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  • Today's strict energy code: What options do you have?

    It is hard to imagine now, but until 1978, buildings were not even insulated! It was the Arab oil embargo and long gas lines of 1973 that changed people's minds and triggered new policies to stop wasting so much energy.

  • A hot new landmark emerges on the Rancho Mirage skyline

    The Coachella Valley has heated up tremendously over the past several weeks, forcing the crew of Watkins Landmark Construction's Rancho Mirage Community Park and Amphitheater project to contend with daily temperatures approaching 118 degrees!

  • Benefits of hiring a locally owned company

    Why choose a locally owned company over a large corporation?

  • 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.

  • Mission Hills restaurant raises the bar on sustainable design

    When you walk into the Patio on Goldfinch, one of the first things you will notice is a vertical living plant wall toward the back of the restaurant. It’s the cornerstone of the eatery and what aids the Patio on Goldfinch as an Orchid-award nominee and a shining example of sustainable design.

  • 89% of state construction firms say it's hard to find skilled workers

    Some 89 percent of construction firms surveyed in California say they are having trouble finding qualified workers to meet the growing demand for construction services, according to a report released Wednesday by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • City looks to streamline construction bidding process, hire more staff

    The city of San Diego is streamlining its bidding process for public works projects to pay contractors faster and hire more engineers.

  • Civic SD seeks input for downtown mobility plan

    Civic San Diego is in the middle of gathering information from residents, and those who work in and around downtown San Diego, for a new mobility plan.

  • Construction starts on Gaslamp hotel

    Ground was broken Wednesday for Pendry San Diego, a $100 million-plus resort hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter that is expected to open in the summer of 2016.

  • 100-year-old A.O. Reed modernizes headquarters

    San Diego-based mechanical contractors A.O. Reed & Co. are celebrating 100 years of doing business, and with that have remodeled their headquarters and expanded services on Ruffner Street in Kearny Mesa.

  • Temporary urban park breaks ground in East Village

    What started as a thesis project for three architecture students is turning into a reality since their urban park project broke ground Wednesday in the East Village.

  • Mixed-use development proposed in old Mission Valley dealership

    A mixed-use project is being proposed for a Mission Valley parking lot where a car dealership once stood.

  • Women’s detention facility nearing completion

    Construction is complete on the first of the two-phase, award-winning Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee. The $221.5 million project for the county of San Diego Department of General Services consists of 24 buildings across 45 acres with 1,216-beds. It is replacing the county's 1960s-era women's detention and intake facility.

  • More shopping options coming to San Ysidro this holiday season

    Visitors to the various bargain stores in San Ysidro will soon have more choices to spend their money, as a new outlet center is nearing completion.

  • New border crossing to Tijuana airport takes off

    After six years of planning, designing and permitting on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, construction has officially commenced on an unprecedented port of entry that will link San Diego with the Tijuana International Airport. The Cross Border Xpress will be a 350-foot-long pedestrian bridge that starts in Otay Mesa, and goes directly over the U.S.-Mexico border and leads into Tijuana’s airport.

  • New charter school, City College buildings to open this fall

    There has been a mixture of construction activity in and around downtown San Diego this summer with new high-tech classroom buildings and facilities at San Diego City College and a new charter middle school in Grant Hill scheduled to open for the fall semester.

  • Millenia moves ahead with McMillin still at helm

    The 210-acre Millenia development in eastern Chula Vista was expected to be acquired this summer by former Corky McMillin Cos. executives from Ambient Communities. Although it didn't happen, the project hasn't skipped a beat.

  • Copley-Price YMCA set to open Dec. 1

    The new Copley-Price Family YMCA on the old Pearson Ford dealership property at El Cajon Boulevard and Fairmont Avenue in the City Heights area is scheduled to open Dec. 1.

  • Broadstone Kearny Mesa opening early 2015

    The 360-unit Broadstone Kearny Mesa apartment development is expected to open for rent early next year.

  • East Village property changing to apartments soon

    Demolition is expected to begin in September for a 117-unit apartment development with ground floor retail in the East Village.

  • Casa Mira View makes a big splash in Mira Mesa

    For those traveling south on Interstate 15 through Mira Mesa, the enormous project is unmistakable. It is the Casa Mira View apartment development and it is transforming the landscape.

