C.W. Driver Companies, a premier builder that celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2019, today announced completion of a six-story mixed-use office and retail space for LeBeau Realty & Associates in downtown San Diego. Together with the developer’s existing 20-story tower located at 451 A Street, the two buildings complete “Twenty by Six,” a creative office center designed to offer the essentials for employee health, productivity and quality of life. Built to achieve LEED Silver certification, the $34.8 million project marks the first new commercial product in B Street corridor in more than 25 years.
Designed by Gensler San Diego, the architecture of Twenty by Six captures the city’s idyllic weather and relaxed coastal vibe with elements that encourage an indoor-outdoor way of life. Offices are equipped with balconies, movable walls and 10-foot glass height windows that open to sweeping views of downtown San Diego. Community features include an exclusive outdoor courtyard with a fireplace lounge and cafe, private outdoor meeting areas, and a state-of-the-art gym with showers and lockers, in addition to high-speed WiFi throughout.
“The completion of 450 B Street is a celebration of innovative and solution-based thinking from C.W. Driver Companies and our respected partners,” said Todd Rider, senior project manager at C.W. Driver Companies. “Using the latest technology, we executed a complex demolition and subsequent construction in a busy downtown area while limiting disruption to tenants in the neighboring buildings and maximizing the safety of both the public and crew.”
During the initial phase of construction, C.W. Driver Companies oversaw the demolition of an existing two-story branch bank structure by San Diego’s AMG Demolition & Environmental Services. The new 90,000 square foot structural steel building sits above a three-story underground parking garage, which received extensive structural reinforcing and seismic upgrades using fiberglass reinforced polymer (FRP) while remaining in operation during all phases of construction. To minimize impact to the downtown area, including the LeBeau tower only 60 feet away, C.W. Driver Companies erected a tower crane and placed materials on-site with a Just-in-Time delivery method.
Achieving LEED Silver certification, the property features energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems, open windows that provide natural lighting and water conservation systems, in addition to being made primarily of steel, the most recycled material in the world.
“As companies make their return to the office and retail centers open to full capacity, we are excited to introduce a forward-thinking workplace solution to the downtown area that embraces and celebrates the San Diego lifestyle,” said Paul LeBeau, principal of LeBeau Realty & Associates. “We are proud to partner with C.W. Driver Companies, another locally owned and operated company, to bring to life a lifestyle-inspired office environment with enhanced services and amenities within walking distance to the area’s many attractions.”
Centrally located among restaurants and shopping, Twenty by Six is walkable to the bustling Little Italy neighborhood, the Gaslamp District, the Marina and Petco Park.
Additional commercial projects by C.W. Driver Companies include AMP&RSAND for MVUT; 1000 Seward Street for Plus Development Group; and Euclid Creative Office for Friedkin Group, in addition to commercial office projects for Netflix, Sony, DreamWorks, UC San Diego, Extron Electronics and many others.