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Pacific Cornerstone Architects was founded on the belief that architecture and design has the power to transform our lives - in commerce, our culture or our communities. By gaining a holistic view of our clients' vision, needs and context, and adding creativity and innovation, our work solves complex problems and transforms our clients' businesses and missions, often helping to make them leaders in their fields. Utilizing proven techniques and cutting edge technologies Pacific Cornerstone brings the power of building architecture to our clients.


Working with stakeholders of your company, Pacific Cornerstone Architects offers Interior Design services with an experienced design team. We will guide your project smoothly through the design process and deliver an enduring functional and aesthetically pleasing facility. With proper interior design not only will the build-out be efficient, but proven long term benefits for the company and stakeholders can be measured. We provide initial building analysis, programming, budgetary reviews, finish material selection and cross coordination within our Interior Design Services.


PCA’s proactive partnering approach has helped garner the loyalty of some very stellar architectural planning and design clients throughout the San Diego area—from life-science giants like Gen-Probe to technology-driven industry leaders such as Northrop Grumman. One thing this diverse group of clients has in common is the confidence they have in PCA’s ability to deliver through:

  • Proactive partnering to quickly get to core issues
  • Creatively exploring alternate concepts that provide cost savings, while honoring technical requirements
  • Challenging consultants to come up with innovative solutions that meet the flexible needs of our clients over time
  • Tenaciously pursuing solutions to potential conflicts
  • And Fast-tracking the design process in order to efficiently achieve occupancy

    1. Because of our technical prowess and understanding of how to integrate mechanical, electrical, structural and plumbing components in a shell building, PCA has the ability to take a “systems approach” to life-science architecture, rather than isolating tenant improvements. This unique perspective, as well as PCA’s ability to explore alternative concepts and innovative solutions, has resulted in proven cost and schedule savings for clients.

      Our in-depth experience in designing shell and build-to-suit life-science projects provides an advantage in designing tenant improvements that integrate all aspects of a project. Modifying shell buildings in a timely manner is critical to the overall project—if these items are not targeted in the appropriate shell timeframe, inflated costs are often pushed into the tenant improvements, thus reducing the funds available for other tenant-improvement needs.
      Pacific Cornerstone Architects has provided over 4 million square feet of laboratory design and improvements in the San Diego County and outlying areas.


    Masterplanning allows institutions to make the most of all of their resources. Benefits include the ability to:

  • Anticipate and shape the future
  • Prioritize actions
  • Budget time and dollars
  • Improve internal communication
  • Raise funds
  • Provide a reference tool to evaluate future programs and implementations

  • The results are documentation and graphic planning guides to drive the company successfully towards the future. PCA leverages its experience and consultant relations to provide unique vision.


    Maintaining our natural resources through skillful, responsible design, with the intent to minimize, as much as possible, a building's negative environmental impact.
    We believe that architects have a fundamental responsibility to ensure that what gets built has as little negative impact on the environment as possible. At PCA, our first and foremost responsibility is to our client. These two statements can co-exist in the same project.
    We are not simply “sustainability” consultants. As architects, we have a broader range of experience with the built environment. As project managers, we understand the importance of budget and schedule. As conscientious professionals, decades of satisfied clients have shown us the value of responsive service and clear and accurate documentation.
    PCA brings this potential to your projects. We show you how your project can truly make a difference in the world we live in, and we manage the entire process. Our Sustainable Design Group will provide you with choices and the information you will need to make a well-informed decision. No pressure - just options. In most cases, we will also show you how your building, designed to sustainability standards can save you money for years to come.
    The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Green Building Rating System represents the U.S. Green Building Council's effort to provide a national standard for what constitutes a “green building.” Through its use as a design guideline and third-party certification tool, it aims to improve occupant well-being, environmental performance, and economic returns of buildings using established and innovative practices, standards, and technologies. A LEED™ Certification for your building would not only mean that your project will have achieved certain standards of reduced environmental impact, but that it could also become a world-wide case study in sustainable design.
    Whether our clients decide to pursue the international recognition and prestige of a LEED™ Certified Building or not, PCA is still committed to providing you with all available options in sustainability as they pertain to you and your project.


