O&O, The Architect’s Newspaper & the project formerly known as STELLA

The past few weeks have pretty exciting for the DBRDS team & as its been a while since we updated our blog, we wanted to share a bunch of things we have been working on:


After months of planning & committee meetings, last week saw the San Diego Architectural Foundations ‘Orchids & Onions’ award night be an amazing success. Collaborating with SDAF Exec. Director Leslee Schafer, Co-Chairs Suzanne Clemmer & Anney Rosenthal-Hall & along side fellow Jury Liaison Chuck Crawford & the many volunteers, I was really proud to be apart of this great team & fun event. Showcasing not only the good, but the bad (or at least questionable) additions to San Diego’s built environment the ceremony also celebrated the life of Gaslamp & East Village pioneer Bob Sinclair who passed away this year. Congratulations to all the winners, especially Craft & Commerce for Grand Orchid, Lloyd Russell for Centre Street Lofts & San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority for their Bicycle & Pedestrian Bridge – these were my favorites. As I was co-jury liaison, I would also like to thank Jim Gabriel from Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects, Michael Brennan from Urban Green, Michael Soriano from ONAIROS Design, Craig Abenillo from FoundationForForm, Brooke Peterson from DCE Planning, & our great friend Robert Watson, President of Solage Hotels & Resorts. These six wonderfully creative & dynamic folks were the 2011 O&O Jury & made the experience a real treat.


Amongst all the amazing feedback we have received on our East Village Stadium design, we were really excited to see that not only was our design featured in an article in September edition of the The Architect’s Newspaper, but it even made the front cover! In an article titled ‘PLAY BALL – Cities across California chase Football Stadiums’ by West Coast Editor Sam Lubell, our design was featured as San Diego’s contribution to the stadium discussion. As everyone knows, we were not asked to do this design – we are simply passionate local guys who believe in this City & feel that San Diego is truly a World Class city with amazing potential – and to see our design join this discussion makes us both proud & inspired to continue the dialogue! Let’s go Chargers!


In 2005, the Constellation Property Group landed in the US & started work on three (3) projects, the first of which was named STELLA, an eighty-six (86) town-home project in the light industrial area between the I-5 & the trolley tracks. Designed originally by Matthew Cumming as Senior Associate of Marchese Partners International, both Matthew & I worked for two (2) years with Wayne Hann of the Constellation team to increase density & eventually have approved the project collaborating with the MTS & City of San Diego Redevelopment Agency for Affordable Housing. Engaging local Architect’s Sillman Wright to complete construction documentation, we continued our involvement paying attention to all design decisions & assisting throughout the Building Permit Process & then with Site Assistance. Unfortunately as the economy tanked, this project changed hands & in early 2011 was purchased by Carmel Partners out of Orange County. In June, we received a call from Director Dan Byrd to assist in making some minor modifications to finish the project, as it had sat there vacant for almost 2 years, and finally after almost seven (7) years the project, rebranded as LOFT2015 was officially opened in October! Located at 2015 Hancock Street, San Diego the project is currently being leased & can be viewed by making an appointment at the website: www.loft2015.com

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