Gafcon News

BIG-designed observation tower could include a vertical aquarium

7/25/19 – Could this 500 foot, Bjarle Ingels-designed observation tower rise in San Diego?
The tower would be part of the $2.4 billion Seaport San Diego project.


A new 500-foot observation tower from Bjarke Ingels Group could grace San Diego’s waterfront Central Embarcadero in the near future… if it passes an environmental review and is approved by the California Coastal Commission.

If built, the observation tower would be like nothing else that currently exists along California’s coast, thanks to the 1976 Coastal Act that puts a 30-foot height restriction on most of the state’s coastal zones. But, as The San Diego Union-Trubune reports, Downtown San Diego is exempt from that restriction.

The tower is designed as a stack of spinning discs that appear differently at varying vantage points and elevations. At the base, the tower will include retail, food options, and a hotel.

At the tower’s peak, exhibits will be spread across several floors to encourage the public to explore all the space has to offer. Possibilities include a butterfly exhibit, a suspended net for climbing, a wind garden with sustainable technology exhibits, an outdoor auditorium, and a 170,000-sf vertical aquarium that would span the length of the tower and resemble the varying depths of the ocean. The developer, 1HWY1, describes the concept as a “learning laboratory in the sky.”

But unless this radical design gains the approval it needs, the tower may never be more than a 500-foot-tall quixotic dream…Read More>

Read Article in PDF

Recent Gafcon News

Construction Business Owner: Leaders on the Changes

02/06/20 – Construction Business Owner: What Aspect of Your Business Has Evolved Most Over the Last Decade? 3 industry leaders on the changes they’ve seen their companies undergo Marty Glaske Senior Vice President of Business Development, Gafcon, Inc. Historically, construction has been an inefficient industry. Today’s owners want more sophistication and predictability in safety, cost, …read more

ENRCalifornia - California & Northwest People
Construction Professionals: February Updates 2020

02/03/20 – ENRCalifornia: Updates About Construction Professionals for February 2020 Gafcon, Inc. has promoted Marty Glaske to senior vice president of business development. In his new role, Glaske will direct business development strategies for Gafcon’s broader portfolio, including project management, technology, labor relations, expert witness, outreach and preconstruction. He previously led the firm’s labor relations …read more

San Pedro Public Market Construction

Gafcon, Inc. is collaborating with Jerico Development and The Ratkovich Company by providing pre-construction and project management services for the $150M public market in San Pedro located on 42-acres of waterfront property. This project, which started as a shared vision between the Port of Los Angeles and the local San Pedro community, was memorialized in the 2009 San Pedro …read more

Why Red?

Our Gafcon logo icon consists of six colors and tribal codes.

Red stands for “We deliver complex projects that power vibrant communities.”