Seismic Retrofit, Structural Engineering Design, and Renewable Energy
(San Diego, CA) The once derelict building on the corner of University Avenue and Mississippi Street in North Park, which has been used for everything from a gymnasium to a bathhouse, has undergone a complete transformation, courtesy of NDD. Dr. Robert Nagell and partner Chris Chandler purchased the concrete structure nearly 2 years ago with dreams of converting it into a modern animal hospital. Today their dream has been realized as Bodhi Animal Hospital’s doors are open, serving the community and its furry friends.
- Project cost: $ 3 million
- Complete Rehab and Reuse of an Existing 7,000 square foot Masonry Building
- Largest Privately Owned Solar Array for a Commercial Building in San Diego
- Combination of 58 Solar Tubes and Clear Story Glass above Interior Walls creating Daylight throughout Building
- The Building Produces Twice the amount of Power it Requires Daily
- Complete Seismic Retrofit
- All New Infrastructure and Street Improvements
- 60% More Energy Efficient than Standard Energy Code
- Use of Recycled Materials
- Draught Tolerant Landscaping
- Carport used for Shade and Solar Array
- Hydrostop Cool Roof System
The purchase of and renovations to the building cost about $3 million, resulting in a state-of-the- art “green” animal hospital offering both traditional and holistic/eastern remedies. NDD was responsible for all exterior and a portion of the interior construction work at the 7,000 square foot site. The extensive renovations implemented by NDD include an exterior facelift, solar panel design and installation, carport design and installation, and parking lot construction.
In addition to the improved aesthetics of the structure, the energy efficiency of the building was improved by more than 50%. The building utilizes the most current sustainable technologies from LED light fixtures to insulation made from post-consumer recycled denim. The roof not only plays host to fifty-eight solar tubes, which flood the large space with natural light, but also holds what is considered one of the biggest privately owned solar arrays in San Diego. Even on cloudy days, the building generates twice as much energy as it requires.
Prior to construction, the project was approved by the North Park Planning Committee and has now become a premier example of the possibilities and merit of the redevelopment plan underway in North Park. Local residents have welcomed the project with open arms, as it fills what was a void in emergency animal care in the area and has transformed the building from an eye sore to a clean, modern structure the residents of North Park can be proud of. NDD is delighted to be an example to the community and hopes to be involved in the beautification of as many San Diego communities as possible. To read further on Bodhi Animal Hospital or any of NDD’s local projects, please visit our website at www.nddinc.net.