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Latitude 33 Recognizes Outstanding Women

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Welcome to Spring!  This month, we take a moment to acknowledge the outstanding women who make Latitude 33 a success. 
 
According to the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics data, only 14 percent of full-time workers in the architecture and engineering fields are women.  In a field dominated by men, Latitude 33’s fearless women serve as role models and trailblazers for other young women.  As noted below, two of our female leaders were recognized with regional honors this quarter.
 
Latitude 33 is thrilled to recognize all of the outstanding women who provide indispensable skills, expertise, leadership, diligence, and dedication to our team.  Thank you, ladies, for all you do!
 
Sincerely,
 
Latitude 33 Leadership Team

Featured Story


 

Latitude 33: Striving for Diversification

Since our inception over 25 years ago, Latitude 33 has been a company with a multi-talented staff allowing us to offer expertise in both planning and engineering.  As we have grown, diversity has continued to be one of our core values.  We have pursued team members who bring unique skillsets to our firm.  Planning, civil engineering, surveying & mapping, drone technology, and Geographic Information Systems are a few of the major services we provide today.

Diversity

Latitude 33’s increasingly diverse team and services have contributed to the growth of our expertise and relationships.  More than ever, Latitude 33 serves clients in numerous sectors, including municipalities, private developers, hospitals, military, and educational institutions to name a few.  From urban neighborhoods to suburban communities, Latitude 33’s scope and capabilities are far-reaching.

The following are two of Latitude 33’s current projects: The Glen at Scripps Ranch and UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest. Both serve as examples of Latitude 33’s diverse project types, and the variety of planning challenges that Latitude 33 can overcome.

The Glen at Scripps Ranch

Latitude 33’s planning team made major contributions to the 53-acre, state-of-the-art Glen at Scripps Ranch.

Project Description
Continuing Life Communities is developing a new retirement community at Scripps Miramar Ranch called the Glen at Scripps Ranch.  The community consists of 400 assisted living units in various configurations (villas, garden terraces, and apartment style), 50 acute assisted living units (16 of which are memory care units), and 60 skilled nursing.  The 53-acre, state-of-the-art project will also include learning centers, a lecture hall, library, auditorium, fine art facilities, tennis & pickle ball courts, gardens, dog parks, short-game golf course, fitness center, movie theater, tech & business center, pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi. It is the first continuing care retirement community to be built in San Diego in nearly 10 years. The project is anticipated to be complete in November 2020.

Services & Challenges
The Glen at Scripps Ranch is an example of how Latitude 33’s Planning and Engineering departments work together seamlessly to benefit the firm’s clients.

Latitude 33 was chosen to be the lead consultant for the entitlement phase of the development.  The firm’s experience, network of strong relationships with local agencies, and access to other resources were invaluable in obtaining the entitlements.  The project entitlements included a Community Plan Amendment, Conditional Use Permit, and Planned Development Permit—a process which began four years ago.  The property was previously owned by Alliant University, and needed to be re-zoned as residential.

Throughout the entitlement process, Latitude 33 provided vital project management services to keep the project on schedule.  Latitude 33 worked closely with the consultant team, owner, and City of San Diego to strategize and determine the best approach to challenges that arose, and supported the team during the public review period.

Another major challenge for this project was identifying the appropriate use classification.  Previously, there was no classification within the City of San Diego Municipal Code and General Plan for senior housing.  Latitude 33 and the developer, Continuing Life Communities, worked with the City of San Diego to calculate a new fee structure for water and sewer fees specific to senior housing.  This process saved the owner $1 million in fees.

Latitude 33’s Planning department took the lead on the client’s public outreach efforts.  The firm worked with community members, the planning group, and multiple stakeholders to create a project that ultimately benefited the community.  Latitude 33 represented Continuing Life Communities at public hearings, and prepared visual aids to be used during public presentations.  Latitude 33’s planning team also assisted with circulation planning to best manage the flow of traffic, pedestrians, and movement throughout the site.

