800 Broadway tops out at 40 stories in downtown San Diego


JWDA in partnership with Chicago-based CA Ventures celebrated the topping out of 800 Broadway, a new 40-story residential tower in downtown San Diego.  The development is a mixed-use, multi-family apartment building comprised of a 40-story tower over a 6-story podium with 3 levels of subterranean parking.

The 360,000-SF development fully utilizes the nearly half-acre site along Broadway between 8th and 9th Avenue and offers a lustrous design to the San Diego skyline.  The project includes 389 residential units ranging from studios to 3-bedroom apartments, with 33 units designated as affordable housing.  The building amenities include double-height retail spaces and a grand residential lobby at ground level; an expansive outdoor terrace coupled with a fitness room, a yoga studio, a speakeasy with open seating and private dining area, and the leasing office on level 6 (on top of the podium); and a sky terrace that is equipped with a large pool and spa area, a lounge, a game room, and a reading area on level 40.

The architecture of 800 Broadway is sleek and modern, using a refined material palette of vision glass and metal panel in white, silver and blue.  The design for the podium levels complements the tower massing brings pops of blue down to the streetscape.  Architectural projections wrap the corners of the podium while continuing the full height of the tower, working together to create a continuous ribbon that accentuates the nearly 440-ft tall structure while embellishing the otherwise floor-to-ceiling glass field of the tower fenestration.

The JWDA team is led by Joseph Wong, FAIA; Matthew Geaman, AIA, LEED AP; David Priest, AIA; Daniel Geiger, RA; Chris Fassler, RA; and Marcella Italiano.

Design Team:

Owner/Developer: CA Ventures

Architect: JWDA Architects

Landscape Architect: HPLA Studio

Interior Designer: Parisa O’Connell Interior Design

Structural: KOR

Mechanical: Atlas Mechanical

Plumbing: Sherwood Mechanical

Electrical: Power Design

Civil: Kettler Leweck









Photo of pre-fab stainless steel pool as it makes its way to the roof deck