Alahe Aldo, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the firm as Director of Higher Education, bringing to the position her extensive knowledge of campus planning as well as commercial and workplace architecture. With 30-plus years of experience in the field, Aldo has worked extensively with campuses across the northeastern United States, including Harvard University, MIT, and Boston College.
Legacy International was awarded “Project of the Year” in the EIFS category at the Western Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association (WWCCA) Walter F. Pruter 12th annual awards ceremony. Based on overall design, quality of workmanship and use of materials, the awards celebrate the union construction work of the WWCCA contractor members and their partners. The Legacy International team consists of Raymond San Diego, Clark Construction and Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. Thank you to Kendall Darney, Business Development, for representing us at the ceremony!
The Legacy International Center, located in San Diego and designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, is making great progress in its construction. The design and architecture was created as a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism this year.
Major features of the Legacy International Center include:
A world-class 126 room resort hotel and spa
A 500 seat performing arts theater
A technologically interactive International Experiences Center containing an 18 foot tall interactive video globe that recently won best new product of the year in March 2019 at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas
Legends of Lightfall comic land as featured at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Historical artifacts and exhibits
100-motion seat 4-D history dome theater featuring “Wings over Israel” – a full sensory ‘hang gliding’ tour of Israel
The $200 million complex also includes a central plaza with a world-class show fountain, “the Fountains” restaurant, an international market with goods from around the world and an honoring replica of Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall clad in stone from Jerusalem.
Amazing drone footage of Legacy International Center courtesy of our partners at California Sheet Metal whose scope included ACM panels, Laser cut signage, Equipment Screens, flashings and Louvers. Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the center is a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
The Legacy International Center is racking up the awards this year! The project, designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, received the ENR California 2020 South Regional Best Project in the “Cultural/Worship Awards of Merit” category! Judges will then choose a “Project of the Year” from the Best Project-level winners, which ENR will announce at the awards ceremony in October.
The Legacy International Center, a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism, held its Grand Opening on July 1st, 2020. Gordon Carrier and Vincent Mudd, both Principals with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, were given the tour of the Center by Executive Director, Jim Penner. For more information about the Legacy Center, take a look at their website: legacysandiego.com
We are excited that the construction for the Legacy International Center is in its final stages, and attractions such as the mural-lined catacombs, interactive world globe, the dome theater, and a 126-room hotel will soon be open to the public. The center is a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
We are so proud that the The Legacy Center San Diego is nominated for a 2021 San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchid Award in the Architecture and Interior Design categories. Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the center is a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
The Legacy International Center in San Diego made its public debut this past Saturday with its Christmas City USA event. The center is a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism. Attractions such as the mural-lined catacombs, an interactive world globe, the dome theater, and a 126-room hotel are set to open in February.
The Legacy International Center project located in Mission Valley will be home to a resort hotel with 127 units in addition to restaurants, resort-themed retail, spa, a 500-seat performing arts center, museum, and operations office space. The re-design of the project included trimming the original vision by more than 200,000 s.f. and re-envisioning the center with a more contemporary design.
After judges reviewed 33 impressive projects in 8 different categories, the Legacy International Center was award a 2021 Associated General Contractors (AGC) Build San Diego Award in the category of Building Construction – Private Work. Thank you, AGC for the Award and Clark Construction for inviting us to the celebration luncheon held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.
Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the Legacy International Center is a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
The Legacy International Center received the 2020 Best Projects Award of Merit from Engineering News-Record- ENR California South region in the Cultural/Worship category at the virtual awards event! Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the center is a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
We are proud to announce that The Legacy International Center received the San Diego Business Journal’s Award of Excellence for Best Hospitality Project of 2020. Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the center is a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
Be sure to check out the Grand Opening at the Legacy Dedication on March 31 to April 5, 2020. Visit legacysandiego.com for more information!
Congratulations to The Legacy Center San Diego on receiving separate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification for their Museum, Pavilion, and Hotel. According to the organization, “…LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.”
