The featured speaker at the March 2nd UHCA meeting will be prominent San Diego architect Jonathan Segal, FAIA. Segal is a nationally recognized, award-winning architect/developer behind Park & Polk, one of the most interesting and exciting new developments currently in the works in University Heights.
Park & Polk, located at 4104 Park Blvd. (at Polk Ave), is an eight-story, mixed-use project scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017. According to Segal and his associates, “The building intentionally reads as three objects broken up and accented by large exterior private decks and glazing. We have utilized fins to create continuity among these three forms as well as diffuse light and create privacy. Typical unit decks range in size from around 80 to 300 square feet and units range from 750 to 1200 square feet.”
In addition, the Park Blvd. frontage will have double rows of trees and commercial spaces, and the Polk side will have a green roof flanked with trees. For those not familiar with the term “green roof,” also called a “living roof,” it is the roof of a building partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium planted over a waterproof membrane. Typically, a green roof also includes drainage and irrigation systems. Segal has been instrumental in developing the Master of Science in Architecture in Real Estate Development (MSArch/RED) program at the San Diego campus of Woodbury University (woodbury. edu/program/school-of-architecture/programs/architecture-msarch-red/).
If you want a look at two of Segal’s most notable recent projects, you need not go very far: The North Parker is at 3000 Upas Street, at the corner of 30th St., in North Park; and Mr. Robinson is at 3752 Park Blvd., at the corner of Robinson Ave., in Hillcrest. Both are mixed-use, urban infill projects that have done more than just fill in a previously underdeveloped space. They have brought street life and a sense of community to the sites and the surrounding communities, combining ground floor commercial spaces with urban living spaces, both lofts and apartments, located above. Such is the goal of Park and Polk.
Segal, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), has been awarded six national AIA awards as well as several Orchids from the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s (SDAF) annual Orchids & Onions awards, highlighting the best and brightest in San Diego’s built environment. Just last fall, he was awarded an Orchid for the Mr. Robinson building. For more information on his practice, design philosophy, and current, past, and future projects, visit www. jonathansegalarchitect.com. And be sure to come to the March 2nd UHCA meeting!