From a design and development standpoint, the Glen at Scripps Ranch represents eight different projects, including numerous grading and building permits.  To allow certain portions of the project to permit more quickly than others, the building permits alone were divided into five separate phased packages.  Another challenge was the size and scope of the skilled nursing facility, which requires an Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) approval.  The main entry also has shared easements and street improvements with a neighbor, which required close coordination to successfully complete this work.

Design challenges for Latitude 33’s Engineering team included working with the existing steep topography, avoiding impacts to the wetlands and housing development immediately downhill from the project site, and accommodating an ever-evolving design to best meet the needs of the end users.

The analysis of site topography offered additional thoughtful planning for Latitude 33.  As a senior community, built on a hill, additional consideration was required to minimize the number of steps on site, lower the curbs, flatten walkways, and generally decrease the elevation change throughout to accommodate a senior lifestyle.

Project partners include KTGY Architects and KTU+A Landscape Architects. For more information, visit: http://www.theglenatscrippsranch.com/

UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest

The proposed layout for the new Long Range Development Plan to replace the current UC San Diego Hillcrest Medical Campus

Project Description
UC San Diego has operated a medical campus in the greater Hillcrest area that was originally constructed in 1963 as the County of San Diego Hospital.  After six decades of add-on construction and expansions, the University is ready to replace the 11-story medical center.  With aging infrastructure, updates in seismic regulations, and technological advances in acute healthcare and outpatient procedures, the University can no longer operate the campus in its existing condition.  

UC San Diego hired architecture firm SmithGroup to lead the master planning effort to re-imagine the Wellness Campus in the 21st century—including the hospital and the entire 62-acre site.  After extensive community involvement and consultation, the resulting vision is a new Long Range Development Plan, which features districts for healthcare, housing, mixed-use, research, open space, and canyons.  The plan calls for redeveloping roughly 34 acres of the 62-acre site with significant infrastructure upgrades, maintaining many of the view corridors and limiting the footprint of the development on the mesa.  A commitment to mass transit will connect the UC San Diego Wellness Campus in Hillcrest to other UC San Diego campuses in La Jolla and downtown.  The project will be constructed in five to seven phases, all while the hospital remains open, and will be completed in approximately 12 years.  The UC Board of Regents are expected to approve the plan and entitlement documents later in 2019, with the Phase 1 design currently underway and groundbreaking anticipated in summer 2020.

Services
As part of the new master planning effort, Latitude 33 consulted on the following with the overall design team:

  • Plan for vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian circulation to promote a healthy campus and emphasize a shared space for all types of transportation.
  • Analysis of grading impacts due to new structures and site improvements, giving real time results to the design team and client.
  • Conceptual design of domestic water, sanitary sewer, and storm drain for the overall master plan. Latitude 33 analyzed the capacity of existing utilities, coordinated utility corridor locations with the design team to fit into the overall strategy of the site plan, and located connection points with public/franchise utility providers to minimize re-work during the phased implementation of the campus.

Matt Semic, PE, Principal at Latitude 33, states, “The canyon topography is a central element of the project design.  The development focused in this area during Phase 1 will help marry everything together and connect the UCSD Wellness Campus to the Hillcrest and Mission Hills communities.” 

For more information, visit: http://lrdp.ucsd.edu/hillcrest/index.html.

The Glen at Scripps RanchUCSD Hillcrest Hospital
Project
Partners
KTGY Architects, KTU+A Landscape Architects, Gates + Associates Landscape ArchitectsHarris & Associates; Linscott, Law and Greens; Architectural Resources Group, SmithGroup; Spurlock Landscape Architects; TK1SC; Linscott Law & Greenspan (LLG)
Address10718 Pomerado Rd., San Diego 200 W Arbor Dr., San Diego
ProgressUnder construction Planning stages/Phase1 design
Size53 acres34 acres of 62-acre site
Classification SuburbanUrban
TypeNew ConstructionRedevelopment
Key Elements• 450 assisted living units

• 60 skilled nursing beds

• Indoor amenity space: learning centers, a lecture hall, library, auditorium, fine art facilities, fitness center, movie theater, tech & business center, pool, sauna, Jacuzzi