  • New Sempra Energy building to top out in fall

    Steve Black, Cisterra Development president and principal, said the 300,000-square-foot building being constructed for Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) in the East Village will be topped out by early fall. The building is being constructed on a 55,000-square-foot block bounded by J Street, Island Avenue, Seventh and Eighth streets.

  • Innovative 'Make' project set for Carlsbad

    Construction is underway on the Del Mar-based Cruzan development firm's "Make" project to transform the 175,000-square-foot Carlsbad Floral International Trade Center building into a Class A office property.

  • Lean construction practices save money, report says

    Millions of dollars have been saved using lean construction practices at the San Diego Community College District, according to a report released Monday by Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions.

  • Scripps Encinitas completes $94M expansion

    A grand opening celebration was held Tuesday for the completion of the second and final phase of the $94 million Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas expansion.

  • Port releases final EIR for Sunroad Harbor Island Hotel Project

    The Port of San Diego has completed the revised final environmental impact report for the Sunroad Harbor Island Hotel Project and East Harbor Island Subarea Port Master Plan Amendment and released it for public review.

  • Coming attraction: The Quart Yard

    A group of students from the NewSchool of Architecture & Design looking to transform a vacant city lot into temporary working spaces are one step closer to reality, as they have raised enough money to move forward in the process. The students’ company, called Design TEMPO (Temporary Economic Modular Product Organization), raised $60,000 in October via a 30-day Kickstarter campaign to pay for the application of a conditional-use permit, building fees and landscaping amenities for a dog park and picnic area.

  • 'The Headquarters' prepares for grand opening

    Visitors to Seaport Village and the San Diego bayfront now have new shopping and dining options, as restorations have been completed at the historic police station.

  • CV Bayfront plan continues with H Street project

    The second major step in the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan took place Wednesday morning, with a groundbreaking for the H Street Extension Project.

  • Tenaska solar project operational in Imperial County

    The 130-megawatt Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South, reported to have the capacity to generate enough electricity for approximately 44,000 homes, went into commercial operation this month.

  • SDSU announces plan for basketball practice facility by '15

    San Diego State University went public Tuesday with plans for a new $14.5 million practice facility for its men’s and women’s basketball programs.

  • San Marcos Vets Center helps construction industry understand PTSD

    The San Marcos Vet Center reached out recently to the National Electrical Contractors Association, providing advice on potentially dealing with PTSD in some of their most celebrated new hires: military combat veterans.

  • Balboa Park plans to add seven LEED-certified buildings

    Already home to three buildings certified with the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design classification, Balboa Park is planning to have seven more in time for the park’s 2015 centennial celebration.

  • 370-unit complex to open in San Marcos

    San Marcos’ new Palomar Station apartment complex will offer lots of extras, according to the developer.

  • Developer enters new territory with all-solar community

    In June, developer H.G. Fenton’s fully solar-powered Scripps Ranch community at Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments turned on its final round of lights. Four months later, the developer is saying the project -- which it notes is the first of its kind to power each unit through what’s known as virtual net metering -- appears to be a success.

  • Shea adds Frame and Focus to Civita

    Mission Valley’s Civita community is expecting a new housing project by the end of 2013 courtesy of Shea Homes.

  • Convention Center expansion gets final approval from Coastal Commission

    The California Coastal Commission unanimously approved expanding the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday.

  • Tierrasanta gets first development in decades with Copperleaf

    The Tierrasanta community in San Diego is getting its first new home development in more than two decades as Intracorp Cos. completes the final phase of homes in its Copperleaf project.

  • Lafayette Hotel: from woe to wonder

    A hotel that boasts Bob Hope as its first guest, with a pool designed by Johnny Weissmuller, who played Tarzan in the 1930s and ’40s, and where a scene from “Top Gun” was filmed should have no trouble keeping its doors open, right?

  • Work on San Ysidro border crossing continues

    Construction at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry will proceed despite the temporary government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday.

  • Chula Vista begins newest master-planned community

    The transformation of a southeastern portion of Chula Vista got started with a groundbreaking Thursday of Millenia, a 210-acre master-planned community.

  • Construction begins on airport car rental center, fixed-base operator facility

    A month and a half after the San Diego International Airport terminal expansion, built under the airport’s $1 billion Green Build project, construction has begun on two other additions at the airport -- its consolidated car rental facility and fixed-base operator facility.

