SAN DIEGO—As GlobeSt.com reported in September, MurphyDevelopment has purchased 30.9 acres of improved land inthe Scripps Ranch Business Park here fromIntel Corp. for the developmentof one- to three-story corporate-headquarters buildings andresearch-and-development facilities. The site, to be rebrandedScripps Ranch Technology Park, will use itssurrounding natural elements as amenities for potential officetenants. The individual parcels, which are bordered by matureeucalyptus trees and landscape setbacks, offer expansive views thatrange from the Pacific coastline to the San Diego backcountry.Also, the land is surrounded by a forest, lush landscaping andwalking trails; one of the lots backs up onto EvansPond; and Lake Miramar is nearby. Wespoke with Andy Irwin, SVP and director ofmarketing for Murphy, about the firm's plans for this developmentand what will make it unique in the office realm.

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GlobeSt.com: What led you to choose this particularsite—with its challenges—for this development?

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Irwin: At 55 acres, Scripps RanchTechnology Park is the only large parcel site available fordevelopment in the mid-city markets of San Diego. The location isspectacular as it sits right in the middle of where San Diegotenants want to locate. With a lot of luck and some fortunatetiming, we were able to acquire the site. We are now moving fullsteam ahead with plans to develop 1 million square feet ofstate-of-the-art buildings on 31 acres, complemented by 24 acres ofopen space, parks, fitness trails and an iconic pond. Across thestreet from our project is Lake Miramar, where an employee can bikearound a 5-mile loop or rent a kayak and navigate the lake. Thepark is just a few short blocks from the I-15 freeway with accessby three major interchanges: Carroll Canyon Rd., Miramar/PomeradoRd. and Mira Mesa Blvd.

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GlobeSt.com: Who is your envisioned user/tenant forthis property?

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Irwin: The one- to three-storycorporate headquarters buildings we're planning to build willincorporate the latest in design and functionality components beingused in the marketplace. One thing that sets our site apart is toscale a user from 80,000 square feet up to 1 million square feet.Another component that sets us apart is the topography and forestsetting of the site. From the top lot to the bottom lot, there isan elevation change equivalent to a 10-story building. The upperlots have views of the entire central county, with the ocean in thebackground. The lots are situated amongst a 100-year-old eucalyptusforest. An employee can step out of her office and into theforested trails right behind the building; she can put the bikeback in the storage locker and head up to the juice bar located inthe panoramic fitness building on top of the parking deck. Theamazing natural characteristics of the site, coupled with the planswe have for onsite amenities, will give us the ability to offercorporate tenants a facility that is unparalleled in themarketplace. We will design facilities that incorporate theabundant outdoor elements with state-of-the-art buildings, allowingcompanies to attract and retain the best talent in the market.

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GlobeSt.com: How does this development fit in withthe overall change in office development that has taken place overthe last several years?

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Irwin: We will develop largefloor-plate space in a market that has very little of this productavailable. There are a number of larger tenant requirements thathave been in the market with very little supply to meet theirneeds. Our buildings will be designed for tenant flexibility andscalability. The individual floor heights will be taller thantypical to allow for tenants who need to operate tall equipment orwant to have an exposed high-ceiling office environment. As officearea increases in employee density, we will design for parkingrequirements greater than 4/1,000 with the ability to addparking-deck area in the future. The buildings will be designed tomeet and exceed today's demanding LEED andsustainability standards including electricvehicle-charging stations, reclaimed water going to all of thelandscaping and efficient air conditioning and lighting, among manyother elements.

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GlobeSt.com: What other opportunities exist forincorporating the site's natural environment into the developmentplan?

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Irwin: As the site is set within a100-year-old eucalyptus forest and includes 24 acres of open spaceand park area, we plan on enhancing these elements to create a fulloutdoor experience for the occupants of the campus. These outdooractivities include a walk down fitness trails that meander throughthe campus, a mountain-bike ride continuing onto the neighborhoodtrails, a kayak on Miramar Lake or a 5-mile job around the lake.For the employee who wants to work outside of the office, therewill be outdoor break areas, a deck overlooking the pond, a deckset next to the forest and a large sports park all with wirelessaccess. With our amazing San Diego climate, these outdoor spacescan be utilized year round.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.