This special section highlights construction projects around the county that have been lauded for innovative architecture and design.

  • Central Library sees new attendance, opportunities one year after opening

    The San Diego Central Library has been open for a little over a year now, and by all accounts has been a huge success via its design, programs and collaborations. The Central Library has allowed for career-advancement programs, new streams of revenue from booking weddings and has even caught the attention of Comic-Con International: San Diego organizers. All of this would not have been possible within the old dilapidated Central Library on E Street.

  • Local nightlife, restaurant developer raise the bar on design

    If you haven’t visited Polite Provisions and Soda & Swine since the restaurant and bar opened a little over a year ago, then you are missing out on one of University Heights’ most successful and uniquely designed establishments.

  • UCSD Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility II stands out for sustainability

    One of the fascinating aspects of the new Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility II at the University of California, San Diego is that it was designed and constructed to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is a hefty feat for any building, let alone a 196,000-square-foot research facility. But UCSD is on track to receive this acknowledgement in the next several weeks.

  • New public piazza to break ground in Little Italy Dec. 1

    The Little Italy Association, in partnership with H.G. Fenton Co., will officially break ground on Piazza Famiglia at 10 a.m. Dec. 1. This new project will transform West Date Street between Columbia Street and India Street into a 10,000-square-foot public piazza to serve the Little Italy community.

  • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego renovates highest venue on West Coast waterfront

    The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego continues to progress with its multimillion dollar renovation as it reinvents the 32nd floor, located within the hotel’s Seaport Tower.

  • Former blood bank office transformed into desirable urban lofts

    If the last time you looked at the four-story building on Upas Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Hillcrest was more than a few months ago, stroll over there and take another look. The structure's still there, so what's there to look at, you say? Exactly.

  • ABC San Diego to honor top projects in Excellence in Construction awards

    Join members of the Associated Builders and Contractors and guests in honoring top construction projects built by merit shop contractors from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the San Diego Central Library’s Shiley Event Center on the Rooftop.

  • Seaport Village revives old police headquarters, jail, with historical take on retail, eateries

    For years after its 1987 decommissioning, the old San Diego Police Department headquarters on Harbor Drive sat as a historic piece of the city without a clear future. But it wasn't until the recent project of Terramar Retail Centers, to not only open the space up for new uses but to also open the doors to a part of San Diego's past, that the public had its first real chance to explore what each side of the law-and-order spec

  • Waterfront park's family atmosphere benefiting bay-side business

    On Mother's Day, San Diego unveiled its latest community asset in its new county waterfront park along the Embarcadero.

  • Watkins Landmark Construction celebrates 10 years

    It was an unseasonably damp Halloween this year that gave way to a bright and breezy day across San Diego on Nov. 1. However tricky the evening prior might have proven for the city’s revelers, honored guests at Watkins Landmark Construction’s 10th Anniversary celebration, hosted aboard the Maritime Museum’s Star of India (1863), were served up the sweetest of treats.

  • GSA offers glimpse of San Ysidro Phase 3 small-business opportunities

    After a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of most of Phase 1 of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry project Monday morning, representatives from the General Services Administration were back to work in the afternoon, speaking to local small businesses about how they can get a piece of the roughly $226 million pie that will be Phase 3 of this same project.

  • Market looking promising for homebuilders

    Homebuilders received a boost of confidence Thursday from national economists who continued to say that the economy is showing signs of improvement.