The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) in the US has selected the team of Lowe Enterprises and I.D.E.A. Partners to create a new $90m mixed-use development in San Diego’s East Village.
The development on the block surrounded by E, F, Park and 13th Streets in San Diego, will feature 100,000ft² of office space on four floors, 138 apartments on five floors, and street level shops and restaurants.
Designed by the US-based architectural firm Gensler, the office space will feature large, open floors, high ceilings and roll-up walls.
Under the plans, the interior spaces, including an atrium and an open courtyard, will be developed into community gathering areas to be used for events and activities.
Plans also include two centre courtyards, one open and the other enclosed, which will link the commercial and residential buildings.
Situated near the Smart Corner transit centre to the north-west and the proposed East Village Green to the south-east, the design also provides connections to the two urban amenities and fits within the larger urban context.
Lowe and I.D.E.A. Partners are already in negotiations with several design and technology firms for the office space.
I.D.E.A. Partners partner David Malmuth said that the project sets the tone for the district and will influence others to become part of its future.
"The area is poised for reinvention with nearby transit, small walkable blocks, older underutilised buildings and planned public spaces; and it is fully entitled with the appropriate zoning," Malmuth said.
Both the firms expect to secure one or two office tenants by the end of 2013 and commence construction in 2014.