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Turner Construction is putting the finishing
touches on the $96 million Hard Rock Hotel
complex in San Diego.

‘Cutting Edge’ Hard Rock

Turner Construction Co. is in the last stages of the Hard Rock Hotel condominium-hotel complex in
San Diego. The $96 million project will include retail, spa, ballroom, banquet and meeting space.
By Libby John two Rande Gerber bars, Vann says.

T urner Construction Co. is putting the finishing

touches on the $96 million Hard Rock Hotel, a con-
dominium-hotel complex in downtown San Diego.
The project – expected to be completed in October – is 90
percent complete, says Project Manager Carmen Vann. Fin-
Construction began in September 2005 and was original-
ly scheduled to be completed in April 2007, but was pushed
back six months because the design of the hotel had chang-
ed, she says. “Several aspects of the hotel were redesigned
to ensure that the character of the Hard Rock brand was pre-
ishes are currently being installed throughout the building served and not compromised, while satisfying local muni-
including installing stone flooring, casework, as well as paint cipalities such as the [Centre City Development Corp.] and
and wall covering in the lobby and public areas. In addi- the Historical Society, as Hard Rock sits at an entry point
tion, finishes are being completed in the upper floors of into the historical Gaslamp District,” which is home to trendy
the guestrooms and the site work and landscaping are stores, restaurants and nightlife, she says.
underway, she explains. Carmen stated that the Hard Rock project was her first
The 317,500-square-foot building has opportunity to manage construction in an active downtown
Turner Construction Co. -- 12 above-ground floors and two levels of setting. As project manager, her responsibilities include
Hard Rock Hotel underground parking. It will have 402 managing the day-to-day operations of the project, as well guestrooms, 18 suites, 25,000 square feet as handling the schedule and budget.
Project cost: $96 million
Location: San Diego of retail space, a ballroom, 40,000-square- “This is by far the most exciting project that I’ve had the
Scope: Condo-hotel foot banquet annex area, meeting space, opportunity to be involved with,” she says. “I certainly
Carmen Vann, project manag- full-service spa, a pool and two restaurants: enjoyed bringing life to such a cutting-edge design style
er: “This is by far the most excit-
ing project that I’ve had the Nobu and a 24-hour diner operated by with its bold color palette, high end finishes and custom
opportunity to be involved with.” Hard Rock. The complex will also hold designed furniture.”