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Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Latitude 33 Launches Drone Service


Above: Latitude 33 drone pilots include Allan Ramos and Austin Baber. Bottom left: Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Bottom right: Pacific Highlands Ranch.

Hello, and welcome to the fall 2017 edition of the Latitude 33 newsletter. It has been an exciting quarter! Perhaps most exciting is that Latitude 33 recently announced it is now offering drone services to its clients. The aerial images and 3D modeling of a project site can be used during entitlements, site planning, and tracking progress during construction. A highly valuable service, Latitude 33’s drone images can help facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and improve communication during planning and construction.

Latitude 33 employs two highly trained drone pilots, Allan Ramos and Austin Baber, who are licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly remote aircraft. With two pilots, Latitude 33 utilizes industry best practices. Both pilots are present for all flights. One pilot maintains a visual on the drone at all times, while the other pilot operates the drone

The drone allows Latitude 33 to capture high definition photos and videos, and model the site features and terrain in 3D, which can be used for planning, presentation, or preliminary design purposes. Latitude 33’s drone technology can be used for any size property, and is already being used for its existing clients. The drone offers numerous advantages over traditional aircraft photography, including:

  • Faster turnaround.
  • Images can be captured on cloudy days.
  • The drone operator can work from a considerable distance and not worry about natural or artificial barriers to the sight lines.
  • Images are high resolution and serve a variety of users. They can be transmitted, shared and printed. Software can turn them into topographical maps, bird’s-eye view images, 3D models, point cloud, orthorectified images, and more.
  • Drones present no safety risk for the operator and eliminates risks to ground and air personnel.
  • They are an environmentally friendly option. Battery-operated drones don’t produce toxic fumes.

Latitude 33 uses the latest state-of-the-art technology including Agisoft PhotoScan, and all work meets National Map Standards.

Please enjoy several other updates in our latest newsletter.

Sincerely,

Latitude 33 Leadership Team

FEATURED STORIES

Mesa Nueva at UC San Diego Opens


Mesa Nueva at UC San Diego opened for fall quarter, beginning September 28, 2017.

Mesa Nueva is UC San Diego’s newest housing project north of La Jolla Village Drive and west of Regents Road. The project was opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 27, 2017, in time for graduate and professional students to move in for the start of fall quarter, September 28, 2017. The new development replaced 86 older units which were built nearly 50 years ago. With 1,350 new beds, the residential community is one of the largest graduate and professional student housing facilities in the country.

Mesa Nueva features furnished units in studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom designs. Mesa Nueva was designed to meet the need for housing and provide students with a greater sense of community. Shared amenities include social pool with spas and splash zones, a brew pub, outdoor lounge, a small grocery store, and more. Mesa Nueva is an integral part of UC San Diego’s Long Range Development Plan to house at least 50 percent of eligible students on campus. The addition of Mesa Nueva to UC San Diego’s housing options brings the total up to 40 percent, with additional projects underway. The Mesa Nueva Housing community was designed and built with a number sustainable building strategies, aiming to achieve LEED Gold certification.

For this project, Latitude 33 provided guidance to the team for an optimum site design solution that addressed all environmental, water quality, and retention concerns. Congratulations to the entire development team on a job well done!

Katie Yee Serves as Moderator for CREW “Women in Local Politics” Event


Katie Yee moderated CREW’s “Women in Local Politics” event with a VIP roster of panelists
Left to right in above photo: Katie Yee, Chief Relationship Officer with Latitude 33; Racquel Vasquez, Mayor for the City of Lemon Grove; Kristal Jabara, Councilmember for the City of San Marcos; Kristin Gaspar, County Supervisor for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors; and Rebecca Jones, Vice Mayor for the City of San Marcos.

