smaller scale.

  • Mission Valley building is 2nd phase of Rio San Diego Plaza

    Ledcor Petty Construction is constructing a 75,525-square-foot, three-story Class A office building in San Diego.

  • City of Oceanside seeking more office development

National News

  • Plaza Hotel to be converted into apartments and stores

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Plaza Hotel, for 98 years a watering hole and meeting place for kings and queens, presidents and stars, will close by April 30 and be converted into upscale condominiums, stores, and a much smaller hotel.

Archived Reports

Class A Properties - 2009

This special report, produced in partnership with the San Diego Building Owners and Managers Association, looks at the construction, leasing, investing in and greening of Class A properties.

Class A Properties - 2008

In partnership with the San Diego Building Owners and Managers Association, The Daily Transcript explores issues in developing, building and managing Class A properties.

Class A Properties - 2007

Find out what it takes to be rated Class A, what space is available, and what buildings and developments are at the head of the class, in this special report created in partnership with BOMA San Diego.

Class A Properties - 2006

What does it take to be rated Class A? What buildings and developments are at the head of the class? Find out what Class A and other commercial space is available or under way around the county and elsewhere.