Military, education, transportation and health care still dominating the North County projects list.

  • Lexus Escondido expands into shopping destination

    As if buying a new Lexus isn't luxurious enough, one dealership takes the concept to a whole new level. The Centre at Lexus Escondido is morphing into a one-stop shop for everything luxury.

  • 2 new hospitals to open in North County

    Two new North County hospitals now under construction are using sustainable building practices and employing green technologies. When complete, both will provide innovative health care while reducing their carbon footprint.

  • North County colleges expanding, upgrading campuses

    Two North County institutions of higher learning are moving earth and stone, employing sustainable building practices and integrating new technologies in construction projects designed to enhance the educational experience of college students.

  • Camp Pendleton busy with new construction, renovations

    Camp Pendleton is the Marine Corps’ largest West Coast expeditionary training facility and one of the Department of Defense’s busiest installations. It’s been even busier the last couple of years – the base is in the midst of a five-year $3.4 billion construction boom.

  • State budget stall projects in North County cities

    The cities and towns of San Diego's North County have taken strongly to the idea of redevelopment, with dozens of affordable housing, infrastructure and beautification projects underway.

  • Beach community grows while keeping small-town feel

    On the 1st of July, the city of Solana Beach had a birthday. It turned the ripe old age of 25.

  • Hollandia Dairy's multi-million dollar expansion under way

    When Hollandia Dairy began producing milk in 1950, upwards of 100 dairies in San Diego were doing the same, and 15 to 20 were processing and bottling it, according to General Manager Lee Hodge. Back then, the milkman was more than a mere icon of Americana.

  • New affordable housing unit opens doors in Escondido

    Construction on a brand new affordable housing community has just been completed and residents are beginning to move into The Crossings at Escondido. The 55 unit complex has taken the place of a crumbling Elder Place neighborhood in the Mission Park area of the city.

  • Construction begins on new medical office building in San Marcos

    Local health care, city, state and business leaders broke ground on a new state of the art medical office building in July that will provide care to more than 135,000 San Marcos residents. The three-story, 71,000-square-foot facility will house 34 specialty care providers, a four operating room ambulatory surgery center, nuclear medicine and a four-room gastroenterology procedure suite.

  • Carlsbad’s new high school taking shape

    Construction is finally under way for the new Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad, and officials hope the school will be ready to welcome its first class of students in the fall of 2013.

  • New hotels, resorts popping up in North County

    Due to low development costs, there hasn’t been a better time in recent years for experienced developers to build new hotels. Interest rates are also some of the lowest in recent memory, but a sluggish economy coupled with cautious lenders has some hospitality projects waiting on the sidelines.

  • Stone Brewing Co. has big expansion plans on tap

    Greg Koch, chief executive officer and co-founder of Southern California’s largest craft brewer, Stone Brewing Co., has an unconventional approach to growing his business: “Ignore everybody and do it the way you feel it should be done.”

  • North County office market on road to recovery

    San Diego County's office market north of state Route 52 continues to recover from a surplus of construction during the middle of the last decade and some subareas are faring much better than others.

  • Fate of Escondido ballpark to be sealed this fall

    For the past year, San Diego Padres Vice Chairman and CEO Jeff Moorad has been looking for a site in North County to build a minor league ballpark for the Triple-A franchise.

  • Work under way to expand North County's freeways

    If you have driven on Interstate 15, it's hard to miss the express lanes in the center that are being expanded to cover a 20-mile stretch between state Route 78 in Escondido and state Route 163 in San Diego.

  • Housing development in North County bounces along bottom

    New home construction in San Diego is predominantly taking place in North County.

  • Biotech leasing improves in San Diego County

    Following last year's return of about 300,000 square feet of space in San Diego County's estimated 15.7 million-square-foot biotechnology market, conditions appear to be slowly improving.

  • Architecture billings index drops for 5th straight month

    WASHINGTON -- Business conditions for architects have fallen into a steep decline and may not yet have reached bottom, according to the American of Architects (AIA).

