In this annual special section, we pay tribute to the developers and their projects in San Diego County - from retail and commercial spaces to residential projects.

  • Mission Bay - An evolution over 50 years

    Mission Bay Park stands today as one of the crown jewels of our beautiful City. Situated north of the heart of our City at the gateway to our many beach communities, Mission Bay Park welcomes visitors traversing on Interstate 5 and truly symbolizes the persona of the City of San Diego. This great jewel that has added to our City's crown began its evolution 50 years ago. While it had lived for decades before as a concept, it was not until 1954 that actual development commenced.

  • Pacific Building Group has two medical office buildings under construction

    This is a 78,000-square-foot medical office building under construction in Santa Clarita, Calif. Scheduled completion is July 2005. The building will offer a pharmacy, radiation oncology department complete with a Linear Accelerator, imaging services including an MRI and a CT/PET scan, a surgery center, an urgent care, and many other medical services.

  • The Mark releases additional units following first phase success

    Homebuyers searching for the ultimate address in San Diego's thriving downtown are landing at The Mark, Douglas Wilson Cos.' highly praised mixed-use project in East Village.

  • Mixed-use development concepts accommodating retail growth in greater San Diego region

    Architects, planners, economists, social critics, governmental leaders and real estate professionals have been in agreement for years: mixed-use developments have vital roles to play in the re-invigoration or creation of various types of neighborhoods.

  • New office building under way at Scripps Northridge Corporate Center

    Construction began mid-March on The Plaza @ Scripps Northridge, a four-story, 113,000-square-foot, Class A office building. A development of Lankford & Associates, the new $28 million office project is being built on a 4.7-acre site at the entrance to the 120-acre master-planned Scripps Northridge Corporate Center.

  • Homebuyers jumping on last chance to buy new homes at EastLake

    Homes are selling briskly at EastLake as homebuyers are moving fast to buy the last homes available at The Woods by EastLake and EastLake Vistas, the community's final neighborhoods.

  • Del Sur takes construction recycling to new level

    "Recycle" is not just a buzzword for the developers of Del Sur -- it's a mandate.

  • Conversion and collocation: Viable tools for increasing housing supply

    "Conversion" of industrial properties to residential use, and "collocation" of residential units near industrial or commercial uses, has attracted concern from some industrial users and environmentalists.

  • Santaluz recognized by ULI as 'Award of Excellence' finalist

    A model of innovation in land planning, architecture, lifestyle amenities and environmental preservation, Santaluz holds the distinction of being the only San Diego project to be named one of 19 finalists in the most recent Urban Land Institute (ULI) Awards for Excellence program.

  • Sixteen miles of new trails coming to Mission Trails Regional Park

    Trail work recently began at StoneBridge Estates in Scripps Ranch on 16 miles of new trails that will become a vast new addition to the existing Mission Trails Regional Park.

  • Redevelopment a challenging opportunity with great benefits

    Log on to the Web sites for the city of Chula Vista ( and the redevelopment arm of the city of San Diego ( and you will see pictures, before and after, of what redevelopment can do for neglected neighborhoods.

  • Office condos at EastLake Business Center to start selling in August

    With interest rates remaining relatively low, many companies are finding it makes more sense to buy their office space instead of lease it. To answer the demand, Venture Corp., a privately owned real estate and development firm based in Mill Valley, Calif., is planning to build its first Commerce Center in San Diego County at the EastLake Business Center.

  • John Laing Homes builds early success in San Diego County

    Building on the same principles that have earned Southern California developer John Laing Homes numerous industry awards and recognition, the company's San Diego division is making an indelible mark on local buyers.

  • Downtown San Diego continues to attract development interest

    Downtown San Diego's rapid growth has redefined the skyline and invigorated the local economy with thousands of new residential and commercial opportunities.

  • Bill Davidson building a legacy in San Diego

    For more than 25 years, Bill Davidson has been building homes in San Diego, and in the process, he's built a legacy.

  • Barratt joins Downtown Residential Marketing Alliance

    Barratt Urban Development has joined the Downtown Residential Marketing Alliance, a consortium of downtown builders devoted to promoting the benefits of living and working in downtown San Diego.

  • Port, GMS Realty begin work on Old Police Headquarters and Park Project

    For almost 20 years the Old Police Headquarters in downtown San Diego has been virtually vacant. Standing guard over one of San Diego's most historic pieces of real estate, the beautiful Spanish Revival building has seemingly become invisible as towering hotels and wide boulevards grow around it.