  • Last major phase of planned Blue Line trolley work underway

    The final phase of construction is underway to modernize the 32-year-old San Diego Trolley Blue Line, as the project administrator, the San Diego Association of Governments, began major construction work on the region’s most heavily used transit service line last week.

  • New Cohn restaurant coming to Imperial Beach

    SEA 180 will bring contemporary beachfront dining to one of San Diego’s most distinctive and underserved locales. The restaurant will be located on the ground level of Pier South, the new $28 million boutique hotel.

  • Balboa Park Centennial plans under way

    With Balboa Park’s centennial less than a year and a half away, planners and producers are busily preparing for an ambitious yearlong celebration intended to draw international attention to San Diego and showcase the city’s offerings.

  • Pedestrian bridge to Tijuana Airport moving closer to reality

    A pedestrian bridge connecting Otay Mesa with the Tijuana International Airport is getting closer to reality as officials obtain the necessary permits and approvals.

  • Manchester Grand Hyatt completes phase of multimillion-dollar renovation

    Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. recently completed the renovation of 1,628 guestrooms at This Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. The 13-month project began spring 2012. The hotel also debuted a brand new Executive Club Lounge on the 33rd floor. The next phase of the renovation for the tallest waterfront building on the West Coast will include revamping its meeting facilities, lounges, restaurants and public spaces.

  • Venter Institute's grand opening in November

    The new $39 million, 45,000-square-foot J. Craig Venter Institute being constructed on the UC San Diego campus is slated for its grand opening celebration Nov. 9.

  • San Marcos resort completes phase of $9M renovation

    The former Lake San Marcos Hotel has changed its name and management while undergoing a $9 million renovation. Rebranded as the Lakehouse Resort & Hotel, the full-service resort spans over 250 acres with 142 guestrooms and cottages, and an on-property golf course.

  • Pending sales of homes slip in July but remain solid

    WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy U.S. homes in July, but the level stayed close to a 6 ½-year high. The modest decline suggests higher mortgage rates have yet to sharply slow sales.

  • North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conference

    The North American trade relationship is one of the most important catalysts for economic growth in the United States, Canada and Mexico — representing a $1.2 trillion economic relationship among the three countries. The North American Free Trade Agreement countries have established a thriving commercial dialogue that allows businesses in all three countries to maintain an increasing flow of goods and services throughout the continent, as well as globally. Enhancing this relationship is, therefore, the key to fostering trilateral competitiveness and innovation.

  • New express lanes for I-805 South

    As one of the main arteries running through heavily populated urban San Diego, the Interstate 805 corridor sees an average daily traffic of 160,000 to 260,000 vehicles, with congestion lasting from two to four hours.

  • Grossmont prepares for new heart, vascular center

    A new 74,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular Center at Grossmont Hospital is rising in La Mesa, allowing for needed expansion of the hospital’s surgery department and patient services.

  • Santee experiencing second building boom

    From a major expansion to a senior care facility, several hundred new apartment homes and a college that’s relocating to the area, the city of Santee is hopping with a variety of new construction and improvement projects.

  • Pio Pico plan revisited following San Onofre shutdown

    It didn’t take long following the June 7 announcement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s permanent closure for plans to be revived on a recently denied power plant proposal. In March, the California Public Utilities Commission denied the application by San Diego Gas & Electric to enter into a power purchase agreement with Pio Pico Energy Center LLC, a proposed project of Apex Power Group LLC, citing that the plant was scheduled to come online years earlier than when the region would need its roughly 300 megawatts of power. But the needs assessment CPUC based that decision on was performed prior to San Onofre’s shuttering.

  • Gillespie Field gets ready for takeoff with 'Aerotropolis' redevelopment

    Gillespie Field is preparing to spread its wings. “Gillespie Field is our asset, as the ocean is for some people,” said Jo Marie Diamond, president and CEO of the East County Economic Development Council. The East County EDC’s vision for an “Aerotropolis” would create an economic hub in El Cajon centered around the airport. The council is working on a strategic road map, which could include manufacturing, hospitality, tourism and retail, offices, research and development, Diamond said.

  • Works in Progress

    A quick look at some of the large ongoing construction projects around the county. Projects are listed by estimated total cost.