  • Landscape architects tag San Diego to bring awareness of their profession

    Landscape architects from across the U.S. got out of their offices and took to the streets Wednesday afternoon to bring awareness to their profession and their work.

  • Housing starts in decrease, as construction stagnates

    WASHINGTON -- Builders began work on fewer homes in July, indicating residential real estate is failing to contribute to U.S. growth two years into an economic recovery.

  • Exports a boon for Western lumber industry

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Exports have been one bright point for the struggling Western lumber industry as homebuilding remains stagnant.

  • More money coming for a high-tech I-15

    San Diego is one of two areas in the country recently announced to receive funds from the federal Integrated Corridor Management initiative, aimed at integrating technology to better manage highway traffic.

  • SANDAG to launch new 'bench' for small biz contracting

    Taking a new approach at raising the visibility of local business, the San Diego Association of Governments has begun a program that will place the area’s disadvantaged business and small business enterprises on a “bench” list, which can be viewed by prime contractors awarded certain SANDAG construction projects.

  • Private sector construction jobs decrease in San Diego

    Increased private sector work appears to be giving many metropolitan areas a boost in local construction jobs, with 149 of 337 metro areas adding to their workforce between June 2010 and June 2011, the Associated General Contractors association said Tuesday. San Diego doesn't appear to be following the trend.

  • Camp Pendleton school re-design begins

    Escondido-based Echo Pacific Construction Inc. has begun work to modernize North Terrace Elementary School, which sits within Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton but is a part of Oceanside Unified School District.

  • Construction spending climbs for 3rd straight month

    Construction spending in the United States rose in June for a third consecutive month, led by a gain in nonresidential building, including factories, communications plants and commercial structures.

  • Industrial permits at 0 in county; commercial improving

    Builders still can't find the justification to build new industrial space, but new commercial construction is picking up, while nonresidential alterations and additions keep surging ahead in San Diego County.

  • Housing permits up almost 40% in first 6 months of 2011

    Developers are increasingly turning to multifamily projects to meet the county's housing needs, as demand for new single-family homes remains low.

  • Caltrans 2-year budget includes many new ramps, carpool lanes and new freeway

    Through the current and next fiscal years, there are more than $1.7 billion worth of projects to be undertaken by the California Department of Transportation in District 11, that which encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties.

  • S.D. to be one of 1st in the state to recover in residential construction, researcher says

    San Diego County seems to be in the best shape in California and in better shape than most around the United States when it comes to recovering from the recession in terms of residential construction.

Profiles

  • RPC Tax Advisor’s founder started company amidst adversity

    For Ken Sullivan, it was two hardships that happened at once that motivated him to start RPC Property Tax Advisors, LLC more than 20 years ago. In the late 1980s, as the savings and loans crisis was in full force, Sullivan lost his job at a major local firm where he had been serving as a regional manager. Around the same time, his father passed away. While this would be a challenging time for anyone, it caused Sullivan to reflect upon what he really wanted to achieve professionally.

  • Frost Hardwood reflects on 100 years of service

    From selling wood flooring from the back of a car to now being one of the largest and oldest family-owned wood supply businesses in Southern California, Frost Hardwood Lumber Co. has been through a lot leading up to its 100-year anniversary this year.

Soaring Dimensions 2011 videos

Soaring Dimensions 2011: Palomar Medical Center West

Aug. 18, 2011 -- Reporter Carlos Rico updates progress on Palomar Medical Center West, the first hospital to be built in North County in more than 30 years.

Related Reports

Soaring Dimensions - 2011 (Full Report)

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 2011 - Central

Redevelopment, a potential new Chargers stadium, talk of civic projects and university campus additions are all highlighted in the Central San Diego section.

Soaring Dimensions 2011 - South and East

Take a closer look at projects like the San Vicente Dam, Sunrise Powerlink and more in the East and South sections of the county.

Soaring Dimensions 2011 - Twin Cities

This section looks at the Twin Cities' -- Murrieta and Temecula -- major projects and plans.

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.