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Real Estate Roundup

Construction Completed on $6.6M Holy Family Center

T.B. Penick & Sons, general contractor, has completed construction on the $6.6 million, 20,330-square-foot Holy Family Center at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Poway for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.

 The single-story, wood and steel-framed building with exterior stucco finish and red tile roof spans to a central height of 35 feet. The multi-use facility, capable of seating up to 1,400 people, features a spacious 10,000-square-foot assembly space with a central lobby, ticket booth and performing stage with stage lighting. Upgraded building acoustics and an advanced audio system provides near-professional sound reproduction.

To accommodate smaller gatherings, the central space may be divided into three separate meeting rooms by recessed folding partition walls. A 1,200-square-foot commercial kitchen provides full food-service operations for both parish and school events.

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 The building’s 3.5-acre site, located on the south end of the parish’s 26-acre site, features a state-of-the-art storm drain water storage system. According to Steve Penner, project manager for T.B. Penick, the site features six filtered tree boxes that act as a “green” water filtering system. Rainwater is collected in the tree boxes then filtered through the containers holding the trees before entering the storm drain. The natural filtering system captures water for the trees while keeping the storm drain free from sediment.

The huge underground storm water system on the site is capable of collecting up to hundreds of thousands of gallons of water. The collected rainwater is channeled through a system of drainage pipes 48 inches wide and then siphoned from the site through one 18-inch pipe slowing its entry into the city storm system.

 A Stations of the Cross worship space was constructed next to the Holy Family Center and features a winding, decorative concrete path that leads to each station marked by 14, 3-foot-high cast-in-place integral colored concrete markers with custom mosaics depicting each station.

Project design was provided by Lord Architecture of San Diego and landscape design was provided by Architectural Landscapes. The civil engineer was Mark Farrington. The church’s construction manager was Jim Gase. T.B. Penick’s project team included Steve Penner, project manager; Dane Penick, project superintendent; Fernando Idiaquez, estimator; Judy Deese, project administrator; and Blake Hertel, project engineer.

 Major subcontractors included: F.J. Willert, Western Pacific Pipeline Corp., D.A. Whitacre, Mark Harris Plumbing, Helfers Electric, Richardson Steel, Sylvester Roofing, Systems Operations Services, A & P Drywall, Guardian Water Proofing, New Image Painting, Commercial Opening’s, Southland Paving, Inline Fence, Challenger Sheet Metal, Orness Design Group, Advance Acoustic, Arrow Automatic Fire Sprinkler, S.G. Plastering, Spooner Woodworks, Executive Landscape and Sunstate Tile.

Medical Property Wins Regional TOBY Award

Physicians Medical Center of San Diego has won The Outstanding Building of the Year award in the medical office category for the Pacific Southwest region presented by the Building Owners and Managers Association.

“TOBY has drawn attention to hundreds of office buildings across the United States and Canada, and to the owners, managers and architects who conceive, operate and design them,” said BOMA San Diego President Barbara Puccio of CB Richard Ellis. “We are very proud to have one of San Diego’s buildings win the prestigious regional award in the medical office category. The personal achievement and accolades on a professional level in being involved with a winning building are unmatched.”

Physicians Medical Center, developed and managed by Cambridge and owned by Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, includes two medical buildings comprising 176,435 square feet along with a seven-level parking structure. The award-winning building is located at 7910 Frost St., one of the most visible corners in Kearny Mesa, across from the Rady Children’s and Sharp Memorial campuses. The win is the second TOBY honor for the property, which won the local San Diego County chapter award in November 2010.

The buildings are home to a multitude of medical specialties and complementary services, including pediatric services, genetics, infectious disease, endocrinology, nephrology, orthopedics, physical therapy, pain management, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology and vascular surgery, oral/reconstructive surgery, prosthodontics, a retail pharmacy, imaging and MRI centers and two full-service labs. Hospital-related tenancies include UCSD Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Sharp and Children’s MRI, Sharp Kidney and Transplant Center, and Sharp Chest Medicine and Critical Care Research Center.

