Learn about construction plans in the works and how the developers are changing San Diego's landscape in this annual special report. In it, we also feature a roundtable discussion hosted by The Daily Transcript and the San Diego Building Industry Association. Roundtable participants -- all leaders in San Diego's building industry -- discuss obstacles to getting projects under way.

  • Building industry experts cite land scarcity, red tape as burdens

    Lack of land approved for development, increasing materials costs and extensive government regulations and processes are some of the main issues impacting local construction and development companies, according to industry specialists.

  • Kilroy Santa Fe Summit setting standards high for lifestyle campus

    Imagine entering a community with lush and vibrant plantings, a sprawling grass amphitheatre for picnicking, walking trails connecting to an adjoining canyon and water fountains that enliven a tree canopied courtyard and promenade; but this isn't a resort -- it's where you work. These are just a few of the amenities that the design teams of Nowell & Associates Landscape Architecture and ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells have envisioned for Kilroy Realty's new Class A office development known as Santa Fe Summit.

  • Davis & Adams Construction builds on relationship with Hitachi Data Systems

    When Hitachi Data System (HDS) decided to augment their corporate campus in Santa Clara County and spend $7.2 million, they looked south to San Diego. As a result of the relationship Davis & Adams Construction developed in San Diego with HDS they were awarded the contract for HDS's world-wide corporate headquarters in Santa Clara County.

  • Retail projects booming in San Diego County

    Retail projects continue to spring up throughout San Diego County, according to Lee & Associates' retail specialist, Bo Havlik.

  • Reno Contracting plays major role in county's evolving landscape

    Reno Contracting -- a San Diego-based company which offers a full range of commercial construction services for the development of commercial, industrial and bioscience properties -- is continuing to impact the county's evolving landscape, with numerous high-profile properties recently completed or in the works.

  • Del Sur slated to open in June

    Construction is under way at Del Sur, a new 1,800-acre master planned community east of Interstate 5 off state Route 56.

  • Word of mouth most important for Bill Howe Plumbing

    Bill Howe of Bill Howe Plumbing didn't always know he would end up being a plumber, but life has a way of changing original plans.

  • Roundtable: building industry faces endless project hindrances

    For those within the San Diego County building industry, the ability to meet commercial and residential building demands continues to be hindered by various obstacles. According to industry specialists who were part of a roundtable put on by The Daily Transcript and the San Diego Building Industry Association (SDBIA), these obstacles lengthen the time between the planning and regulatory approval process and the start of actual construction.

  • Traditions and quality drive Adair and Swinerton Builders

    Last week, while California recognized the 100th anniversary of the devastating San Francisco earthquake, Swinerton Builders, a national general contractor based in the same city, quietly remembered a seminal moment in its history.

  • Master Development succeeding in Otay Mesa

    Master Development Corp. (MDC), a developer and general contractor of industrial parks in Southern California, has found a niche in the San Diego real estate market, specifically in the community of Otay Mesa, one of the country's busiest commercial land border crossings with a substantial amount of industrial development.

  • Developers balancing workplace with lifestyle

    According to studies, the average American worker puts in 46 hours a week at work. For more than one-third of employed Americans, the average workweek is more than 50 hours. In some industries, the expectation is that employees devote 60 hours or more to work each week. With so much time spent at work, employers and developers are striving to add amenities that make these hours productive as well as comfortable and fulfilling to the needs of the Southern California lifestyle.

  • Affordable apartments, market-rate town homes meet wide range of housing needs

    In the next decade, U.S. Census experts say there will be an explosion in the percentage of Americans reaching retirement age.

  • Building information modeling adds new dimension to architectural design

    The art of creating a building consists of taking a team of professionals, all mastering unique disciplines, and linking them to create an intricate puzzle of mechanical, electrical systems and structural design. The process takes thousands of hours of communication between these entities to create a beautiful and seamless machine.

  • Panel addresses challenges of work force housing

    As housing affordability remains a looming problem for San Diego County, the concept of "work force" housing is gaining momentum. The process by which a developer builds such housing, however, is not without challenges. This was one focus point of a residential industry panel, which was part of an Urban Land Institute meeting held Tuesday.

  • Legality of timeshare units on tidelands could snag development

    Carmel Valley-based Woodfin Suites Hotels would like to develop 40 timeshare units as part of a 140-room hotel development on Harbor Island, but doing so might not be legal under the California Coastal Act.

  • Rising oil prices blamed for driving up costs of hot asphalt

    In 2005 construction material price increases hounded the building industry within San Diego County. Now in 2006 the prediction that similar price appreciations will continue appears to be true as one of the county's hot asphalt suppliers has announced further price increases.

  • Some developers moving away from generic design to lure buyers

    As the inventory of condominiums in San Diego County increases to nearly 1,500 active units, some developers and architects are focusing on alternative design as the selling point for new developments.

  • Manchester eyes Westin, St. Regis for bay front hotels

    Perry Dealy, president of Manchester Development, says Westin Hotels and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts are expected to flag the Broadway Complex's (tentatively dubbed Pacific Gateway) two big hotels.

  • Trend toward attached housing seen to remain strong through 2006

    Citing lack of land available for development in Southern California, a trio of panelists at a Hanley Wood Market Intelligence housing seminar agreed that both private and public homebuilders are increasing production of attached housing products, a trend that will continue through 2006.

  • Plan unveiled to create a 52-mile San Diego River park across the county

    A $164.5 million plan to create a 52-mile-long park along the San Diego River was ratified in late March, but it will take funds from many sources to realize the dream.

  • Report says design of walkable communities starts at the beginning

    A new transportation report examines walkability. While the city might not get an A, it doesn't seem to be failing either.

Archived Reports

Projects, Permits and Planning - 2005

This annual special feature will review the various development projects underway or near completion in the county. We'll also look at what construction plans are in the works and learn how developers are changing San Diego's landscape.