Things are Looking Up in Downtown San Diego

By Mark Rafferty & Athena Dadiz

Construction is in full force at Swinerton’s 460 16th Street mixed-use project. Located in Downtown’s East Village neighborhood, the project is highlighted by a 21-story post-tensioned concrete tower along with two five-story wood-framed buildings. The team broke ground in early 2016 after a year of preconstruction, with completion set for spring.

Spread across a whopping 631,000 square feet, the project takes up an entire city block. The 21-story residential high-rise tower has commercial retail space on the ground level; two low-rise residential buildings stand adjacent, sitting over two levels of above-grade commercial retail space and parking. A total of 368 total units are in the three buildings, with a variety of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. One unique aspect of the building is located at the spa on Level 21—it has two glass walls that are being imported all the way from Italy.

This fall and winter have been extremely busy for the team. In November, they shotcreted the high-rise’s rooftop pool and spa. They also dismantled the tower cranes and all three man-lifts, utilizing the elevators for construction use. They were also buttoning up the skin system, which includes three different types of glazing and windows, metal panel, and plaster. The team is currently in the first round of rapidly-approaching phased turnovers, so they’re in a big push to punch out the units in the first low-rise and turn over the entire underground parking garage.

The project is tracking nicely for LEED® for Homes. Not only is this a new LEED category, but it will also be one of Swinerton’s first projects to qualify. The first LEED inspection came halfway through the project before any walls were closed up, with the second inspection coming now that they are punching out and starting up mechanical.