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$600 Million 12-Building
Campus 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

$600 Million 12-Building
Campus Development

Akela Engineering 7 Consulting provided electrical construction documents and architectural lighting design services for this $600 million 1,300,000 SF 12-building campus-style for the County of San Diego. The project was named by SDG&E as Energy Champion “Best New Building” and by California Center for Sustainable Energy as “Outstanding Governmental Building of the Year” and achieved LEED Platinum certification for the Conference Center and LEED Gold certification for the office buildings. The project achieved an average lighting power density of 38% below Title 24 requirements.

The 38-acre project was designed over an 11-year period and includes a 1200A 12kV SDG&E service, 5MW of paralleled emergency power generation, and four (4) SF6 gas switches. The development provides the County with 900,000SF office buildings,160,000SF crime lab, 120,000SF registrar building, a 50,000SF fleet maintenance facility, a 15,000SF conference center, 40,000GSF sheriff’s wireless and data services building along with a 7,200GSF technology building, a central plant, and parking structure for 1,064 vehicles.

Richard M. Heinz, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Vice President & Principal / Research Facilities Design (RFD)

During our work with the Akela Engineering & Consulting team on more than 150 projects throughout the U.S. over the past 20+ years, they have proven themselves to be creative engineers, reliable collaborators, and valued partners in support of our laboratory design practice. Their extensive experience and professional attitude has resulted in high quality work, completed in a timely manner, while providing engineering leadership in consultation with other A/E team members. It is always a pleasure to welcome them onto our team.