  • Local landscape contractors win 2013 Beautification Awards

    The San Diego chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association recently honored 19 local landscape contractors in its 2013 Beautification Awards for excellence in landscape installation and maintenance, demonstrating the best quality, construction, originality and attention to detail on 2012 projects. Thirty-nine awards were presented in 26 categories culled from 65 entries, which encompassed residential and commercial landscape construction, maintenance and renovation, along with water features, outdoor lighting and water-saving California-friendly landscaping.

  • Five biggest lessons learned by small-business owners

    Chances are you have read plenty of advice about how to run a business. It’s easy to find helpful hints and inspiring success stories. But what about the mistakes other businesses have made that you should take care to avoid in order to help your business to grow? Here are a few of those top mistakes I hope you can learn from.

  • Taking noodle bar to lofty heights

    The 27-unit North Parker Lofts is coming to the corner of 30th and Upas streets. Leasing applications should include a “must love ramen” clause; Little Italy's Underbelly is headed to the future residential complex.

  • New public parks to perk up central, southeast San Diego

    Many public park projects that were stalled for a year or more have now found funding. Residents of neighborhoods in central and southeast San Diego will be able to visit several new parks, from mini, “pocket” parks to those with trails and a skate plaza, starting in December.

  • School district to sell more properties, raise $97 million

    The San Diego Unified School District plans to sell additional properties to help close a projected $88 million deficit in its 2013-14 school year budget. The district expects to make about $97 million off the sale of seven surplus properties, of which $61 million will be used to cover the shortfall in a $1.1 billion operational budget, said Jenny Salkeld, the district’s interim chief financial officer.

  • Developer aims to make old Police Headquarters into arresting retail center

    Visitors to Seaport Village and the San Diego bayfront will have new shopping and dining options by the end of this year, as renovations are under way at the historical police station to turn it into a lifestyle district. Terramar Retail Centers, which operates Seaport Village, is modernizing the former San Diego Police Headquarters. About 70 percent of the retail center, called the Headquarters, is leased out.

  • Library prepares for new chapter with $185M facility

    Finishing touches are being put on the new San Diego Central Library, which is set to debut at the end of September. Since the beginning of July, library staff has been packing and moving all the books from the now-closed Central Library on E Street downtown to the new facility at 330 Park Blvd. in anticipation for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and sneak peek tour Sept. 28. Visitors will be able to use the library and check out books starting Sept. 30.

  • Mission Bay Gateway Project has big vision

    An idea 10 years in the making may be gaining traction: a sweeping redesign of the parkland surrounding one of San Diego’s most popular recreational destinations, Mission Bay. The Mission Gateway Project is the brainchild of Scott Chipman, a Pacific Beach resident who is also a member of the P.B. Planning Group and the P.B. Town Council. In spite of the still-recovering economy and a sticky situation with residents of the De Anza Mobile Home Park whose leases expired in 2003, Chipman is rallying support for his vision of Mission Bay in and out of City Hall.

  • Makers Quarter neighborhood targets millennials

    In a certain corner of downtown San Diego, the past and the future are separated by only a block. At 15th and E: the building that once housed the Coliseum, domain of prizefighters from Archie Moore to Ken Norton. At 15th and F: Smarts Farm, an urban garden that hints at transformative things to come for a five-block area that stretches from the eastern edge of downtown to the southern edge of San Diego City College. The idea is Makers Quarter, an urban, mixed-use neighborhood that would lie within the 93-acre I.D.E.A. (an acronym for innovation, design, education and the arts) District conceived by developers David Malmuth and Pete Garcia. The catalysts behind Makers Quarter are three firms -- Lankford & Associates Inc. of San Diego, Hensel Phelps and Portman Holdings.

  • A new Renaissance

    Coming to a neighborhood near you: • A restaurant bearing the imprint of Richard Blais, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars.” • An old-fashioned breakfast counter in a building that dates back to 1887. • A piazza inspired by the grand public squares of Europe. The neighborhood near you is San Diego’s Little Italy, which continues to evolve from its quaint, Old World roots into a downtown destination that’s an alternative to the hectic, high-priced Gaslamp Quarter.

