SAN DIEGO—Thousands of San Diego residents and visitors turnedout May 10th for a day-long grand opening of the new SanDiego County Administration Center Waterfront Park,located on a prime, 12-acre site along Pacific CoastHighway between Ash and Grape streets in downtown SanDiego.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., led thesuccessful execution of the $49.4 milliondesign-build project. McCarthy's design-build team includedSGPA, architect-of-record; SchmidtDesign, landscape architect of record; AquaticDesign Group, fountain designer; and IPD(International Parking Design) for the parking portion ofthe project. The project broke ground in fall2012, and was completed on time.

The San Diego County Administration Center Waterfront Parkdevelopment project converted the large eight-acre, on-gradeparking lots north and south of the historic AdministrationCenter and the immediate outdoor areas west and east ofthe building to a large, 12-acre community and regional open spaceamenity. The park encompasses a promenade, two expansive greens,themed specialty gardens, plazas and terraces, a picnic area, shadetrees and palm groves, a large children's playground and publicrestrooms. It also includes a single-level, subterranean parkinggarage located off Ash Street that accommodates 251 cars.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.