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San Diego's Newest
Life Science Development



169,000 SQFT


County of San Diego
Lowe Enterprises


Steinberg Hart (RJC
Architects) & Suffolk


LEED Platinum

SDG&E Energy Champion / Best New Building

California Center for Sustainable Energy as “Outstanding Governmental Building of the Year”

People’s Choice Orchid Award, San Diego Architectural Foundation

San Diego's Newest
Life Science Development

The Research and Development District (RaDD) is set to become downtown San Diego’s newest life science mixed-use development. This innovative project, designed by Gensler and developed by IQHQ, occupies six city blocks and spans over 10 acres, making it the largest urban commercial waterfront site along California’s Pacific coast. It will feature a mix of mid-rise buildings and a 17-story tower, ground-floor retail, restaurants, and a public paseo, all activated by rooftop decks and green spaces for the community to enjoy.

With LEED Gold certification expected, RaDD promises to transform downtown San Diego’s waterfront with over 5 acres of green space, best-in-class retail, outdoor dining, public art, and a destination event space. The development will host five buildings, including lab, office, and retail spaces, totaling 1,700,000 square feet. The project will also feature a museum, three acres of green space, and rooftop decks. Upon completion, RaDD is expected to create more than 4,000 jobs, generate $50 million in annual taxes and fees, and provide $15 billion in economic benefits. The first phase of the district is estimated to be completed by 2023, making it an ideal time to invest in real estate in downtown San Diego’s Columbia District. 

James Robbins, AIA, LEED AP
Managing Partner / RJC | Steinberg Hart

Over the past twelve years, we have worked with Akela Engineering & Consulting in designing a wide range of facilities. Significant projects during this time include the $500 Million San Diego County Operations Center and the new $1 Billion Coastal Campus for the Navy SEALs. The firm has consistently provided us with outstanding engineering design and has met every budgetary and scheduling challenge. Their assistance has been particularly valuable whenever we were engaged in best value design/build competitions, and they have made significant contributions to our success in that arena. Our most recent collaboration involved design of the data system for the region’s 9-1-1 emergency response system; we trust them with mission critical facilities because of the firm’s unfailing professionalism and commitment to design excellence.