    Often the first request from a facility and their stakeholders is answering the question, “how will it all fit.” With Pacific Cornerstone Architects space planning services an answer can be generated accurately and responsively. Space plans will either utilize previous programming documents or the stakeholder guidelines to develop a graphic plan in a specific space to represent those goals. Existing building information is considered along with schedule and budget goals.
    Space Planning is a valuable asset for any facility and Pacific Cornerstone Architects can often weigh one facility against another to determine best case efficiency. This can lead to significant savings, driving down lease space required to meet the facility goals.


    A valuable first step in facility planning is the Programming Phase. Programming can be a stand alone task, providing documentation in regards to next step planning.. Pacific Cornerstone Architects uses a 6 step method to gain consistent results.. In general Pacific Cornerstone Architects will:

    1. Research the project type
    2. Establish goals and objectives
    3. Gather relevant information
    4. Identify strategies
    5. Determine quantitative requirements
    6. Summarize the program

    Program Summary is typically deliverable of a Level 1 program document and often a graphic representation of that summary.


    To maximize the inherent value of a project and provide distinct Go- No Go decision points is the ultimate goal of Pacific Cornerstone Architects feasabilty/yield study services. Working in conjunction with stake holders Pacific Cornerstone Architects will provide a variety of thoughtful plan studies to determine maximum project density and work force. Balancing these variables with stakeholders needs and city codes the client will quickly understand the elements that form the limits and drive project success.


    Where the rubber hits the road.
    Construction Documentation is the backbone of any successful project. Pacific Cornerstone Architects has proven success for over 17 years provide accurate Construction Documentation. Accurate documentation allows our projects to be bid effectively by General Contractors and to be reviewed easily by governing agencies. From approved Design Development Drawings Pacific Cornerstone Architects back checks code requirements in terms of Life Safety Issues, Planning and Zoning ordinances, constructability issues, and material selections. Coordination of Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Civil, and Landscape are done at 3 stages. At 50%, 85%, and 100%. Cross coordination checks are performed and charette meetings are held with all stakeholders. Our project managers are also in constant communication with all team members on a daily basis working towards a thoroughly documented project.


    At Pacific Cornerstone Architects, we realize that throughout the construction phase, clients are at their greatest risk for incurring increased costs, time delays, contractor claims, and inconsistent quality. For that reason, we are aggressive in leading the construction process and acting on our clients’ behalf. Our in-depth expertise and knowledge of the entire construction process makes us a more informed and collaborative partner whose active participation is critical in implementing client and team goals.
    Recognizing that the construction phase is often the most unpredictable and challenging, Pacific Cornerstone Architects leverages its experience and attention to project details, to serve our clients’ best interests. This dedication to project goals is key to construction-phase activities: coordinating and responding to requests for information, managing change order and submittal reviews, and scheduling site visits and review meetings.
    Pacific Cornerstone Architects works with a variety of software systems to provide powerful, secure, web-based document-control system provides our construction administration team with 24/7/365 access to all project data from anywhere in the world, leveraging our specialized construction knowledge to generate fast, cost-effective solutions that achieve clients’ strategic goals.


    Pacific Cornerstone Architects has a 17 year history in San Diego working directly with a variety of Planning Departments to assist in the entitlement process with our clients. Along with a solid reputation, a stead fast determination and understanding of the project details leads to significant project valuation increases. Partner with Pacific Cornerstone Architects to meet the highest and best use goals.


    In these economic times we find many facilities in need of Restoration and Repurposing to meet today’s market demands. Pacific Cornerstone Architects provides this service with creativity and strong command of market needs. Whether it is a stand alone exterior face-lift or Repurposing a former industrial building Pacific Cornerstone Architects provides value-add long after the last coat of paint is applied with proven market acceptance.