BNIM Expands in California: New Place, New People, New Projects

SAN DIEGO, California. (December 11, 2012) — BNIM announced today an expansion in the firm’s California presence. The firm was selected to design two new high-performance facilities for a global wireless technology company headquartered in San Diego. The project sparked growth in BNIM’s San Diego office, resulting in new employees and a new location in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Since opening its doors in 2007, BNIM San Diego has led or co-led several high-profile projects including a Campus Master Plan and Conceptual Design process for the Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego, a LEED Platinum office for DPR Construction, and two projects at UCLA—a programming and pre-design study for the Medical Education and Biomedical Library (in association with Lake/Flato) and the new Engineering VI facility (in association with Moore Ruble Yudell), which broke ground this fall.

“I’m personally excited about our commitment and potential our local office will have within our local community and in serving as a regional office for the West Coast,” said Matthew Porreca, who leads the San Diego office.

BNIM’s newest contract with the global wireless technology company involves a two-building campus expansion, which transforms an existing corporate site into a new corporate campus for research and development. The two buildings are being designed to achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification with the US Green Building Council.

To accommodate the needs of the project, BNIM San Diego has welcomed John Ambert, Celina Echezarreta, and Phil Bona to the firm. Ambert, a 2006 graduate of California Polytechnic University, specializes in the design and construction of high-performance buildings. Echezarreta holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Architecture from University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and has a portfolio of work that emphasizes innovative sustainable strategies. Bona holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and brings more than 20 years of experience to the team.

The firm’s new office location in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood aligns with BNIM’s mission to bolster community vitality. Continuing a BNIM custom, the San Diego office will offer its large storefront window as a gallery space featuring the work of local artists. The art program, called +1@BNIM, opens Friday, December 14th in collaboration with the monthly Kettner Nights arts events. An Open House to celebrate the new office will be held alongside starting at 5:00 pm.

“We have been working on high-performance projects on the West Coast since the late ‘90s,” said Steve McDowell, principal of BNIM. “Growth in our California presence allows us to better serve our clients here while furthering our efforts to evolve the design and construction industry to achieve more sustainable and regenerative results.”