Alpha Square

Alpha Square presents the opportunity to integrate the most vulnerable actors of our city in its urban growth plans. Inclusive housing is fundamental to a humanized and democratic development of our cities. The architects have been able to make the building fit right in with the rest of the new development happening for some time in downtown San Diego. Inclusive low-income housing can also be an asset as well as interesting architecturally.”
Architect Rene Peralta, judge for Our City San Diego’s “Development of the Year” contest

Award-winning affordable housing: Transit oriented development and mixed-use building offers residents shelter and support

Alpha Square, permanent and temporary housing for low income residents, has been recognized by San Diego professional organizations as an example of how affordable housing can look appealing and function for the entire community. The six-story residential building comprises of 203 furnished living units, one subgrade parking level (14 stalls), and ground level retail space. Amenities include a rooftop garden, community courtyard, computer room, laundry facilities, and dining areas.

DCI Engineers provided structural designs for the primary lateral and gravity systems of the building and contributed to the Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Documentation phases of the project.

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San Diego, California
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Commercial, Multi-Family Residential
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Concrete, Wood

Project Highlights

  • Designed to San Diego Affordable Housing Guidelines.
  • Development is close to public transit routes.
  • Amenities include a computer lab, laundry facilities, community courtyard, and rooftop deck.
  • Includes 14 parking stalls on a below-grade level.


  • Best Affordable Project by the Building Industry Association of San Diego County
  • Our City San Diego’s Development of the Year – Affordable Housing

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