Aztec Market at SDSU

We are proud to announce our newly designed Aztec Market is now open at San Diego State University in the new Aztec Student Union. Check it out:


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Architects Mosher Drew Receives Design Award!

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Palomar College Performing Arts Center Grand Opening

Mosher Drew was proud to be recognized as the Architect at the opening celebration of the new Performing Arts Complex Friday. The celebration started with a dedication ceremony, followed by tours, and finished with a gala performance showcasing the new facility. For more details on the event, please see the article and photo gallery featured in The San Diego Union Tribune :

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Palomar Theater Foundations

Discovering undocumented underground conditions is always a nerve-wracking part of construction. When the underground conditions are under a 6 story brick building, the stakes are higher, and the whole project team has to pull together to keep the project from slipping into delay, or worse, slipping into the mud!


When excavations began under the Howard Brubeck Theater at Palomar College in San Marcos, the team knew there could be issues. The design called for threading a new tunnel between the existing caissons that hold up the 65′ tall building, in order to provide elevator access the new orchestra pit. The caisson and grade beam system had done an excellent job of holding up the building since 1975, but as the excavation reached 7′ below grade, the caissons suddenly flared out and stopped… far shallower than documented, and shallower than the floor of the new tunnel!


As the dewatering pumps worked, the design team and contractors worked together to brainstorm how to hold up the massive building, while passing the tunnel under its foundations. Many site visits were made where the team had the pleasure of looking at the UNDERSIDE of massive foundations while standing in the soupy mud that passed for soil on the project.


After considering micro piles, post tensioned tie backs, special miniature drilling machines, soil grouting, and many other exotic solutions, the team developed a system of shoring, cantilevered grade beams, stepping footings, and specialized waterproofing materials that fit the tighter constraints , and allowed the construction to move forward with only a minimum of delay.


Here are some photos: 

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Mosher Drew Announces…

Mosher Drew is pleased to announce new leaders are stepping forward…

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Griffin Center & Student Services named “Deal of the Year”!

See article below from the San Diego Business Journal about our recently completed renovation and expansion of the Student Services Building and Griffin Center at Grossmont Community College:

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New Associates!

Architects Mosher Drew is pleased to announce that


have been named ASSOCIATES!

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Happy Holidays!

Mosher Drew would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays!


Our office will be closed next week, and we’ll return in the New Year (on January 3rd).


Happy 2013!

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We design Sustainable Buildings!

Architects Mosher Drew is pleased to announce two recently completed adaptive re-use projects at Grossmont Community College were awarded LEED certification!

The Grossmont Student Services Administration is certified GOLD, and the Grossmont Griffin Center is certified SILVER.

The departments within the 37,000 sq. ft. Grossmont Student Services building provide a “one-stop” service center where all departments are accessible off the main atrium style lobby.  The Grossmont Student Services building includes: Financial Aid, Cashier, Admissions and Records, Veterans Affairs, Transfer Center, Counseling, College and Community Relations, Foundation, International Students and Assessment Office.

The 46,700 sq. ft. Grossmont Griffin Center is designed to encourage student interaction through exposure by bringing circulation through the building with courtyards, patios and plazas. The project involved a number of diverse departments co-locating in one facility.  The Griffin Center includes: Health Services, Student Affairs, Culinary Arts, Career Center, DSPS, EOPS, and Food Service.

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Booth Education Center Under Construction

Construction is progressing at the new Booth Education Center at the Barnes Jr. Tennis Center.


This 4,400sf building includes three classrooms for the tennis center’s childcare program, a central art area, a homework assistance room for older children, as well as a new outdoor playground.


Here’s a photo from when a few of us from the office walked to the jobsite to view the progress:


Construction is set to be done in mid-September.

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