A wave of hotel and office developments is still washing over Central San Diego, as the region continues to redefine itself. Get an in-depth look at upcoming, ongoing and completed projects in the 26th annual edition of Soaring Dimensions.

  • Uptown residential development complete

    Construction is complete for Deca, a new 37-unit, mixed-use urban residential development at 3744 Park Blvd. in the Uptown area of San Diego.

  • New biotech facility to be built in University City

    The UTC area maintains one of the most profitable and highly concentrated life science clusters in the world. Approximately 500 life science and biotech companies call San Diego home, providing an $8.5 billion annual economic impact. At least 150 of those companies reside in the UTC market.

  • BOMA celebrates centennial: Pacific Ridge Corporate Centre wins prestigious International Toby Award

    Celebrating its 100th year as the premier trade association devoted exclusively to the commercial real estate industry, BOMA International recently held the North American Real Estate Congress and The Office Building Show from July 21-24 in New York City.

  • Sharp on target to reach capital campaign goal for new hospital

    In effort to help build San Diego's first hospital in 15 years, the Sharp HealthCare Foundation launched its biggest philanthropic effort to date.

  • Construction on Hilton Convention Center Hotel at halfway point

    Construction for the new 32-story Hilton Convention Center Hotel is about halfway complete, and rooms are set to be available starting in December 2008. The more than 1 million-square-foot site will include a public park, a pier for water taxis on an adjacent site, a parking garage, retail, restaurant and 100,00 square feet of meeting space.

  • Electra rises above other downtown residential towers

    Standing at 450 feet and rising up from the old San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) downtown facility, Bosa Development's residential tower Electra represents not only the tallest such structure in San Diego, but a prime example of incorporating a historic structure into the design of a new development.

  • Local green projects gain recognition

    Central San Diego is at the forefront of green building this year. With a handful of newly LEED-certified buildings still being built and an additional three-dozen buildings currently on the LEED Registered projects list, it is certainly making its splash in the expanding green building arena.

  • Hard Rock ready to roll with new condo-hotel downtown

    The new Hard Rock Hotel downtown is in its final phase of construction, set to open early this fall with a kickoff celebration that may include a concert from the Black Eyed Peas, who have also designed their own suite in the hotel. The 312,000-sqaure-foot project will include a 12-story hotel, bars, restaurants, a concert venue and 40,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space.

  • Concrete panels lifted on Spectrum Corporate Center

    Staples Construction Co.'s San Diego division has lifted concrete panels for Spectrum Corporate Center, Lot 3 located in the San Diego Spectrum master plan at 9242 and 9246 Lightwave Ave. in Kearny Mesa.

  • Sweeping air rules impact construction firms

    For nearly two years, construction industry leaders listened to California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff describe their goals for cleaner air to be achieved through their plans to reduce off-road diesel engine emissions. During those same two years, industry leaders invested thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars educating CARB staff on the unique realities of the construction industry:

  • Construction nearly complete on five new schools

    On course with five new schools opening in September, the San Diego Unified School District community reaps the benefits of Proposition MM funding.

  • Scripps Health to upgrade La Jolla facility

    Keeping up with the plethora of projects Scripps Health has in store for the next 10 years requires a team of experts and a keen memory, according to CEO Chris Van Gorder.

  • Venter Institute joins biotech community in La Jolla

    The Torrey Pines mesa continues to lure some of the nation's top biotechnology firms and institutes, and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), La Jolla project is no exception.

  • DiamondView Tower tenants get unique perspective on downtown, Petco Park

    The newly completed 305,000-square-foot DiamondView Tower office/retail complex overlooking Petco Park has nearly 237,000 square feet of office space, with leases out for signature that would bring the office portion of the project to 100 percent full.

  • New hotel developments across to add rooms, diversity to local landscape

    With more and more vacationing and professional visitors stopping in San Diego, hoteliers have perked their ears and broken ground on several hotels and resorts set to come online in the next two years.

  • Waterfront development plans include hotels, office, retail

    Along with new office buildings such as Cisterra Partners' DiamondView Tower and the Irvine Co.'s planned 685,358-square-foot office tower, downtown San Diego will soon be welcoming a wave of waterfront development.

  • Increased enrollment sparks construction at area colleges, universities

    Despite a lack of raw developable land on university and community college campuses, within the city of San Diego, a significant amount of construction projects have either recently been completed, are ongoing or are in the design stage.