• Outdoor amenity space: tennis & pickle ball courts, gardens, dog parks, short-game golf course
• Healthcare: up to 300 hospital beds, outpatient, research
• Residential: up to 950 residential units
• Mixed-use area with up to 50 residential units and wellness services
• Open space
Canyons
• New roads
• Outpatient pavilion
• Research
• Parking Structures
Services by
Latitude 33
• Entitlements
• Project management
• Civil engineering
• Developed new use classification with City of San Diego
• Topographic survey and construction staking
• Planning for Environmentally Sensitive Lands
• Circulation plan
• Circulation plan, Alignment studies
• Analysis of grading impacts
• Analysis of existing utilities
• Conceptual design of water, sewer, and storm drain for new master plan

Community and Culture

 



Melissa Krause Honored as an Influential Woman of 2019 by the Daily Transcript

Melissa Krause, Principal with Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering, featured in The Daily Transcript as a Top Influential Woman of 2019

In the February 27, 2019 issue of the Daily Transcript, Latitude 33’s Melissa Krause was honored as an Influential Woman of 2019. The annual list recognizes the most talented, innovative, and hard-working women in San Diego.  This year, 35 influential women made the list.

One of the highlights from Melissa’s feature article:

Now with Latitude 33 for about four years, Krause was made a principal in the firm last year. Success was never a slam dunk, but instead the product of her tenacity and perseverance.

“It’s a very male-dominated industry and that’s never scared me,” Krause said. “I’ve never felt held back by that. I’ve always been one to focus on ‘OK, well… I’m gonna work hard. I’m going to keep my head up and get to where I think I should be.'”

As a Principal with Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering, Melissa Krause has taken the lead on building and maintaining relationships with the firm’s public and private developer clients.  She has spent 20 years successfully managing projects for large residential developers in San Diego County, and now uses her contacts and expertise in a planning role to save developers time and development costs.  In the firm’s 25-year history, Latitude 33 has a 100 percent success rate for seeking entitlements, in part due to Melissa’s efforts.  As an integral part of the leadership team, she also contributes to the firm’s strategic planning.

In addition to her invaluable contributions at Latitude 33, Melissa has been a member of the Building Industry Association for over 20 years.  She serves as a BIA mentor to younger generation (yGEN) members, and has lectured for the yGEN speaker series.  Melissa also recently joined NAIOP, and is active on its Legislative Committee.  In 2018, she was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate at SDSU.

One of San Diego’s most accomplished women in the industry, Melissa was a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s 2015 Women Who Mean Business Awards, and a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2018 Celebrating Women Awards.  Congratulations, Melissa, for this well-deserved honor!

Katie Yee Recognized As an Outstanding Woman in Construction & Design from the SD Business Journal

Katie Yee, Principal and Chief Relationship Officer at Latitude 33, was among 28 honorees for the San Diego Business Journal’s new Influential Women in Construction & Design list for 2019

This year, the San Diego Business Journal initiated a new annual list, recognizing San Diego’s most influential women in construction and design.  Latitude 33 is excited to announce that Katie Yee was honored as one of the top 28 women honored by the Business Journal for this first-time honor.  Katie’s profile appeared in the February 25, 2019 issue of the San Diego Business Journal.

Katie Yee is a Principal and Chief Relationship Officer at Latitude 33. Her title is an acknowledgement of the value she has brought the firm and an important precedent in an industry where principal titles are often held only by architects and engineers.  Her position as Principal reflects both her tenacious drive and ability to leverage her marketing, business development and relationship-building skills to support and grow Latitude 33 as well as the careers of her peers.

Katie is a strong advocate of supporting and growing the ranks of women in commercial real estate.  Katie mentors, sponsors, supports and guides women on a daily basis as they progress through their careers. In addition to serving on the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) San Diego board, Katie started the UCREW program for the San Diego chapter to help launch the careers of university students, and she also participates in CREW’s mentorship program, where she mentors a more junior female professional.  She has participated in and led numerous other CREW initiatives. For her dedication and hard work, Katie received CREW San Diego’s Outreach Award in 2017.

