This project will set a new benchmark for quality in the Little Italy area.”

Primo Location: New 24-story mixed-use high-rise addresses San Diego’s urban density

Luma in San Diego’s Little Italy is a new mixed-use building combining attractive commercial retail space with 220 luxury apartments and tenant amenities. Level 24 includes a clubhouse deck with a rooftop pool and a fitness center. Residents can take advantage of the building’s walkable central location and alternative transportation options.

DCI Engineers designed the gravity and lateral force resistance systems for Luma. The staff provided construction support services for the project team to complete the high-rise by 2018.

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San Diego, California
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Commercial, High Rise / Performance Based Design, Multi-Family Residential
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Concrete, Steel

Project Highlights

  • Strategic placement of the building’s mass of residential levels are “shifted” to one side of the parking/commercial podium (toward Columbia Street). This massing strategy maximizes views for the residents.
  • DCI’s engineering team provided early permit submittals prior to a building code change, which saved cost for the developer.
  • A total of 331 parking stalls on five below-grade levels and three above-grade levels.
  • Building owners are pursuing LEED certification.

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