Latitude 33’s Chief Relationship Office, Katie Yee, recently served as a moderator for Commercial Real Estate Women’s (CREW’s) “Women in Local Politics” event on September 25, 2017. The distinguished panelists included:

  • Kristin Gaspar, County Supervisor for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors
  • Rebecca Jones, Vice Mayor for the City of San Marco
  • Kristal Jabara, Councilmember for the City of San Marco
  • Racquel Vasquez, Mayor for the City of Lemon Grov

Over 70 guests enjoyed meeting each elected official, learning about their personal stories, and hearing more about each representative’s unique community.

Katie Yee is not only involved with CREW, she is actively involved in the Building Industry Association (BIA), The Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP).

Projects

Dedication Held for Paseo de Colachis at USD


Above: Paseo de Colachis at the University of San Diego. Below: Latitude 33 team members at the Paseo de Colachis dedication on September 26, 2017. Pictured from left to right are: Justin Listar; Brad Sager; University of San Diego President, James T. Harris III, DEd; Jon Arenz; Katie Yee; and University of San Diego Associate Dean & Professor of Industrial Engineering, Rick Olson, PhD.

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Latitude 33 attended the dedication for Paseo de Colachis on the campus of the University of San Diego (USD). The new plaza, located near The Immaculate Catholic Church, replaced a two-way street and is part of the school’s plan to make the campus more pedestrian friendly. The new walkway includes a grass lawn named “the Student Commons” and a mini amphitheater. This new green space also includes many sustainability initiatives, including drought tolerant grass and a high-tech watering system that will be used to minimize the amount of water needed to maintain it. Now, the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” (named by the Princeton Review) is even more beautiful.

Latitude 33 provided grading and improvement plans to expand USD’s central pedestrian promenade from the existing Colachis Plaza to Plaza de San Diego (approximately 800 linear feet of improvements). Great job, Latitude 33 team!

Awards

Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Earns Numerous Awards


The award-winning Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute

The Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is a new 345,650-square-foot LEED-certified facility, located on UCSD’s East Campus. ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for scientific research throughout San Diego, and expedites the translation of discoveries into therapies. The organization also facilitates the training and education of new researchers. For this project, Latitude 33 provided schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction administration services.

In recent months, Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute has been honored with the following awards for design excellence:

  • The Best Southern California Project in Higher Education/Research by Engineering News-Recor.d
  • An Orchid at the 2017 San Diego Architectural Foundation’s Orchids & Onions Awards. The Orchids & Onions is the only interactive, community-based program geared towards raising awareness and encouraging practical discourse in response to San Diego’s built environment.
  • A Citation Award at the AIA San Diego 2017 Design Awards, which honored thoughtful and innovative design over a broad range of categories.

Congratulations, team!

Community and Culture

Latitude 33 Survives Boot Camp


The Latitude 33 team at the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge

On Saturday, October 14, Latitude 33 participated in the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge, sponsored by the Associated General Contractors (AGC). Boot Camp Challenge offers civilians the opportunity to experience a small taste of Marine Corps boot camp. This race features obstacles used by Marine recruits, with over 60 Marine Corps Drill Instructors staffing the course. Congrats to all participants for surviving boot camp!

Thank you for being a part of our planning and engineering family. From the entire Latitude 33 Team, happy Fall!

Upcoming: Did you know that Latitude 33 celebrated its 24th year in business? Stay tuned for some exciting announcements and events highlighting our 25th Anniversary in 2018!

 

August 2017 Newsletter

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Continued Success for Latitude 33’s Planning Department


 

Hello, and welcome to the summer 2017 edition of the Latitude 33 newsletter. We are excited to report that we have a number of new projects underway!

You may have noticed Latitude 33 and our Friars Road project featured in GlobeSt.com on July 17, 2017. This is one of numerous recent successes our Planning Department has to report. Several others include:

  • Unitas – A small, five-lot subdivision within the Pacific Highlands Ranch community, this project was unanimously approved by City Council on July 11, 2017.

 

  • Laterra – Also at Pacific Highlands Ranch, this is a 69-unit, multi-family project which was approved by the Planning Commission on May 25, 2017.

