Creative Office Space Complete for First Tenant at Block D in Downtown San Diego’s Makers Quarter

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Creative Office Space Complete for First Tenant at Block D in Downtown San Diego’s Makers Quarter

Overseen by Gilliland Construction Management, a San Diego-based construction and project management firm, 10,364 square feet of creative office space is complete for BASIC Agency, the first tenant at Block D in downtown San Diego’s Makers Quarter. The think tank and internet-marketing consulting firm now occupies Block D’s entire fifth floor.

Block D is the first building completed within Makers Quarter, an area bounded by Broadway and G Street, 14th and 17th streets, that is master planned to include 979,448 square feet of office space, 140,158 square feet of retail space and 808 housing units. The Makers Quarter development team includes Lankford & Associates, HP Investors and Hensel Phelps.

“Makers Quarter is part of the greater I.D.E.A. District, which was conceived as a work-play hub for innovation, design, education and the arts, and BASIC Agency’s space at Block D is a showcase for this vision,” says Chip Stockmeyer, project manager at Gilliland Construction Management.

Block D is designed by BNIM to meet the requirements of a LEED Platinum + Net Zero certification. To maintain cost, health and environmental benefits inside BASIC’s space, Stockmeyer worked with BNIM, BASIC Agency leadership and the rest of the team he assembled to incorporate touch screen control for the HVAC and lighting systems as well as four roll-up garage doors to allow natural ventilation and access to the fifth-floor outdoor deck area.

The space also incorporates various audio-visual components, including large flat screen televisions, Sonos SoundBar speakers, Apple Mini and Google-Meet meeting interfaces in all conference and huddle rooms to support the collaborative, creative culture of BASIC.

“Our team used a lot of unique materials and creative features you’d never expect to find in a corporate office, which is exactly the branding message our client hopes to convey,” added Kirt Gilliland, president of Gilliland Construction Management.

Other project team members included Burger Construction’s Kevin Butts and Peter Cusworth; BNIM’s Daniel Brown and Jeff Marsch; and Paul Brewer Designs.

About Gilliland CM

Gilliland Construction Management is a San Diego-based construction/project management firm offering a range of services to provide clients with an integrated management solution for design, permitting and construction of a wide variety of projects, including ground-up facilities, corporate tenant improvements, lab projects and housing developments. The Gilliland team has been assisting clients through the complicated design and construction process for over 30 years. For more information, please visit