Pacific Building Group Earns AGC Build San Diego Award for Portside Pier

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Pacific Building Group Earns AGC Build San Diego Award for Portside Pier

General contractor Pacific Building Group was honored yesterday by the Association of General Contractors of America, Inc., San Diego Chapter, at the organization’s biennial Build San Diego Awards with an AGC Build San Diego Merit Award for Portside Pier, a complete transformation of San Diego’s flagship waterfront restaurant site at 1360 North Harbor Drive along the North Embarcadero. The destination today offers dock-and-dine options, views of San Diego Bay and free public access to enjoy those views.

“Because of its location, a downtown over-water platform in an urban region of over 2.7 million people, the project demanded an agile construction team that could innovate, communicate and operate under unusual circumstances, and our team and fellow vendors took on this task with great pride and determination,” said Jim Roherty, president of Pacific Building Group. “We are grateful to the Brigantine family for trusting us to bring their vision to life and to AGC San Diego for recognizing the effort.”

The Portside Pier project includes a 42,000 square-foot, two-story building with six indoor and outdoor dining options and viewing decks. To drive the pier’s 48 piles, upon which the dining establishments sit, Pacific Building Group executed a highly coordinated effort with water quality advisors, biologists, fellow builders and designers and the Port of San Diego. Some of the $25 million project’s most notable architectural features include curved steel and zinc shingles on a barrel-shaped roof representative of an ocean wave, two stick-framed glass structures stretching 26-feet and 31-feet tall that resemble fishing baskets, a 3,000-pound, three-dimensional octopus wall sculpture and more.

Recognized by the Association of General Contractors for its ingenuity, Pacific Building Group consistently overcame construction challenges – from working off floating barges around tides/waves and creating a pulley system to move things around more effectively – to adapting to COVID-19 safety changes and materials delays.

Pacific Building Group team members on the project included Wayne Hickey, Andre Childers, David McNiff, Randy Stoner, Jeff Denny, Michael Giannini and Cindy Jones. B&G Consultants served as the construction program manager and Tucker Sadler was the architect.

About Pacific Building Group

Founded in 1984, Pacific Building Group earned a strong reputation as a full-service general contractor specializing in tenant improvements. As a result of its commitment to excellent service, integrity and a personal approach, the company has grown to deliver a diverse range of construction projects, including ground-up, tenant improvement, healthcare, life science, hospitality and facilities maintenance. Today, Pacific Building Group is one of the largest and most respected locally based and operated general contracting firms in San Diego County. Through its dedicated and valued team of over 150 employees who implement the company’s vision of “Delivering the highest level of service, every time,” Pacific Building Group strives to complete projects in which employees, strategic partners and the community can take pride. For more information, please visit or call (858) 552-0600.