The San Diego Convention Center‘s iconic Sails Pavilion is almost fully-renovated. President & CEO Rip Rippetoe gives an update on the project, and it’s final stages.
The San Diego Convention Center’s iconic Sails Pavilion has its sails again.
The bulk of the fabric roof installation was completed over the last few weeks.
The $10.5 million renovation process began in late September, with the 10 original teflon-coated fiberglass fabric roof panels (installed in 1989) coming down. The Pavilion became a fully open-air space for many weeks, but now it is back to a 90,000 square-foot enclosed exhibition area.
Crews are in the final stages of the project. The remaining work includes:
- Fully securing each piece of the roof
- Completing the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition) duct installation
- Finishing the fire cannons and smoke detection systems replacement
- Adding LED Lighting
As the project comes to a close, over the next several weeks, an official re-opening of the Sails Pavilion is on the horizon. The project is a collaborative effort between several project partners including Birdair, Baker Electric, Kinsman Construction, Siemens, American Scaffold, Smart Safety and Barnhart-Reese.
This renovation project is just one of the many infrastructure improvements and enhancements underway at the convention center. A loan from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) to finance $25.5 million in capital improvement projects in June 2016 has helped fund many of these projects. That’s in addition to the San Diego Convention Center’s ongoing investments in its capital projects and building maintenance.