  • 'Tide has turned': Condo conversions cool in favor of apartments

    Until recently, the condo conversion market was booming. Investors with an eye on making a quick buck transformed thousands of aging and obsolete apartments into sleek and stylish condominiums -- and homebuyers lined up in anticipation.

  • Options increase for affordable housing in central San Diego

    Central San Diego and affordable housing come together as an increasingly common pairing. And with the passing of Proposition 1C, which will provide $2.8 billion in funding for affordable housing, the marriage is likely to become more common.

  • No shortage of developments across San Diego, but funding may be lacking

    A wave of hotel and office development and the sale of a big backlog of condominiums is just the beginning of central San Diego's future.

  • Navy Broadway Complex awaits litigation, final approvals

    The project that could help redefine San Diego's waterfront still has a few hurdles to clear before it can begin to take shape.

  • Liberty Station nears build-out with opening of arts, retail, commercial spaces

    Despite years of controversy, lawsuits and other major and minor setbacks, the 361-acre mixed-use Liberty Station is now nearing completion.

  • U.S. Green Building Council, American Institute of Architects host sustainable design conference

    More than 300 professionals from the architecture, engineering, construction and commercial real estate industries will gather at an annual conference focusing on sustainable design and building practices.

  • Is downtown only for the rich?

    The answer to the question is no. While an impressive growth in downtown's market-rate housing supply occurred during the past several years, the construction of affordable housing has been equally as important but much less publicized. Since 2000, downtown San Diego's residential population has nearly doubled from 17,000 to 30,000 residents, and today includes more affordable housing than any other community in San Diego County.

  • Incorporating green into the blueprints

    The global warming theory has been heating up news headlines these days, prompting a greater interest in eco-friendly building practices. While there has been a prominent focus on fuel efficient automobiles, recent studies have reported that buildings and their construction can contribute anywhere from 18 percent to 40 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Architecture firms with expertise in green building are recommending low and no-cost ways to reduce building emissions and energy consumption into a building's design.

  • Public amenities big part of downtown renaissance

    In the most memorable cities, it is not only the buildings and businesses that draw attention and connect the people with the urban landscape. It is in the public amenities -- parks, promenades and great open spaces, where people connect -- where great cities are made.

  • Rady Children's Hospital to get new acute care facility

    Construction on the Acute Care Pavilion at Rady Children's Hospital is planned to start around November, as builder McCarthy Building Companies Inc. waits for final state approval and to finish the parking structure it is building at the site.

  • Commercial integration sparks regeneration

    "Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Mandatory inclusionary programs are producing some affordable housing

    When describing the San Diego County housing market, affordable is a word unlikely to be mentioned since the supply of this type of housing is minimal.

  • Cornerstone breaks ground on Phase 2 of Veteran's Village

    Cornerstone CMS Inc. has broken ground on the second of three phases of the Veteran's Village on Pacific Highway across from the main entrance to MCRD. The second phase consists of a 112-bed early treatment center, a central courtyard, a second counseling center and staff office space.

  • San Diego structural engineers pick the most excellent in their field

    A Rancho Santa Fe residence, a shade pavilion, a 35-million gallon water reservoir and a Naval Training Center building were recently recognized by the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD) with the association's 2007 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards.

  • Ryan Cos. garners NAIOP award

    The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) recently announced that Ryan Companies U.S. Inc. is the winner of NAIOP’s Developer of the Year Award.

  • Phase 1 construction at Pacific Corporate Center complete

    Phase 1 construction is complete for tenant improvements, totaling $28 million, and a new $17 million shell and parking structure located within the Pacific Corporate Center in the Sorrento Valley.

  • San Diego County industrial rents third highest in the country

    San Diego County has the third highest industrial rents, and absorption was good for the quarter if not the year-to-date.

  • Senior affordable housing

    Senior Community Centers opened its second and newest affordable housing complex last week -- City Heights Square -- at 43rd Street and Polk Avenue in City Heights with 150 handicap-accessible units.

  • Sales of 2Q apartments slows in San Diego, but number of living units rises

    Even though the number of apartment transactions in the second quarter of 2007 remained sluggish, there was a year-to-year increase in individual apartment units in the county for the first time since 2005.

  • Architecture firm chosen for new Scripps facility

    HOK Architects has gotten the nod to design a $30 million cardiovascular facility for Scripps Health on the Scripps Hospital Campus.