 

  • Friars Road – Located on a 5.43 acre site, directly across from Fashion Valley Mall and the Fashion Valley Transit Center, this 319-unit project will consist of two buildings with eight and nine stories of residential homes, over two stories of parking and six shopkeeper units. This project received approval from the City of San Diego Planning Commission on April 20, 2017.

 

  • Pacific Highlands Ranch 8/9 – This project included the rezoning of an entire neighborhood for 515 single family homes, approved by City Council on April 11, 2017.

 

  • Aperture – This campus-style employment center at Pacific Highlands Ranch, designed by Gensler, includes five commercial buildings at 630,000 square feet. Aperture received substantial conformance approval on February 8, 2017.

Our planning staff has over 40 years of experience working on a variety of highly complex projects. We believe in the projects we take on, and we are strong advocates on behalf of our clients. Congratulations to our Planning Department!

Below, please enjoy our latest newsletter.

Sincerely,

Latitude 33 Leadership Team

 

Featured Project

 

Latitude 33 Attends the Groundbreaking for The Center for Novel Therapeutics at UCSD


 

Latitude 33 joined the development team for the Center for Novel Therapeutics for the official groundbreaking of UCSD’s Science Research Park on April 11, 2017. Second from the right: Brad Sager, Principal and Jon Arenz, Project Manager.

Latitude 33 was excited to attend the groundbreaking for The Center for Novel Therapeutics at UC San Diego on April 11, 2017. The facility, developed by UC San Diego in a public-private partnership with BioMed Realty, will be a new home for university and local research organizations as they work to find treatments and potential cures for cancer and other chronic diseases. The new Center for Novel Therapeutics will be open to faculty and commercial researchers. It will also serve as a training center for students and post-doctoral fellows in drug discovery, and create shared resources and learning forums for academic and private-sector scientists.

The building will consist of 110,000-square-feet of medical office/research space and fulfill an important part of the UCSD master plan for East Campus in UCSD’s Science Research Park. Latitude 33’s services include design/build services with innovative site design and water quality treatment systems to efficiently meet the facility’s LEED requirements.

 

Projects

 

Latitude 33 Celebrates Grand Opening of Atmosphere


Latitude 33 Principal, Matt Semic, PE (left) with Project Manager, Clay Ost, PE, (right) at the Atmosphere grand opening.

On May 31, 2017, Latitude 33 along with Wakeland Housing & Development celebrated the grand opening of Atmosphere. This 31,800-square-foot downtown San Diego project consists of 205 units of affordable apartments, with 51 units set aside as permanent supportive housing for residents who have recently experienced homelessness, and a small commercial component. The project has 12 stories of living spaces with an incorporated green roof, parks, courtyards and three levels of underground parking. Latitude 33 assisted with discretionary permits, construction documents, and parcel maps. At the event, we were honored to have Wakeland Senior Project Manager, Jack Farris, dedicate their plaque to the Latitude 33 team.

Congratulations to the entire team for a job well done!

 

People

 

Shannon Davis Wins ASCE San Diego/Imperial Counties Outstanding Younger Engineer Award for 2017


Latitude 33 celebrates Shannon Davis’ win of the ASCE San Diego/Imperial Counties Outstanding Younger Engineer Award for 2017. Top Row, left to right: Kyle Boyce; Giovanni Posillico, PE; Shannon Davis; and Katie Yee. Bottom Row, center: Vanessa Tarronas.

Latitude 33 is pleased to announce that Senior Project Engineer, Shannon Davis, was recently honored with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Diego/Imperial Counties Outstanding Younger Engineer Award for 2017. Shannon is an integral part of the Latitude 33 Planning and Engineering team as both an engineer, a team leader, and an enthusiastic supporter of our company culture.

