Manchester Financial holds topping out ceremony of new US Navy headquarters building in California


Manchester Financial Group has announced a ‘topping out’ ceremony for the development of the U.S. Navy Headquarters building in Downtown San Diego, California.

The new building represents the cornerstone of the $1.7bn (£1.4bn) redevelopment of the 14-acre Manchester Pacific Gateway project.

The $200m (£164.5m) building is expected to occur in October 2020.

When the building is completed and is handed over to the US Navy, Manchester Financial Group will perfect the ground lease for the masterplan and will continue developing the rest of the land.

Navy Region Southwest Commander, Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar said: “This is an exciting day, Not only because it marks a key milestone in the Navy moving into what will be a world-class, state-of-the-art new facility commensurate with our mission, but also because it marks a milestone in a truly unique public-private venture between the Navy and the private sector.”

Manchester Financial Group chairman emeritus Papa Doug Manchester said: “We are ecstatic that we are on schedule for the topping out of the iconic Navy Headquarters building. The completion assures the ultimate realization of Manchester Pacific Gateway, a magnificent mixed-use hotel, retail and office development.”

Upon completion, the Manchester Pacific Gateway will feature five buildings with a total of three million ft² across eight-city blocks, including the new 17-storey Class-A office building for the US Navy headquarters.

Block 1 in the final project will include a 1.9-acre 29-storey plaza, 467,000ft² office tower, 68,000ft² of retail space, 198,000ft² of luxury boutique hotel with 235 rooms.

Block 2 will be a 29-storey, one million ft² convention center hotel with 1,100 rooms and 200,000ft² of meeting space and 37,000ft² of supporting retail space.

Block 3 will include an 11-storey, 197,000 ft² office building and 75,000 ft² of retail space along with 17-storey, 373,000ft² U.S. Navy headquarters Class A building.

Block 4 will be an eight-storey, 186,000 ft² office tower and 91,500 ft² of retail space along with four-storey 28,500 ft² office tower and 63,500 ft² of retail space.


Image: Navy Region Southwest Executive Director Joe Stuyvesant, Papa Doug Manchester, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Dealy Development official Perry Dealy, John Greenip, Navy Region Southwest Chief of Staff Capt. Matt Ovios. Photo: Courtesy of Javier Laos Photography/La Jolla Visions.

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