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Latitude 33 Announces New Year Wins

San Diego-Focused Planning and Engineering Firm Experiencing Rapid Growth

Latitude 33 Planning and Engineering is kicking off 2017 with five new project awards.  With a 50 percent increase in revenue and 20 new staff members in the last three years, Latitude 33 announces these new project wins as the company is experiencing steady growth.

Since the beginning of 2017, Latitude 33 has been awarded the following projects:

  • City of Encinitas As-Needed Civil Engineering Services – Having already worked with and within the City of Encinitas for projects at San Dieguito Unified High School District and Scripps Encinitas, Latitude 33 was chosen to provide civil engineering design, consultation and support services on an as-needed basis to the City.
  • The City of Imperial Beach Senior Center – In partnership with Katz Architects, Latitude 33 was awarded this public works project.  This is the company’s second civic building project in the City of Imperial Beach.
  • UCSD Gilman Drive Sewer Improvements – This large infrastructure project is a direct result of Latitude 33 identifying a sewer capacity issue for UCSD and the City of San Diego.  The company was able to identify how this capacity problem affected the current campus and the university’s future plans.
  • Nuevo West Graduate Student Housing – In partnership with Hensel Phelps and Mithun Architects, Latitude 33 will be providing services for the second phase of the East Campus student and faculty housing project.
  • Pacific Highlands Ranch Library – Recruited by Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects (HGW), Latitude 33 and its team were awarded this civic building project.

Matt Semic, PE, Principal at Latitude 33, states, “In recent years, Latitude 33 has expanded its market sector diversification with more project awards in civic buildings, public works, healthcare, education and military sectors. We are excited to bring our expertise to a growing roster of clients and projects in the San Diego region.”

Newsletter – Fall 2016

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November 2016
Planning For The Future
Little Italy Hotel Breaks Ground
Award Winning Leadership
Supporting S.A.Y. San Diego

Planning For The Future: Latitude 33 Helps Shape What San Diego Area Will Look Like

For any project to be successful, it needs a plan and the Latitude 33 Planning team can create one to fit any scope or need. Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering has extensive project experience within the Southern California region. Through high-level, hands-on involvement, the firm’s leaders provide a unique blend of strategic and operational expertise.

This guidance includes providing sound industry advice and direction throughout the project’s life span. Proactive incorporation of planning skills, combined with project management to ensure compliance with jurisdictional regulations and focus on key relationships, help to provide an integrated team approach with projects and problem solving.

Specialized tactics that frequently support Latitude 33’s planning efforts include:

  • Entitlements
  • Land Use Consulting
  • Feasibility Studies
  • General, Community and Specific Plans
  • Master Planning
  • Public Presentation
  • Political and Community Outreach
  • Project Management
  • Graphics and Illustrations
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Visual Simulations

If your project requires an experienced planning team with the knowledge, culture and track record to get work done, the Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering team is ready to help.


Carte Hotel & Suites San Diego Construction Gets Underway

Carté Hotel & Suites San Diego officially broke ground on Sept. 9 in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering, in association with Pierpoint Management, LLC and Tucker Sadler Architects Inc., is overseeing site engineering efforts on the project, located at 401 W. Ash St. This 14-story hotel will include 240 upscale guest rooms and suites along with a restaurant, wine shop, full-service upscale athletic club, outdoor pool with spa and meeting space. The 151,248-square-foot project includes about 3,900 square feet of street-level retail space and 127 parking spaces on two levels of subterranean parking. The hotel is set to feature a 2,000-square-foot plaza that fronts Ash St. and include 24-hour valet parking.

Carté Hotel & Suites San Diego will have LEED Gold Certification upon completion. Construction is anticipated to take 18 months and the first hotel guests can expect to check-in starting in June 2018.


Jim Kilgore Named BIA San Diego's 2016 Engineer of the Year; Matt Semic Selected by San Diego METRO to its 40 Under 40 List

Latitude 33 associate principal Jim Kilgore (left) and Latitude 33 principal Matt Semic (right)

Jim Kilgore was named Engineer of the Year by the Building Industry Association (BIA) of San Diego during its 2016 Icon Awards held at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego on Sept. 17. Kilgore, a registered civil engineer with more than 30 years of experience, earned the top honor from San Diego’s leading construction industry association in a category that fielded a record number of submissions.

