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Sillman Wright Architects Manage Major Design Projects

Here are some of the larger projects that San Diego-based Sillman Wright Architects has taken on since 2001. Some of the projects have already been completed, while others are still under construction.


– Los Angeles Community College District.

Project: Los Angeles Southwest Community College expansion project.

Cost: $62 million.

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Time frame: Project launched in 2007. Construction is under way and scheduled to be completed in 2009.

Design-build team: Sillman Wright Architects and Harper Construction Co.

Engineers: LSW Engineers California Inc. and Burkett & Wong Engineers.

Project description: Constructing five new buildings, a stadium, track and field facility and a parking structure, as well as upgrading existing facilities.

Size: The new structures will add more than 360,000 square feet to the college campus.

Buildings: Student Services Building, 64,498 square feet; Stadium Field House, 21,160 square feet; maintenance and operations facility, 20,828 square feet; security building, 4,000 square feet; parking structure, 165,985 square feet with a 500-car capacity; stadium, 4,500 seats; track and field.

Energy-efficient features: The buildings have been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Solar panels provide at least 10 percent of the campus’ required energy. The design also incorporates cooling roofs, recycled concrete, reclaimed irrigation water and other energy-efficient features.

Design features: The Student Services Building is designed with a vertical north-south spine, which converges into an atrium lobby and student lounge. Along the spine are offices for student counseling, financial aid, admissions, business and administration, student dining area and a covered patio. The proximity of offices is intended to encourage students, faculty and staff to congregate and socialize.


– Titan Systems Buildings.

Project: Two commercial buildings, one that is 21,000 square feet and another that is 12,000 square feet.

Energy-efficient features: The project includes cooling reflective glass, underground conduits and solar energy.

Construction cost: $3.6 million.

Time frame: Completed in 2002.


– Mission Valley Heights.

Project: Business park in Mission Valley. The master plan includes 28 buildings on 74 acres. Sillman Wright Architects is responsible for 22 buildings.

Time frame: Project began in 1986 and buildings for the final lot were completed in 2005.


– Boulevard Apartments.

Project: A mixed residential and commercial building with 24 units serving low-income residents and 2,000 square feet of commercial and parking space. The roof accommodates a children’s play area and barbecue facility.

Construction cost: $6.2 million.

Time frame: Construction is under way and scheduled to be completed in 2009.


– Veterans Home of Southern California, Chula Vista.

Project: This 206,000-square-foot facility has the capacity for 220 nursing beds with staff to assist patients, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Project cost: $30 million.

Time frame: Completed in 2001.


– San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency/Family Services Building in Chula Vista.

Project: The two-story building houses offices for job training, medical and social services. The design includes an open lobby, courtyard and reflective pool.

Project cost: $8 million.

Time frame: Completed in 2000.


– Jonas Salk Elementary School.

Project: The new elementary school in the San Diego Unified School District includes 32 classrooms in 58,000 square feet on 13 acres.

The school, which is expected to open in 2010, is intended to ease overcrowding at two other elementary schools. The site in Mira Mesa near Maddox Park was designed to preserve 4 acres of land for endangered species.

Project cost: $12.5 million.

Time frame: Scheduled to open in 2010.


– La Jolla High School.

Project: New science classroom building, and Coggan Family Aquatics Center.

Jointly funded by the city and the San Diego Unified School District, the aquatics center serves as a community pool for water exercise, water polo and swimming. The science laboratory and computer center was built to update the facilities at the school.

Project cost: $7.79 million.

Time frame: Completed in 2004.

, Helen Kaiao Chang

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