Filed under: Real Estate Developments
San Diego has decided on the new plans for the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center. The project includes a five-acre rooftop park (rendering shown above), a truck tunnel for exhibitors and a 500-room hotel to be built on top of a nearby parking garage. The San Diego Tribune reports that architect Curtis Fentress was appointed by the convention center board. The design would make San Diego's expanded 750,000-square-foot exhibit hall the largest on the west coast, big enough to accommodate the ever-growing annual Comic-Con and other conventions. The 80,000 square foot ballroom will be the largest ballroom in a convention facility on the West Coast.
"Fentress' design for the Convention Center builds on the success of our iconic facility by embracing the waterfront location with a new, 5-acre rooftop park while delivering an expanded facility that will help drive our regional economy, generate jobs and build on our reputation as a world-class convention and meeting destination," said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders in a statement. "The Convention Center continues to be one of San Diego's strongest assets driving jobs, tax revenues and economic benefits, all of which will significantly increase when the building expands, and Fentress' design will take us there."
The 3.5-million-square-foot facility will have green features including gray-water processing and photovoltaic cells. The project seeks to earn a "LEED Gold" rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. It sounds great but the question of financing is a perennial problem. it's not clear yet how it will be paid for, although the new design is cheaper than earlier plans. The expansion plans will undergo an an environmental review and if approved construction could begin in 2013.