17th & G – The Link in Construction

Construction is progressing for The Link, an affordable housing development located on 17th & G in the East Village neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. The building will be approximately 50,775 SF and consist of 86 affordable housing units.  The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2020.  Be sure to take a look if you are leaving downtown headed towards the 94 east on-ramp!

Construction Begins for Town & Country Hotel

Construction has started on the 1st out of 4 residential buildings at the Town & Country Hotel located in Mission Valley, San Diego which was designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE with developer Holland Partner Group.  Columns and shear walls are being poured, and the photos show ongoing concrete work and burnished block site walls that are complete.  The 10.13-acre site is part of the planned mixed-use renovation and redevelopment of the Town and Country San Diego, a 40-acre urban resort hotel and conference center.

The 840 unit residential development will be built on four parcels of land centered around the new Town and Country Hotel. Each of the four buildings contain five levels of Type IIIA (residential) over two levels of Type IA (Parking and Amenities). The units are a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms all for lease.  Construction is scheduled to be completed in mid 2020.

Construction Underway for Shoreline Gateway, Long Beach’s Tallest Tower

Construction is underway for the Shoreline Gateway East Tower, which will be the tallest building in the City of Long Beach with unparalleled 360-degree views of Long Beach, the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Orange County and Downtown Los Angeles.

The 35-story-389’ tower, designed by Studio One Eleven in collaboration with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, is located in a prime area that is directly across the beach and is the primary gateway to the east village arts district – a hip urban neighborhood. Shoreline Gateway is the second phase of a beach front apartment high-rise community with panoramic ocean views.

The mixed-use development is comprised of 315 luxury units in a mix of studio, one-and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom penthouses, 6,500 SF of ground floor retail, amenity spaces such as community room and rooftop pool and five levels of subterranean parking. A 10,000 SF shared urban park/plaza between the adjacent sister property includes a landscaped amenityfor the residents and surrounding community and functions as an art element for the site. The prime location is walking distance to the beach, Long Beach’s urban core, restaurants, the metro, and multiple bus lines.


Courthouse Commons in the News

The Courthouse Commons project received the city’s needed preliminary approval to seek up to $235 million in low-interest housing bonds, which will require 20% of the residential units to be available to low-income tenants for $1,320 per month or less.  The building is located at 220 West Broadway in Downtown San Diego and is currently being designed by Carrier Johnson + Culture along with developer Holland Partner Group.

Read the full article here: Downtown skyscraper will have killer views — and cheap rent for 20% of renters

Courthouse Commons is also mentioned in The Architect’s Newspaper as one of the 10 notable projects in San Diego that will help revamp the city as it celebrates the 250th anniversary of its founding this year.

Read the full article here: For its 250th anniversary, San Diego gets an update


Front Street Bridge Demo for Courthouse Commons Tunnel

The Front Street Bridge in Downtown San Diego was successfully torched out and craned down to the street, scrapped and removed last week.  Replacing this bridge is the 328′ long Prisoner Transfer Tunnel project currently being designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, McMillen Jacobs Associates, McParlane & Associates, Syska Hennessy Group and KPFF, which will connect the new Central Courthouse with the existing County Central Jail about 50′ underground.


HCP Interior Design Renovation Completed

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE recently completed the interior design renovation at 11099 N. Torrey Pines Road in San Diego, a building owned by HCP, Inc.  The design is clean and fresh and the building’s tenants are raving about how much they like the energy of the new space!

The design team at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE was charged with creating a sense of collaboration for the occupants of the building in addition to creating a wellness room, bringing a fresh new look to all of the building corridors and hallways, incorporating a bar and lounge area for afterhours socializing, and renovating the lobby area. The new cafe area is especially popular thanks to the new kegerator!

The result is a bright and fresh space for the tenants to enjoy.

Pitzer College Robert Redford Conservancy Certified Zero Energy Building

Earlier this year, the Robert Redford Conservancy at Pitzer College became the 1st Higher Education building certified Zero Energy in California by International Living Future Institute (ILFI), 15th ILFI Zero Energy certified project in California, and 4th Higher Education building in the world to achieve ILFI Zero Energy or Energy Petal.

Located on 12-acres across the main campus of Pitzer College, the former infirmary building has been renovated and repurposed as the Robert Redford Conservancy (RRC) – an environmentally sustainable academic facility containing science classrooms, offices, laboratories, meeting rooms, and an art studio.

