Orchestral Maneuvers

by Dan Morse, Assistant Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 3, Pg. 56-58

Document Type: Feature article


Symphony Towers is an H-shaped superstructure that straddles Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. The $143 million project is a 34-story office building to the south of the hall and a 27-story hotel to the north of the hall. Directly over the hall, the two towers are joined by five levels of parking and a level of sky lobby. The project completely fills a sloping, 200 ft by 300 ft block in downtown San Diego. The project does not touch Symphony Hall, which is principally owned by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. And almost forgotten in all this spanning and straddling is the fact that the office tower is now the tallest building in seismic-prone San Diego.

Subject Headings: Project management | Commercial buildings | Business districts | Superstructures | Construction management | Parking facilities | Fills | Slopes | California | United States

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