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logo leedgoldThe Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier

Sustainable (LEED) Features

The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier has been certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified building.

The certification, given by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a tool used in projects aimed at reducing the environmental impact of a building during design, construction and operation.

Environmentally friendly features of the Port Pavilion project that contributed to its LEED Gold certification include:

  • More than 93 percent of the construction debris was recycled.
  • More than 20 percent of the total building materials contain recycled content.
  • The building includes a 60 kW solar panel system, which offsets at least 28 percent of the building's energy needs. Two solar panel systems are on the Pavilion roof. One 30 kilowatt (kW) system is owned by the Port and the other 30kW system is owned by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).
  • Water efficient fixtures were incorporated into the building, which reduce water use by 32 percent compared to conventional buildings.
  • The Port Pavilion contains over 7,550 square feet of windows, which allows visitors to enjoy the views of San Diego Bay and reduce indoor lighting needs.
  • A shore power system provides power to cruise vessels from the electrical grid, allowing them to shut off their engines, thus reducing their air emissions.

Architectural Features

thumb tidalradianceThe Port Pavilion has several distinctive features of design and function.

  • The pavilion’s saw-tooth roof is representative of boat sails and ocean waves.
  • New York artist Leni Schwendinger, of Leni Schwendinger Light Projects LTD., installed the exterior wall sculpture “Tidal Radiance” to transform the façade of the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier by night into a dynamic, deeply colored, luminous form. By day, the sculpture blends into the architecture of the building, activated by glints of the sun. Materials include layered custom cast glass and textured stainless steel panels. On the ground, a projected "light garden" enhances the building's entry with images inspired by water and sand patterns on the east and south side of the building. Chromatic seasonal compositions relevant to the San Diego Bay's culture and environment appear through the medium of light.
  • The iconic pylon at the front of the Port Pavilion extends to a height of 60 feet. Designed by the architect to represent a ship cutting through water, the iconic pylon can be illuminated from within to coordinate with the art lighting.
  • The majority of the Port Pavilion’s exterior is covered in corrugated metal panels that have been painted in “Jamaican Reef,” an iridescent color that changes from green to blue depending on the viewer’s perspective and how much light is cast upon it. The paint treatment was chosen to blend with the colors of San Diego Bay.
  • The interior of the Port Pavilion is painted in ocean colors ranging from “Sea Foam Green,” a light green, to the darker “Pacific Coast Blue.”  These paints were also chosen to reflect the colors of the bay.