In addition to all she does at Latitude 33, Shannon has become a role-model for young women considering or pursuing an engineering career. Through Shannon’s involvement in ASCE and Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Shannon has served as a mentor and leader to encourage and support students in engineering. As the EWB San Diego Student Liaison for UCSD/USD/SDSU, she has taken on a leadership role where she can actively work with students to provide hands-on mentorship, resume advice, career counseling, and advocacy.

As a leader with EWB’s San Diego Chapter, Shannon is also using her profession to make a difference on an international scale. She seeks to use her expertise to help meet basic human needs and help communities across the globe thrive. Shannon not only contributes to the engineering profession by mentoring the future leaders in her field, she also believes her profession can contribute much in addressing the challenges faced across the world today.

Congratulations, Shannon, for this well-deserved honor!

 

Community and Culture

 

Latitude 33 Paintball Tournament


TThe Latitude 33 team at their paintball tournament.

On Friday, May 5, Latitude 33 hosted a team building event by bonding over a couple games of paintball at Velocity Paintball Park. Nothing says team building like shooting at your coworkers! Thanks to all for joining our fun event!

 

Latitude 33 Rock Climbing Event


The Latitude 33 team gearing up for rock climbing.

Facing fears, increasing trust and improving communication were all underlying themes of our latest team building event on July 21. Latitude 33 headed out to Mesa Rim for a team building event climbing, scrambling, and clawing their way together up the climbing walls. Working together inside and outside of the office keeps our team strong and unified!

 

 

Newsletter – January 2013

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Latitude 33 Planning and Engineering is thriving and we are starting 2013 with exciting news and business opportunities!  We finished 2012 very strong with a growth of 20% over the previous year.  Latitude 33 is positioned with a more diverse client base and project workload than ever before!  We have found that maintaining a diverse client base, good working relationships with clients we choose to work with has been key to our success and staying strong through difficult financial and economic times.  

 

Other exciting news in Latitude 33 includes a recent well deserved promotion of Matt Semic, along with a couple of our recently awarded contract, and project news on the Village at PHR.

Promotion

Latitude 33 Planning and Engineering is pleased to announce the promotion of Matt Semic from Sr. Project Manager to Associate. Matt is a registered civil engineer with over ten years of experience in land development, public works and construction.  Matt is proficient in site design, land use, permitting and plan preparation at all stages of a project; agency standards, utility studies, estimating, construction services and project closeout.  His representative projects include the recently LEED Platinum and Gold Certified San Diego County Operations Center (Institutional); The San Diego Union Tribune (Infill / Mixed-Use); La Jolla Centre III (Office); Broadstone (Infill / Residential); and Temecula Creek Inn (Resort Community / Golf). 

Recently Awarded Contracts

University of San Diego

Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation Building

University of San Diego

Colachis Pedestrian Mall

The University of San Diego (USD) Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation Building is located adjacent to the existing Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Building on the USD campus. This project includes a three-story, 25,000 square foot building, on a approximate 0.5-acre site. The new building will double the school’s research and teaching facilities.  The one of a kind institute for nursing research will be transformative for the school.  Latitude 33 is assisting the Client in providing the following services: Conceptual Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Drawings, Bid Support, and Construction Administration.

Contact:

Michael Yentile, Project Manager

michael.yentile@latitude33.com

Latitude 33 Planning and Engineering will be working on the much anticipated expansion of the Colachis Pedestrian Mall.  This project will feature landscaped walkways, open lawns, lines of trees, fountains and seating areas.  The project is located at the intersection of Alcala Parkway/Marian Way and includes the areas between the north side of Marian Way (i.e. Copley Library, Camino Hall, and Founders Hall) to the south side of Marian Way (i.e. Olin Hall, Manchester Executive Conference Center, and Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences).  Latitude 33 will be providing preliminary and final engineering services to design and permit the Colachis Pedestrian Mall and Phase 5A of the water main improvements.