  • North Park residents have long-standing beef with fast-food giant

    It’s not the walls of the box that caused controversy on Upas Street in North Park; it was the permitting process and Jack in the Box’s drive-thru that had residents concerned.

  • Holiday Inn expansion welcomes visitors to Point Loma

    The Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside unveiled its $13 million expansion over the Fourth of July, and the reception has been extremely positive. The hotel, owned and operated by Bartell Hotels, has been sold out every day since it reopened, and the project has been nominated for a prestigious Orchid by the San Diego Architectural Foundation.

  • Local developer has several housing projects in the works

    The Broadstone Italy development under construction will be a six-story, 201-unit apartment development at Kettner and Grape streets in the Little Italy area. That project, slated for completion about the end of the year, will feature 9,000 square feet of retail space. Sister company Alliance Residential Builders acts as the general contractor on all of the company’s projects.

  • Planner keeps calm, carries on with 'smart growth' ideas

    When Bill Fulton took charge of San Diego’s Planning and Neighborhood Restoration Department last month, he came in with the reputation of being one of the state’s leading experts on “smart growth” -- as an author, academic, consultant and politician. Despite the turmoil that has embroiled City Hall -- with Bob Filner’s sexual harassment scandal, which moved into the spotlight just six days after Fulton took his job -- he has remained calmly outside the fray.

  • San Diego hops with explosion of craft brewers

    When the San Diego Brew Project opened in Little Italy in February, its goal was to be the go-to showcase for locally made beers, with 28 craft beers on tap, all made within San Diego County. But with the explosive growth among local brewers recently, it would take a lot more taps to get a taste of all the beers being produced.

  • Ariel Suites on Beech St. 80 percent complete

    Ariel Suites, a new apartment high-rise in Little Italy, is on track for completion in December. The 22-story, 224-unit building at 735 W. Beech St. is 80 percent complete, according to Curtis Chism, project manager at Swinerton Builders.

  • Terminal 2 ready for takeoff at SD International Airport

    After four years of construction, the expansion to Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport is complete and is now fully open to travelers.

  • Affordable housing for families, seniors in Logan Heights

    A mixed-use retail and affordable housing project in Logan Heights is regarded as a catalyst for positive change in the neighborhood. Comm22, as it is referred to, is a transit-oriented, master planned community at Commercial and 22nd streets, on a 4-acre site that used to be a maintenance facility for the San Diego Unified School District. Construction began in the spring.

  • SDSU's long-awaited Hillel to be ready by 2014

    Jewish students at San Diego State University have been waiting for a new Hillel center for two decades. If all goes according to plan, they’ll have one by April.

  • Temecula Valley Hospital completed early, under budget

    Since the completion of construction on the Temecula Valley Hospital on July 19, staff has begun to move into the facility and stock the building. Two years after construction began, the hospital was completed early and under budget.

  • City aims to create new identity with pedestrian-friendly projects

    When it comes to downtown San Marcos, city officials would be among the first to invoke the words of Gertrude Stein and say, “There is no there there.”

  • San Marcos High $180M rebirth ready for business

    With Phase 1 of the San Marcos High School rebuilding project complete, teachers, students and staff have moved back into part of their newly restored campus. The 52-year-old San Marcos High campus is being modernized with state-of-the-art facilities and improved amenities. It is being entirely rebuilt on the same 44-acre property.

  • Oceanside hotel development to play key role in creating vibrant downtown

    San Diego County’s northernmost coastal city has seven hotels in development and one under construction. Three of the projects are critical to the city’s efforts to create a vibrant downtown area, and all are key elements needed to support the city’s growing tourism industry.

  • North County cities tapping into craft beer

    The region’s explosive growth in microbreweries is tipping toward North County. Before the summer ends, Barrel Harbor Brewing Co. and Booze Brothers Brewing Co. will become the ninth and 10th craft brewers in Vista, which calls itself the craft brew capital of North County and has among the most breweries per capita in the United States.

  • Desalination plant moves forward; legal challenges focused on environmental concerns

    San Diego’s first desalination plant, now under construction in Carlsbad, will employ the latest technology, offset the region’s dependency on imported water and create jobs. But the cost of that water will not come cheap -- lawsuits filed by environmental groups during the plant’s permitting phase called into question its energy use and effect on marine life. The $922 million Carlsbad Desalination Project is the result of a public-private partnership between Poseidon Water and the San Diego County Water Authority. According to Poseidon, it will be the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere and will generate 50 million gallons of drinking water a day, providing water for up to 112,000 families of four, or 300,000 people.

