April 06, 2009

Clark Completes Pacific Beacon Residential Complex at Naval Base San Diego

SAN DIEGO – A March 26 ribbon cutting marked the symbolic completion of Pacific Beacon, a new, $260 million residential complex for unaccompanied Sailors living on Naval Base San Diego. Clark Construction Group - California, LP led the design-build efforts to create a livable, high-density neighborhood with amenities rivaling any off-site San Diego area residence. A public/private partnership between the Navy and Clark Realty Capital, Pacific Beacon meets the military's strict anti-terrorism and force protection standards and also adheres to California state building codes. Clark delivered Pacific Beacon on budget and three months ahead of schedule.

The 1.2 million square foot Pacific Beacon complex includes three 18-story residential buildings named in honor of fallen Navy SEALs, a four-story parking garage, and ample outdoor recreation and social areas. The project provides 941 two-bedroom housing units for the Navy's enlisted single Sailors. Each residential unit features two master bedrooms, two bathrooms, two walk-in closets, and a private study area. Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, and double basin sink with garbage disposal. Every unit includes a washer/dryer and features a patio or balcony. Telephone, cable television, and internet access is provided for all occupants.

Each residential building has high-tech study rooms or classrooms where Sailors can take college courses offered by local schools. A 6,000 square-foot fitness center in the Retzer building opens to Pacific Beacon's main courtyard and is adjacent to basketball and sand volleyball courts, a large grass playing field, and a running track. Two smaller fitness centers are located in the Dietz and Axelson buildings. An open roof deck on the ninth floor spanning between two wings of the Retzer building includes a swimming pool and spa. Additional roof top lounges with open decks offer panoramic views of downtown San Diego and San Diego Bay.

Pacific Beacon's three residential buildings are cast-in-place concrete structures with an exterior skin of cement plaster on metal stud framing. The windows and curtain wall systems are surrounded by painted aluminum frames. The roofs are PVC over tapered insulation, and the roof and pool decks are concrete pavers over rigid insulation on a hot applied rubberized asphalt roofing system. Modern in design, each building is divided horizontally into a clear base, middle, and top. Projecting slab edges, balconies, and other layered plane changes in the façade further break up the scale of the buildings and provide a play of light and shadow on the buildings.

The project was designed to meet two sets of building codes: one prescribed by federal military requirements and the other issued by the state of California. Following California's state codes allows a potential future transfer of the facility to private use. Pacific Beacon meets stringent anti-terrorism/force protection standards. The buildings are set back from the road a minimum of 82 feet where required and incorporate a progressive collapse structural system with redundant vertical support elements. Each building's envelope was constructed with additional structural support, metal-backed densglass, and mechanically-fastened anchors capable of withstanding the equivalent of 1,000 mile per hour winds.

Early in the project's planning, Clark decided to construct the three towers and parking structure concurrently. To best manage personnel and equipment during the cast-in-place concrete phase, the project team developed a day-by-day sequence that was based on treating the Dietz and Axelson buildings as one structure. Crews rotated through both buildings before moving up to the next floor. To accommodate this sequence, the completion of the Axelson building was moved up three months.