Legacy’s Pavilion, Museum and Hotel…
benefit from an on-site photovoltaic system that generates 436,654 kWh annually
benefit from 15 electric vehicle charging stations, able to charge 30 vehicles every eight hours
have energy cost savings ranging between 18.2% and 20.9%
are part of the successful Legacy International LEED Master Site
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is honored to have partnered with The Legacy Center San Diego @ in designing the masterpiece, in administering all three LEED projects and Master Site, and seeing the project come to life. Explore today! www.legacysandiego.com
Construction is moving right along for the Legacy International Center, a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism. Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the center is set to open this December.
Our Legacy Partners 4th & J mixed-use project achieved Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) this week! Located in the Marina District of Downtown San Diego, the 4th & J project is a luxury mixed-use, 6-story building consisting of 168 units, ground floor retail, and 2 stories of subterranean parking. This area of town has a lot of brownstone buildings and is in the Chinese quarter – thus the base of the building and the balcony lights influenced by paper lanterns conveys a sense of respecting the community.
The mixed-use development, Park & Market, just got approval in San Diego’s Downtown East Village. The 34-story, full-block complex will include 426 units, public plaza, and the recently announced satellite campus for the University of California, San Diego extension.
SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2020 (Newswire.com) – San Diego-based Carrier Johnson + Culture, a global Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Manuela Bravo-Smith as Director of the firm’s award-winning Interior Architecture offering.
As Director of Interior Architecture, Manuela will lead the firm’s efforts towards growing its design talent, while overseeing project delivery among its team of design professionals. Manuela’s commitment to team leadership has long been in the making, as she says, ”Challenge leads to opportunity, and now is the right time to realize that opportunity.” Manuela offers an award-winning design resume supporting her ability to excel in this important design leadership role.
LAX Hyatt Place Renovation – 280,000 s.f. adaptive reuse/conversion of an existing office building to a dual-branded Hyatt House/Place hotel totaling 403 keys. In progress.
Tower 180 – Repositioning of an existing 25-story high-rise, eight-story low-rise, and a six-story parking structure in Downtown San Diego. The project also includes a complete exterior renovation to both the low-rise and high-rise office tower and a complete upgrade of the common area spaces of the building. Completed 2020.
San Diego Padres Compass Premier Club – Renovation of existing hospitality space including upgraded seating with larger seats, a new storefront system, a new bar and cook stations for exclusive Padres club members. Completed 2019.
5750 Hollywood Blvd. – Seven-story, 267,659 s.f. mixed-use multi-family development in Los Angeles consisting of 161 units and 5,700 s.f. of retail space. In progress.
Whether a project’s specific design focus is Life Science, Lab Planning, Hospitality, Residential, Restaurant, Retail or Corporate Office space, her over 20 years of award-winning experience has delivered on them all. While at CJ+C, Manuela has combined her design leadership and experience with diverse building types to consistently elevate the talent around her. The move to Director of Interior Architecture was a natural one.
Since joining CJ+C, Manuela has worked to prepare herself for this significant leadership role, consistently demonstrating her capacity to mentor and working seamlessly with the firm’s Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture talent, while building the respect of clients through outstanding execution of design thinking. Her focus looking forward is to continue to elevate CJ+C’s 43-year history of the design and delivery of high-profile interior environments to the marketplace.
The CJ+C family welcomes Manuela Bravo-Smith to this significant design leadership role.
Join Senior Associate / Senior Project Manager Maria Lopez, from Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, virtually on Wednesday, April 14th from 12 – 1 pm as she showcases Bosa’s Paladion project, designed by CJ+C and featuring products from Porcelanosa’s Krion series. Learn more about the advantages in new generation solid surfacing and innovative ideas that brought the project to reality, with Krion Sales Manager Ron Abbot and representatives from Porcelanosa also joining in on the conversation. The event will be hosted by AIA San Diego and registration is now open. Earn 1 CE/HSW for attending.