Contact:

Michael Yentile, Project Manager

michael.yentile@latitude33.com

Project News – The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch

The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch was Entitled in 2010.  The Village was recently acquired by Coast Income Properties.  The project will include mixed-use residential, retail and commercial, a transit center, civic use area, and public library site.  The pedestrian oriented development is the focal point of the award-winning Pacific Highlands Ranch subarea. Currently the project in going through extensive review which includes involvement from the community.

Contact:

Randi Coopersmith, Sr. Principal

randi.coopersmith@latitude33.com

Maykia Vang, Project Manager

maykia.vang@latitude33.com

Newsletter – March 2013

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As we begin the second quarter of 2013 Latitude 33 Planning and Engineering continues to make strides with exciting news and business opportunities.  We are pleased to announce additions in both our planning and engineering departments.
Welcome Tara Lake as Latitude 33’s Senior Planner – Project Manager

Latitude 33 would like to welcome Tara Lake, who recently joined our team as a Senior Planner-Project Manager. Tara has over 13 years of experience in plan development, park planning, transportation planning, transportation demand management, urban design, landscape architecture, capital projects, redevelopment, long-range planning, CEQA, development review, and community facilitation.  She previously served as a Senior Planner at The Centre City Development Corporation and as an Associate Planner at the City of San Diego.  Tara has a Master of Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University (1999) and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California in San Diego (1994).  Tara takes pride in outstanding performance and incubation of creative ideas. Tara will be leading our firm’s  urban design and public sector planning projects. Latitude 33 is pleased to have Tara become a member of our outstanding planning department.

Welcome Brad Sager as Latitude 33’s Associate Civil Engineer

We are excited to announce that Brad Sager has joined our firm as Associate Engineer.  Brad brings over 23 years of professional experience in civil engineering, working with a wide range of projects and multi-disciplinary teams, as well as having handled various critical and challenging projects from design to the implementation stage. Brad has extensive experience designing and managing single family and multi-family residential projects, design build projects and public works and redevelopment projects. His strength is bringing together a team of internal and external professionals to produce a quality product using effective communication and responsiveness. 

Other Recent Hires for 2013!!!

Charles Mohrlock, M.S., P.E., CFM

Project Engineer – 5 years of Experience

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

San Diego State University

Master of Science, Civil Engineering

San Diego State University

Brad Sonnenburg

Planning Assistant – 3 years of Experience

Bachelor of Arts, Geography

San Diego State Universiy

Master of City Planning

San Diego State University

Mehdi Keshmiri

Civil Engineer – 2 years of Experience

Master of Science, Civil Engineering

University of California, Irvine

Dolvin Buchanan

Sr. Civil Designer – 5 years of Experience

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

Layola Maramount University

Fowler Park at University of San Diego

“Fowler Park is an important addition to the University of San Diego’s athletic facilities and will further elevate the Torero’s men’s baseball program, aid in recruiting efforts and provide players and fans alike with a world-class experience,” said Pat Tangen, a Principal at Populous and Project Manager for Fowler Park. “The ballpark was designed with these goals in mind and incorporates renovations that position the team and the university for continued success.”

Latitude 33 provided civil engineering services for the $13.8 million stadium renovation, which included creating an iconic entry plaza in the 16th Century Spanish Renaissance style that connects the ballpark with the existing architecture on campus. Five levels of the ballpark were created to incorporate necessary programmatic elements – an entry level with plaza space, a suite and press level, the main concourse, the Torero Zone and the team clubhouse. The updated venue also includes a renovated playing field, new home and visitor dugouts and renovated batting and practice tunnels. In addition, Fowler Park will debut a new, 6,800 square foot team clubhouse that includes reception, coaches offices, a player locker room, equipment room, lounge space and a training room, providing major league amenities to Torero players.

“Fowler Park brings a premium college baseball venue to San Diego for the first time, which is an integral step for the university in our continued quest for athletic excellence,” said Ky Snyder, Executive Director of Athletics at the University of San Diego. “This ballpark is something that everyone involved can be proud of and is sure to be one of the premier facilities in college baseball for years to come.”