Crews Celebrate Gemdale USA/Neurocrine Topping Out in San Diego

Beam flying over the project site.
DPR and partners Gemdale USA and Neurocrine Biosciences witnessed and celebrated the final beam placement of the Aperture Del Mar project. Photo: Matt Pranzo
Despite rainy winter, team gets time back on steel structure

Joined by developer Gemdale USA and end user Neurocrine Biosciences, DPR topped out Aperture Del Mar in San Diego, June 21. More than 80 local workers from a variety of trades worked 60,700 hours without a recordable incident to bring the project to this point.

“This milestone is always a testament to the hard work of everyone in the skilled trades, but it is extremely notable how our steel structural partners were able to phase work to pick up three weeks in the schedule that could have been lost due to the incredibly rainy winter we had,” said Tim Book, a DPR project executive leading the job.

Individual signs white beam.
DPR Construction's Eric Scheidlinger attended the topping-out celebration and signed the final beam before it was put in place. Photo: Matt Pranzo

Indeed, San Diego received more rain in Q1 2023 than it did for all of 2022. Planning and coordination among all team members helped mitigate weather-related delays.

For what will be Neurocrine’s future headquarters, the project includes two four-story 140,000-sq.-ft. building shells over 35,000-sq.-ft. basements. The scope also includes a new loading dock, sitework and a 13,000-sq.-ft. fitness center.