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Regional Builders Laying Future Foundation for San Diego Scientists Amid COVID-19

Mayor Faulconer Tours Future Life Science Complex as Local Carpenters Continue Construction for Vital Industry

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE

SAN DIEGO – Continuing to highlight the various ways San Diegan businesses have stepped up in response to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, on Wednesday Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer toured the future site of a life science complex as local carpenters implement safety standards to complete a project designed to bolster San Diego’s world-class biotech industry.    

“Today’s construction lays the foundation for the live-saving scientific breakthroughs of tomorrow,” said Mayor Faulconer. “Because our carpenters and construction teams are implementing the necessary safety measures now, more office and lab space will be available for our local scientists to innovate solutions without delay.”

The Aperture Del Mar project consists of two, four-story life science office buildings totaling 230,000 square feet scheduled to be completed in August 2021. The project’s master plan also calls for three additional lab office buildings for a total combined 650,000 square feet of space once fully completed.

“We’re seeing San Diegans follow the rules, take the right precautions and ultimately, slow the spread of this aggressive virus, and our carpenters are no different,” said Mayor Faulconer. “Not a day went by where construction for our vital life science industry paused and because of their efforts to maintain a safe, healthy work environment, they’re laying the foundation for local scientists to continue to innovate and develop solutions for tomorrow.

With 53 craftsmen working on site each day, additional safety practices and requirements are in place to keep crew members and the public safe and healthy as San Diego reopens including increased education and training, routine equipment training and limited communal activities.

“The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters is proud to be partnering with McCarthy Building Companies to build the new Aperture Del Mar. This project represents some of San Diego’s largest industries: Life Science and Technology,” said Doug Hicks, Special Representative, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. "It could become critical in the COVID-19 recovery, and it's critical that it's built with the best skilled and trained Union workers San Diego has to offer."

McCarthy Building Companies has over 27 years’ experience building innovative spaces for the region’s renown life science cluster, including building office and lab space for local companies that have already accomplished groundbreaking work in this field.

“Health and safety on our jobsite is our highest priority at McCarthy. We’re proud to work closely with the Southwest Region Council of Carpenters to bring Aperture Del Mar to life while keeping our essential workers and their families healthy through this pandemic,” said Bob Betz, Executive Vice President, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. “Aperture Del Mar will be a frontliner in technological and scientific advancements as we navigate the aftermath of COVID-19, and we want to express the utmost gratitude to our trade professionals for their dedication to this critical work.”

Fueled by San Diego’s innovative spirit, JLL serves as a lease broker for the life science industry, matching many of the region's well-known innovators with a location that can meet the specific needs, delivering creative solutions for the region’s problem solvers.

“In today’s high growth life sciences and technology sectors, companies want certainty of deliverable space and room for growth before making a decision about expansion or relocation. Aperture Del Mar will be the first delivered office and life science project with 200,000 square feet in 2021 and which is scalable for growing businesses,” said Chad E. Urie, Managing Director, JLL. "San Diego's life science sector is thriving through this difficult period of time, research for COVID and cancer therapies continue and Aperture is designed to meet the specific needs of these companies."

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