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Daily Business Report — April 21, 2011

Women Rock

SD METRO is asking readers to send us the names of women who have made a big impact on San Diego — in business, government, education, health, the nonprofit industry and the community at large. After compiling the information, we will select “20 Women Who Impact San Diego” in our June issue. Send us the name, title and contact information for the individual and a short explanation of why she should be honored. E-mail them to Bob Page at or Rebeca Page at

Work Starts on Biomedical Research Facility at UCSD

Biomed Facility rendering

Construction has started on the $105 million Health Science Biomedical Research Facility at UCSD, a planned five-story, 196,000-square-foot building within the School of Medicine campus at the university. McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. is constructing the building, whose function will be similar to the Leichtag Family Foundation for Biomedical Research building that McCarthy finished in 2004. The new facility is expected to be finished in August 2013. “We’re expecting this to be the highest performing and most sustainably designed research lab on the UCSD campus and quite possibly in the country,” said Boone Hellmann, campus architect who heads the design and construction office. The research facility, designed by ZGF Architects, will include wet labs, open lab space, lab support and administrative offices on five stories above ground, with core lab space and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in the basement. Environmental features will include computer-controlled exterior solar shading systems and the reuse of water for landscape irrigation.

James Gillie, senior director of construction services for UCSD is supervising the construction. Pnina Goldbert is overall project manager. Subcontractors include KPFF of Portland and San Diego, IBE Consulting Engineers of Sherman Oaks, Integrated Engineering Consultants of Los Angeles, Spurlock Poirier of San Diego and RFD, also of San Diego.

Real Estate Sales

9740 Appaloosa Road

Office Building: Pearl & Herschel LLC has purchased a multi-tenant office building at 9740 Appaloosa Road in Scripps Ranch for $1.3 million. The 14,773-square-foot, two-story building was purchased by a private party as part of a 1031 exchange. In order to satisfy the exchange requirement, the property was transferred 18 days from opening of escrow. Paul Komadina, Paul Lafrenz, Scott Kincaid and Mike Corbosiero of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller. Joe Bonin and Pat Geary, of ECP Commercial, represented the buyer.

3601 Vista Way

Medical Office Condo: Cal Sorrento Ltd has acquired a medical office condo at 3601 Vista Way, Suites 101 and 102, for $2.02 million.The 5,727 square foot, single-tenant, net leased investment property is leased to Imaging Healthcare Associates through September,2020. CB Richard Ellis represented the seller, McMahon Development Group. Sam Higgins of CB Richard Ellis represented the buyer.

2365 Marconi Court

Industrial Building: A 29,666-square-foot multi-tenant industrial building at 2345 Marconi Court in Otay Mesa has been purchased by TSE-JW, a limited liability company, for $1.85 million. Paul Lafrenz, Paul Komadina and Nick Psyllos of CB Richard Ellis represented the seller, Marconi Court Business Park. The buyer represented itself.

Newbreak Church to be Renovated

KMA Architecture & Engineering has been retained by the Newbreak Church in Ocean Beach to design church renovations. Construction is to start in July and be finished in December. Located at 2069 Ebers St., the 6,000-square-foot, one- and two-story church is being renovated to give it a more modern feel. A modern sound system is planned. The Ocean Beach church is one of six campuses Newbreak operates throughout San Diego. The KMA team consists of Don Blair, Rich Guerena, Jay Janda and Alison Warren. Other services are provided by Burkett & Wong.

County to Auction Homes and Other Properties

The county will auction nine houses, condominiums and undeveloped lots at a May 11 auction and has scheduled an open house on April 30 for an open viewing. The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested parties should contact a real estate broker to view each property. The auction will be at 3 p.m. on May 11 at the County Operations Center Annex at 5201-A Ruffin Road in Kearny Mesa. Information and pictures of the properties are available at the Public Administrator/Public Guardian Website at

Southwest Strategies Adds Pedro Anaya to Staff

Pedro Anaya

Public affairs agency Southwest Strategies has hired Pedro Anaya as a senior account executive. Anaya previously was executive director of the Greater Golden Hill CDC and has worked in the nonprofit sector for close to a decade. He is a co-founder of the San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee, which sponsors events in honor of the late farmworkers leader. Anaya has been recognized locally and nationally, including being selected as one of Reebok’s Human Rights Foundation’s International Humanitarian Award winners.

Legal Administrators Group Elects New President

Elizabeth “Liz” Mackres, office administrator for Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, is the new president of the San Diego chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, succeeding Marina Field, office administrator for Troutman Sanders LLP. Mackres will serve through March 2012. She has been a member since 2002. Other board members are: president-elect/education chair: Jeff Talcott, office administrator for Goodwin Procter; vice president/membership chair treasurer: Leslie Kaiser, legal administrator for The Maxham Firm; treasurer: Ginger Boss, business manager for The Boss Law Firm; secretary: Monica Menzer, office administrator for Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis; director of business partner relations: Anna Rushworth, human resources director for Higgs Fletcher & Mack; director: Carrie Merzbacher, patent administrator for Sony Corporation of America; and Marina Field.

SCORE San Diego Small Business Workshops

• April 26 – Introduction to Starting Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• April 26 – Financial Statements – What They Mean, How to Use Them – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• April 27 – Financing Your Business – 9:30 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92009; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• April 27 – Good Governance for Nonprofits: Effective Board Performance – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation in Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Road, #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• April 29 – Business Basics 101 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; No Charge – Please Pre-Register).

• April 29 – Tax Considerations for Small Business – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92009; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

The Daily Business Report is produced by REP Publishing Inc., publisher of SD METRO, the North Park News, Kensington News and the West Coast Craftsman. Contact: Manny Cruz (619) 287-1865.

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