Shift Apartments

Iconic East Village neighborhood center encourages an eclectic urban setting

San Diego’s East Village is an evolving neighborhood positioned for a mix of housing types to serve continuing urban growth. The Shift is a distinctive 620,160-sf mixed-use building complex within a city block comprised of three buildings of diverse architectural styles. The modern-looking neighborhood center includes a PT concrete framed 21-story tower and two five-story, wood framed mid-rises over a concrete podium. The Shift has a total of 368 apartment units, commercial retail space, parking, and an interior courtyard open to the public. The iconic residential tower with the angled façade has a rooftop deck with a pool and sky lounge.

DCI Engineers designed the gravity and lateral framing systems and performed structural calculations for the entire Shift project. The engineering team came up with the mat foundation design, PT concrete plan, mild reinforcing plan, concrete shear wall design, wood framing details, and connection details.

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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

  • Structural elements include long cantilevers, a series of concrete “Y” shaped columns for the mid-rise buildings, an angled façade and sloping columns for the tower.
  • The building complex’s interior courtyard is open to the public and will encourage pedestrian and shopping activity.
  • Includes 438 parking spaces on two levels of below-grade floors, one at-grade, and one above-level.
  • The podium design meets Civic San Diego’s Downtown Design Guidelines for building development massing, which favors varied and smaller volume massing.
  • Owner will pursue LEED certification.
  • DCI’s engineering team provided early permit submittals prior to a building code change, which saved costs for the developer.

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