National City will receive the honor of the first marina built on San Diego Bay in over 15 years. The marina, named Pier 32, will provide many exciting amenities and is a long-awaited addition to the city's bay front redevelopment area.
In the incredibly competitive world of architectural planning and design, large companies tend to dominate the professional landscape, driving the smaller firms to scavenge for high-risk projects that possibly can damage resources and reputations alike.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the two hosting organizations of the San Diego Green Conference, developed a common goal to "provide inspiration, education and motivation for integrating a sustainable design philosophy personally and professionally."
Since its founding 22 years ago, San Diego's Pacific Building Group (PBG) has grown to be one of the region's full-service companies, providing its clients with a unique "360 degree" approach to ground up construction, tenant improvements, small construction projects and facilities maintenance.
Addison, the much-anticipated new fine dining venue at The Grand Del Mar, offers inspired seasonal cuisine amid a dramatic setting masterminded by Warren Sheets Design
The OliverMcMillan offices in the historic Eagles Hall building at 733 Eighth Ave. are a breeding ground for creativity. Startling, contemporary mixed-media artwork is juxtaposed with ancient Asian artifacts, and modern stainless steel furniture and walls of glass play off original brick walls in the 1917 building that was originally a lodge and social hall. The open architecture invites collaboration and casual conversations.
In Southern California's high stakes residential building market, homebuilders Bill Watt and Neal Pedersen are on a serious roll. The duo, while not widely known to the public at large, has gained a lion's share of public, peer and media attention nationally for two niche projects tucked behind the gates of the Santaluz master-planned community neighboring Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe.
Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects has already helped direct some of San Diego's landmark projects -- or landmarks in the making.
MVE Studio Inc., an Irvine, Calif.-based urban architecture and planning firm, has unveiled its design plan for Poinsettia Commons, a mixed-use, transit-oriented development in Carlsbad.
With the escalating demand for LEED construction in San Diego, there is increased pressure on local architecture and engineering firms to be able to provide their clients with green building expertise. Accreditation through the U.S. Green Building Council is granted following a comprehensive training program that can be difficult and costly for a design professional to complete on his or her own.
"Thirty spokes meet in a hub, but the empty space between them is the essence of the wheel." -- Lao Tse
In October 2003, the Cedar fire burned several popular buildings in Goodan Ranch Open Space Preserve, including "the old ranch house," a water tower and the "milking barn." Goodan Ranch is a 330-acre preserve jointly owned by the county of San Diego, the cities of Poway and Santee and the State Department of Fish and Game. This month, construction of a new center designed as a hub for visitors begins.