Adding to an extensive career and resume of accomplishments in architecture, design and planning, Design Principal, Michael C. Johnson AIA, NCARB, has recently been selected for appointments to two high-profile organizations: the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Documents Committee and the University of California San Diego’s inaugural Real Estate and Development Advisory Board for its new degree program in that field.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, an award-winning, international architecture firm that specializes in architectural design, landscape architecture, and more, has promoted Michael Stonehouse to the role of Associate Principal.
Michael has over 30 years of experience as an architect and project manager including planning, design, yield studies and entitlements for commercial, retail, urban residential and mixed-use projects. He attended California Polytechnic State University, Pomona where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and is a registered Architect in the State of California. Considered an entitlement specialist, Michael manages the procurement of development permits for large-scale architectural projects in San Diego and Riverside Counties.
Michael’s notable projects in San Diego include:
National University Programming and Master Plan – Team member in preparation of urban master plan, detailed technical programming, and conceptual design for the University’s academic, event, foodservice, learning, administrative, and student support buildings and spaces.
San Diego State University Mission Valley Campus – Team leader in preparation of urban master plan and architectural studies for the implementation of the new SDSU Mission Valley campus at the former Qualcomm Stadium site. The mixed-use plan includes 1.6M sf of campus office, 4,600 residential units, retail and a new 35,000-seat Aztec football stadium.
Tower 180 – Project Manager for the 25-story Class-A office building remodel in Downtown that includes the replacement of the entire curtain wall system, renovation of the main lobby, select elevator lobbies, roof terraces, and tenant improvements.
Michael effectively makes a positive impact on the environment at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. “Michael brings a level of subject matter expertise in Entitlement that is without par. In addition to playing strategic roles in his market clusters, Michael has a history of innovation, creativity and thoughtful purpose which will allow CJ+C to continue our exceptional growth,” says Vincent Mudd, Managing Principal at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. Collaboration and talent are vital to the success of the firm.
Construction for Modera, a residential building located on 14th & K in East Village San Diego, is making great progress. The building has reached the 3rd floor level with a major concrete pour for a portion of the 3rd floor podium deck. Wood framing has started on the south end of the building with panelized wood framed panels being erected into place, and the MEP systems are being installed in the basement levels and first floor. The first phase occupancy is estimated for June 2021.
Photo credit: Frank Landry and Mill Creek Residential
Construction for our Modera project is going great! The residential building located on 14th & K in East Village San Diego will include 368 residential units, three levels of subterranean parking and 5,958 SF of lobby/amenities space.
Having been involved in the NAIOP San Diego University Challenge for 5 years, CJ+C representatives Amber Lake and John Martinez mentored and helped to create the WINNING design with Team UCSD! View the video and see the project’s design details.
NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, provides students across the nation with an opportunity in the form of a competition. Students address issues such as financing, sustainable development, market analysis, affordable housing, site design, transit-oriented development, community benefit, entitlements, feasibility and investment returns within their design proposal. Once complete, students present their design submission to a judging panel of senior level commercial real estate professionals as well as industry leaders, university faculty members and fellow students.
The 2021 winning design was named CHI which stands for Culture Health and Innovation and the overall goal was to “enhance the quality of life for residents, businesses and the community.” CHI is a mixed use development combining high-tech office, residential, a food park, and amenitized open spaces.
Further Information on the winning submission: bit.ly/NAIOP_UCSD_CJC
Congratulations to Senior Associate John D. Martinez, Yogesh Ravichandar and the University of San Diego team for a winning design entered into the NAIOP University Challenge! The winning design was a redevelopment proposal of La Jolla Village Square that envisions a transit-oriented community with office, housing, restaurants, a grocery store, and a new children’s museum.
“Student teams from San Diego State University’s Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate, UC San Diego Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the University of San Diego – Burnham Moores Center for Real Estate compete in a business case study real estate competition on the highest and best use for a real, proposed site|case study in San Diego County.”
