LCI is excited to be the Landscape Architect for the Ampersand project for the Casey Brown Company. This unique project, located in Mission Valley, is a conversion/renovation of the iconic San Diego Union-Tribune offices into a 330,000 square foot creative office complex. In collaboration with the project architect, Wolcott AI, LCI has developed a story for the site design which strives to connect our client’s vision with the Union-Tribune’s rich history, the San Diego River, trolley and trail systems.
LCI themed the central courtyard, entitled the Riverlands, as an abstract connection to the adjacent San Diego River and local outdoor culture. The Press Building courtyard was previously where the Union-Tribune printing press machine operated and has been aptly themed after this use. Entitled Press City, this courtyard has an urban industrial character with a modern flow, abstracting the stories rolling off the printing spools and into the community. The plant palette is a mix of drought tolerant California friendly materials, mixed with agaves, accent trees, and colorful sensory plantings. Additionally, portions of the landscape provide a mix of culinary plantings and fruit trees to complement a future craft café and/or restaurant.
For more information on the project, visit http://ampersandiego.com or read the San Diego Union-Tribune press release at http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/growth-development/sd-fi-ampersand-20170306-story.html