  • Hallmark Communities opening doors to dreams following 2003 wildfires

    When Mike Hall formed Hallmark Communities in 1984, he did so with a vision of becoming a builder for San Diego. This meant more than creating inviting, Americana-style neighborhoods that offer the best in quality and fair pricing. It meant being a good corporate citizen with a strong foundation built on family values.

  • Voit Development Co. redevelops San Diego industrial

    Voit Development Co., a commercial real estate development firm based in Orange County, Calif., expanded into the San Diego market last year with the acquisition of two industrial properties totaling 144,000 square feet.

  • Development in East Village designed for living, working, playing

    International developer Cisterra Partners' dream of improving downtown San Diego's East Village by building a new Class A office high-rise will be achieved in April when land is broken for DiamondView Tower, the first-ever office tower to be established in East Village's Ballpark District.

  • Liberty Station's office district becoming destination for businesses

    Tucked away in a corner of San Diego Bay, down at the base of Point Loma and just northeast of the airport, lies a 360-acre piece of prime waterfront property that, until recently, was a destination for generations of young naval personnel. The Navy is gone now, but more than 75 years of history echoes in the streets, buildings and open spaces of what was San Diego's Naval Training Center.

  • H.G. Fenton industrial projects dotting Carlsbad landscape

    H.G. Fenton Co. announces that grading has begun on a 105,000-square-foot expansion of Carlsbad Corporate Center that will meet the growing demand for multitenant industrial space in North County. When complete, Carlsbad Corporate Center will total 255,000 square feet, offering a variety of space options to meet the needs of both small and mid-sized users.

  • Curt Noland uses life to inspire the San Elijo Hills plan

    Curt Noland, vice president of HomeFed Corp. and general manager of the award winning San Elijo Hills community, has spent his entire career creating homes and communities in San Diego County, and he can't imagine doing anything else.

  • Building industry employers must be proactive about addressing workplace employment issues

    As San Diego and its population continue to grow and mature, the building industry has grown and matured along with it. While this impressive growth presents enormous opportunities for San Diego builders, it also can present certain employment and workplace challenges. Those challenges include handling a growing work force and along with it, the resulting legal complexities that a California employer faces in dealing with the legal landscape here, the most employee-protective state in the country.

  • Pardee projects above Penasquitos, Lopez canyons to face Coastal Commission

    A proposal by Pardee Homes to develop two properties overlooking Los Penasquitos and Lopez canyons in the northern part of Mira Mesa is expected to face tough scrutiny when it comes before the California Coastal Commission next week.

  • Pact ends San Diego Old Town concession fight

    After a year and a half of legal wrangling, the Bazaar del Mundo and Buffalo, N.Y.-based hospitality service provider Delaware North Cos. have reached an accord to transfer the Old Town concession to Delaware North on June 1.

  • San Diego County's proposed transportation impact fees have retail developers concerned

    Proposed transportation impact fees imposed by the county in the unincorporated area have retail developers up in arms, but the county says it's listening.

  • Imperial Valley ends housing drought as boom extends to desert region

    A big indoor mall opens Wednesday, eight months after the area's first stand-alone Starbucks arrived. Several national homebuilders have staked ground as bulldozers prepare more farmland for construction.

  • McMillin acquires half East Village block for urban condominium

    On the 60,000-square-foot East Village block bounded by J, K, 13th and 14th streets, a Corky McMillin Cos. entity has acquired 35,000 square feet at the northeast corner of 13th and K for $7,525,000.

  • Community group appeals Mission Hills development

    Community group Mission Hills Heritage filed an appeal to San Diego's City Council Thursday regarding the approval of a $40-plus million redevelopment project by the city's Planning Commission.

  • Court ruling: Financial impacts of large retailers must be considered

    A judge's recent ruling on two Bakersfield cases involving two planned 220,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenters could have a profound impact on future retail developments throughout the state.

Archived Reports

Developers' Gallery - 2009

Developments across the county and a look at some of the people behind the scenes.

Developers' Gallery - 2008

Find out what's hot (and what's not) in the local building industry, as the Transcript takes a look at development projects around the county.

Developers' Gallery - 2007

This special section focuses on development projects around the county, from retail and commercial spaces to industrial and residential projects, as well as the developers behind them.

Developers' Gallery - 2006

This section focuses on the developers and their projects in San Diego County, and also takes a look at some relevant development issues around the rest of the nation. From north to south, this report highlights commercial, industrial and residential projects.

Developers' Gallery - 2004

In this special report, The Daily Transcript pays tribute to the developers in San Diego County. This annual feature focuses on development projects around the region, from retail and commercial spaces to residential projects, and more.