Waterfront Park, fondly known as the “front porch” on San Diego, has received an award from the Design-Build Institute of America.

The award is a National Award of Merit in the Civic/Assembly category. As DBIA emphasized upon receipt of the award, “the important role of effective team performance as a best practice in design-build project delivery cannot be emphasized enough…All players, including the owner, engaged and collaboratively interacted throughout the design and construction phases.  This type of team performance exemplifies Design-Build Done Right, raising the bar for our industry even higher.”

SGPA Architecture and Planning teamed with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (General Contractor), Schmidt Design Group (Landscape), International Parking Design (Parking Structure), Nasland (Civil), Jessen-Wright Structural Engineers (Structural), MA Engineers (Mechanical), Sparling (Electrical), Aquatic Design Group (Water Feature), Heritage Architecture and Planning (Historic), Drew George & Partners, Inc., (LEED), and Utility Specialists (Underground Utilities). Our role was to create a new concession and restroom facility, a new central plant with mechanical infrastructure for the building and park, and a new west terrace in compliance with historic preservation standards. SGPA also managed the LEED certification process for the southern part of the park, including the concession facility. 

Built in 1938 on a prime waterfront site, the County Administration Center (CAC) was envisioned as a beautiful public gathering place. The original vision has come to life with a new 12-acre park and 250-car underground parking facility, completed in the spring of 2014. In addition to this award, the Project is now a nominee for a National Award of Excellence in that category. All National Award of Merit winners are also being considered for one of three Awards of Excellence in the areas of design, process and teaming.


See more photos of this beautiful, award-winning project here; see DBIA’s Awards Announcement here

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