Shapery Park Tower is a proposed 40 story condominium/hotel
and residential tower in downtown San Diego containing
90 hotel/condominium suites, 30 one bedroom condominium
suites, 42 two bedroom condominium suites, one penthouse
condominium suite, a spa/health club, pool, 40th story
restaurant, roof top bar served by a glass elevator, ancillary
commercial space and 164 parking spaces located in the
project parking garage.
Shapery Park Tower sits on the western half of a substandard
block (200’X 108’) bounded by Russ Blvd. on
the north, A St. on the south, 11th St. on the west and
Park Blvd on the east. It shares the block with a five
story historic hotel building that was newly renovated
by Mr. Shapery, thereby allowing for the transfer of the
excess floor area ratio to the Shapery Park Tower. The
site is the last private ownership parcel south of Balboa
Park and as such is viewed as a city gateway parcel sitting
between the downtown core, Balboa Park and at the beginning
of the historic Cabrillo Highway through the Park.
The building is being developed by Sandor Shapery who
previously developed San Diego’s premier mixed use
high-rise hotel/office complex, the Emerald Shapery Center
which can be recognized by its eight hexagon towers topped
with green neon. Mr. Shapery designed the Emerald Shapery
Center in conjunction with C.W. Kim Architects who is
again joining with Mr. Shapery in the design of this iconic
building. Mr. Shapery was also responsible for the design
and development of the W Hotel in downtown San Diego.
Mr. Shapery who designed and built the Emerald Shapery
Center 16 years ago has been referred to as a futurist
having installed many innovations in the Emerald Shapery
Center including openable window mullions for fresh air
in every office and hotel room; separate air intakes on
each floor at the north side of the building to lower
the temperature gradient, save energy and reduce the amount
of ionized air in the air distribution ducts; the hexagon
design allowed for a greater percentage of view windows
per square foot of floor space along with the standardization
of every exterior window and building frame component.
San Diego’s most efficient air conditioning ice
storage system enables the Emerald Shapery Center to reduce
its air conditioning electric costs by 70% while the laundry
water recycling program paid for itself in 36 months.
The Shapery Park Tower will contain these innovations
and more as it is being designed to be the most energy
efficient high-rise condominium/hotel and residential
tower in the region. Every part of the Shapery Park Tower
is being designed with quality of life, energy efficiency,
environmental sensitivity and sustainability issues given
Many internal building systems are being designed to
minimize initial costs and reduce operating costs by utilizing
the systems for multiple functions. Examples include utilizing
the cooling tower fans to exhaust the parking garage;
capturing the building air conditioning condensation water
for use in the laundry, swimming pool, fire water storage
system and irrigation. Additionally the project's water
features are being designed to function as cooling towers
for the air-conditioning system. Photovoltaic glass will
be installed on the south side building balconies to reduce
each tenant’s electrical requirements.
In addition to the many innovations, the building is
being built pursuant to the highest standards set by the
U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification program.
The Shapery Park Tower contains forty stories above grade
and four stories below grade for a total building height
of 500 feet above the mean high tide line in the San Diego
Bay; the maximum building height allowed in downtown San
Diego. The project rises 409 feet above the lowest grade
on the site with the parcel containing 10,840.5 square
feet. The tower sits on the top of the parking pedestal
which covers most of the site and contains the lobby,
ancillary commercial uses and parking.
The Tower will be constructed out of concrete and the organic design of the Shapery Park Tower is symbolic of the environmental aspects of the project.
The project has 7 floors of parking: Three
levels above grade and 4 levels below grade.
The 4 levels of underground parking contain
86 standard sized parking stalls and 16 compact spaces
for a total of 102 spaces below grade. The entrance
and exit to the underground parking is located on Russ
There are three levels of above grade
parking in the pedestal of the building, being levels
3 through 5 containing 52 standard sized spaces and
10 compact spaces for a total of 62 above grade parking
spaces. When combined with the underground parking spaces
there are a total of 164 parking spaces- 138 standard
parking spaces and 26 substandard parking spaces. The
entrance and exit to and from the above grade parking
is accessed by a driveway between the tower pedestal
and the Historic hotel located on the adjacent parcel
entering on A Street and exiting on Russ Blvd.
The hotel lobby is two stories tall measured
from the entrance on the corner of 11th and A Street.
The lower lobby level is connected to the drive-in entrance
and upper lobby level by a set of escalators separated
by two water falls integrated into the air conditioning
cooling system as mentioned above.
On the 6th level of the building pedestal
above the parking is the back-of-the-house hotel operations
system, including house keeping, laundry, security,
storage and mechanical systems.
There are three elevators that serve all
of the parking and lobby levels, two of which are passenger
elevators and one freight elevator running from the
p-4 level to the pool deck and spa located on the 7th
floor. A second freight elevator begins at the back
of the house on the 6th level and runs to the roof.
The tower is also served by one glass elevator and two
The seventh floor, which is the top of
the building’s pedestal, contains the swimming
pool, pool deck, jacuzzi, health spa, hotel administrative
offices, parking elevators, glass elevator, and tower
The eighth floor which is the first floor
of the tower contains two ballroom/meeting rooms containing
1084 square feet each, an 810 square foot kitchen/pantry
and a prefunction area containing 760 square feet along
with two balconies containing 170 square feet.
The 9th through the 19th floors of the
tower contain 9 units per floor for a total of 90 hotel
condominium units ranging in size from 375 to 480 square
feet most with balconies of 85 square feet each.
The 20th through the 24th floors of the
tower contain 6 one bedroom condominium units per floor
for a total of 30 one bedroom condominium units from
612 to 644 square feet, one and three quarter baths
with full kitchens, and containing balconies of 85 square
The 25th through the 38th floor contain
3 two bedroom two and one half bath condominium units
per floor for a total of 42 two bedroom two and one
half bath condominiums ranging in size from 1284 to
1292 square feet each containing balconies which range
in size from 176 to 255. Two of the three condominiums
on each floor have keyed elevators opening directly
into the unit’s living room.
Beginning at the 37th floor and continuing
to the top of the building each units’ balconies
project outward and increase from 420 square feet, out
to 584, and 594, square feet respectively.
The 39th floor contains the penthouse
condominium containing a total of 4345 square feet of
living space with three balconies containing 1782 square
The 40th story is a restaurant and lounge
containing 3886 square feet of interior space and two
outdoor balconies containing 2268 square feet.
Above the restaurant is the roof-top bar
and observatory topped out with back lit canvas petals.