Fall is off to a great start around the SGPA offices. On October 2nd, SGPA Architecture and Planning received an Engineering News-Record award for Best Project in Landscape and Urban Development with a consulting partner, Schmidt Design Group, Inc. The following week on October 9th, the same project was honored through County Supervisor Ron Roberts’ receipt of an Alonzo Award, applauding his work towards improvements of downtown San Diego.

ENR California’s Best Projects 2014 recognized well-executed projects throughout different categories of architecture and design ranging in property type and size. The Waterfront Park project received the award for Best Project in the Landscape and Urban Development category. Known for their abilities to incorporate strong design elements filled with artistic expression and a conscious emphasis on sensitive environmental elements, Schmidt Design Group was the ideal choice to lead the landscape of the project.

Located in Little Italy at the Bayfront Administration Building, Waterfront Park has become the long-awaited “front porch” of San Diego. Built in 1938 on a prime waterfront site, the County Administration Center (CAC) was originally envisioned as a beautiful public gathering place. That vision has been revitalized with a new 12-acre park supplemented by a 250-car underground parking facility. SGPA partnered with McCarthy, Schmidt Design Group and International Parking Design for this design-build project.

A project a long time in the making, Ron Roberts received an Alonzo Award for his “career-spanning visionary leadership” championing the Waterfront Park.  The Alonzo Awards celebrate the places, projects and people that have worked towards and for the advancement of downtown San Diego. Roberts served as the driving force of this downtown effort, resulting in a hugely popular outdoor space for everyone.

Our role as executive architect for Waterfront Park was to create a new central plant with mechanical, electrical and lighting infrastructure for the building and park, a new west terrace in compliance with historic preservation standards and a new concession and restroom facility.  SGPA managed the LEED certification process with contributing work from DG&P, MA Engineers and Sparling.

Completed in spring 2014, Waterfront Park also includes specialty gardens, where visitors can gaze at the water or downtown views and organized events can be held.

As noted by the ENR article, there were 40% more entries this year than last. Faced with that competition, SGPA is especially thrilled to accept this award along with Schmidt Design Group and McCarthy for a project we’re so proud of and one San Diegans are eagerly flocking to.  


For the full list of Southern California and Hawaii ENR winners, click here.

To see additional photos of the park, visit our website.

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