  • Officials: Bigger, better hospital on Camp Pendleton nearly complete

    Active, retired military personnel and their families will have a new state-of-the-art facility for medical services by the end of this year, as construction is nearing completion on the new Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. McCarthy Building Co., Clark Construction and approximately 1,000 contractors are putting the finishing touches on the four-level, 500,000-square-foot facility.

  • Caltrans adding lanes to northbound stretch of I-805

    Since it was built in 1975, traffic along the Interstate 805 corridor has increased 300 percent and today the freeway has daily traffic that averages between 160,000 to 260,000 vehicles.

  • Wines, vines and equines: Community plan headed for Riverside County board

    Before the end of the year, the term "Wine Country" could take on a grander meaning in the Temecula area, as Riverside County may pass a plan that – based on a more defined set of rules and a new zoning classification incorporating that term – could help shape growth for the popular destination east of Temecula proper.

  • New Our Lady of Mount Carmel church decades in the making

    When it's finished later this year, the Rancho Penasquitos-based Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic church will "be the final leg of the journey" for most of its parishioners who have been members for the past 20 or 30 years, according to the deacon. Building a new church galvanized members, Deacon Robert Holgren said, adding, "I look at it as the completion of a dream that started when the parish hall finished."

  • Township 14 brings new meaning to an old name

    Township 14 may be Del Mar’s original name from the 1800s, but its namesake on High Bluff Drive is anything but old-fashioned. The two class-A office buildings, located at 12670 and 12680 High Bluff Drive, will be draped in glass and stone. Tenants will be able to step out onto a third-floor balcony, walk along the promenade, eat at an outdoor bistro or burn some calories at the gym.

  • Escondido Country Club's fate as yet unknown

    The Escondido Country Club property that Beverly Hills-based Stuck in the Rough LLC acquired for $7.43 million out of foreclosure for a housing project last December, is very much in limbo.

  • New Romney mansion permit facing approval

    The California Coastal Commission will consider an appeal of a permit granting Mitt and Ann Romney the right to demolish their existing 3,900-square-foot La Jolla house and build a more than 11,000-square-foot mansion on Sept. 11.

  • San Ysidro retail hot with property sales, new development

    Activity in San Ysidro’s retail market is heating up as one center has sold, another is about to emerge and the largest, Las Americas Shopping Center, is virtually 100 percent full.

  • County hotel sales outpace state in volume, price

    Hotel sales in San Diego County increased by 200 percent, total dollar volume went up 1,895 percent and the county had the state's most expensive hotel sale during the year's first half.

  • New rentals take shape downtown

    A new high-rise apartment project is coming to a street corner of downtown San Diego. Situated on an infill site that formerly was a parking lot, Celadon at 9th & Broadway will include 250 rental apartments for individuals and small families.

  • Forums scheduled for trolley extension projects

    SANDAG is holding twof forums to encourage local disadvantaged business enterprises to bid on projects for the $1.3 billion Mid-Coast Corridor trolley project.

  • Construction backlog up 1.1 months in the West

    Future construction work continues to grow in the West as the private sector rebounds, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Backlog Indicator report recently released.

  • Local architects paid more than national average

    Architecture firms in San Diego County are seeing better business conditions compared to the national average and that has resulted in increased earnings for staff, according to the 2013 American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Compensation Survey released Wednesday.

  • Scientists move into new SW Fisheries Science Center

    A new five-story, 120,000-square-foot laboratory for the research arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been completed.

  • Belmont Park plan OK'd, but mural may be destroyed

    Plans to add roof decks to three buildings in the Belmont Park leasehold were unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission Wednesday, but a mural depicting orcas is likely to be sacrificed in the process.

  • Brokers say San Diego office market continues to improve

    San Diego County’s office market continues to improve, and that includes having more full buildings than any time in its history, according to a second-quarter report.

  • Accord triples size of Sycuan reservation

    The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, which owns both the U.S. Grant hotel and Singing Hills Golf Course, signed an accord with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs this month that nearly tripled the size of its reservation.

