Office, civic and hospitality projects are proving to be bright spots in a slow economy, with developments in Central San Diego destined to keep builders busy for years to come.

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  • Out with the old, in with the new Old Globe

    Approaching its 75th year, The Old Globe theater in Balboa Park is undergoing a major rejuvenation.

  • Despite slow economy, construction continues in Central San Diego

    The economy may be slow, but construction in the central part of the county continues at full tilt.

  • Port of San Diego development sparks economic growth for the region

    Development of the tidelands on San Diego Bay is making exciting headway as the Port of San Diego gears up for groundbreakings on four high-profile projects. The highly anticipated projects will improve public access to the waterfront while changing the landscape of the waterfronts in Chula Vista and San Diego.

  • Port Commissioners agree to language change for November ballot measure

    At the request of a coalition of waterfront businesses, environment and labor, the Board of Port Commissioners agreed to change the ballot language it approved earlier this month for a November ballot measure that would amend the Port District's master plan to allow hotels, restaurants and a sports venue at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.

  • Westview Plaza in Scripps Ranch nearing completion

    Construction of Westview Plaza is on schedule for completion by November. The 93,368-square-foot, Class A office building is located along Interstate 15 in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego.

  • Plans for Nickelodeon resort inching forward

    Behind schedule, but still planning to bring slime to San Diego, the proposed Nickelodeon resort is set to break ground in early 2010.

  • More hotels planned for downtown

    Downtown San Diego's skyline will be changing again with the addition of four new hotels.

  • Construction slowdown boon to industrial leasing

    While San Diego County posted some 5.5 million square feet of gross industrial leasing activity during the first half of the year, the net absorption was not quite so strong. According to a CB Richard Ellis report, gross second-quarter leasing activity slowed slightly to 2.5 million square feet compared to the first-quarter total of 3.0 million square feet.

  • Office vacancies continue to climb

    San Diego County's office vacancy rate rose by a full percentage point from the first to the second quarter to 16.1 percent -- a figure that could easily go higher with all the new construction.

  • Retail market takes a breather

    The sagging economy continues to impact the national retail sector as consumer spending is down, energy prices are up, and the credit and debt markets are still feeling the effects from the subprime meltdown.

  • School district readies $2.1 billion bond for November ballot

    The San Diego Unified School District board recently approved a $2.1 billion school bond to go on the ballot in November.

  • Westfield's UTC expansion plans get green light

    Westfield Corp. is moving ahead with its plans to bring University Towne Center into the 21st century.

  • Manchester moving forward with Navy Broadway Complex despite legal obstacles

    Plans to redevelop the Navy Broadway Complex in downtown San Diego are moving forward, even while the project's start continues to be delayed by legal challenges.

  • Conrad Prebys Music Center taking shape at UCSD

    A new $53 million state-of-the-art music building with a 400-seat recital hall will enrich the University of California, San Diego's performing arts program. As prominent as this project will be, it is but one of the many projects touched by philanthropist and developer Conrad Prebys.

  • New facility at Children's Hospital under construction

    McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is in the middle of constructing a new health care facility at a local hospital that will expand its services to the young people of Southern California.

  • Green building spreads throughout Central San Diego

    One of San Diego's largest public green buildings, the just-opened New Children's Museum downtown, is letting all ages see the byproduct of going green. With features like total-sunlight daylighting for its galleries, usage of primarily solar power and a cooling system that removes the need for air conditioning even in the summer, the $29 million building lets sustainable aspects of the construction blend into its overall playful design. The 50,000-square-foot, three-story space is also about double the size of its previous home.

  • Detractors concerned with Ballpark Village Marriott size, density

    The proposed 1,959-room, $1 billion Marriott Hotel in the Ballpark Village master plan has come under fire because of its size, and the exact mix in the rest of the East Village property has yet to be determined.

  • New Nexus biotech campus the exception in saturated market

    Prominently visible from the I-805 freeway, near some of the county's biggest existing biotech companies, San Diego-based Nexus Properties Inc. is building what will eventually be a 161,871-square-foot campus designed for biotech research and development.

  • Competing plans for Civic Center divided over mixed-use

    On many levels, it makes sense to tear down the old, seismically unsafe building that is San Diego City Hall and start over.

  • Underutilized Clairemont retail center to be redeveloped

    C.W. Clark Inc. has been chosen for a new project that, when completed, will add something for everyone in the Mission Bay Community.

  • Two more Fresh & Easy stores to open

    San Diego County will soon be home to two more Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market grocery stores, and even more are in the long-term pipeline, according to a company spokesman.

  • City's new C&D recycling ordinance 'going well'

    A construction and demolition debris recycling ordinance went into effect July 1 that could extend the use of Miramar Landfill as well as help the city of San Diego avoid state fines.

  • Housing costs will impact region's future work force

    San Diego-area residents are all too aware of the region's high cost of housing. But did you know that high housing costs impact our ability to attract and retain the work force necessary for a competitive economy?