Katie is also active in the San Diego Building Industry Association (BIA) and the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).  Last year, Katie spoke on a local Women in Construction Coalition (WCC) Leadership Series panel on business development.  She is also a past recipient of San Diego Metro’s 40 Under 40 honor.  Congratulations, Katie!

Thank you for being a part of our planning and engineering family.

From the entire Latitude 33 team, Enjoy Spring!

LATITUDE 33 CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

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LATITUDE 33 CELEBRATES 25 YEARS


Above from left to right: John Eardensohn, Senior Principal Engineer and Randi Coopersmith, Senior Principal Planner. Photo by Kristy Walker.

Hello, and welcome to a special, 25th Anniversary edition of the Latitude 33 newsletter. This quarter, we are taking an opportunity to highlight a few special stories related to our 25th Anniversary and our core values as a company. We hope you enjoy learning more about our humble beginnings, and how we got to where we are today.

Sincerely,

Latitude 33 Leadership Team

FEATURED STORY

THE HISTORY OF LATITUDE 33 PLANNING & ENGINEERING:
AN UNLIKELY SUCCESS STORY


Above from left to right: Randi Coopersmith, Senior Principal Planner and John Eardensohn, Senior Principal Engineer. Photo by Kristy Walker.

By all accounts, Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering shouldn’t be here today. It should have dissipated before it ever gained momentum. The partners did everything in opposition to conventional business wisdom. They started their firm in the middle of a recession. The firm had few local clients. Moreover, the partners couldn’t pursue some of their best prospects. It wasn’t a promising start.

The Early Years
The story of Latitude 33 begins at another large planning, engineering, and surveying firm in San Diego. Randi Coopersmith and John Eardensohn were associates working at the firm together. They watched the company grow from 35 to 125 staff members, and the process was not a smooth one. Convinced they could develop a better business model, they and two others set out on their own, and founded Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering. As junior partners and shareholders, they left with a non-compete clause—they couldn’t pursue any of their former firm’s clients for at least one year. It was 1993, in the middle of a deep recession.

The partners began to build their integrated planning and engineering company, and disregarded the standard, single-leader, top-down management model. They genuinely enjoyed doing the work, which lead to a more horizontal structure with hands-on principal involvement. They also wanted an equal partnership with a shared decision-making approach.

Each partner owned exactly equal shares of company, and the presidency rotated between the partners. While they each possessed unique skillsets and strengths, they were completely aligned in their goals for growth and the type of culture they wanted to create.

For the first three years of the firm’s existence, Latitude 33 didn’t have any local clients. They reached out and found clients in Colorado, Arizona, and Mexico—but not a single client in the State of California.

The Breakthrough
Change came, however, in 1996 when Pardee Homes and Latitude 33 began working together on Pacific Highlands Ranch. The massive, 2,652-acre development led to multiple projects for Latitude 33. Beginning a snowball effect, the firm then landed numerous local clients, including Gen-Probe, The La Jolla Institute For Allergy and Immunology, and the Eastgate Tech Park.

For twenty-five years, the company has gained momentum and forged ahead with great success. The partners each lead a team focused on services including public sector planning, land use planning, public outreach, entitlement services, and civil engineering for public works, private subdivision, healthcare, higher education, and military projects.

Lessons Learned
Whether riding out a major recession or setting itself up for future success, the principals have learned new lessons and Latitude 33 has emerged a different company. Key among the firm’s values are:

  • Diversity – Once known for its niche expertise for coastal projects, Latitude 33 is more diverse than ever. The firm’s clients now include hospitals, municipalities, military, and educational institutions. The firm is reinventing suburbs and urban neighborhoods with projects such as Merge 56.
  • Longevity – Latitude 33 focuses on turning each client into a legacy client. The firm seeks to move past having just “jobs”; instead, it seeks long-term relationships. This requires that the staff be more proactive, anticipate their clients’ needs, and do more than just their jobs.
  • Democracy – Against all business wisdom, a more democratic, horizontal structure has worked for Latitude 33. To this day, every client and every project has hands-on principal involvement.