For the second consecutive year, Latitude 33 had one of its team members named to San Diego METRO’s 40 Under 40 Awards. Matt Semic was officially recognized on Sept. 15 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley. Semic, a registered civil engineer with more than 14 years of experience, earned acceptance into this prestigious list of young professionals that includes some of San Diego’s best and brightest achievers in a wide range of industries.


Newsworthy Items ... Just In Case You Missed It

To celebrate Latitude 33’s 23rd anniversary of operation, the team donated and filled backpacks with school supplies for the Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego’s Back-to-School program. 23 backpacks were filled for elementary school students and 23 were filled for high school and middle school students for a total of 46 backpacks provided. Unfortunately, many San Diego families are unable to support their kids with essential items like pencils and notebooks. That is why Latitude 33 wanted to help local youth in the area that are registered with the SAY San Diego program.

San Diego City Councilmember Mark Kersey (5th District) presented Latitude 33 with a proclamation on Sept. 23, the company’s 23rd anniversary, to officially declare the day as Latitude 33 Day in the city of San Diego. It was a tremendously special honor for Latitude 33.

Latitude 33 was well represented at the 5th Annual Giro Di San Diego Granfondo. This celebration of cycling, food and San Diego’s coast was held on Sept. 11 in Solana Beach. Proceeds from the event supported the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Project Rebound.

Some avid Latitude 33 hikers recently ascended Mount Baldy, located in the Angeles National Forest. The famed mountain is one of Southern California’s most challenging regional hikes.

Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering
9968 Hibert Street, 2nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92131
P: 858.751.0633 | F: 858.751.0634

Newsletter – August 2016

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August 2016
GIS Mapping – The Planning Backbone;
Community Character Analysis:
Giving Back and Hitting the Streets

Latitude 33 Helps Communities Look Ahead with Geographic Information Systems Mapping

Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering offers the latest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. GIS integrates hardware, software and data capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying of geographically referenced information. GIS plays a critical role in identifying, tracking and updating how campuses, especially schools, universities, hospitals or large businesses, plan and update infrastructure for the future.
In many ways, GIS technology reveals relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts. Latitude 33’s team of planning and engineering experts can ensure your campus information is quickly and accurately integrated into any enterprise information system framework. Here are a few of the benefits GIS can provide:
  • Faster response time during emergencies
  • Smarter forecasting, master planning and budgeting
  • Reduced maintenance cost and increased efficiency
  • Improved compliance reporting for local, state and federal agencies
In preparation for increased demand in GIS services, Latitude 33 recently added project engineer Shannon Davis to its GIS team. Davis has been with Latitude 33 for four years and will support growing this line of service.
“The capabilities GIS has to increase efficiency in utility maintenance and long-range planning is really exciting,” said Davis. “I’m looking forward to helping Latitude 33 expand its reach in San Diego’s GIS community.”

If your campus infrastructure is due, or maybe even overdue, for an assessment, the Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering team is ready to help.


Unbiased Analysis Plays an Important Part in a Project's Design

Maintaining community character plays a vital role in the design of any project. Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering works collaboratively with public agencies, clients and community members to provide an unbiased analysis of a project’s impact on visual quality, visual character and land use compatability relative to its proposed neighborhood. This report includes extensive research of the community’s aesthetic and developmental trends.

Visual simulations render realistic and accurate portrayals of project dimensions to better communicate ideas such as massing, vicinity, location and impact. It allows the public to understand a project and interact with the design process. Through community outreach and public feedback, the  community character analysis  aids to develop a project in a way that reflects both the community and client(s).


Firm's Internal Group Focuses on New Ways to Approach Planning

Latitude 33’s Future Planning Team (left to right): Randi Coopersmith, Clay Ost, Miles Leandro, Jon Arenz, Jason Gordon, Shannon Davis, Isabel Stonehouse and Sean Scaramella.

