The following are the basic building specifications for La Jolla Commons. These specifications are based on the “Design Development” stage of design and are therefore subject to change at any time without notice. The development team can provide more detail on these specifications upon request.

LEED-CS Gold Certification

The Project has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) at the Gold level certification for sustainability, efficiency, and innovation.

Construction Type

The office tower is composed of a type I steel frame and glass exterior with metal decks and concrete fill.


The predominantly glass curtainwall system incorporates highly efficient insulated double-paned glass with a clear, low-emissivity coating. Approximately 50% of the typical curtainwall perimeter is 9 foot floor-to-ceiling vision glass with the remaining 50% of the perimeter having 7 vertical feet of vision glass and a 24-inch sill.

Building Area

Ground level: approximately 16,400 rentable square feet Level 2: approximately 20,300 rentable square feet Levels 3-Penthouse: approximately 24,000 rentable square feet Basement and Mechanical Penthouse: areas total approximately 8,600 gross square feet

Typical Floor Dimensions

30-foot typical perimeter column spacing and 5-foot typical mullion spacing 42-foot north/south bay depths, 33-foot east/west bay depths Slab-to-slab heights are 13-foot to accommodate 9-foot finished ceilings Six column-free, corner offices per floor; four of them with floor-to-ceiling glass 11% load factor

Floor Loading

A typical floor is designed to a reducible live load of 80 pounds per square foot (psf) at the perimeters, while the core areas allow for 100 psf live load unreduced.


Passenger elevators have been designed to reach each successive floor in 10 seconds and are embedded with smart technology to best cater to tenants’ arrival and departure patterns. Low-Rise (Floors 1 to 7): Three dedicated 3,500-pound-capacity elevators at 350 feet per minute. High-Rise (Floors 1 and 8 to PH): Four dedicated 3,500-pound-capacity elevators at 500 feet per minute. Freight (all levels): One 4,500-pound-capacity elevator at 350 feet per minute.

HVAC Systems

For cooling, high-efficiency floor-by-floor water-cooled, Direct Exchange (DX) AC units provide maximum flexibility, energy and cost efficiency compared to traditional central plant and heat pump cooling solutions. For heating, two forced-draft, hot-water boilers and two variable-volume, hot-water pumps located on the roof are utilized.

Plumbing Systems

Plumbing system includes domestic hot- and cold-water systems, sanitary sewer systems, roof and area drainage systems. The reclaimed water system results in an 87% fresh water savings for the campus.

Electrical Systems

Two separate electrical bus risers shall serve the tenant (office receptacle and lighting panelboards) and mechanical systems. The tenant bus duct shall be rated 3,000A, 480/277V and the mechanical bus duct will be rated 2,500A, 480/277V.

Security / Control Systems

Computer-based expandable card access system using proximity-type access cards and card readers will be provided for building entrances, all elevator cabs, and the parking structure. Access to the parking structure, building lobby, and tenant floors is restricted to time of day or as desired by tenant. Individuals can also be restricted during off hours or have 24/7 access to floor-specific tenant space at the tenants’ option. The system will record all activity and can generate customized usage and activity reports as requested. The parking garage is also equipped with an Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) system that eliminates the need to lower the car window to enter or exit.

Fire / Life Safety Systems

The building will possess an integrated sprinkler system in accordance with code requirements. Life safety devices will include ADA-approved fire alarm audible speakers and visual strobes, smoke detectors, pull stations, waterflow switches, tamper switches, and duct smoke detectors connected to a centralized system. Two-way fire department communication system will be provided at elevators, lobbies, and stairway vestibules where required by code. A Fire Department central control station will be located on the ground floor.

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