The Navy Old Town Complex Revitalization project is making great progress with the environmental analysis formally starting this month. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s design concept for the current NAVWAR site north of the airport includes a “San Diego Grand Central Station” public transit hub and underground people mover connecting to the airport, with the possibility for a mixed-use development of housing, office and retail.
After 15 years in downtown San Diego, NBC 7 recently moved to a new energy efficient headquarters facility with state-of-the-art broadcast technology. The new two-level building spans more than 50,000 s.f. and includes a larger news studio as well as room for the station to grow.
Open House San Diego is just around the corner! Enjoy one weekend of free access to iconic San Diego architecture on March 25th + 26th. With 47 sites throughout Downtown, Bankers Hill and Barrio Logan, Open House San Diego invites you to celebrate our beautiful city’s built environment. Make sure to stop by Carrier Johnson’s office for a guided tour and virtual reality demonstration.
The San Diego Union Tribune recently published an article regarding appealing office spaces for the hard-working millennial and Carrier Johnson’s Helix Electric project was featured! What makes the Helix Electric office stand out to millennials? The open design concept. According to Gordon Carrier, “a key goal was to break down barriers between departments and promote better communication.”
Celebrating it’s 40 Year Anniversary, Orchids & Onions – San Diego’s salute to great and not so great architecture, held it’s annual awards banquet last night at the Spreckels Theater. Out of the many projects nominated throughout the city in 5 categories (architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, interior design, and miscellaneous), the Point Loma Nazarene University Sator and Latter Science Center project was awarded one of the coveted Orchids!
Last Saturday the Orchids and Onions architectural critique was published in The Union Tribune and Carrier Johnson + Culture won the Adaptive Reuse Orchid for our work on The Headquarters at Seaport Village.
We are excited to see our interior design for the new San Diego Padres Chairman’s Club becoming a reality. One of six areas of work, the Chairman’s Club is a full renovation of two existing suites to create a single more spacious and unique amenity for exclusive Padres club members. Check out the progress of the space, courtesy of Taber Company who did the millwork for the project.
Our San Diego Padres Coronado Club project is almost complete! Along with the Chairman’s Club from our previous post, the Coronado Club will be one of the newest premium amenity areas at Petco Park for exclusive Padres Club Members. The club is an outdoor setting featuring a full bar, dining and lounge areas with amazing views of the Coronado Bridge and the San Diego Bayfront.
Check out photos of the nearly completed space, courtesy of Biscayne Hospitality, to see our rendering coming to life.
The Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) awarded the San Diego Padres Cutwater Coronado Club with a 2020 Spotlight Award in the “Alternative Premium Seating Space” category!
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE provided Interior Design services for the newest premium amenity areas at Petco Park for exclusive Padres Club Members. The Cutwater Coronado Club is an outdoor setting featuring a full bar, dining and lounge areas with amazing views of the Coronado Bridge and the San Diego Bayfront. We are looking forward to the moment when Club Members are able to enjoy this incredible space!
Check out this video of our newly completed interior design for the Cutwater Coronado Club, one of the newest premium amenity areas at Petco Park for exclusive Padres Club Members. It is an outdoor setting featuring a full bar, dining and lounge areas with amazing views of the Coronado Bridge and the San Diego Bayfront and a new luxury VIP seating area with exclusive access to the club.
Construction for our Park & Market project is looking good! The mixed-use development located in the East Village neighborhood of Downtown San Diego includes a high profile tower, sculpturally ascending 360 feet high that will consist of 426 apartments including 85 affordable residential units. The University of California San Diego will own and operate the 66,000 square feet on the first four floors of The UC San Diego Downtown Center, which will feature a mix of public, meeting, arts and educational spaces for civic engagement, learning, collaboration and a deeper connection between the greater San Diego community and the university. Also, we are working with Heritage Architecture & Planning to rehabilitate and convert the historic Remmen Building into a restaurant that can be used and appreciated by both residents as well as the visiting public. Construction is expected to be completed this summer.