Being an industry leader, it should come as no surprise that Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering recently established its own Fut ure Planning Team. Serving as an internal source for ideas, the group is actively discussing how tools like laser scanning and virtual reality can impact its planning for projects and tasks. The technology isn’t new to planning, but empowering junior-level team members to take a more hands-on role in the idea planning process is.
Latitude 33’s Executive Team will engage the new Future Planning Team to play a much larger role in the way that the company looks at its planning and how different types of work will be performed.


Newsworthy Items ... Just In Case You Missed It

Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering’s founders, staff and their families celebrated the July 4th holiday by participating in the Scripps Ranch Old Pros Run and Ride. 2016 marked the 38th Annual 10K Race & Fun Run and 29th Annual Bike Rides. Founded in 1982 by Scripps Ranch residents, the Old Pros raise money for community youth and high school sports programs.

Food insecurity is a real concern for 13 percent of San Diego’s population. The Latitude 33 team recently donated its time to help Feeding America San Diego pack boxes of food at its Sorrento Valley warehouse for those in need. More than 151,000 area children don’t know if and when they will get their next meal, so Latitude 33 strongly encourages you to  get involved and make a difference.

Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering
9968 Hibert Street, 2nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92131
P: 858.751.0633 | F: 858.751.0634

Newsletter – October 2015

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October 2015
Education projects take shape;
Executive team expands by two;
Latitude 33 turns 22

Latitude 33’s commitment to education takes shape in many forms, including projects in San Diego County. Serving as executive campus engineer for UCSD, the firm is working hard to bring the new Mesa graduate student housing project to life. Design is close to wrapping up so construction can begin with an early 2017 opening date expected. The finished product will provide a net gain of 1,035 beds from what currently exists on the site. It’s all part of a major campus expansion and update to accommodate more students and give greater area flow through road improvements, new bike lanes, increased bus service and expanded trolley access.

The University of San Diego recently opened its high-tech Betty and Bob Beyster Institute of Nursing Research. Latitude 33 provided civil engineering services for the design, permitting and construction on this three-story project, adjacent to the existing Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Building on campus. Conceptual design, schematic design, design development, construction drawings, bid support and construction administration were additional services that the firm provided. This facility will support extensive training for current and future nurses.

Click here for an in-depth look at Latitude 33’s education projects.


September 23, 1993 is the day it all started

Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering is proud to celebrate 22 years of operation. The firm recently took a moment to enjoy how far it has come and look back at how its incredibly talented team has grown through the years. Latitude 33 has worked with so many wonderful people and contributed to amazing projects during the past 22 years. The team is very thankful for today and excited about what the future holds. Thank you to everyone for believing in and supporting Latitude 33.


Newsworthy Items... Just in Case You Missed It

In August, Tara Lake and Giovanni Posillico were promoted to partners at Latitude 33. The addition of them as associates expands the firm’s leadership to eight. Each brings a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in both the industry and San Diego to Latitude 33’s management team. A firm laden with talented professionals, these two leaders represent the best and the brightest at Latitude 33.  Click here for the official partner announcement.

Katie Yee has joined Latitude 33 as its director of business development and marketing. A San Diego State graduate, she has more than 13 years of marketing experience in town working in housing, construction and engineering. Her local industry involvement includes CREW San Diego, UCREW, BIA and Downtown San Diego Partnership among others. Recognized by SD METRO Magazine as a  40 Under 40 Award winner for 2015, please welcome Katie to the Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering team.

On September 15, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved the Union-Tribune mixed-use project in Mission Valley that will include 200 rental units, retail, creation of a river walk promenade and a pocket park for the community to use. In addition to the city council, community groups like the San Diego River Park Foundation and Mission Valley Planning Group along with the San Diego Planning Commission all voted to support this plan.

Latitude 33 senior principal planner Randi Coopersmith spoke with U-T reporter Roger Showley about approval of the project  here. The Mission Valley News talked with Latitude 33 senior associate Matt Semic on how the riverfront development will transform the San Diego River into an asset instead of an afterthought  here. Construction could start as early as summer 2016.


This annual industry event was held on September 19 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Katie Yee (who was a BIA Consultant of the Year finalist), Brad Sager, Gio Posillico and Melissa Krause attended on behalf of the entire Latitude 33 team.


This social media campaign helped celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Latitude 33. It provided a look back at what was going on in San Diego in 1993 and what Latitude 33 team members also looked like at that time.