A workstation bar at the new BASIC space in Makers Quarter’s Block D | Courtesy a representative of Gilliland Construction Management

First Creative-Space Completion for Block D Tenant

Carrie Rossenfeld Office

Office space has been completed for BASIC Agency, a tenant at Block D in Downtown San Diego’s Makers Quarter, according to a release from Gilliland Construction Management, a San Diego-based construction and project management firm, which managed the project. The statement says the think tank and internet-marketing consulting firm now occupies Block D’s entire fifth floor, comprising 10,364 square feet of creative space.

According to the release, BASIC Agency is the first tenant to have completed space at Block D, which is the first building completed within Makers Quarter, an area bounded by Broadway and G Street, 14th and 17th streets. Makers Quarter, being developed by Lankford & Associates, HP Investors, and Hensel Phelps, is master planned to include 979,448 square feet of office space, 140,158 square feet of retail space, and 808 housing units.

Chip Stockmeyer, project manager at Gilliland Construction Management, is quoted in the release as saying, “Makers Quarter is part of the greater I.D.E.A. District, which was conceived as a work-play hub for innovation, design, education and the arts, and BASIC Agency’s space at Block D is a showcase for this vision.”

The statement says Block D is designed by BNIM to meet the requirements of a LEED-Platinum + Net Zero certification. It also says that to maintain cost, health and environmental benefits inside BASIC’s space, Stockmeyer worked with BNIM, BASIC Agency leadership, and the rest of the team he assembled to incorporate touch-screen control for the HVAC and lighting systems as well as four roll-up garage doors to allow natural ventilation and access to the fifth-floor outdoor-deck area.

The space also incorporates various audio-visual components, including large flat screen televisions, Sonos SoundBar speakers, Apple Mini, and Google-Meet meeting interfaces in all conference and huddle rooms to support the “collaborative, creative culture of BASIC,” according to the release.

Kirt Gilliland, president of Gilliland Construction Management, adds in the statement, “Our team used a lot of unique materials and creative features you’d never expect to find in a corporate office, which is exactly the branding message our client hopes to convey.”

Other project team members, according to the release, included Burger Construction’s Kevin Butts and Peter Cusworth, BNIM’s Daniel Brown and Jeff Marsch, and Paul Brewer Designs.