Turner Construction's High-Rise Affordable Tower Tops Out

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Ten Fifty B, LEED Silver and West Coast's Tallest All-Affordable High-Rise, Exemplifies Smart Growth

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We are excited to realize the topping out of this quality, new high-rise that will provide exceptional housing to those who need it most, as every unit is affordable. This unique project is helping set a new precedent for smart, sustainable growth.

Built in partnership with Affirmed Housing Group, Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC), US Bank, and Turner Construction Company, Ten Fifty B is pleased to announce that it has topped out. The 23-story, $91 million development in the heart of downtown San Diego will feature 229 affordable apartments in studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom designs, and 14,000 square feet of commercial space. Designed by San Diego-based Martinez + Cutri, Ten Fifty B is anticipated to be complete in April 2010.

Residents of Ten Fifty B will enjoy multiple tot lots, barbecue and picnic areas, an outdoor fire pit, more than 7,000 square feet of open space, underground parking, a computer lab/business center with access to computers and free internet, a free after-school computer class, resume preparation assistance, and life skills classes. The building will also include solar photovoltaic panels which will produce electricity for lighting in the common areas, and will be certified LEED Silver upon completion.

James Silverwood, President of Affirmed Housing Group, the building's developer, states, "We are excited to realize the topping out of this quality, new high-rise that will provide exceptional housing to those who need it most, as every unit is affordable. This unique project is helping set a new precedent for smart, sustainable growth."

Jamie Awford, Vice President and General Manager of Turner San Diego, adds, "It has been tremendously rewarding working with James Silverwood and his team on this project, as well as all the stakeholders that made this project a true success. We have worked closely with Affirmed Housing Group throughout the planning, design, and construction to deliver this great project for the local community. Ten Fifty B will provide exceptional affordable housing that will enable its residents to enjoy the quality of life in downtown San Diego in a high quality and sustainable building."

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system which provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built to decrease environmental impact. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED projects must meet certain prerequisites and earn a minimum number of points to be certified.

Turner San Diego's current and upcoming LEED projects include: Ten Fifty B (LEED Silver), UCSD's North Campus Housing (LEED Silver Equivalent), San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 West Building and Airside Expansion (LEED Silver), Chula Vista High School (LEED Gold), SDCCD City College Business and Humanities Buildings (LEED Gold), San Diego Civic Center Complex (LEED Platinum), and the J. Craig Venture Institute (LEED Platinum).

The topping out of Ten Fifty B was marked with a celebration on Thursday, October 1, 2009. The Ten Fifty B Topping Out Ceremony commenced in downtown San Diego, where media, VIPs, and Mayor Jerry Sanders donned hard hats for a sneak peak tour of the site. The speaking program included speakers Councilmember Kevin Faulconer (District 2), Jamie Awford (Turner Construction), James Silverwood (Affirmed Housing Group), Jennifer LeSar (CCDC), and John Chan (US Bank). The epitome of smart growth, Ten Fifty B will not only be LEED Silver certified upon completion, it will also be one of the tallest 100 percent affordable housing projects in the country.

Turner is the leading general builder in the U.S., ranking first or second in all major segments of the building construction field. Engineering News Record currently ranks Turner as the nation's largest builder of green, education, healthcare, sports and correctional facilities. Turner also ranked second in the hotel, airports, electronic assembly, telecommunications, data centers and commercial office categories. Turner's San Diego office operates as a local company with the strength and resources of the nation's leading general contractor and construction manager behind it. Turner opened its full-service San Diego office in 1983 with highly qualified and experienced local staff.    Project types include new construction, renovations, and tenant improvements. For more information, visit http://www.turnerconstruction.com/sandiego.


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