This October, Swinerton San Diego looks forward to completing services on the 625 Broadway project. In February, they were brought on board as the Construction Manager to oversee the project to completion.
Work is taking place in a 14-story historic building built in 1928. The 195,000-square-foot office building is being converted into 231 apartment units ranging from studios to two-bedroom units. Amenities include a full gym, yoga studio, green relaxation room, and a lounge with a kitchen, wine fridge, and kegerator. Unit features include exposed brick, original wood windows, and a significant number of exposed features. The top two floors all have mezzanines, with the top level offering limited units with balcony access. Many provide beautiful views of the Coronado Bridge, San Diego Bay, and downtown San Diego.
The project originally began three years ago in August 2016. However, the original contractor was removed from the project and subsequently declared bankruptcy, forcing the owner to take over all of the subcontracts. Swinerton took over the day-today role in February and has since been rectifying the extensive amount of change orders and billings and will continue to do so until project completion. When Swinerton arrived in February, there were approximately 35 total workers on site. They have been able to get that count north of 150 the majority of the time.
The biggest challenge thus far is getting permanent utilities into the building. Despite the project being in progress for three years, none of the utilities had been connected. As such, they are unable to commission the building and get TCO. In addition to TCO type items, there were many scope gaps and FF&E items that hadn’t even been purchased. A lot of effort was put into simply figuring out what was needed to complete the project. They are now in the final steps of getting power, water, and gas connected to the building. In just six months the team has been able to take a project that didn’t have a single unit finished to having 90% of the building completed by mid-September! It has really come a long way, thanks to all the hard work of our team.