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Early Stage Work Begins on Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge

SCS Engineers has begun draining and soil remediation for the new Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge. Fulfilling a California Public Utilities Commission requirement, the bridge is being constructed across Harbor Drive at Park Boulevard.

The iconic structure is designed to be one of the longest self-anchored pedestrian suspension bridges in the world. It will safely connect Petco Park visitors and Convention Center guests across Harbor Drive. It will also connect the 2,000-space Port of San Diego parking garage with Park Boulevard.

The crossing will include pedestrian barriers and enhanced safety crossing technologies to improve traffic circulation and access to and from the waterfront and Barrio Logan. The downtown redevelopment agency, Centre City Development Corp., is overseeing this project, which is scheduled for completion next year.

Reyes Construction is the contractor with Tom Beutler as the project superintendent. Daniel Johnson is the principal and Ralph Vasquez is the project manager for SCS Engineers.

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O’Connor Construction Management has been selected by Cal State San Marcos to provide construction management services for a new classroom/office building project. The $40 million, four-story facility will house programs for the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, including lecture classrooms, computer, anthropology and labs, a small rodent facility, and more than 100 offices with administration space for the College of Arts and Science.

Included in the 106,509-square-foot building will be programs for psychology, sociology, communications and mass media, economics, political science, anthropology, liberal studies, and human development. Phase I of the project involving the construction and grading of a service road will be complete this month. Phase II building construction will begin in December. The project is designed to be LEED Silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

O’Connor Construction Management representatives include Regional Manager Neil Murphy, Dave Strandberg as construction manager, and Brent Schertzer as project engineer. O’Connor is also providing services for the university on other projects, including Parking Structure 1, the Campus View Drive road extension and the McMahan House meeting facility.

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Johnson & Jennings General Contracting has been contracted for tenant improvement construction of Luce Forward’s 100,000-square-foot law offices at the One America Plaza Building located at 600 W. Broadway downtown. Pat Baloing is providing project oversight for the firm.

The improvements will include new lighting, paint and carpet as well as cosmetic upgrades. Construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2009.

Ken Wothen is serving as project manager for Johnson & Jennings, with Mike Harrison as project superintendent. H. Hendy & Associates is providing design services.

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The roof has been topped off at the Vantage Pointe condominium project located at 1281 Ninth St. in San Diego. The project is 42 floors, including more than 670 units, with an additional six levels of underground parking. JT Wimsatt Contracting provided the concrete work totaling more than 1.3 million square feet.

, Compiled by Andrew Schweizer

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