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NAVFAC announces Design Excellence Award for RJC’s Design Guidelines at Naval Base Coronado, San Diego!
"We congratulate this year's winners for exemplifying NAVFAC's planning and design excellence," said NAVFAC Chief Engineer and Capital Improvements Business Line Director Joseph Gott.
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San Diego Top Construction and Design Leaders
Sustainable design is important to Robbins. His firm has so far completed 26 LEED-certified projects, including three that achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum status and 14 certified as Gold. "We consider it an obligation to the future," Robbins said.
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Coronado Civic Center and Promenade - 10 Years Later
Decades of planning and community participation have transformed a once drab, dusty and remote assortment of buildings and vacant land on Glorietta Bay in Coronado into a source of inspiration, beauty and civic pride.
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Unveiling art at new Registrar of Voters building–Kearny Mesa's never been known as a hotbed of edgy public art, but when the county of San Diego cuts the ribbon at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, and unveils the new pieces on view inside and outside the recently built Registrar of Voters building (5600 Overland Drive), it will solidify the County Operations Center as one of the best places to see interesting, high-quality public art in the region. 
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Record of Decision Clears Way for Development of Coastal Campus at Naval Base Coronado
Naval Base Coronado, California – In a Record of Decision issued today, the Department of the Navy (DON) announced it will move forward with a proposal to construct, operate, and maintain an academic campus to support the operational readiness of Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) personnel at Coronado, California.
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Work on $1 Billion Navy Coastal Campus to Begin in Early Fall
Large-scale construction projects tend to send shock waves through the adjoining communities and in the case of the new $1 billion Coastal Campus being constructed on the existing Silver Strand Training Complex, both Coronado and Imperial Beach would be impacted. With rumors circulating regarding the size of the new facility, which was formally sanctioned by the Department of the Navy June 26, 2015, I thought going directly to the source for accurate information on the Coastal Campus project would be worthwhile.
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First look at future Naval Base Coronado
Neighbors in Coronado and Imperial Beach got their first look at expansion plans for Naval Base Coronado. A Navy commander says since 9-11 congressional mandates have grown the Navy's Special Forces like the SEALS and engineers say their operating out of "the Stone Age"
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Campus Center Oasis
The Campus Center Building at the new San Diego County Operations Center is designed to be a symbol of sustainability. This meeting area and food service facility features a rooftop terrace, a vegetated green roof, and photovoltaic solar panel arrays on trellises, which also serve as shade producers. It is no surprise that this building is also LEED Platinum certified. read more

The Life Aquatic
Lake Ontario holds nearly 400 cubic miles of water. A few hundred yards north of the lake, in downtown Toronto, sits another body of water—tiny in comparison but impressive in terms of biodiversity for its size. At 135,000 sq. ft—and holding 1.5 million gallons of water and more than 13,500 marine and freshwater creatures—the recently opened Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is one of the country’s largest aquariums. read more

Registrar of Voters Headquarters Building Completed
“This is another vital component of this modern, sustainable campus serving the County and residents of San Diego.” read more

New Voting Headquarters a Clear Winner
“The results are in on the new Registrar of Voters (ROV) headquarters and it wins by a landslide over the aging, outdated facility down the road that was never designed for election activities.” read more | video

Registrar Set to Move Into New Digs Tuesday
“After 142 elections and decades of providing voter and campaign services from a cavernous building on Ruffin Road, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters is moving to new digs.” read more

Registrar of Voters Opens Window-Lined Office
“For San Diego County Registrar Michael Vu, a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at the Kearny Mesa County Operations Center was about more than opening a new building for his staff.” read more

Big Thinking on Campus
“The San Diego County Operations Center showcases a tour-worthy collection.” read more

NAVFAC Southwest Receives APWA Project of the Year Awards
“SAN DIEGO – NAVFAC Southwest received two American Public Works Association (APWA) awards May 9 in San Diego.” read more

Projects designed by RJC Architects recognized as public works projects of the year
“Three high profile projects designed by RJC Architects -- John William Finn Hall, the U.S. Navy Resources Center and the San Diego County Operations Center -- recently received top honors for sustainability and overall design at the San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter American Public Works Association (APWA) annual award luncheon.” read more

PCL / RJC awarded design-build parking structure for Cesar E. Chavez campus
“PCL Construction Services Inc. has been awarded the design-build contract for the San Diego Community College District's Continuing Education - César E. Chávez Campus Parking Structure, located on the corner of National Avenue and Cesar Chavez Parkway in Barrio Logan.” read more

