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Bertrice Jul 16, 2014 11:14 PM

"Part of the Pete White art installation/bathroom"

actually its a restroom for most. it will be a bathroom for all the trolls down there.

btw Quartyard by radlab hasn't started. They were held by the city (surprise surprise)

spoonman Jul 17, 2014 3:05 AM

San Diego International is the world's first airport to get LEED Platinum certification.

Airport Is 1st in World to Get LEED Platinum Certification
Posted by Chris Jennewein on April 9, 2014 in Politics in Times of San Diego| 400 Views |

San Diego International Airport was awarded LEED Platinum — the highest energy and environmental certification possible — for its recent terminal expansion

The U.S. Green Building Council‘s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification is considered the industry standard in defining and measuring green, sustainable construction.
Photo courtesy of San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

The San Diego airport is the first LEED Platinum-certified commercial airport terminal in the world. The certification covers the terminal portion of The Green Build, including the 460,000 square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 West and 1.3 million square feet of new aircraft apron and taxiway areas. The design/build contractor for the project was Turner/PCL/Flatiron.

“We are excited to have the first commercial airport terminal in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification!” said Thella F. Bowens, president and CEO of the Airport Authority. “A minimum of LEED Silver certification is the standard for all new construction projects at the airport, but platinum for a project of this significance exemplifies this organization’s deep commitment to sustainable building practices.”

“San Diego International Airport’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the Green Building Council.

Sustainable elements of the terminal and airside improvements include solar panels, low-flow water fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, energy-efficient or natural lighting, reflective roofs, special power for aircraft, special storm drainage and the use of low-volatile adhesives, sealants paints and coatings.

“From the outset, The Green Build was designed with an eye toward the environment,” said Dan McGuckin, operations manager for Turner Construction Co. “Not only were we able to reduce our environmental footprint during the construction process, but we’ve constructed a new terminal that will be 32 percent more energy efficient than the standard code.”

The $907 million Green Build project was completed on time and approximately $45 million under budget.

— From an airport press release

spoonman Jul 17, 2014 3:23 AM

New Restaurants, Grocer Coming to Little Italy Apartment TowerBy Lou Hirsh Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Two new restaurants and a natural foods grocer have been signed to occupy the ground floor of Ariel Suites, a recently completed 22-story luxury apartment tower at Beech Street and Kettner Boulevard in Little Italy. Openings are expected in early 2015.

Mexiterranen Hospitality LLC has signed a 10-year lease to occupy a two-floor space totaling 4,650 square feet, according to Michael Spilky of brokerage company Location Matters, which represented the tenant and landlord, Ariel Suites LP.

Mexiterranean’s yet-to-be-named restaurant will include “Baja Mediterranean” style cuisine from Chef Javier Plascencia, who also operates Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro in Bonita and two other restaurants in Mexico.

Also opening at the tower will be Pan Bon, a bi-level restaurant that will include an Italian bakery café on the ground level and a fine-dining restaurant on the second floor. It is the first U.S. restaurant for Pan Bon, which plans to use a portion of its 6,500 square feet for a bakery commissary for its wholesale operations.

Hanson Market, a gourmet and organic natural foods grocer, will occupy approximately 8,500 square feet at the tower in downtown San Diego

spoonman Jul 17, 2014 3:42 AM

New parking structure to be built at T2.

Also worth noting that the SDAA is reviewing plans to redevelop T1. I will post something if I can find it.

San Diego Airport $80M Parking Plaza Project Back in Motion

Plans for a previously deferred parking plaza structure adjacent to Terminal 2 moves forward

San Diego International Airport is moving ahead with planning for a previously deferred parking plaza structure adjacent to Terminal 2.

The board of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority recently voted to direct staff to proceed with the project, which was originally approved in 2008 but deferred while other parts of the airport master plan, including the Terminal 2 Green Build, were completed.

Officials said the project’s cost is estimated $80 million to $88 million. While the original project was envisioned as a five-story structure with 5,000 parking spaces, the current project calls for three stories and 3,000 spaces.

The $900 million Green Build, completed last August, added 10 gates to Terminal 2 but did not include new parking spaces.

Officials said the plaza will enhance customer service, especially for business travelers who require convenient parking close to the terminal.

“Our need for more close-in parking is clear,” Airport Authority President and CEO Thella Bowens said in a statement. “Our single lowest customer satisfaction rating is for availability of parking.”

The plaza will have a public art component and “smart” parking technology that will enable parkers to reserve spaces and pay before leaving, reducing circulating and vehicle idling times.

Airport staff will next be preparing project designs and related documents, and obtaining a California coastal development permit. That will be followed by project construction bidding and awards, with completion of the plaza expected in roughly three years."]"]


spoonman Jul 17, 2014 3:46 AM

Plan for redevelopment of T1

mello Jul 17, 2014 5:41 AM

Great updates Spoon thanks! I like the Alternative 3 design best on the T1 design.

