January 9, 2014

The Port of San Diego is engaging in an integrated master planning process that will result in a new vision and long-term, holistic guide for the water and land around San Diego Bay.

HKS Urban Design Studio was selected to oversee the first of six phases of the comprehensive integrated master plan, which will encompass nearly 6,000 acres of land and submerged tidelands along San Diego Bay.

According to Randy Morton, director of HKS Urban Design Studio, phase one will result in a series of guiding principles and a vision statement that will inform a draft Port Master Plan Update.

“Focusing on balancing between what the public wants and how to get where we want to be, we are responsible for developing a long-range plan and strategic work plan consistent with the current California Coastal Act,” said Morton. “We will also conduct a high-level assessment of District-wide assets, and an extensive public engagement to establish principles for an integrated planning framework for the 50-year vision.”

The Port, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, balances  active maritime and waterfront industrial uses with tourist-related developments such as the San Diego Convention Center, hotels, restaurants, attractions and the planned Chula Vista bay front redevelopment. The Port also serves as an environmental steward for the tidelands.

In 1962, the San Diego Unified Port District Act created the state agency to further the development of commerce, navigation, fisheries and recreation on behalf of San Diego residents.  Its five member cities include Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.

 HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $75 billion in more than 1,263 cities located in 80 countries. The firm operates from 27 offices worldwide.

For more information, contact Randy Morton at rmorton@hksinc.com or Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

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