  • Private contracts returning, but contractors still seeing smaller margins

    Opportunities for non-residential construction contractors in San Diego are improving after a struggle that lasted beyond the last recession, but profit margins and have yet to recover as much, according to several construction executives at a recent Daily Transcript roundtable.

  • Mountain West buys back Chula Vista building

    James Pieri Sr.’s Mountain West Real Estate firm developed the two-building, 232,000-square-foot Gateway Chula Vista I and II office complex on H Street, only to sell one and lose the other to foreclosure. Now, he has repurchased the building he sold nine years ago.

  • Temecula's $165M Prop Y just getting started in long road to improvement

    In coming years, schools across the Temecula Valley Unified School District will be the focus of millions of dollars in improvements, and the district could see planning efforts underway on potentially four new schools.

  • Otay Mesa's sluggish industrial leasing leads South Bay

    Otay Mesa continued to pull on the South County industrial market in the year's first half, leaving some to wonder when all that space may be filled.

  • Chicano Park restoration wins Grand Orchid at Orchids & Onions

    Year after year, property owners across the San Diego area and the projects and buildings they create are given a heavy dose of scrutiny as October approaches and they await the naming of the year’s Orchids & Onions recipients. In 2012, it was art that won over the judges most.

  • Construction of Carlsbad desalination plant may be just months off

    A non-binding water purchase agreement between the developer of the proposed Carlsbad Desalination Project, Poseidon Resources, and the San Diego County Water Authority was reached last Thursday, setting in motion a process that may lead to a construction start around three months from now.

  • NewSchool, Madrid students collaborate on downtown design project

    Graduate students from San Diego and Spain recently convened in an East Village art studio to put finishing touches on plans to redevelop and improve San Diego’s landscape, from Balboa Park down to the waterfront.

  • New San Marcos High taking shape after old school demolished

    It’s not all that common for an existing school to be completely demolished and built from scratch on the same property, rather than being renovated or built in phases. However, San Marcos High School is doing just that.

  • Miramar College continues expansion with new library, resource center

    San Diego Miramar College Hourglass Park supervisor Dan Gutowski will lead a team of professional sand carvers — known as the Sand Squirrels — and build a stack of books on Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of the new Library Learning Resource Center on the Mira Mesa campus.

  • Evolution of San Diego State campus continues

    There’s about $177 million worth of major construction in progress at San Diego State University right now. When it’s done, both the eastern and western sides of campus will have a new look.

  • First Casa Mira View units ready soon

    The first 235 units of Garden Communities’ 1,848-unit Casa Mira View development are expected to be available as early as December.

  • Market Street project brings more mixed-use housing to East Village

    One project taking shape in East Village is the Hanover Co.'s development at 13th and Market Streets, dubbed Hanover Market Street.

  • Bankers Hill medical office building nears completion

    Sharp Rees-Stealy is putting the finishing touches on San Diego’s first LEED Gold-certified medical office building.

  • Ramona residents to get new outpatient medical clinic

    Ramona residents will soon have a new option to obtain primary health care, as construction was set to begin on a new outpatient medical clinic for Palomar Health.

  • Final windows installed at Lindbergh Field's new concessions area

    Sunset Cove, one of the more prominent features of San Diego International Airport’s Green Build project, has assumed its general final shape as construction workers installed the final windows on the exterior of what will be the airport’s newest concessions area.

  • Site preparation begins as expanded detention center breaks ground

    When completed more than two years from now, the first phase of the transformation at Santee’s Las Colinas Detention Facility is expected to be just that — transformative.

  • Planning Commission moves Plaza de Panama project forward

    The decision to redirect motor vehicle traffic and build a parking structure at Balboa Park is now in the hands of the San Diego City Council after the city’s Planning Commission voted Thursday to move the project forward.

  • Conservancy OKs Plaza de Panama plan

    The Balboa Park Conservancy voted 8-2 Friday to approve Irwin Jacobs’ projected $40 million Plaza de Panama plans for the park's west entrance -- over the objections of Save Our Heritage Organisation.

  • Contractors bring life to old buildings, businesses with new eateries

    Remodeling and renovations seem to be the name of the game in the local restaurant business, as chefs, entrepreneurs and even large corporations are taking existing spaces and giving them their own style and culture.

