In what has become a very rare occurrence in California of late, a new Class A office construction project is getting off the ground in San Diego.

KMA is designing building 2, which is the one on the left. The building on the right already exists.
Rendering by Brian Paul & Associates.
KMA is designing building 2, which is the one on the left. The building on the right already exists.

Last week, KMA Architecture & Engineering, in partnership with Swinerton Builders, were retained as the architect of record to design/build the Class A Sunroad Centrum II Office Tower for Sunroad Enterprises. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2011, and is expected to be complete in 2012.

Located at 8600 Spectrum Center Boulevard in Kearny Mesa, the eight-story, 200,000-sq-ft office tower is building two of a three-building phased complex, the first phase featuring the tallest office building in Kearny Mesa, and is currently one of very few private sector office building projects in San Diego, says KMA. The building will be used as a call center for Bridgepoint Education.

Using the latest of BIM technology, KMA says it will be aiming at LEED certification with a number of sustainable design features, including development is taking place on a previously developed site, use of regional materials to reduce material transportation costs, water efficient landscaping and groundcover, large exterior window walls for maximum natural day-lighting, highly reflective roofing material for reduction of heat island effect and use of low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation.

The KMA team consists of Don Blair, principal in charge; B. Moon Hajjar, project manager; Rich Guerena, project architect; Jay Janda, project architect; Robb Walker, design coordinator; Ilia Voronchihin, project architect; and Heather Mertes, LEED AP. BPA is the design architect for the master plan, as well as the individual buildings.

The project manager for Swinerton Builders is Paul Vujica, chief estimator is Bob Wilson and the district manager is Don Adair.

Other services are provided by: Hope Engineering, Structural Engineer; Michael Wall Engineering, Electrical Engineer; McParlane Engineers, Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer; KTU&A, Landscape Architect; Stevens Cresto Engineering, Civil Engineering; BPA Architects, Design Architect; and Orness Design Group, Kitchen Design Consultants.