We are proud to announce that our Park & Market project received the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP) 2022 Create the Future Award! We had a great time at the ceremony honoring “the doers, builders, helpers, and innovators driving the future of our Downtown”.
Spanning a full city block in Downtown San Diego’s East Village, Park & Market provides a complementary mix of public and private uses, including The Merian residential mixed-income 34-story tower, UC San Diego campus, historic Remmen House, retail, amphitheater and public open space and art, all contributing to a vibrant live/learn/work/play community.
“Park and Market is a shining example of a successful transit-oriented, inclusive, mixed-use redevelopment in Downtown San Diego.” – DSDP
Park & Market is our second project this year that has received a 2021 San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchid Award!
Spanning a full city block in Downtown San Diego’s East Village, Park & Market is a new transit-oriented development that provides a complementary mix of public and private uses, contributing to a vibrant live/learn/work/play community. Anchoring the development is a 34-story residential tower (dubbed @themerianev) providing a total of 426 apartment units (with 20% designated as affordable [85 units]), which is responsive to the critical need for housing in the region and supportive of a mixed-income neighborhood.
Park & Market, the 562,000-square-foot mixed-use development in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood, broke ground on the project in a public ceremony. The $275 million development combines residential, office, retail and a University of California-San Diego campus extension, at a site just five blocks from Petco Park baseball stadium.
Park and Market is a new transit-oriented development that provides a complementary mix of public and private uses, contributing to a vibrant live/learn/work/play community. We are so proud that it is nominated for a 2021 Orchid Award in the Architecture category. Be sure to visit the link below to leave a comment on the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) Orchids & Onions pages and let us know what you like about the project!
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is currently providing Architectural, Landscape and Interior Design services for the Pinnacle 360 mixed-use development project located on Hoover Street in Los Angeles, CA.
Pinnacle 360 will include 221 residential units with a mix of studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units, penthouses, and lofts with below-grade parking. Residents will enjoy resort style amenities with two podium amenity areas. One deck is focused on leisurely activities with fire pits, dipping pool and outdoor seating, while the other deck is geared to more active recreation with a larger pool, sun bathing areas, outdoor fireplace, BBQ grilling stations and a glass-edge spa. Additionally, residents can enjoy two large outdoor rooftop sky decks and unobstructed views of Hollywood, the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, Century City, and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline.
Our Pinnacle 360 residential project with KPRS Construction Services is making great progress as our team recently celebrated its groundbreaking. This residential development for Gemdale USA is situated atop a hill in Los Angeles neighborhood, Historic Filipinotown, and is carefully designed to maximize views in every direction. Located on N. Hoover Street and replacing the abandoned Temple Community Hospital, residents will have unobstructed views of Hollywood, the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, Century City, and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s Pitzer College Residence project was just featured in the Interiors & Sources publication. “The Top 10 Beyond LEED” article focuses on sustainable projects that support human health and happiness. The LEED Platinum project is the newest addition to the student village as a mixed-use residence hall which includes more than 40 sustainable features including a green roof, solar cells, and incorporates natural light and ventilation.
Following a year-long renovation of the historic infirmary, “this formerly abandoned, nearly 90-year-old facility is now a showcase for responsible, collaborative green building,” according to Pitzer College leaders. This month, the Robert Redford Conservancy (RRC) for Southern California Sustainability has received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The project also stabilized and adapted the surrounding 12 acres for the Conservancy’s use in promoting its mission of sustainability. The project is also well underway on the 12 month monitoring period to show that the building will achieve Net Zero Energy certification.
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:
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.
Sanitary sewer construction minimized (650’ reduction) and routed to avoid existing tree root zones.
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).
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.
To kick-off Earth Month, we are highlighting our Pitzer College Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability project, which is certified Net Zero Energy and LEED Platinum. Located on 12-acres across the main campus, the former infirmary building has been renovated and repurposed as an environmentally sustainable academic facility containing science classrooms, offices, laboratories, meeting rooms, and an art studio.