  • Long-awaited hotel revitalizing Imperial Beach

    One day last September, about 400 concrete trucks rolled down Imperial Beach Boulevard and Seacoast Drive to pour 4,000 cubic yards of concrete into the foundation of the new Seacoast Inn.

  • Emerging dome makes new Central Library an iconic building

    The project really began 16 years ago, after the city held a series of public workshops to ask people what they'd like in the new Central Library, and architects Rob Quigley and Tucker Sadler Associates were commissioned to work on the design.

  • Camp Pendleton continues to modernize, upgrade

    Camp Pendleton, one of the Department of Defense’s busiest military installations, is in the midst of a five-year, $3.4 billion base-wide building boom that continues to play a major role in employing the skills and expertise of local architects, designers and construction companies for modernization projects both large and small.

  • SD’s brewery industry is racing to build out

    The San Diego brewing industry is expanding, with two-dozen breweries on tap to open within the next year. It’s an industry being built by a slate of brewers bent on entrepreneurship.

  • Wal-Mart announces plans for second Neighborhood Market in county

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has announced it will bring a second Neighborhood Market storefront to the county, this time in La Mesa.

  • Work starts on critical care building

    Expansion plans at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas moved forward with the recent groundbreaking of a critical care building, which will more than double the size of the hospital's current emergency department and increase the number of medical-surgical beds by 43 percent.

  • Ground broken for La Jolla Commons building

    Hines, the Houston-based developer, and its joint venture partner comprised of institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, have broken ground on a 13-story, 415,000-square-foot office building, the second office building at La Jolla Commons (pictured above) in San Diego's University Towne Center (UTC) submarket.

  • Framing topped out on Mesa College math building

    The framing has topped out at the Mesa College Mathematics and Natural Sciences Building located near the campus entry on 7250 Mesa College Drive in San Diego.

  • McCarthy finishes Scripps Mercy addition

    McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has completed construction of the 13,500-square-foot addition to the Scripps Mercy Hospital emergency department and trauma center, in Hillcrest at 4077 Fifth Ave.

  • Work begins on Tri-City campus

    Construction crews on Tuesday lifted 14 concrete panels into place for a three-story, 57,000-square-foot medical office building on the Tri-City Medical Center's campus.

  • Dual hotel project proposed at former Fat City site

    Eight weeks after a mixed-use complex was denied, the owners of the Fat City/China Camp property have submitted an application to the Centre City Development Corp. for a dual hotel project.

  • Wal-Mart revamps old Farmers Market building into ‘neighborhood market’

    Construction recently began on a Walmart Neighborhood Market in San Diego — the first of the company’s smaller-sized version of its stores to open in the county.

  • New senior living development to break ground next week

    Affirmed Housing Group will host a groundbreaking ceremony on April 3 for its newest affordable housing and sustainable development for seniors.

  • CSUSM holds groundbreaking for new student building

    General contractor PCL Construction Services Inc., with design partner Hornberger & Worstell, Inc., held the groundbreaking ceremony (pictured above) for the $37 million design-build University Student Union building at California State University, San Marcos.

  • Bright IDEA: Real estate entrepreneurs spearhead design district downtown

    Negotiations are ongoing with the Navarra family, owners of Jerome’s Furniture, to develop a five-block property downtown into what will eventually become the IDEA District.

  • City Council moves cross-border airport bridge project forward

    The San Diego City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved land-use permits and an environmental impact report for pedestrian bridge that will connect Otay Mesa to the Tijuana airport.

  • Work under way on Flower Hill Promenade

    Smith Consulting Architects announced construction is under way on the 75,000-square-foot expansion of Flower Hill Promenade at 2720 Via De La Valle in Del Mar.

  • North Embarcadero Visionary Plan breaks ground

    A 15-year plan to redevelop the San Diego bayfront will now become a reality as the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan broke ground on Thursday.



Newsmaker Videos

Ted Bumgardner, Xpera Group

Ted Bumgardner, president of Xpera Group, discusses the many different support services the company offers to the construction industry, including forensics, construction management, quality assurance and more.

Soaring videos

Soaring Dimensions: Southwestern Fieldhouse, DeVore Stadium

Reporter Carlos Rico attends the ribbon cutting for the new DeVore Stadium and Fieldhouse classroom facility at Southwestern College. 

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.