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The CAC Waterfront Park Development project will convert the large eight-acre, on-grade parking lots north and south of the historic Administration Center and the immediate outdoor areas west and east of the building to a large, 12-acre community and regional open space amenity. The park will encompass expansive civic greens, a children’s play area, specialty garden areas, elaborate water features and a public restroom.
The single-level, subterranean parking garage, located off Ash Street, will accommodate 254 cars. Site work includes all related underground building systems.
“With this project being so close to the waterfront, the underground parking structure poses the most significant challenge since it will require dewatering and substantial shoring,” said Bob Betz, senior vice president of McCarthy. “Managing construction of a large park while the County Administration Center remains operational will also require careful coordination to minimize noise and disruption to employees working in the building.”
Since 1938, the San Diego County Administration Center has stood on the San Diego bay front, welcoming residents and visitors alike and symbolizing the ideals of public service as “The noblest motive is the public good.” The McCarthy design-build team has brought aboard a consultant to navigate any issues related to the County Administration Center’s historical building status to ensure consistency of integration and integrity.
Other consultants involved in the San Diego CAC Waterfront Park project include Sierra Pacific as the site work contractor, Jessen-Wright as the structural engineer, Nasland as the civil engineer, Sparling as the electrical engineer, MA Engineers as the mechanical engineer, and G Force as the environmental engineer.
Recognized as one of the nation’s few true builders, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., is the country’s 8th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2012) and the largest general contractor in California. The company is committed to the construction of high performance green buildings; progressive job site technology; and safer, faster and more cost-effective execution. In addition to San Diego, McCarthy has offices in Newport Beach, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; St. Louis; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Albuquerque;