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Contracts/Groundbreakings/Completions - July 2005

DPR Construction Starts Facelift of Redwood City Courthouse

The courthouse project will include the demolition of an annex building in front of the courthouse's entrance, but has been vacant for five years due to seismic concerns. Redwood City-based DPR also will add fountains and pavilions to the courthouse property.

The project architect is Redwood City-based DES Architects and Engineers.

The 69-year-old courthouse will come under the control of San Mateo County's Historical Association. Another annex, on the south side of the courthouse, will remain, as will an adjacent parking lot. The courthouse is situated on a city block bounded by Broadway, Middlefield, Marshall and Hamilton streets.

San Clemente GC Completes 2 Projects

Daystar, a San Clemente-based general contractor, has completed the Gateway Shopping Center in Glendora and the Kuta Grille at the Towne Centre and Marketplace in Foothill Ranch.

The Gateway project, owned by DEKK Associates, included construction of two, wood-framed pad buildings totaling 7,000 sq. ft. The stores have been pre-leased to It's a Grind Coffee and Cal National Bank. The architect was Newport Beach-based Robert Kubicek Architects of Newport Beach. Daystar is also remodeling the existing center with new facades, as well as parking lot and landscape.

The 6,500-sq.-ft. Kuta Grille project entailed the conversion of a former Keg's restaurant into a Tahitian-themed environment with indoor and outdoor dining as well as a full service bar. Designed by Aliso Viejo-based Exline Design of Aliso Viejo, the project features teak and other traditional island materials.

The Olson Co. Starts Its Third Project in National City

The Seal Beach-based Olson Co. and architect KTGY have broken ground on Estrella Walk, a residential project comprised of 21 three-bedroom row homes in the coastal San Diego County city of National City.

Three floor plans, priced in the mid $400,000s, will be offered. The row homes include tub/shower enclosures, custom oak cabinets, balconies and two-car garages.

The project has a spring 2006 completion date.

Mariposa Walk and Kalesa Walk, The Olson Cos.' first two communities in National City, were completed in July 2004.

CM Completes Office/Warehouse Project in Vista

Gafcon, a San Diego-based construction management firm, and Los Angeles-based Nadel Architects has completed tenant improvement management and construction for a 13,300-sq.-ft. multi-office/warehouse facility in Vista for Tony Hawk, a professional skate boarder and owner of the building.

A 16,055-sq.-ft. lot contains a two-story, 3,760-sq.-ft. office and a 9,540-sq.-ft. warehouse, which is visible from the mezzanine offices. It also includes a 75-ft. interior skate ramp.

Nadel Architects served as project architect, space planner and landscape architect. Nutter Electric Inc. was the electrical engineer. Harrington Mechanical Design Inc. and Superior Air Inc. were the mechanical engineers.

Parking Garage in North Park Underway

The Newport Beach office of McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. and the Irvine office of International Parking Design have begun construction of a 149,000-sq.-ft. parking structure with ground-floor commercial space in the North Park area of San Diego.

San Diego-based Austin Veum Robbins Parshalle performed the exterior façade design.

NPW 2930 LLC is the developer of the $7 million project. Construction is scheduled for completion in November.

The garage will accommodate 388 cars on six levels. The scope of work for McCarthy includes shell construction of 14,510 sq. ft. for future retail space. The garage is being built to serve patrons of the North Park Theatre and the North Park community at large. The theater currently is undergoing a $7 million renovation by North Park Theatre LLC.

Construction, Design Completed on Business Parks

Ware Malcomb, an Irvine-based architecture firm, has completed construction of one business park and design for another.

San Diego-based Lusardi Construction teamed with Ware Malcomb on the Regatta Business Center in Richmond. The project developer was Legacy Partners of Foster City and Principal Financial Group Inc. of Des Moines, Iowa. Regatta Business Center includes nine industrial buildings for sale totaling 156,000 sq. ft. on 10 acres. The buildings range in size from 10,000 sq. ft. to 42,000 sq. ft.

Ware Malcomb has completed design for Scholle Center, Building One, a four-story, 151,000-sq.-ft. structure. Swinerton Builders, the general contractor, is scheduled to have the first building completed by December. At build-out, Scholle Center will total 486,000 sq. ft. The multi-phase project includes four mid-rise office buildings between four- and seven-stories tall. The developer is Glendale-based Dorn-Platz & Co. The owner of the first building is Chicago-based Scholle Corp.

Snyder Langston Breaks Ground on Car Dealership

The automotive group of Snyder Langston, an Irvine-based general contractor, has broken ground on Mercedes Benz Valencia, a $15-million auto dealership being built on a 3.6-acre site for Sky Blue LLC.

The 44,000-sq.-ft. dealership will include a 28,000-sq.-ft. showroom, administrative offices and 35 service bays. Completion is scheduled for January.

Designed by Irvine-based LPA, the facility's two-story autohaus architectural concept will serve as a prototype for Mercedes Benz USA.

Swinerton Completes New Waterfront Ballpark

Swinerton Builders has completed construction of the 5,200-seat Banner Island Ballpark for the Stockton Ports, a Class A baseball team. The stadium, designed by the Beverly Hills office of HKS Inc., is the first project out of the pipeline in the planned Stockton Waterfront Event Center, which will also include a 10,000-seat indoor arena, hotel, retail center and parking garage.

The ballpark is a public/private development by the city of Stockton and developer Regent Development Partners. Swinerton is also building the adjacent multi-purpose arena.

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