Have you heard when the new hotels will break ground at Liberty Station? Looks like SD is in Hotel Boom phase right now. With the Cortez Hill, Lane Field, China Camp, and eventually rooms built on Harbor Island. Seems tourism has been picking up very strong this summer, have heard beaches in Mission have been super packed and flights coming in to SD are super expensive along with room rates.

tyleraf Jul 17, 2014 5:51 AM

Seeing terminal 1 expansion plans and reading the fact that Lindbergh will hit max capacity with almost no chance of expansion is just a reminder of the stupidity of San Diegans that why on earth are we not searching for a new airport site instead of dumping money into an airport that has limited time. But, knowing nothing will happen I hope the terminal 1 expansion turns out as nice as the green build.

mello Jul 17, 2014 7:05 AM

Tyler I think the most realistic scenario is extending the runway at Palomar Airport to handle 737's and slowly boosting capacity there to 5 to 8 million passengers per year. General Aviation at both Palomar and Lindbergh will cease ( Oceanside still has a GA runway and farther south you have Gillespie, Montgomery, Brown).

Then also get people in South County to use the cross border terminal and get that up to taking 3 million people per year and presto you handle all of the capacity of Metro SD/TJ that way.

Of course we would all love to see a mega facility at Miramar but even if BRAC blesses us with a closure there would still be a huge legal fight from University City, Scripps Ranch, and La Jolla peeps that would drag out for years.

Derek Jul 17, 2014 7:52 AM


Originally Posted by mello (Post 6658109)

Of course we would all love to see a mega facility at Miramar but even if BRAC blesses us with a closure there would still be a huge legal fight from University City, Scripps Ranch, and La Jolla peeps that would drag out for years.

You don't think the people in North County would put up a fight if Palomar was to be expanded? :haha:

Leo the Dog Jul 17, 2014 2:09 PM


Originally Posted by spoonman (Post 6657974)

SAN is such a huge asset to Central SD.

Like Mello, I also like Alternative 3. A grand terminal that would allow more opportunities for shops and restaurants would be great.

Now if we could only get the trolley (or a people mover, like Phoenix/LA, over there.

nezbn22 Jul 17, 2014 5:08 PM

We're a long ways from anything like Pike Place Fish Market, but this is a step in the right direction:

tyleraf Jul 17, 2014 5:26 PM

Yea it is exciting to see the first step toward a full blown Fish Market downtown. I read somewhere that the port is considering using B street pier in the future as a site for a fish market.

mello Jul 17, 2014 9:01 PM

Speaking of B street pier is there any time table on when a park will be built on one of the piers downtown? I think if designed right that will be the most exciting component of revamping the embarcadero and also get the naysayers of the Navy Broadway Complex to calm down a bit. Maybe Manchester should step up and partially fund a park on one of the piers to appease them...

Regarding Carlsbad and possibly some San Marcos and Southern Vista residents fighting expansion of Palomar to allow for 100 daily take offs and landings each of 737's of course there will be push back. We have to realize that North County will continue to grow over the next 15 years and add lots of office space and ambitious projects like North City in San Marcos so that region will have to take its fair share of the County's infrastructure.

Hopefully a new Boeing model will come out by then that is around the same size as the 737 but with significantly quieter engines. When you watch the 787 Dreamliner take off it is much less noisy then older models.

tyleraf Jul 17, 2014 9:34 PM

It's navy pier next to the midway that is supposed to get the park. I don't believe there is a timeline yet. Unfortunately it also includes the wings of freedom sculpture thing that needs some serious work.

nezbn22 Jul 17, 2014 11:03 PM

Seriously, the renderings I've seen for the wings of freedom look ridiculous. It's not so much the actual design but the proposed size of it. They have that thing as big as our biggest buildings. Scale it waaaaaaay back fellas.

If anyone's curious about the proposed "Veteran's Park" on Navy Pier, here's a UT article from 2011:

Am I reading it correctly by understanding that the Midway museum is responsible for developing the park?

nezbn22 Jul 17, 2014 11:36 PM

Another article on how the wings of freedom came about:

SDfan Jul 18, 2014 12:06 AM


Originally Posted by spoonman (Post 6657974)

Option 3, Option 3!

As for Palomar, I know they are going to be extending the runway soon. but the neighbors are wary of what might come from that. They are already claiming that there are plans to make it into a real commercial airport (which I'm not opposed to), so they are dead set against the county's ideas for Palomar.

SDfan Jul 18, 2014 12:10 AM

The Navy Pier is supposed to be a park. I remember when Manchester was originally presenting his conceptual designs for the Broadway Complex and it included a pedestrian bridge over Pacific Highway connecting to the Navy Pier, which had magically been transformed into a large park. Unfortunately for Manchester, local officials were quick to point out that his project plans had nothing to do with the Navy Pier, and he needed to remove the images promptly from his material.

Although, it would make sense for Manchester to broker a deal with the Midway. He could provide some funding, there would be a new park, less need to litigate over his project when there is a large mitigated space right next door.

SDfan Jul 18, 2014 12:11 AM

"Wings of Freedom" isn't happening.


mello Jul 18, 2014 12:29 AM

The only thing I don't like about Navy pier is you have the hulky Midway basically abutting it so you only have water on two sides of it and the view is completely blocked on one side. B street pier would be better with water on all sides and would provide better spacing for view corridors from the park.

I think Manchester will probably try to get involved and move the park along for his benefit. Too bad none of us are insiders and know whats really going on.

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