Supervisors Break Ground for New Registrar of Voters Headquarters
“County supervisors broke ground this afternoon for the new Registrar of Voters (ROV) building, the final piece of the puzzle in a years-long project to redevelop the County’s 47-acre operations center in Kearny Mesa.” read more

Greening Up San Diego County Operations Center
The County of San Diego has completed the Campus Center Building at the County Operations Center with a 7,500-square foot green roof that establishes a beautiful and beneficial green space. read more

New $67 Million Dormitory Open for San Diego Sailors
“Architectural firms RJC Architects and Joseph Wong Design Associates, in a team with Hensel Phelps Construction Company, designed the dormitory to house more than 1,000 sailors. As opposed to a permanent residence, this housing is meant more as a refuge from the storm.” read more

Human Resources Service Center in San Diego Earns Top Awards
“Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the Design-Build Human Resource Services Center SW project at the Marine Corps Air Station – Miramar, in San Diego, California has earned a Pyramid Award in the Institutional – $10-25 million category of ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards.” read more

Construction starts on Boulevard Border Patrol Station
“Representatives from the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke ground on construction of a new Border Patrol Station in Boulevard, California, a rural area about 65 miles east of San Diego.” read more

Impressive new public art works at County Operations Center
" San Diego may be one of the most beautiful places on the planet and a hotbed of research and creativity, but outside of UC San Diego’s stellar, privately funded Stuart Collection and the vibrant, community-oriented murals in Barrio Logan, our assortment of public art is too often unrepresentative of our highest aspirations as a community.” read more

Latest phase of additions at County Operations Center complete
"The goal: to bring as many of the county operations as possible to a centralized hub, with the goal of saving time, money and hassle for both the county and the people who do business with it, such as contractors seeking building permits.” read more

New San Diego County Operations Center Earns Green Honors
"The first phase of the County of San Diego Operations Center project in Kearny Mesa recently received a trio of honors – the “Outstanding Governmental Building of the Year’ by the California Center for Sustainable Energy, the “2011 Energy Champion for new Construction” by San Diego Gas & Electric, and LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council.” read more

Doing Business with the County Gets Easier, More Convenient
"The County of San Diego formally opened three new environmentally-friendly buildings on its Kearny Mesa campus Tuesday (08/07/12) adding 300,000 square fee in office space and 15,000 square foot conference center and café.” read more

$131 Million Military Housing Named Project of the Year
"There are bachelor pads, and then there are bachelor pads. The American Public Works Association (APWA), San Diego/Imperial Chapter, has recently named The Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) at Camp Pendleton, a $131 million property, as its 2012 Project of the Year. RJC Architects designed the project, which was recognized in the “Structures, $75 Million and Above Category.” read more

RJC Architects’ John Turpit leads from the front...
"There's always going to be a hill trail out there. When you’re leading Marines, you have to lead from the front – and when you’re running up the hill with a platoon or company you must make it to the top." read more

RJC Architects BEQ Package 8: NAVFAC Celebrates Completion of Camp Pendleton's Newest Generation of Buildings
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest personnel, contractors, and members of the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton community celebrated the completion of a bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ) project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 12. read more

Canstruction San Diego 2011
RJC Architects is proud to be participating in the upcoming Canstruction San Diego event! Competing teams, lead by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. All of the food used in the structures is donated to local food banks for distribution to pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, elderly and day care centers. read more

RJC Architects Named to Architectural Record’s Top 250 List
“Top 250 Architectural Firms”. Companies are ranked according to revenue for architectural services performed in the prior year. The list is compiled from a survey conducted for Engineering News-Record's annual Top 500 Design Sourcebook. RJC is ranked 196 in the country and is the largest firm headquartered in San Diego. read more

Plans move forward for Children's Pool lifeguard remodel
RJC Architects provided a conceptual illustration of the north elevation of the new Children's Pool lifeguard station.  La Jolla Parks and Beaches Committee members approve conceptual plans for the long-awaited Children’s Pool Lifeguard Station remodel, providing full vehicular access is provided to the beach so it can be cleaned properly. read more

SDBJ - County Operations Center Gets Environmental Honors
The first phase of the County of San Diego Operations Center project in Kearny Mesa recently received a trio of honors – the “Outstanding Governmental Building of the Year” by the California Center for Sustainable Energy, the “2011 Energy Champion for New Construction” by San Diego Gas & Electric and LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. read more

