Tour of IQHQ Research and Development District (RaDD)

Tour of *IQHQ Research and Development District (RaDD)

Thursday, March 21st, 2024 | 12:00pm-1:30pm

Member Ticket $10, Non-member Ticket $25 

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Join us on a green building tour of IQHQ’s Research and Development District (RaDD) located in downtown San Diego on the waterfront.  The life science district totals over 1.7m square feet of lab, research, office, and retail space that spans eight city blocks encompassing 10.5 acres and five buildings.  The buildings are substantially complete, and each building is in the process of achieving LEEDv4 Building Design + Construction Core and Shell Gold Certification for all five buildings, in addition to Fitwel Commercial Site Certification. 

The all-electric buildings include rooftop solar totaling up to 5% of each building’s annual core and shell energy consumption, unique for urban life science buildings, and the district has planned one of the largest EV charging strategies for Southern California.  In addition, dynamic glass was utilized across the district to preserve the best waterfront views in Downtown San Diego.  Learn more about the project’s sustainability strategies and certifications on this unique tour experience.

Project Team: Gensler (Architects), Turner (General Contractor), OJB (Landscape Architecture), BR+A & Michael Wall Engineering (MEP), KPFF (Structural), RSM Design (Environmental Graphic Design), Negawatt (LEED Consultant), Noresco (LEED Construction Support), Applied Cx (Commissioning), IES Communications (IT/AV), Project Design Consultants & NV5 (Civil)

*2023 Sustainability Award Winner

Speakers/Tour Guides:

Jenny Whitson

Director, Sustainability & ESG, IQHQ

Jenny Whitson is Director of Sustainability & ESG for IQHQ, a premier life sciences real estate investment trust based on San Diego. She has over 17+ years of sustainability experience working as a consultant within architecture, engineering, and program management companies before transitioning to her current role.  At IQHQ, she is responsible for overseeing the corporate ESG and sustainable development initiatives across IQHQ’s portfolio in San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, and the U.K.




Kristen Salinas

Manger, Sustainability Services, Noresco

Kristen Salinas has 15 years of experience providing guidance and recommendations on how to integrate sustainable design into new buildings. Using green and healthy building rating systems, Kristen seeks high levels of certification for complex buildings, campuses, and civil projects. Her background in civil engineering provides a comprehensive understanding of site planning, energy/water systems, and optimizing embodied carbon in structural materials. Additionally, Kristen has worked extensively with utilities in Southern California supporting Title 24, Part 6 (energy code) compliance improvement programs. She is also involved in providing education and outreach support for locally adopted reach codes, with the goal to further reduce energy use in buildings across California. 








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March 21, 2024 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm


IQHQ Research and Development District (RaDD)
989 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA 92101
United States
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