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Flower Hill Promenade Expansion in Del Mar, California by Smith Consulting Architects (designed using AutoCAD and Revit)

February 8th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Smith Consulting Architects

Smith Consulting Architects, a leading San Diego architectural firm, announces that construction is under way for the 75,000-square-foot expansion of Flower Hill Promenade, located at 2720 Via De La Valle in Del Mar, Calif. 92014.

The 14-acre center, originally built in 1977, is one of San Diego’s premier shopping and dining destinations, with a collection of 42 specialty shops and restaurants. The $22 million expansion includes a 75,000-square-foot, two-story retail/office building and a 397-car parking structure, along with parking and circulation improvements and new landscaping throughout.

Flower Hill Promenade Front Perspective

  • Architects: Smith Consulting Architects
  • Project: Flower Hill Promenade Expansion
  • Location: Del Mar, California
  • Software used: AutoCAD and REVIT

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Smith Consulting Architects is acting as production architect on the design-build team of general contractor Lusardi Construction Company of San Marcos, Calif. The Lusardi/Smith Consulting Architects proposal was selected by owner Protea Properties among those of ten competing teams based on schedule and cost projections and their proven retail reputations.

In its role, Smith Consulting Architects coordinated with design architect SGPA Architecture and Planning of San Diego to ensure the project meets design intent and complies with other conditions and requirements issued during the lengthy planning permit approval process.

“The owner responded to community concerns and made significant modifications to the original plans that were prepared in 2005,” said Pete Bussett, AIA, LEED AP, vice president and project executive with Smith Consulting Architects.

The new building will be anchored by a 35,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market, with the balance consisting of 9,000 square feet of space for ground-floor retail shops and approximately 31,000 square feet of second-floor professional and medical office space for lease.

“The expansion and site remodel will transform this 34-year-old property into a modern, upscale lifestyle-center designed to enhance the community and provide the type of amenities that surrounding residents and visitors want most,” said Jeffrey Essakow, president of Protea Properties. “The end result will be a showcase center offering them a broader range of products and services within a setting our community will be very proud of.”

One of the primary challenges for the design-build team is executing construction on the compact site without disrupting car and pedestrian traffic nor detracting from a pleasant shopping and dining experience.

“The project team is working closely with Protea Properties to ensure a smooth, expeditious construction process and to keep existing tenants well informed of progress,” stated Bussett.

Clint Fowler is serving as project manager for Lusardi Construction Company.  Graham Anderson of Campbell Anderson & Associates in La Jolla is acting as construction manager on behalf of Protea Properties.  Dave Reinker, AIA, of SGPA Architecture and Planning served as the design lead.

The team for Smith Consulting Architects includes Pete Bussett, AIA, LEED AP, as project executive and Brian Drache as project architect.  Consultants include Project Design Consultants, civil engineer; Ridge Landscape Architects, landscape architect; GSSI Engineers, Inc., structural engineer; McParlane & Associates, mechanical engineer; and MPE Consulting, electrical engineer.

Tyler Gossett of CB Richard Ellis’ UTC office is handling office leasing for the center. He can be reached at (858) 546-4617.

About Smith Consulting Architects:

Founded in 1988 by Cheryl (Dennie) Smith, Smith Consulting Architects is a multi-discipline design firm providing full-service planning, architecture and interior design. In addition to corporate headquarters and office facilities, the company has specialized expertise in retail, R&D, life science, complex manufacturing, and industrial facilities. Smith Consulting Architects is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, with extensive expertise in sustainable design.  Smith Consulting Architects is comprised of 21 design and support professionals, with offices located in San Diego and Palm Desert, Calif.  More information about the firm can be found on the Web at

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