We are so proud to have this project featured in the book “Designing for Zero Carbon: Case Studies of All-Electric Buildings” written by Edward Thomas Dean, FAIA and published by Southern California Edison (SCE). It contains “case studies of five different buildings that are all-electric, highly energy-efficient, and will achieve zero-carbon in their operation when the electric utility grid is 100% carbon-free.”
With over 350 entries from 42 countries, we are honored to be recognized by the LOOP Design Awards 2020, a respected award that represents the best of architecture worldwide.
*Point Loma Nazarene University Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel was selected as one of the Category Winners for Religious and Spiritual Buildings. The chapel is an academic anchor of the campus and a physical reminder of their ideology. Simplicity with pure lines and forms were used as a means to capture the true essence of the space. Inspiration of the chapel design comes from the natural surroundings on site and the spiritual significance within the space.
*The Legacy Center San Diego was selected as an Honorable Mention in the same category. The project is a new destination for the world to experience. Major features of the Legacy International Center include biblically inspired gardens and architectural elements, including a domed pavilion featuring a technologically interactive International Museum containing historical biblical artifacts and exhibits, and a 100-seat 4-D history theater featuring the “Wings over Israel” – a full sensory ‘hang gliding’ tour of Israel. One of the design objectives of this project was to create a timeless, world class destination resort property.
📸 Photo Credit: Legacy International Center – Costea Photography, Inc.
PLNU Chapel – Lawrence Anderson Photography
The Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel at Point Loma Nazarene University won an Honor Award from the publication “Faith & Form” in the category Religious Architecture: New Facilities.
The approach to the chapel is of equal importance as the chapel itself. Open arms are abstractly portrayed within the building’s massing – to express an inviting space. Inspiration of the chapel design comes from the natural surroundings on site and the spiritual significance within the space.
Thank you Faith & Form for this award. We look forward to the recognition in the journal Sacred Places/Faith & Form early this year.
We are happy to announce that the Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel on the Point Loma Nazarene University campus received a PCBC Gold Nugget Grand Award in the “Judges Special Award of Excellence” Category during the virtual online award ceremony!
According to PCBC – The Art, Science & Business of Housing, “At the 2020 Gold Nugget Awards Presentation, these Grand Awards were announced in each category and emerged from the Award of Merit Honorees. These prestigious design awards recognizes those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.”
We are honored that the Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel on the Point Loma Nazarene University campus is recognized as an Award of Merit Winner in the PCBC Gold Nugget Award Competition, receiving a Judges Special Award of Excellence!
Inspiration of the chapel design comes from the natural surroundings on site and the spiritual significance within the space. The chapel is an academic anchor of the campus and a physical reminder of their ideology. Simplicity with pure lines and forms were used as a means to capture the true essence of the space.
We are honored that the Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel on the Point Loma Nazarene University campus has received an AIA San Diego Honor Award in 2 Categories – Architecture and Divine Details! The awards recognize “design excellence through the lens of sustainability” and the jury loved our use of natural ventilation and low impact development strategies.
The Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony promotes outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region. Out of the 118 nominees in the categories including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and historic preservation, 16 were chosen to receive an Orchid Award which highlights exemplary examples of architecture throughout our city. We are proud to announce that the Point Loma Nazarene University Lyle + Grace Prescott Memorial Chapel has received one of the coveted Orchid Awards!
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE has earned major design honors for the Point Loma Nazarene University Science Center receiving the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. This honor reflects the firm’s commitment to design innovation and serving the client mission. The American Architectural Awards are the nation’s highest and most prestigious distinguished building awards program that honor new and cutting-edge design in the United States. This annual program promotes American architecture and design to the public audience in the U.S. and abroad.
The Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) Science complex has been awarded the 2017 Best of Design Awards for Building of the Year in the West. Sited on a dramatic, sloped embankment, the 36,000 s.f. building features a long arc of perforated stainless steel screens that filter sunlight. The iconic design feature is laser cut with the Greek letters, alpha and omega which symbolize the mix of science and faith.
In support of the upcoming AIA San Diego Design Awards, join us tomorrow for a project tour of our 2020 Design-Award winning project Point Loma Nazarene University Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel led by Gordon Carrier, FAIA, founder and principal of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.
We are honored to receive a 2021 International Architecture Award® for the Point Loma Nazarene University Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel in the Religious Buildings Award Category, organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
“It is an honor to have been selected among such prominent submissions for this unique design award. We are indebted to the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University for allowing us the freedom to express our deeper meaning in a space dedicated to prayer,” states Carrier Johnson + CULTURE Co-founder Gordon R. Carrier FAIA.
Campus officials hosted a formal dedication ceremony of the Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) on Tuesday, May 1st. Located on the lush, clifftop campus of the University, this much-anticipated building replaces the university’s 50-year-old facility, serving as new, peaceful setting for prayer and spiritual reflection. “The completion of the Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel at PLNU is testament to the firm’s strong design relationship with college leadership, faculty, and students,” says Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB.
Thank you, San Diego Business Journal for the article about the Point Loma Nazarene University Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel earning a 2021 International Architecture Award®! “It’s nice for us to have that kind of facility that’s recognized but I’m really pleased that Gordon Carrier and his team are recognized for their work,” said Bob Brower, Point Loma Nazarene University president. “It is magnificent.”
“The whole chapel is built on the Trinity, all of the dimensions are multiples of three,” Carrier said. “The Trinity is the foundation of the campus, so this really is a symbol of the campus to the word.”
The sleek design of the Lyle and Grace Prescott Prayer Chapel will replace the existing 50 year old chapel on the Point Loma Nazarene University campus. The new prayer chapel design is simple and compact, which offers students a more intimate setting for reflection.
Conceived by design principal Gordon R. Carrier, the compact, expressive Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel will replace the existing 50 year old facility on the Point Loma Nazarene University campus. The building is scheduled to open in late 2017.
The Times of San Diego has featured an article on the new Point Loma Nazarene University Science Complex. The 36,000 s.f. state-of-the-art facility provides a contemporary environment within the faith-based campus that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
“We are very excited to move forward with this project,” said Uri Feldman, president, Sunroad HIE Hotel Partners L.P. “It is the right solution for a property which the Port has had envisioned for over 30 years.”
Progress is being made on Sunroad’s Proposed Harbor Island East Hotel designed by CJ+C that will be located in the Port of San Diego. The project consists of a 450-room hotel with amenities including an outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi spa, outdoor private function space, fitness center, meetings rooms and ballrooms. Also included would be a walk-up restaurant and bar area accessible via the sidewalk on Harbor Island Drive, a 15-foot wide promenade, interior pathways, an open space area, retail shops, parking, temporary and permanent mini destinations to draw people to and through the hotel, mobile carts for retail/specialty items and/or food, and game/exercise spots.
The Sunroad Hotel Project for East Harbor Island in San Diego has been approved by the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. The project is anticipated to break ground in 2023 and will consist of a 450-room hotel, walk-up restaurant and bar, waterfront promenade and several amenities. “We are very excited to move forward with this project,” said President of Sunroad Holding Corp. Uri Feldman.
A proposed shared accommodations hotel based in the port of San Diego is now in the environmental review phase after a unanimously Board approval. The Stay Open San Diego Hotel will feature extraordinary health protocols, cozy PODs, private rooms, and high quality amenities such as a rooftop bar, restaurant, and technology. Thank you to Penny Maus and Brianne Mundy from the Port of San Diego for featuring the Carrier Johnson + CULTURE renderings and video of this project in the published press release.