Moving Forward
Much of Latitude 33’s success is due to the long-term thinking of Coopersmith and Eardensohn. “We began thinking about a succession plan when Latitude 33 was just five years old,” Eardensohn says. “We are always looking for strong leaders and seeking to promote from within.”

The firm is continuing to build on its strengths, and puts its lessons learned into practice. Using strategic planning, Latitude 33 has been able to grow and thrive. Setting itself up for the long-term, the firm continues to focus on diversification and creating legacy clients in numerous industries.

“The challenges of today are less technical and more political,” says Coopersmith. He cites a recent example of The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Going above and beyond, Latitude 33 met with all the stakeholders and garnered their support before the plans went to the City for approval. In the past 25 years, the firm has played a role in having three city-wide voter initiatives approved. “In our 25-year history, we have an unparalleled 100 percent success rate for seeking entitlements,” Coopersmith adds.

Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering continues to offer a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to design. Serving public agencies, developers and property owners, the firm specializes in residential, education, healthcare, military, commercial/retail, civic, and hospitality projects. And unlike its predicted path at inception, the firm will continue and expand its work, by all forecasts, for many years to come.

For more information, visit latitude33.com.

PROJECTS

PACIFIC HIGHLANDS RANCH: THE PROJECT THAT LAUNCHED LATITUDE 33 IN SAN DIEGO


The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, courtesy Owen McGoldrick.

For its first three years in business, Latitude 33 didn’t work on a single project in the State of California. Until Pacific Highlands Ranch. It was the first of many San Diego projects—the one that launched Latitude 33 locally and helped it earn the stellar reputation it has today.

Latitude 33 and Pardee Homes, which has developed most of Pacific Highlands Ranch, began working together on the 2,652-acre development in 1996 on an extremely extensive and broad community engagement process. It included input from the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board, community planning groups across the entire city, City of San Diego staff, elected officials, environmental organizations and stakeholders. The developer and design team worked with the surrounding community to create the Pacific Highlands Ranch Subarea Plan, the community plan for this area. The plan was on the forefront of visionary planning in San Diego by preserving and enhancing the existing habitat and canyons system, creating new wildlife corridors, and creating an urban village in a northern San Diego suburb. The Sierra Club, the Endangered Habitat League, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board, and many other organizations fully supported the plan. The Pacific Highlands Ranch Subarea Plan was adopted by City Council July 28, 1998.

Twenty years later, the area has transformed into a vibrant, world-class community with thousands of residents, energy-efficient market-rate and affordable homes, outstanding schools, a multi-trail system, shopping centers, and 1,300 acres of preserved open spaces. And, it’s not done yet.

Under construction is the heart of the entire community: The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch will bring commercial retail, high-density residential, civic, and park uses together as the pedestrian-friendly town center for the master-planned community. The multi-use, urban village will include 252 market rate residential condominiums and 79 affordable residential units (331 total units), 195,000 square feet of commercial space, a library, and a civic use area including a dog park, 13-acre public park, access to biking/walking trails, and central plaza with outdoor seating, fireplaces, and a fountain. The Village will provide a place to live, play, socialize, learn, work, shop, and dine, all within a walkable space.

Latitude 33 is proud to be part of a major collaborative effort to bring The Village to fruition. This portion of Pacific Highlands Ranch attracted numerous companies to gather around a common goal and purpose to get the master plan designed, approved, constructed and open for use. The team of Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering, SPGA Architecture and Planning, Wiseman & Rohy, McParlane & Associates, Michael Wall Engineering, Inc., MW Peltz + Associates, Inc., and Coast Income Properties, Inc. made this dream project a reality. Additionally, Wermers Construction is the builder of the market rate apartments, and Affirmed Housing developed the affordable component. SGPA was the architect for the commercial components, and Architects Orange designed all residential pieces.

More than 20 years after beginning to work on the community, it is very satisfying for the entire Latitude 33 team to continue its work at Pacific Highlands Ranch, and see the vibrant community thriving, in part, because of Latitude 33’s efforts.

