Gerding Edlen & ZGF Bring 24-Hour Living to San Diego
Jul 30, 2008
Gerding Edlen Development Co. and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects have been shortlisted for a four-block civic center project in San Diego, reports Sam Bennett of the Daily Journal of Commerce. The proposal is a three-phase project with buildings ranging from a city hall, retail spaces, office buildings, and residential towers with the final phase scheduled for completion in 2018.
“What we want to create is a 24-hour neighborhood that will be vibrant at all times of the day,” said Anyeley Hallova, Gerding Edlen's development manager on the project, “We will have the ability to bring all these [city] employees into one area and create a walkable district that connects to public transit.”
“The design is intended to connect people to government and is derived from the concepts of light, air and water, according to Gerding Edlen principal Tom Cody. It will be 'symbolic of San Diego weather and culture – warm, casual and relaxed yet sophisticated in nature,' he said.”
“'We want to create engaging and energetic places that encourage people to participate in civic activities and community events,' Cody said. 'We want to do it in an environmentally friendly way that saves the city money and preserves our natural resources.'”