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Swinerton Builders, a San Diego-based general contractor, began working on the renovation and restoration of the historic 318,840-square-foot US Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego. Beginning on Feb. 1, the hotel will temporarily close its doors to the public for the second time in 94 years. The project includes the renovation of 273 guest rooms, as well as its lobby, restaurant and retail spaces in order to restore the US Grant back to the status of a premier Downtown hotel. A new restaurant and American Indian museum display area will also be added to celebrate the history of the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians, which purchased the property in 2003. The hotel is scheduled to reopen in July.

Project team: Sycuan Tribal Development Corp., represented by CDM Miller.

Architect: Carrier Johnson.

General contractor: Swinerton Builders.

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Cost: $26 million.

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Johnson & Jennings General Contractors completed construction for the renovation of a 42,544-square-foot office space on behalf of Dunham & Associates, an investment adviser and AME Financial, a well-known mortgage broker, on Vista Sorrento Parkway in Sorrento Mesa. The scope of the work for Johnson & Jennings included complete demolition and remodeling of the existing space, with extensive use of clear anodized-aluminum storefront glazing systems for the interior partitions.

Architect: Smith Architects.

Project manager: Dean Petersen, with Paul Roe as onsite supervisor.

Subcontractors: Best Interiors, Berg Electric, WSC Demolition, Xtreme Glass and Control Air.

Cost: $1.1 million.

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Douglas E. Barnhart Inc. completed construction on the new Hicks Canyon Elementary School for the Tustin Unified School District in Irvine. The school is on a 15-acre site in Irvine and features five buildings measuring 45,000 square feet. It will accommodate approximately 550 students. Trittipo & Associates designed the prototype school. John Trittipo, Bob Nelson and Jim Chase worked on the project for Trittipo.

Architect: Trittipo & Associates.

Cost: $11.7 million.

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Tucker Sadler (formerly Tucker Sadler Noble Castro Architects) is designing the Linda Vista Boys & Girls Club Teen Center, a new 6,700-square-foot, single-story building at 2230 E. Jewett St. in the Linda Vista area of San Diego. The center lies on 2.41 acres of land is designed to accommodate the youth of the Linda Vista community. The building will include a dance studio, music and recording studio, an Internet caf & #233; and a lounge area. Construction is slated for completion in September.

General contractor: Competitive Edge Construction Inc.

Cost: $1.4 million.

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Tucker Sadler also completed construction for the renovations of three San Diego Unified School District elementary schools: Lafayette Elementary School, at 6125 Printwood Way; Lindberg/Schweitzer Elementary School, at 4133 Mount Albertine Ave.; and Ross Elementary School, at 7470 Bagdad St. All three schools are in Clairemont. Renovations to the schools included upgrades to the technology and electrical systems, as well as improvements to comply with the American with Disabilities Act along accessible paths of travel. In addition, each school received a new 2,000-square-foot library featuring closed-circuit TV technology.

Consultants: KPFF Consulting Engineers, TKG Consulting Engineers, BDS Engineering Inc., Salehi & Salehi Inc., William C. Kelly, Cumming LLC, IR Security & Safety Consultants.

Cost: Unavailable.

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Pacific Building Group completed the remodel of Troy’s Restaurant in the Clairemont Town Square. The 2,000-square-foot tenant improvement project involved the complete demolition and rebuilding of the dining room, which was more than 30 years old.

Project manager: Mike Slaven.

Project coordinator: Cindy Loftin.

Cost: $122,000.

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