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Real Estate Roundup

Groups Join With Company For School Library Makeover

Representatives of several organizations got together Nov. 10 — the day prior to Veterans Day — to take the wraps off the renovated library at Jack Kimbrough Elementary School in San Diego’s Grant Hill neighborhood, south of Balboa Park.

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. contributed to the project as part of its 2011 Target School Library Makeover program. Working with Target were representatives of the Heart of America Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that concentrates on literacy, and The Mission Continues, a service organization involving post-9/11 veterans.

The library received new furniture, carpet and shelves; technology upgrades; and 2,000 new books as part of its renovation. Students also received books to take home.

In addition, Target and Feeding America San Diego are providing a “Meals for Minds” school-based food pantry at Kimbrough Elementary.

“Knowing that hunger greatly affects a child’s ability to learn, the pantries will provide students and their families with a monthly distribution of staple foods and fresh produce to take home,” Target said in a statement.

2 Camp Pendleton Projects Ready to Get Under Way

KMA Architecture & Engineering announced that designs are complete for the renovation of the Brig, Building 24100, Area 24 and the creation of a new Riot Gear Storage Building at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Both projects fall under a budget of $5.6 million with construction beginning in winter 2011.

Ordered by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Division, the brig facility, a two-story pretrial holding/detention facility, will receive updates in its roofing, electrical, lighting, HVAC, security, fire alarm, telecommunications and public address systems, as well as minor structural and landscape improvements. The brig’s interior renovations will include new finishes, furnishings and fixtures.

The new, one-story Riot Gear Storage Building will be constructed out of concrete masonry unit block and metal roofing and will include designs for architectural, interior, structural, electrical and communications features.

The KMA team includes Don Blair, principal; Heather Mertes, project manager; and Ilia Voronchihin, project architect.

Structural and civil engineering services are provided by Burkett & Wong Engineers; electrical engineering services are provided by McDonald Engineers Inc.; mechanical and plumbing engineering is provided by Stueven Engineering; general contracting services are provided by IE-Pacific Inc.; interior design services are provided by Rutledge Haro Design Inc.; landscape design services are provided by Teshima Design Group; specification services are provided by KCS Specifications; and hardware services are provided by Opening Consultants Inc.

Designs Complete for Church Renovation in Ocean Beach

KMA Architecture & Engineering announced that designs are complete for the Newbreak Church in Ocean Beach. KMA was retained by the church to design the project, with construction expected to be complete in December.

Located at 2069 Ebers St., the 6,000-square-foot, one- and two-story church is being renovated to give the facility a more modern appearance. The existing wood and brick exterior cladding of the facility will be removed to create a sleek, contemporary look, and the entrance will be relocated to provide church-goers with a spacious gathering area shaded by a welcoming trellis. To optimize church sanctuary acoustics, the facility will be modified to include multimedia innovations, as well as the latest in sound and video system design.

The KMA team consists of Don Blair, Rich Guerena, Jay Janda and Alison Warren. Burkett & Wong provided civil and structural engineering services, Teza Design provided mechanical and plumbing engineering services and J Lopez Engineers provided electrical engineering services.

Development Progresses on Final Phase of Estate Homes

San Diego-based Galey Homes has announced the initiation of the final phase of Hamilton Ranch Estates, the company’s fifth residential development in Escondido. With groundbreaking of the development beginning in January 2011, five of the seven homes in the community have been sold. Anticipated completion of final phase development is March 2012. 

With home prices ranging from $729,000 to $789,000, the final phase of Hamilton Ranch Estates consists of two single-level estate homes ranging from 3,558 to 3,985 square feet.

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