Mercado del Barrio

Mercado del Barrio

Celebrating Heritage Through Design: Engineering a new mixed-use property in a developing, culturally historic area of San Diego

Located adjacent to the historic Chicano park and Coronado Bridge in the Barrio Logan area of San Diego, California, Mercado del Barrio is a new, mixed-use, residential project that is the cornerstone of redevelopment occurring south of downtown San Diego. The project includes a residential/parking structure, a stand alone commercial/restaurant building, and a grocery designed by others.  The main building combines parking and residential, using a combination of podium and wrap construction.  The first level is concrete with parking and live-work lofts.  The concrete parking continues for four levels in the center of the building with a ring of podium slab at the exterior supporting an additional three stories of wood framed residential.  The upper residential floors are configured in a “wrap” around the parking core, and uses timber framing. The commercial portion of the building will be Type V wood and is located at ground level with the clubhouse, office, and leasing center at the second level.  A “tot-lot” play area is located on the upper level of the parking structure serving residents in the residential portion of the building.  Total square footage for the project is approximately 210,000-sf with 210 parking stalls and 92 affordable residential units.  Other project amenities include a plaza with stage, a supermarket, and other retail space by others.

Project Highlights:

  • An innovative combination of podium and wrap construction allowing easy access to the parking garage and combinations of residential types.
  • Approximately 48,000-sf of commercial space.
  • A long span framing parking configuration was chosen to allow for a clear and open structure.
  • The parking garage will be constructed of cast-in-place concrete.
  • The lateral force resisting system consists of shear walls located at the interior and perimeter of the building.


Award of Excellence from the American Planning Association California Chapter

San Diego, California
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