Makers Quarter is pleased to announce that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded BLOCK D with the LEED® Platinum certification, marking it as the first LEED Platinum building in downtown San Diego. The LEED rating system, developed by the USGBC, offers four levels of certification with platinum being the highest designation.

Spanning 60,000 square-feet over six stories with street level retail and restaurant suites, BLOCK D reimagines the urban office building as a strategic framework. Its creative and innovative design recently earned an architectural nod from San Diego Architectural Foundation’s 2019 Orchid & Onions Awards. Highly flexible office suites utilize natural ventilation through the use of motorized exterior blinds and garage doors on each level. An exposed concrete frame integrates with the natural ventilation systems to facilitate passive cooling during the day. A high-performance facade utilizes two active shading systems that enhance daylight and provide flexibility to user preferences within individual tenant spaces. A 174kw PV solar array installed on the roof serves the building as part of the ZNE approach.

As San Diego’s first net-zero energy and LEED Platinum certified building, BLOCK D’s forward-thinking, sustainable office space has already attracted a roster of top-tier companies, including BASIC Agency, a nationally renowned creative design agency who occupies the 5th floor; and Spaces, the pioneer in creative, flexible workspaces that occupies the lower four floors.

BLOCK D announces two new incoming ground-floor tenants that will add to Makers Quarter’s vibrant lineup of lifestyle and hospitality offerings: BLACKMARKET BAKERY | Anticipated Opening Q2 2020 and TAILORED HAIR | Anticipated Opening January 2020.