Downtown San Diego’s Central Embarcadero as it stands today. | Courtesy Port of San Diego.

Project Updates — August 2018

Carrie Rossenfeld Project Updates

The latest news and developments in construction from SoCal Real Estate’s August 2018 issue

Seaport San Diego Sails Forward

Seaport San Diego is a proposed $1.2 billion development replacing Seaport Village in Downtown San Diego. The 70-acre project includes hotels, shops, restaurants, a public beach, an aquarium, a learning center, and an observation tower. Seaport San Diego has been deemed by many as San Diego’s most significant urban, waterfront project.

Protea Waterfront Development is leading the development of Seaport San Diego, along with the Port of San Diego. AVRP Skyport, Perkins Eastman, and Gensler are leading the design effort. The Seaport San Diego team also includes OdySea, ThrillCorp, and Gafcon.

AVRP Skyport Principal Frank Wolden recently presented the vision behind Seaport San Diego at the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) Annual Meeting. Joining San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego Convention Center Board Chair Gil Cabrera, Wolden was one of three keynote speakers at the May 10 meeting at SeaWorld. The audience of 900 learned about Seaport San Diego’s design, which will open up the city’s waterfront, bringing people to the water’s edge, and supporting the developer’s goal of a quad bottom line: People, Planet, Purpose and Profit.

At the meeting, Kerri Kapich, COO of the SDTA, said, “Bold ideas help San Diego to be a worldwide destination for vacations and meetings. The visionary thinkers who designed Seaport are helping keep San Diego among the most competitive waterfront destinations in the world.”

Wolden added, “It’s very rewarding to share our team’s work with an industry so directly impacted by our efforts. When complete, Seaport San Diego will knit together San Diego’s greatest assets — San Diego Bay, Downtown San Diego, the air, Coronado Bridge, and the waterfront.”

According to the SDTA, San Diego hosts 35 million yearly visitors who spend $10.8 billion per year. Tourism is San Diego County’s second-largest industry.

In addition, the Port of San Diego has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from commercial real estate brokerage firms to list and market retail space at Seaport Village, beginning October 1, 2018. The RFP is part of efforts to ensure the shopping and dining complex remains a vibrant and prosperous waterfront destination for residents and visitors until the planned redevelopment of the Central Embarcadero.

Seaport Village is an approximately 14-acre site on the San Diego bayfront south of Tuna Harbor, bordering Downtown San Diego. It consists of approximately 90,000 square feet of specialty retailers, restaurants, outdoor entertainment, and parking. The selected real estate brokerage firm will be expected to support the Port by listing and marketing vacant space at Seaport Village as described in the RFP. Services are requested for a three-year term, with two potential options to extend by one year each. Interested parties can download the RFP on PlanetBids.

Construction Begins on 160K-SF Fabrication Facility

The 160,000-square-foot project is scheduled for completion this summer. | Courtesy H. Hendy Associates.

H. Hendy Associates, a Newport Beach-based interior architecture and planning firm, has kickstarted construction of a new, 160,000-square-foot Southern California fabrication office and fabrication facility for Southland Industries, one of the country’s largest mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems firms, at 12131 Western Avenue in Garden Grove, California. The facility will enhance Southland’s connected solutions across the entire building life cycle, including engineering, construction, maintenance, and energy services.

The project will include space for newer and larger equipment, an updated layout that creates synergy among processes and teams, and a research and development facility that will advance the company’s mission of supplying next-generation products and equipment configurations. It is scheduled for completion in Summer 2018.

The Hendy Science and Technology Studio worked closely with Southland to identify pain points and develop a floorplan that would not only alleviate those concerns, but also create an environment that would support company growth. Hendy will incorporate employee-centric elements into the space, including a break room, centrally located restrooms, showers, and a “fun zone” featuring arcade games and lounge space.

“In planning and designing the office and fabrication spaces, we worked closely with members at all levels of the organization to unearth what was working well, what wasn’t working and how potential design and layout changes might transform and improve their work processes,” says Carolina Weidler, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, LEED AP and H. Hendy Associates project director for science and technology. “Creating a space that not only enables the team to achieve its technical goals, but also contributes to its recruitment and retention goals, is key. Through the updated fabrication facility, Southland will be able to take its business to the next level.”