Horton Plaza - Bringing Sustainable Scientific Innovation to Downtown San Diego


Friday, October 21 

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Currently in construction, the Campus at Horton is a transformation from the iconic outdoor mall to a new nearly 1 million SF mixed-use campus, including a 10-storey high-rise, all-electric, life science tower. Targeting LEED Platinum, this new life science tower will incorporate airside and waterside energy recovery, variable controls and sensing for lab exhaust, and air-source heat pumps for heating and to supplement the campus chilled water central plant, and a photovoltaic and battery storage energy system.

A deep dive into this case study explores the design strategies, the challenges faced in converting an existing structure and in delivering life science tenant space in a high-rise tower, all while targeting the highest levels of sustainable performance and zero-carbon operation.




Calina Ferraro


Calina Ferraro, PE, LEED AP  Principal, Integral Group  Calina is a mechanical engineer and LEED AP with 15 years of sustainable design experience in life science, commercial, higher education, and civic projects. As a principal in Integral Group’s San Diego office, she provides deep green engineering solutions locally in Southern California and across the Western US. 





Ransom Hamrick


Ransom Hamrick, PE, LEED AP BD+C  Associate Principal, Integral Group  Ransom is a mechanical engineer, LEED AP and associate principal in Integral Group’s  San Diego office. He brings over a decade of design and project management experience with a strong focus in integrated and sustainable design. His experience includes new construction and renovations in a number of sectors, including life science, commercial, and higher education. 



Derek Heeb


Derek Heeb, AIA  Associate Principal, RDC  Derek brings a passion for “place” to the practice of architecture. With more than two decades of experience in a range of commercial and residential development, the common thread in Derek’s work is a need to create meaningful experiences of public space in which the quality of “being there” ads value beyond the programmed occupancies.

As a leader of RDC’s Placemaking Studio, Derek brings together the three pillars of full-service architecture: design, technical knowledge, and project management.  Derek enjoys working with clients to guide them through the architectural process, helping them to develop their design inspersions into project realities. “I believe that architecture is the service of design”.




October 21, 2022 at 1:15pm - 2:15pm

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