As part of San Diego Yacht Club’s lease renewal with the Port of San Diego, DPR Construction was retained for the project that began in September 2009 to make improvements to the club facilities and site.

The existing locker buildings, pool heads, junior clubhouse, maintenance building and dry storage areas north of the main clubhouse were demolished and replaced with new, state-of-the-art structures. The new structures included the 6,900-sq.-ft. Malin Burnham Sailing Center, which houses the junior sailing and high school sailing teams programs, the regatta manager’s office, dock master’s office, fitness and training room, as well as classroom and banquet event spaces. Additionally, DPR constructed a two-story, 12,160-sq.-ft. locker room building and 2,400-sq.-ft. maintenance building. Other improvements included the addition of an 80-foot ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) approved gangway, a new storm water management infrastructure and landscaping.

Green Features

The project achieved LEED 2009 NC Gold Certification. At the outset the project goal was Silver Certification, however, the team incorporated sustainability measures to exceed initial expectations, including:

  • Design charettes were held to review the LEED certification scorecard.
  • Design that incorporates natural ventilation and daylighting strategies as well as high-efficiency heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems for energy savings.
  • Building materials such as concrete, masonry and cement board were selected for their environmental sensitivity, longevity and ease of maintenance.
  • Permeable pavers for stormwater runoff.
  • Wood products were proposed in selected areas because of their renewability as a natural resource with acknowledgement given to over-harvesting of certain species.
  • Solar water heating system installed to service showers, restrooms, laundry and solar pool heating panels as well as provisions for future photovoltaic panels for on-site generation of electricity.
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures for water savings.


  • Excellence In Engineering Award and People’s Choice Award (2013)
    Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD)


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