Lowe starts construction on third phase of County Operations Center project in US

15 January 2013 (Last Updated January 15th, 2013 18:30)

Lowe Enterprises has started construction on the third phase of the $500m County Operations Center and Annex redevelopment (COC) project in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, California, US.

Lowe Enterprises has started construction on the third phase of the $500m County Operations Center and Annex redevelopment (COC) project in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, California, US.

Under the third phase, Lowe will construct a 118,500ft² Registrar of Voters headquarters for $73m.

The project will include Registrar of Voters staff offices, election ballot processing facilities, warehouse production space and public art installation.

Lowe Enterprises Real Estate senior vice president Mike McNerney said that this is an important facility of the sustainable campus serving the county and residents of San Diego.

"The building will be state-of-the-art at all levels, creating an efficient work environment and providing ample space for the processing of ballots and vote counting on election night," McNerney said.

Located on Overland Avenue, the 47-acre County Operations Center is being developed in multiple phases.

The first phase of the project, which was completed in October 2010, secured LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.

The second phase of the project, which was completed in August 2012, included two 150,000ft² four-storey office buildings, a cafeteria and a 15,000ft² conference centre, and secured LEED Platinum certification.

The conference centre features natural lighting through solar tubes and skylights, energy-efficient mechanical, architectural and solar electrical features, a solar hot water system and a vegetated green roof that naturally filters rain water.

Plans for future phases include two additional four-storey office buildings, similar to the buildings in the prior phases, and another parking structure.

Upon completion, the new campus will feature over one million ft² of office space, along with two multi-level parking structures.

The project team also includes RJC Architects, Suffolk Roel Construction and Project Management Advisors.

The County of San Diego Department of General Services is overseeing the project on behalf of the County Board of Supervisors.