The Hotel del Coronado opened its doors in 1888., the same year Swinerton opened its doors. It’s only fitting that Swinerton San Diego return to the Hotel Del for yet another project with this iconic hotel.
Located just across the bay from Downtown San Diego, the Hotel Del is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach hotel. It is the second largest wooden structure in the United States and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977 and a California Historical Landmark in 1970. When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world. It has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities through the years. It has also been featured in numerous movies and books.
The 212,000-square-foot, 729-stall cast-in-place parking structure has two levels below grade and a surface lot at grade. Work also features a C0Gen Facility, which includes major structural concrete demo, with three access points below grade into the parking structure. Swinerton is self-performing concrete, steel stud/drywall/trusses, DFH, and toilet accessories.
The project had 80,000 cubic yards of export. This equates to over 5,700 trucks, along with 18,745 cubic yards of concrete for structure construction, which is 1,923 loads of concrete. This amount of trucking—coupled with the balance of material deliveries—was challenging due to the high vehicle traffic into Coronado. There are only two access points to the island—one over the Coronado Bay Bridge and the other from the south up Silver Strand.
The unique location presents several site challenges including working around resort functions so day-to-day operations are not impacted. Laydown is restricted to one lane on the northeast side of the site. All material deliveries and concrete placing activities are closely coordinated. Since the site crane is located directly adjacent to Naval Air Station North Island’s final approach, daily coordination calls for hoisting activities are required.
Swinerton has done many projects at the Hotel Del since the late 90s. The team is proud to continue its grand tradition and adding to the rich history of the resort—and our company.