Construction is now well underway on Celadon at 9th & Broadway – Studio E Architects’ 17-story contribution to San Diego’s ever-evolving city skyline. The award-winning, 250-unit high-rise affordable housing tower for BRIDGE Housing broke ground in February of last year, and will be “topping out” in Mid-May.
The Studio E project team had opportunity to tour the project recently and take some photos of the progress. Construction can be viewed in 15 minute intervals via BRIDGE Housing’s Earthcam, which also includes an amazing time-lapsed film of construction from day-one to the present.
Concrete work is nearing completion, with the strong forms of the streetfront pop-out window frames and cantilevered terrace planters clearly visible. Meanwhile, the building’s signature façade of alternating angled bays – implied by the saw-toothed slab edges on each floor – is beginning to emerge as framing is installed.
The outdoor spaces are taking shape nicely as well – with adjoining historic buildings providing a pleasant backdrop in the groundfloor courtyard space, and concrete planters of varying heights defining the boundaries of a fifth floor terrace with views toward San Diego Bay and Petco Park beyond.
Studio E’s design for Celadon at 9th and Broadway imagines an urban residential type wholly-influenced by San Diego’s unique climate and setting. Lofty, efficient-yet-sophisticated residences – with tall ceilings, large operable windows, and compact, but well-equipped kitchens – have views to the San Diego Bay or downtown skyline. Residents will have access to landscaped terraces, trellised roof decks and garden courts. The building will be a model of sustainable design in an urban setting – the project is expected to achieve a LEED Silver rating – incorporating such features as drought-tolerant roof gardens, a generously-sized photovoltaic array to harness solar energy for house electrical loads and naturally-ventilated corridors.
Arising from an underutilized urban infill site that was once a lowly parking lot, Celadon at 9th and Broadway will add 250 affordable rental apartments for individuals and small families – as well as prime ground-level commercial space – to the transit-oriented eastern Broadway corridor of downtown San Diego. The apartments will be available to residents with annual incomes of up to $38,700 for a two-person household, with monthly rents varying from $408 to $879 depending on applicant income, household size and apartment square footage. Eighty-eight of the apartments will be devoted to supportive housing, including twenty-five units for youth that are aging out of foster care and other special-needs residents; Sixty-three apartments will serve frail seniors under the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).