COMMUNITY AND CULTURE

LATITUDE 33 BUILDS A CULTURE OF TRUST


Latitude 33 in action. Top Row: San Diego Mud Run in 2012 (left). The annual Scripps Ranch Old Pros 4th of July Run (right) and Ride (center). Latitude 33 is an annual sponsor for this race. Bottom Row: 2017 Holiday party (left). Rock climbing in 2017 (center). The superhero-themed Engineers Without Borders Kick Ball Tournament (right).

As noted in this edition’s feature story, Latitude 33 values longevity and focuses on building long-term relationships. Relationship-building is not only part of our focus for clients, it is also part of our internal culture, as well.

Modeled after Ken Blanchard’s theories about productivity and leadership in the workplace, Latitude 33 strives to create trusting relationships among all team members. Blanchard notes that 45% of employees say that lack of trust in leadership is the biggest issue impacting their work performance. By contrast, high trust organizations experience 32 times greater risk-taking, 11 times more innovation, and six times higher performance. Trusting relationships in the workplace leads to increased collaboration, higher levels of creativity, and more effective execution of business strategy.

In honor of Latitude 33’s 25th Anniversary, we look back on some of our favorite moments over the years as we have built a culture of trust and teamwork in the workplace. Enjoy the pictures above!

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!

 

 

Latitude 33 Team Bowls a Strike

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The Latitude 33 team at Mira Mesa Lanes bowling alley.

On Friday, March 3, Latitude 33 hosted their quarterly team building event by heading out to Mira Mesa Lanes for some friendly competition at the bowling alley.  Five teams of five players each did their best to split, spare, and strike their way to victory.  While all teams put up a good fight, team I can’t believe it’s not gutter ultimately won bragging rights.  Thanks to all for joining our fun event!

Latitude 33 Sponsors Dream Big Movie Premiere

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The Latitude 33 team representing the firm at the premiere.  From left to right are: Shannon Davis, Evan Wickstrom, Vanessa Tarronas and Adam Fischlin

Latitude 33 was a proud sponsor of the ASCE Dream Big: Engineering Our World movie premiere during Engineer’s Week in February.  The film takes viewers on a journey of discovery to witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow. The film is designed to:

  • Inform the public about what engineers do, helping to heighten interest
  • Inspire young people to consider a career in engineering
  • Answer the demand for K-12 engineering education resources

The event was well attended and the film received rave reviews.

 

Brian Schroth Becomes Design Engineer

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Brian Schroth has been promoted from Designer to Design Engineer. Brian continues to show great versatility and has been a huge asset to many groups within Latitude 33. He has shown the ability to adjust to new challenges and isn’t afraid to take on tasks outside of his comfort zone. Brian is an exemplary employee and we are lucky to have him as a part of the Latitude 33 family.

Austin Baber Promoted to Design Engineer

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Austin Baber has been promoted from Designer to Design Engineer.  He has done an outstanding job with design, report writing, client management, and proactively looking ahead at tasks to be completed or follow up that needs to occur with clients and other consultants.  Austin has also been an integral part of our new Drone Services team.

Aric Barreras’ Hard Work Recognized

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Aric Barreras has been promoted from Design Engineer to Sr. Design Engineer. Aric has been with Latitude 33 for four years and has shown tremendous growth over his career. He has been heavily involved in numerous projects throughout Pacific Highlands Ranch and has been a huge part of Latitude 33’s success within the community. He is hard working, and is a great example for younger engineers looking to succeed in this challenging field.

Clay Ost Serves as Latitude 33’s Newest Project Manager

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Clay Ost has been promoted from Senior Project Engineer to Project Manager.  Clay has been with Latitude for over five years and has flourished in his role not only technically, but as a leader.  He has earned the respect of key legacy clients and has shown the ability to juggle large projects and demanding deadlines.  Clay has become a go-to resource for water quality knowledge, and his expansive skillset has become a key component in the growth of his team and the engineers he mentors.  Clay is an essential asset to Latitude 33 and a welcome addition to the Project Management team.