  • Region imports rock despite plentiful local supply

    The San Diego region is paying almost double the statewide average for aggregate. Aggregate materials include sand, gravel and crushed stone, and are used as base material under roads and rails to provide a solid foundation. Aggregate is also the key ingredient in concrete and asphalt.

  • Naval captain: A lot of work ahead on military projects

    An official with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command spoke to construction managers Wednesday night with the message that despite the industry slump, the military has plenty of projects to keep construction busy.

  • Model homes open at Electra

    Four model homes and a sales and information center have opened at Bosa Development’s Electra residential tower, located in downtown San Diego

  • Shea Homes to begin Clover neighborhood

    Construction began on condominiums in Shea Homes’ Windingwalk community in Chula Vista.

  • Los Angeles-based REIT buys seven buildings in county

    Pacific Office Properties Trust Inc. (AMEX: PCE), the newly formed Los Angeles-based real estate investment trust, acquired 11 office buildings during the second quarter, including seven in San Diego County.

  • CCDC to gather public input on selecting next president

    The Centre City Development Corp. (CCDC) is holding a series of public discussions focusing on the role and qualities of the next CCDC president and chief operating officer.

  • Construction industry gets together for a chance to build school facilities

    Over 200 people reported to this free gathering put together by the community college district, the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center and the Black Contractors Associations to bring together all facets of the construction industry looking to get more information on projects with the school district and the different general contractors.

  • Naval captain to oversee $4.7 billion in local construction

    Navy Capt. Joseph A. Campbell took command Friday of the newly created officer in charge of construction for Marine Corps Installations West at Camp Pendleton.

  • San Diego ZIP codes reflect national housing trends

    Areas in San Diego with the biggest increase in attached and detached homes sales have had some of the largest price drops when comparing July 2008 to the same month last year, following a national trend of increased sales after falling prices.

  • Scripps robotic surgery receives $2.5M gift

    In January Douglas E. Barnhart received lifesaving prostate cancer surgery through the Scripps Mercy Hospital Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program.

  • Burnham-Moores Center offers certificate in land use, sustainable community development

    On Sept. 4, the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate will launch the Certificate in Land Use and Sustainable Community Development program.

  • Terraces at Copley Point to be soon finished

    Construction is nearing completion for Terraces at Copley Point, a 530,000-square-foot, Class A office campus plus parking on a 25-net-acre site at 5887 and 5893 Copley Drive in Kearny Mesa.

  • Johnson & Jennings wins Woodbury contract

    Johnson & Jennings General Contracting has been awarded a contract for the 27,000-square-foot build-out of Woodbury University, School of Architecture, at 2212 Main St. in San Diego.

  • Prevost completes AnaptysBio facility

    Prevost Construction completed its build-out of AnaptysBio's 16,500-square-foot office and laboratory facility at 10835 Road to the Cure in La Jolla.

  • Swinerton does preconstruction on UCSD building

    Swinerton Builders is providing preconstruction and CM/GC services for UCSD's Housing and Dining Services Administration Building.

  • Parker school soon to expand

    Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. announced Wednesday that it has been selected as the general contractor for the expansion of the Francis Parker School in San Diego.

  • S.D. County office vacancy highest in a decade

    San Diego County office market continues to weather the storm of uncertainty.

  • Housing here to remain oversupplied

    The San Diego County economy's slump will likely last until the beginning of 2009 due to the depressed housing market, weak job market, and high utility and food prices, according to a report released by Metrostudy.

  • Ground breaking for Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge

    Ground will be broken Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the long-planned Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge that will span Harbor Drive and the train/trolley tracks, and link the San Diego Convention Center with Petco Park.

  • Copley Hall renovation begins

    Construction is under way on a Domus Studio Architects-designed renovation of approximately 5,000 square feet of the musicians quarters beneath the main stage at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego.

  • BAE expansion under way

    BAE Systems and McMillin Commercial broke ground Tuesday on the seventh building at Liberty Station, this one anchored by BAE Systems.

  • Allied Health building under way

    McCarthy Building Companies Inc. (www.mccarthy.com) has construction under way for the new 49,000-square-foot Allied Health building on San Diego Mesa College at 7250 Mesa College Drive.

  • New Sharp parking structure complete

    McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has completed construction of a new, five-level, 295,000-square-foot parking structure for Sharp Healthcare at 8025 Birmingham Drive in Kearny Mesa.

Soaring Dimensions 2008

Profiles

Containing Report

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.

Companion Reports

Soaring Dimensions 2008 - East

Take a look at real estate and construction developments in the East County, where big plans mean big changes are on the horizon.

Soaring Dimensions 2008 - Imperial & Riverside

Developments in Riverside and Imperial counties have the potential to impact local residents in a big way. Read about some of the upcoming and ongoing projects being undertaken by San Diego's neighbors to the north and east.

Soaring Dimensions 2008 - North

North County continues to grow with transportation, retail, office, education and energy projects under way.

Soaring Dimensions 2008 - South

The South County is poised for transformation, with plans for a third border crossing and ongoing residential, retail and hospitality projects that promise to create a thriving area for business and tourism.

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.