SDSU Mission Valley Project
San Diego State University (SDSU) has chosen LPC West to develop the first innovation district project at SDSU Mission Valley. The project aims to expand educational and workforce opportunities for students, faculty and researchers.
LPC West will construct three buildings to support cutting-edge research and innovation, along with community amenities, a business incubator and accelerator space. The innovation district, when fully built, will encompass 1.6 million square feet of office, technology, laboratory and research space, fostering transdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships. The district will also feature parking structures to support innovation activities and nearby stadium events.
The selection of LPC West following a competitive process marks a significant milestone for SDSU’s development plans.
“The innovation district is integral to achieving the university’s educational, research and economic objectives,” said Gina Jacobs, Associate Vice President, Mission Valley Development. “The project will support research activities, provide educational experiences for our students and drive San Diego’s economic growth.”
Construction is expected to commence in 2024 and occupancy is targeted for 2026, pending approval by the California State University Board of Trustees.
“In a world shaped by innovation, the importance of investing in education and research and what we are building at SDSU Mission Valley cannot be overstated,” said SDSU President Adela de la Torre. “We continue to make strategic investments to build our capacity to teach, to create new knowledge, and to innovate for the benefit of our university, our state, and our future.”
LPC West, a leading real estate firm with a vast portfolio of commercial and life science spaces, is enthusiastic about leveraging San Diego’s favorable climate, active community and innovative startups to attract top researchers and foster collaborations between the university, students, alumni, local businesses and entrepreneurs. The company plans to create a flexible and diverse range of spaces within the project, accommodating different program types and facilitating collaborative research partnerships. The outdoor environment will be designed to encourage casual meetings, discussions and idea-sharing. The innovation district will act as an economic catalyst for the region and help SDSU further establish itself as a prominent research institution.
SDSU plans to occupy approximately 50,000 square feet of research space within the LPC West project. QuidelOrtho, Naval Health Research, and Family Health Centers are among the anticipated public and private partners who will co-locate in the initial phase. SDSU and LPC West are actively seeking additional private, public and non-profit partners to contribute to interdisciplinary research and innovation hubs.
Emphasizing sustainability, LPC West aims to achieve Healthy Building Certifications, including a minimum of LEED Silver design, with a focus on water conservation, energy efficiency and carbon reduction. Swinerton, Lever, Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects (FPBA), and James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) are involved in the project’s construction and design. HR&A Advisors, Inc., national experts in innovation district implementation, provide support to SDSU.
In addition to the innovation district, SDSU Mission Valley will feature 80 acres of community parks and open space, 4,600 housing units, retail space and a hotel.