Since opening in 2006, Physicians Medical Center has revitalized the central suburban medical office market, attracting leading physicians associated with 43 private medical groups. Approximately 50 percent of the building’s practices feature physicians who have been honored in the prestigious annual ranking of “San Diego’s Top Doctors” by the San Diego Medical Society.

Judging by TOBY officials included review of policies and procedures, preventive maintenance, building quality and condition, renovations, tenants, amenities, staff, training, energy conservation, community involvement and emergency preparedness. Physicians Medical Center will now advance to the international TOBY competition. Winners will be announced at the BOMA conference in Washington, D.C., in June.

On-site Cambridge staff includes Nancy Clayton-Ross, senior property manager; DeWayne “De” Glazewski, senior building engineer; Brook Balkwill, building engineer II; Jo Clare Sullivan, tenant services coordinator; and Fabian Benavides, day porter.

Voit Helps Restaurant Renew 10-Year Lease

Mark Caston and Rick Wu of Voit Real Estate Services Inc.’s San Diego office have successfully completed the 10-year lease renewal of a 4,371-square-foot retail property on behalf of the lessor, Gar Chan et al. Caston and Wu also represented the lessee, J.W. Kim in the transaction.

For the past 20 years, the property has been occupied by Korea House, a San Diego-based restaurant that serves an array of casseroles, noodles, soups, sushi and Korean barbecue. The Korea House will continue to operate its business in this location at 4620 Convoy St., between Interstate 805 and Highway 163.

“By leveraging our retail market expertise, we supported our clients through a seamless renewal of this longstanding lease,” said Caston, senior vice president in Voit’s San Diego office. “In doing so, we ensured a flow of consistent occupancy and incoming revenue for the lessor, while helping the Korea House to smoothly continue its business operations.”

New Management Selected For Class A Office Buildings

Jones Lang LaSalle has taken over management of four Class A San Diego office buildings, totaling 421,434 square feet of space, for owner TIAA-CREF.

Jones Lang LaSalle will manage Pacific Plaza, a three-building office complex located at 10935, 10945 and 10955 Vista Sorrento Parkway, and Centerside I, an office building located at 3111 Camino del Rio North. The firm is also the primary leasing agent of Centerside I.

“Pacific Plaza and Centerside I are prestigious additions to our growing property management portfolio in San Diego,” said Michael Prabhu, Jones Lang LaSalle director of property management for Southern California. “Our firm’s best practices, diverse service offerings and strong national relationships enable us to provide management services that strengthen an owner’s ability to attract and retain tenants.”

Karen Christensen has joined Jones Lang LaSalle and will continue to serve as general manager for the properties. Assistant general manager Marie Thomas will also continue in her management role for the TIAA-CREF properties.

The property management assignment expands upon an existing leasing relationship between Jones Lang LaSalle and TIAA-CREF for the aforementioned properties and reflects Jones Lang LaSalle’s growing property management platform in San Diego.

“Through our relationship with Jones Lang LaSalle, both locally and nationally, we are assured that the firm is very client focused, has excellent client accounting services and has developed the resources to assist us with all of our real estate business, from simple or extremely complex,” said Derek Landry, director of Real Estate Assets for TIAA-CREF.

Local Contractor Receives Multiple Project Accolades

Project of the Year has been awarded to the Ventura County Public Works Department for the Ventura County Medical Center Academic Family Care Residency and Specialty Care Center constructed by Barnhart Balfour Beatty on the campus of the VCMC. The award was presented by the American Public Works Association, Ventura County chapter.

The project also was recognized at the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties’ “National Engineers Week” awards dinner.

In addition, the building received a 2011 Award for Electrical Excellence from the National Electrical Contractors Association, Los Angeles County chapter.

Completed in October 2010, the 82,086-square-foot, five-story building was completed at a cost of $39.3 million and includes examination and procedure rooms, a women’s clinic, infusion center, residency library, teaching areas, reception area and auditorium.

Ventura County Medical Center is a full-service, acute-care hospital and the hub of the county’s medical service system.

Members of the Barnhart Balfour Beatty team included Richard Bruce, executive vice president; Mark Chappell, senior project manager; Jeff Hammond, project superintendent; and John Squillace Jr., field engineer.

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