Social sustainability is the cornerstone of the conservancy’s mission and a fundamental premise of the project’s design. Ecological sustainability was paramount in the design approach. Careful consideration was taken into the development of the program planning with an emphasis on natural and low impact design. The design team emphasized the desire to reach far beyond just the metrics of energy and water in order to reach the full potential of this project. A summary of key points are noted below:


  1. Design for Ecology
  • 72 mature trees were protected. 10.8 acres of habitat were protected/restored using native plants grown for genetic compatibility.
  • Building’s adaptive reuse conserved its embodied energy. Materials used for more than one purpose (structure/enclosure/finish) at classrooms.
  • Outdoor classrooms and driveway placed in disturbed site areas to minimize loss of natural habitat.
  • Minimum sized fire/service access road footprint constructed of organically patterned porous paving enhances site’s natural character.
  • Sanitary sewer construction minimized (650’ reduction) and routed to avoid existing tree root zones.


  1. Design for Water
  • Potable water usage minimized (35.6% reduction below code) by use of low-flow fixtures.
  • Outdoor classroom roof runoff is collected and stored (1,120 g) for hand watering. Main building roof runoff directly irrigates adjacent mature trees.
  • 100% of new plants are native species (drought tolerant) that require only temporary irrigation until established.
  • Porous vehicular paving approach, detention basins, roof gutter/downspouts absorb 100% of on-site storm-water runoff (eliminated need for municipal storm sewer connection & filtration).


  1. Design for Energy
  • Energy consumption minimized by thermally upgrading the building envelope (insulating low-e glazing, attic venting, thermally-broken wall/ceiling assemblies).
  • Embraced passive cooling design (cross-ventilation, thermal chimneys, night-time air flushing).
  • Minimal electricity driven HVAC equipment via mixed mode VRF system and large diameter low energy ceiling fans. No fossil fuel usage!
  • LED fixtures, occupancy sensors, and photo-cells are used along with glare-controlled daylighting to greatly reduce lighting power demands.
  • The two rooftop photovoltaic arrays shade the outdoor classroom roofs and generated 82,995 kWh during the 1styear of building operation.
  • Monthly energy monitoring showed that the renewable energy production was 168% of annual energy usage.


With its inherently passive design and extensive natural landscape, the RRC is a destination which recognizes the past, educates about the present, and fosters collaborative learning across disciplines in a dynamic space for the future.

Tables for Tots

Congratulations to the Carrier Johnson + CULTURE / Ol’ Fashion Lumber team for winning FIRST PLACE at the 11thAnnual Tables for Tots Fundraiser yesterday in San Diego.  We were given an unfinished table to design based on this year’s theme “Turn Up the Music”, a celebration of music through the decades.  The completed tables are then sold, and all proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.  The event was sponsored by G|M Business Interiors, and thank you to our following sponsors:

  1. SDLA/ Eureka Lighting
  2. Tarket/ Tandus Centiva
  3. Koroseal
  4. Crossville
  5. Art Accomplished

Tenants Starting to Move into Valentina Apartments

The Valentina Apartments, located on 1919 Pacific Highway in Downtown San Diego, received its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy last week, and tenants are starting to move in.  The 153,000 SF building was designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE with developer Wood Partners, and is comprised of 8 stories with 110 residential units and amenities such as a fitness room, pool and pool deck. It is bordered by the new Waterfront Park and San Diego Bay to the west and the vibrant Little Italy neighborhood to the east.


The Aster in Long Beach currently in design

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is currently designing the Aster, an 8-story apartment complex located at 125 Long Beach Boulevard in Downtown Long Beach, one of Southern California’s most unique waterfront urban destinations to live, work and play. The apartment complex will replace a surface parking lot, and consists of seven levels of 218 residential units over one level of ground floor retail and apartment amenities, with two levels of below grade parking.  With its proximity to public transit, residents are able to explore its many shops, restaurants and attractions by bike or on foot.

Carrier Johnson San Diego Architecture firm


The Village at Totem Lake 9th Largest Eastside Construction Project

The Village at Totem Lake located in City of Kirkland, Washington was recently highlighted as tied for the 9th largest construction project on the Eastside according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.  Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is currently providing services for the redevelopment of the Totem Lake Upper Mall originally constructed in 1973, which is part of a larger master plan that also includes The Lower Mall development.  The Upper Mall consists of 650 apartment units, movie theater, and 50,000 sf of retail.

Here is recent drone footage of the construction progress courtesy of Diego Tienda of Reign City Image, LLC.