  • Upgrading, greening UTC

    The Westfield Group has unveiled its vision for the first major revitalization of the 30-year-old Westfield UTC (University Towne Centre) shopping center in more than two decades.

  • Surge in office space development expected to be easily absorbed

    Burnham report says 4.25 million square feet of office space is currently under construction here, but that there is no great cause for concern.

  • Landscape contractors group picks top Beautification Awards

    Twenty-five San Diego County area landscape contractors have been honored for excellence in landscape installation and maintenance as part of its San Diego 2007 Beautification Awards program.

  • Board of Supervisors OK two-site development

    A coordinated two-site development that includes a bay-front park and an inland mixed-use complex was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

  • Ballpark Village developers propose huge hotel to replace housing

    A $1 billion or more Marriott Hotel has been proposed in the East Village, but as in the Gaylord case, non-union labor could be a sticking point.

  • Plans for San Diego River to revitalize Mission Valley

    Projects involving the largely neglected San Diego River were discussed Thursday at a breakfast meeting organized by Citizens Coordinate for Century 3. A panel discussed how a river park could renew Mission Valley, while providing solid investment opportunities they hope will excite the business community.

  • 'Green building' doesn't have to cost a lot of green, experts say

    Green building is a hot topic but the discussion is only just beginning, said panelists at a Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce workshop Tuesday morning.

Soaring Dimensions 2007

Profiles

Containing Report

Soaring Dimensions - 2007

The Daily Transcript presents the 26th edition of Soaring Dimensions, featuring in-depth coverage of the county's real estate and construction developments. Organized by region, this special report takes a closer look at local expansion and redevelopment projects, as well as ongoing and new plans.

Companion Reports

Soaring Dimensions 2007 - East and Imperial Counties

Take a look at real estate and construction developments in East and Imperial counties and beyond in the 26th annual edition of Soaring Dimensions.

Soaring Dimensions 2007 - North County

New construction is under way as North County entices greater numbers of businesses to the area. Learn more about the hotspots of activity in the 26th annual edition of Soaring Dimensions.

Soaring Dimensions 2007 - South County

Redevelopment efforts continue in the South County that promise to make this region a thriving area for business and tourism. Find out more in the 26th annual edition of Soaring Dimensions.

Soaring Dimensions 2007 - Southwest California

San Diego's neighbor to the north, southwest Riverside, has grown at a remarkable pace over the last few years due to affordable housing, commercial real estate opportunities and proximity to Interstate 15. Read all about it in the 26th annual edition of Soaring Dimensions.

Archived Reports

Soaring Dimensions - 2015

The Daily Transcript’s final edition of Soaring Dimensions, a special annual publication that highlights all the new and ongoing construction projects happening around the county. This report looks at a range of projects, including residential, hospitality, public works and education.

Soaring Dimensions - 2014

The Daily Transcript presents its 33rd edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county.

Soaring Dimensions - 2013

The Daily Transcript presents its 32nd edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county.

Soaring Dimensions - 2012

The Daily Transcript presents its 31st edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county, plus special reports on the Port of San Diego, and Temecula and Murrieta.

Soaring Dimensions - 2011

The Daily Transcript celebrates its 30th edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county, plus Temecula and Murrieta.

Soaring Dimensions - 2010

The Daily Transcript presents the 29th edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county, plus Temecula and Murrieta.

Soaring Dimensions - 2009

The Daily Transcript presents the 28th edition of Soaring Dimensions. Take a closer look at real estate and construction developments in all regions of the county.

Soaring Dimensions - 2008

The Daily Transcript presents the 27th edition of Soaring Dimensions, featuring in-depth coverage of the county's real estate and construction developments. Organized by region, this special report takes a closer look at local expansion and redevelopment projects, as well as ongoing and new plans.

Soaring Dimensions - 2007

The Daily Transcript presents the 26th edition of Soaring Dimensions, featuring in-depth coverage of the county's real estate and construction developments. Organized by region, this special report takes a closer look at local expansion and redevelopment projects, as well as ongoing and new plans.

Soaring Dimensions - 2006

The Daily Transcript presents its 25th edition of Soaring Dimensions, featuring in-depth coverage of the county's real estate and construction developments. Organized by region, this special report takes a closer look at local expansion and redevelopment projects, as well as ongoing and new plans.