The ENR - New San Diego County Operations Center Earns Green Honors
The first phase of the County of San Diego Operations Center project in Kearny Mesa recently received a trio of honors – the “Outstanding Governmental Building of the Year” by the California Center for Sustainable Energy, the “2011 Energy Champion for New Construction” by San Diego Gas & Electric and LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. read more

SDDT - County Operations Center project honored
The first phase of the County of San Diego Operations Center project in Kearny Mesa recently received a trio of honors – the “Outstanding Governmental Building of the Year” by the California Center for Sustainable Energy, the “2011 Energy Champion for New Construction” by San Diego Gas & Electric and LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. read more

Turning Energy Efficiency into Civic Pride
When it comes to energy efficiency, the new County of San Diego Operations Center is an outstanding example. In fall 2010, construction was completed on two of six planned LEED® Gold certified office buildings, as well as one of two new parking structures. A 20,000- square-foot conference center seeking LEED Platinum certification is also in development. As the County reframes its main campus, these new buildings are powerful benchmarks for the potential of going green. read more

Operations Center Buildings Earn LEED Gold Certification
The two 150,000-square-foot office buildings recently completed in the first phase of the County Operations Center and Annex redevelopment in Kearny Mesa have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. read more

Anteater Recreation Center expansion receives LEED Gold certification
UC Irvine’s Anteater Recreation Center expansion has earned LEED NC Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. “Both functional and energy-efficient, this new space seamlessly blends with the original building. This is a great addition to student life and a wonderful way to mark the Anteater Recreation Center’s 10-year anniversary in January 2010,” said Jill Schindele, director of campus recreation. read more

RJC completes Marine Special Ops HQ at Camp Pendleton
RJC Architects designed an 89,000-square-foot headquarters building, and a 21,000-square-foot academic instruction building at the 33-acre MARSOC complex located within the 125,000-acre Marine base in north San Diego County. read more

County Operations Complex prepares for its next phase
With six four-story office buildings in the plans, plus a conference center, a state of the art medical examiner’s office, a new central plant and two parking structures, the work on Hazard Way in Kearny Mesa began in 2008 and will be active through 2013. The buildings being replaced are more than 40 years old, and LEED goals should make the new facilities cheaper and cleaner to operate. The entire project is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, and the developers are aiming for a Platinum certification on at least one building - a conference center with a “green” landscaped roof. read more

CSUSM Parking Structure Awarded 'Project of the Year' by APWA
‘Project of the Year’. This award proves that even parking structures can be stylishly attractive as well as highly functional. read more

RJC Architects has FIVE of the largest San Diego County Projects
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RJC Architects, Straub Construction Team Up for Naval School Project in Monterey
RJC Architects of San Diego is teaming up with Fallbrook-based Straub Construction Co. on a $24.8 million design/build construction contract for repair and renovation of Root and Spanagel Halls at the historic Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey. read more

New San Diego County Operations Center Targets 'Timelessness'
“We’re looking for something that will be timeless,” says RJC Architects' principal, James Robbins, of the $500-million San Diego County Operations Center, a massive development underway in the county’s Kearny Mesa district. read more

RJC, Straub Awarded Task Order
RJC Architects of San Diego, along with locally based Straub Construction, has been awarded a $16.6 million task order to design and build a Human Resource Service Center at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. read more

RJC, Straub Work on Naval School Renovation
RJC Architects of San Diego is teaming up with Straub Construction Co. on a $24.8 million design/build construction contract for repair and renovation of Root and Spanagel Halls at the historic Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. read more

Architect's Condo Opens to The World Around Him
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Yes They Can!
"Wall-E" during the sixth annual Canstruction San Diego Design Build Competition. read more

Military Work Stimulates Construction
One construction specialty - military work - already was giving the building industry a boost this year without additional federal funds meant to stimulate the economy. read more

New West City Campus Completed as Campus of Excellence for Hospitality & Consumer Sciences
San Diego Community College District celebrates its newest Campus. read more

New West City Campus to Replace Old Facility
The San Diego Community College District held a grand opening ceremony for its newest campus Wednesday. read more

RJC Architects $15 Million Temporary Lodging Facility Nearing Completion, while Two Other Projects Are Underway

RJC Architects’ $15 million temporary lodging facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is nearing completion, while two other base projects designed by the San Diego firm are firmly underway. read more

Cool Campus to Open
Cool Campus to Open In Point Loma, a new campus for continuing education would put our old classrooms to shame. Think back to classrooms when we were growing up. The lack of air conditioning alone would be considered cruel and unusual punishment for children these days.
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Canstruction San Diego
RJC Architects is proud to have participated in this wonderful competition that raised 50,000 pounds of food for hungry San Diego families. read more

