The nuts and bolts of construction in San Diego, from commercial and residential project updates to a review of how the industry is faring. 

  • Local projects recognized for sustainability achievements

    At first glance, Autumn Terrace in San Marcos appears to be a run-of-the-mill affordable housing project. Yet the new development is the vanguard for energy efficient living -- installed with low- flow water fixtures, heat-reducing windows, low power streetlights and a 2.14-kilowatt solar photovoltaic, the project is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certified -- the highest level granted to sustainable building design.

  • Airport overhaul progressing on schedule

    It’s been nearly two years since the groundbreaking of the Green Build at San Diego International Airport.

  • SeaWorld's latest roller coaster under way

    Roughly one year from now, SeaWorld San Diego's seventh theme park ride, "Manta," will open to thrill-seekers.

  • SDSU to break ground on new green Aztec Center

    The groundbreaking of San Diego State University’s new Aztec Center is less than two weeks away. While the first elements of construction will be small, and maybe absent the ruckus of heavy construction equipment, the next two years’ worth of work will surely culminate into one of the most expansive changes the campus has seen in some time.

  • Rising fees threaten industry recovery

    Over the past four years, the local building industry has encountered countless setbacks – to put it mildly – and has not yet fully recovered from the crippling recession. In fact, nearly one out of four unemployed San Diegans used to work in the construction industry. Economists agree that the return of construction jobs is a key component of the region’s bid for economic recovery and long-term viability. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake said recently that the high unemployment rate in the construction industry is a drag on the regional economy. However, local jurisdictions are slow to accept this reality and incentives to put people back to work remain elusive.

  • Plan for better planning

    As we hit the collective reset button after the real estate market collapse, we would be remiss not to maximize the potential of private/public partnerships in rethinking planning policies for a new era in real estate. It’s time now to take a step back and examine how to refine planning documents throughout the San Diego region to accommodate a new economic climate.

  • The other side of the trash can

    As San Diego struggles with our deficit, the issue of trash collection fees represents a constant topic of conversation despite its somewhat limited fiscal impact. Of greater importance is what lies on the other side of the can, literally: The street. There is likely no other aspect of our fiscal situation that has a clear and present impact on responsible land use than how we use our streets, and more specifically, how we park on them.

  • Rudolph and Sletten selected to manage construction of new central courthouse

    Rudolph and Sletten is one of the leading general contracting firms on the West Coast. We provide quality-oriented general contracting and construction management services. Rudolph and Sletten’s expert professionals manage each job comprehensively, from site selection and preconstruction services through project completion.

  • Implementing green IT offers cost savings and energy sustainability

    Now more than ever, the challenge for corporate information technology (IT) managers is how to meet the increasing networking and telecommunications needs of the enterprise when faced with decreasing budgets, cutbacks in personnel and extremely limited building space. The bottom line is to determine how to empower the enterprise to do more with less money and resources.

  • The domestic production activities deduction

    Every so often there’s a tax case that has broad and positive implications for the construction industry. And a highway and bridge construction company’s winning legal strategy in a recent skirmish with the Internal Revenue Service certainly demonstrates that.

  • Webcor, R.A. Burch set new standard for joint venture collaboration at Camp Pendleton

    The joint venture between Webcor Builders and R. A. Burch Construction Co. is proving to be a winning partnership for the design-build 41 Area Facilities project at Camp Pendleton. From the moment the project was awarded to the current state of near complete design, the collaboration has been operating like a well-oiled machine. Webcor’s leading-edge technology and large project experience is a perfect complement to R.A. Burch’s government experience, impeccable reputation and track record of quality. Together, the team is excelling with the aid of established consultant relationships and the joint venture’s extensive estimating, scheduling and Building Information Modeling (BIM) resources.

  • You’re not just paying an extra $10 to fill up your gas tank

    Building owners and managers aren’t just paying the extra money to fill up their gas tank these days. Gas for their car is the least of their worries with the steady rise in cost for petroleum. When it comes to the roofs on their buildings this includes petroleum-based raw materials for both asphalt and polymers, not to mention the transportation costs from both manufacturers and distributors. Construction, amongst other industries, has been severely affected by this and the road ahead doesn’t look like it’s getting any better.

  • Neal Electric – Powering the future

    Neal Electric began as a grassroots family business and has grown exponentially into a well-recognized force in the Southern California construction arena. As the organization has grown, so have its capabilities in a plethora of electrical specialty areas.

  • LEED Platinum – First for Navy, Marines

    When a LEED Platinum certification was awarded to the Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Pendleton this year, once again the Marines could lay claim to being there first. That’s because this extraordinary barracks is the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ first LEED Platinum facility. It is an honor that drew Marine and Navy officials to Camp Pendleton last month to commemorate this notable achievement. Barnhart Balfour Beatty led the design-build team in coordination with many design-build partners including architectural firm Cass, Sowatsky, Chapman & Associates.

  • Building in North Park leased to LA-based club owner

    The space that housed the old Bacchus House Nightclub in North Park has recently been leased to a Los Angeles company for a 10-year term.

  • ULI Awards of Excellence honors best practices in development

    For the eighth year, the Urban Land Institute San Diego/Tijuana District Council will honor the best in urban planning at its annual awards program. This year, ULI has expanded the program beyond smart growth-oriented awards to include overall projects, communities and plans that are fiscally sound and that have been a catalyst for positive change in the communities in which they reside. The program will be held on May 24.

  • Construction booms in North County planned community

    Del Sur seems to be the latest hot spot for residential construction in San Diego County, as there are nine developments currently going up in the area.

  • Iconic microbrewery relocates downtown

    Beer connoisseurs have another option on where to grab a locally brewed hefeweizen or IPA as Mission Brewery has a new home downtown.



Archived Reports

Building San Diego - 2015

The nuts and bolts of construction in San Diego, from commercial and residential project updates to a review of how the industry is faring.

Building San Diego - 2014

Find out what construction plans are in the works around the county and how industry leaders are changing our region's landscape.

Building San Diego - 2013

Find out what construction plans are in the works and how industry leaders are changing our region's landscape this year.

Building San Diego - 2012

The nuts and bolts of construction in San Diego, from commercial project updates to a review of how the industry is faring.

Building San Diego - 2010

Find out what construction plans are currently in the works and how industry leaders are changing our region's landscape this year.

Building San Diego - 2009

The nuts and bolts of construction in San Diego, from commercial and residential project updates to infrastructure and public works.

Building San Diego - 2008

Find out about current construction plans and how developers are changing the region's landscape.

Building San Diego - 2007

In the face of a changing marketplace and continual challenges for the industry, find out what construction plans are currently in the works and how San Diego developers are changing the region's landscape.