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Real Estate Roundup

Wermers’ Housing Project Opens Spring 2013

Wermers is currently under construction on 44 units of affordable rental housing on an approximate 4-acre site. It will include a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units available to qualifying families. Buildings will be three stories, wood-frame construction. Site amenities will include recreational areas, community room, barbecue, tot-lot and covered parking. Wermers expects Forester Square to open in spring 2013. This project is located at 9540 Via Zapador in Santee.

Wermers is currently plastering the buildings and starting curb and gutter work on Olive Lane and Via Zapador.

Vice President Richard Wood is leading the Wermers team on this project with Ken Maskevich as project manager, Javier Avalos as superintendent and Jamie Mims as site coordinator.

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Four Leases Signed At Gateway II

Cushman and Wakefield reports that four leases totaling approximately 30,000 square feet have been signed at the Gateway II project, located at 333 H St. in Chula Vista. Directors Kipp Gstettenbauer and Kyle Clark represented the landlord in these transactions.

The most recent lease transaction was for a 20,000-square-foot space leased by San Joaquin Valley College Dental School. They plan to open for business in the first quarter 2013 and will be located on the first and second floors of the building, filling in a vacancy that remained since the property was developed in 2005. Carol Plowman of Lee & Associates represented the tenant.

“The majority of current leasing activity in the South Bay office market is a result of tenants looking to upgrade from inferior properties, while taking advantage of historically low rates,” according to Gstettenbauer and Clark.

This prominent project in the heart of Chula Vista stands at six stories high and encompasses a total of 120,000 square feet of mixed-use office/retail space at the corner of Third Avenue and H Street.

SDG&E Center Gets Top LEED Designation

San Diego Gas & Electric Co.’s Energy Innovation Center in Clairemont has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest building sustainability rating with a recent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification award.

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit organization committed to a sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. In order for commercial buildings to earn LEED certification, a project must satisfy all LEED prerequisites and earn a minimum 40 points on a 110-point LEED rating system scale.

“SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center has raised the bar for our leadership class of high-performing green buildings in San Diego,” said Douglas Kot, executive director of the San Diego Green Building Council. “Perhaps, more importantly, the center has also transformed an underutilized neighborhood center into a beacon of sustainability.”

The Energy Innovation Center at 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. is a showcase facility where residential and business customers can learn about energy efficiency, alternative fuel transportation and clean generation. Construction on an existing 27,000-square-foot building began in late 2010 with the intent of showcasing examples of highly efficient lighting, heating-ventilation-air conditioning units, and leading technologies to demonstrate the choices available for businesses and design professionals to incorporate into their buildings. Features include a full commercial food service demonstration kitchen with more than 40 energy-efficient appliances; smart home experience tours; sustainability tours; interactive kiosks and resource library; water-wise walkway with drought-tolerant landscape demonstrations; and a produce demonstration garden.

Additional elements of the center include:

• Six sun-tracking solar “trees” in the parking lot provide shade and generate 62 kilowatts of electricity. Combined with the solar panels on the roof, the system provides enough electricity to power 31 homes.

• The “cool roof” reflects the sun’s rays and keeps the center cooler than a conventional roof, which helps reduce the demand on the center’s air conditioning. The roof also has a rainwater collection unit that stores water used for the center’s irrigation system.

• The landscape features drought resistant landscaping and efficient irrigation technology, resulting in a 50 percent water savings compared to a conventional design.

• Some 85 percent of the original building’s materials were reused or recycled, including the carpet which is made from recycled tires.

• More than 10 percent of the materials used to construct the building were harvested, manufactured and processed within 500 miles of the center’s site, reducing the environmental impact associated with transportation and shipping building materials.

Pam Fair, vice president of environmental, operations support and chief environmental officer for SDG&E, said earning LEED Platinum certification is a significant milestone for the company.

“Since its unveiling earlier this year, this facility has been a valuable resource for the community and is demonstrating ways that we all can move toward a more sustainable energy future,” Fair said.

PCL Awarded Design-Build SDCCD Parking Structure

PCL Construction Services Inc. has been awarded the design-build contract for the San Diego Community College District’s Continuing Education César E. Chávez Campus Parking Structure, located on the corner of National Avenue and Cesar Chavez Parkway in Barrio Logan.

“We are very pleased to continue our partnership with San Diego Community College District, having just completed two projects for the district,” said Dale Kain, vice president and district manager for PCL Construction Services in San Diego. “We look forward to continuing to support their educational improvement program through this unique project which will relate to Barrio Logan’s community heritage by featuring photomurals of César E. Chávez.”

The four-level parking structure will include a minimum of 320 parking spaces. It will also support a future classroom building on the César E. Chávez campus and will include rooftop level solar panels.

The design-build team consists of RJC Architects, DCI Engineers, MA Engineers, Michael Wall Engineering, Leighton Consulting Inc., Project Design Consultants, and Graelic LLC.

Design of the $7.2 million project is currently underway. Onsite construction is scheduled to begin in January 2014, with completion in December 2014.

The César E. Chávez Campus and Parking Structure are being funded by the San Diego Community College District’s $1.555 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program, which is providing new state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, major renovations, public safety and accessibility enhancements, parking, and campus wide infrastructure projects at City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges and six Continuing Education campuses throughout San Diego.

For more information, please visit http://public.sdccdprops-n.com/Pages/Home.aspx.

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