“When I envision the Port of the future, I envision the kind of opportunities STAY OPEN’S innovative shared hospitality concept will provide. With overnight accommodations in a prime location that won’t break the bank, visitors from various backgrounds and income levels will be able to experience and enjoy our beautiful San Diego Bay waterfront and all it has to offer,” said Chair Ann Moore, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s historic restoration project, located in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, is a unique project for the firm. Under the direction of Kyle Peterson, the Los Angeles Office team is working with the guidelines set-forth by the State Historic Preservation Officer to restore the building’s exterior but is taking a more contemporary, eco-friendly approach to the interior renovations.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s design concept for a transit center that will easily connect people to the San Diego International Airport was recently featured in the San Diego Union Tribune. The conceptual design for the proposed transit center is based on the potential option of locating a transit hub on the current NAVWAR site north of the airport, featuring a nonstop, underground people mover that would be free to ride. For more information, including 3 other proposed transit options, click here for the full article: $4.7B: The price tag for a ‘Grand Central Station’ and underground
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s proposal to build a micro hotel containing dozens of sleeping pods for $35 per night on Pacific Highway recently won the unanimous support from the San Diego Port Commissioners.
The Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College has won the first higher education building certification in California for using Zero Net Energy. The certification from the International Living Future Institute is highly sought after and challenging to achieve. The International Living Future Institute’s mission is to lead the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.
Today marks the 2 year anniversary of when we lost our dear friend and our mentor, Michael Johnson.
Since 1995, Michael (partnered with Gordon Carrier) led the CJ+C team to deliver more than 300 projects and win 213 awards throughout 15 states. Locally, he was instrumental in transforming the skyline of downtown San Diego and left his innovative, passionate mark on many iconic buildings throughout our community. We are better for knowing Michael and live in a better place because of him.
“Our firm’s talent was blessed with Michael’s creative spirit, his constant drive to help all to success, and the wisdom shared from 40 years in the field of architecture. He is deeply missed, but his larger spirit continues to live on through our CULTURE and our work.” – Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, Chairman of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.
We are honored to have known him and continue to remember him on this day and always…
Veteran Architect Rick Castillo, AIA, NCARB, has joined the firm in the role of Director of Architecture, Los Angeles. Known for his leadership and design skills as well as for his extensive technical acumen, Castillo is expected to make major contributions to planning, client management and business development for the firm.
The San Diego Padres Development Team’s concept for East Village Quarter is a finalist! In partnership with the Padres, Tishman Speyer – Brasil and Ascendant Capital, our team’s vision is a vibrant, urban district with 612 housing units, 1,350,000 sf of office space, 1,600 space parking garage and 236,000 sf of open space. For more information, please visit the website: https://eastvillagequarterinput.org. You can also provide your opinion on what you like about our team’s vision by taking the City of San Diego survey by tomorrow, September 4th!
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, Kimley-Horn and the Gaslamp Quarter Association are collaborating to create a vision for an eight-block pedestrian plaza in the Nationally registered Historic Gaslamp Quarter. When the project is complete, Fifth Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between Broadway and L Street (except for morning servicing of the neighborhood) while the east-west streets will remain open. Fifth Avenue is a central corridor through the heart of Downtown San Diego. Tree-lined streets, seating areas, and attention to retail and restaurants will create a pedestrian-centric environment focusing less on car travel and more towards local and visitor experiences. To learn more and express your views, visit www.Gaslamp.org/Promenade
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s interior design for the new San Diego Padres Chairman’s Club was recently approved. One of six areas of work, the Chairman’s Club is a full renovation of two existing suites to create a single more spacious and unique amenity for exclusive Padres club members. The Club is expected to open mid-March 2020 right before the season starts.
Design for the new San Diego Padres Coronado Club was recently approved. Along with the Chairman’s Club from our previous post, the Coronado Club will be one of the newest premium amenity areas at Petco Park for exclusive Padres Club Members. The club is an outdoor setting featuring a full bar, dining and lounge areas with amazing views of the Coronado Bridge and the San Diego Bayfront.