San Diego Market Report
Despite downturn, several area projects are underway, including the huge San Diego County Operations Center. read more

Savvy Architect Leads RJC through down Cycles
James Robbins, president and director of design for RJC Architects Inc., knows firsthand the importance of saving for a rainy day. read more

Anteater Recreation Center Expansion, Irvine
UC Irvine needed to expand the Anteater Recreation Center because of increasing demand for recreational facilities and space shortages that limited class offerings. read more

RJC Architects Awarded $54 Million Contract
RJC Architects, a San Diego-based architecture and planning company, announced the award of a $54.5 million contract to design and build the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) headquarters at Camp Pendleton. read more

RJC Architects Awarded $50 Million Contract
RJC Architects, a San Diego architecture and planning firm, announced it has been awarded a $50 million contract to design and build the third phase of the Force Intelligence Operations Center at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton. read more

San Diego County Operations Center
RJC Architects, under the direction of Lowe Enterprises, is designing the largest public works project in the history of San Diego. For monthly progress reports on this project, please visit the County Operations Center web site.

West City Center
RJC Architects has completed design of the West City Center for the San Diego Community College District, and construction is currently in progress. West City Center is a designated “Campus of Excellence” and will be certified as a LEED Silver project because of its sustainable design features. read more

Local Architects Thriving Despite Local Economy
Waning construction and a sluggish economy have not prevented many prominent local architects from forging ahead with ambitious projects. Indeed, many San Diego-based firms are finding this economic slowdown to be a prime time for expanding their professional staffs and capitalizing on business opportunities. read more

Second Phase of Doctors Park Completed at Eastlake
RJC Architects was the building and landscape architect on the second phase of the construction of Doctors Park, a new five-building medical and dental office campus located in Eastlake of Chula Vista. read more

Del Monte Hotel
Soltek's design-build P-198 BOQ Monterey-Historical Site was recently selected as a winner of the 2008 AGC Aon Build America Awards, in the Design-Build Renovation category. read more

RJC Architects Awarded $24 Million Parking Structure at CSUSM
RJC Architects, a San Diego architecture and planning company, won a design/build competition for a $24 million Parking Structure at California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM). read more

NAIOP Working with City to Protect Loss of Employment Land
The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) San Diego chapter urged the city of San Diego to consider how new language in the proposed General Plan, intended to protect base sector industries and industrial zoning, could have an unintended, adverse affect on multitenant office uses. read more

RJC Wins $7.5 Million Navy Contract
RJC Architects, a San Diego architecture and planning company, announced it recently was awarded a $7.5 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the U.S. Navy. read more

RJC Wins $14 Million Design Build Competition at Camp Pendleton
RJC Architects, a local architecture and planning company, won a $14-million design-build competition for a new lodging facility at Camp Pendleton. read More

Sprawl
"Sympathy for the Devil" by advancing a simple theme: Sprawl is good. read more

Smoke Gets in Our Eyes
The Cedar and Paradise fires of 2003 consumed 330,000 acres and destroyed more than 2,400 homes. Sixteen people died. Damage was estimated at over $900 million. read more

RJC Architects Receives Four 2004 Sara Awards for Design Excellence
RJC Architects, a leading Southern California architecture firm in San Diego, received a design award of honor from the California Council of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) in recognition of design excellence on the Los Angeles Air Force Base. read more

Profiles in Architecture - M. Gordon Clarke Field House/University Union
The design challenge was to create an open, mixed-use facility that would accommodate the many needs of students and faculty, while taking advantage of the panoramic views afforded by the campus’s hilltop setting. read more

Privatization Playing Bigger Role in Public Design-Build Processes
As government agencies are forced to do "more with less," one local architectural firm sees privatization playing a bigger role in the public development process -- a direction that can enhance public benefit while helping agencies keep costs in check. read more

Renaissance Man
Christopher Wren was one of the world's greatest intellects, and his life spanned one of history's most tumultuous eras. As chronicled in Lisa Jardine's new biography, the greatness and diversity of his intellectual achievements invite comparison to Brunelleschi and Da Vinci. read more

Workshops Hope to Change Community for the Better
Community workshops were held on Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, to discuss, review and accept ideas for the possible future look of Ramona's Old Town as well as new town. read more

It Takes a Village
In San Diego County and all along the West Coast, private developers and public agencies -- from city and county municipalities to state universities and all branches of the military -- are forming green partnerships to design and build large-scale sustainable projects. read more