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An Iconic San Diego Landmark

With A Culturally Rich Heritage

Since 1870, Horton Plaza has served as a central gathering place where San Diegans have come together to express ideas, dream big, entertain, and push the city forward.

Architect Jon Jerde’s wildly exuberant design gave Horton Plaza its theatricality, its sense of play and discovery.

1870

Alonzo Erastus Horton, the father of modern San Diego constructs Horton House Hotel and sets aside Horton Plaza.

1910

Famed local architect Irving Gill’s fountain becomes the center of plaza activity.

1945

An overflowing crowd of jubilant San Diegans celebrate VJ Day on Horton Plaza.

1960

The site plays host to a historic rally for presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy.

1985

Architect Jon Jerde and developer Ernest Hahn’s pioneering vision for Horton Plaza makes it a model for urban redevelopment in the U.S.

2022

Today, the iconic site has been re-imagined as Horton, a fully integrated and growth-ready multi-use campus designed to set a bold new standard for work and life in downtown San Diego.

The Campus at Horton is the largest adaptive reuse project in the United States.

Bold Moves

Sustainability,
A Truly Beautiful World.

Over the next 20 years, scientists warn of the imminent dangers of increasing temperatures due to man-made greenhouse gases. In an environment where temperature, water and air are at top concern, Horton is the exemplary case for taking action now in the fight to cut emissions.

zero-carbon
Unprecedented for a campus of this kind and size Horton is

NET ZERO CARBON through 2040*

*currently implementing all measures necessary to achieve absolute or near net zero upon project completion

Climate change is now, Southern California water scarcity is now, health challenges with Covid-19 are now. Horton is addressing all of these problems NOW.

How Does Horton Achieve
A Net Zero Carbon Footprint?

By maximizing the size of the campus and taking advantage of the very things that are wasted the most within projects of this size.

Adaptive Reuse

With a previous life as an iconic mall, we are reusing as much of the existing structure and materials as possible. We have created a perfect remix of the property, revising what was vs entirely rebuilding. This effort of reused materials led to a 60% reduction in embodied carbon footprint. Yes, we even ground up existing walkways and then poured new ones using the same aggregate.

Being at the heart of one of America’s sunniest cities, we couldn’t help but take full advantage. Solar panels cover most of the sprawling roof surfaces across the 10 acre campus. This very large scale array of solar energy not only helps the environment through plentiful generation of renewable energy, but drastically reduces energy costs for the tenants of Horton.

Taking advantage of San Diego’s ideal climate, Horton’s indoor/outdoor environment lends itself to a continuous replenishment of fresh air throughout the campus. We use 100% outside air for cooling when outside temperatures permit. The air also stays clear of any natural gas thanks to an all electric system for heating, hot water, ventilation, and air conditioning.* *f&b exception

Horton will save 7.5 million gallons of water annually by reusing it. We’ve taken full advantage of our large water load and have developed the largest known blackwater system of this scale. The system will filter all campus waste water and recirculate it to provide water to the central plant and flush fixtures. To help put the savings into perspective, imagine the entire ball field at PETCO park under 12’ of water.

Massive Office Space With No Energy Footprint

Thanks to a sprawling array of solar panels covering much of the roof space across the 10 acres, paired with high performance facades and mechanical systems, every office building and space at Horton has a zero energy footprint.

Targeting. Project 100% tracking to achieve.

Safeguarding
The Future

We can not deny that COVID-19 has changed the way we feel about and navigate public spaces. As we shift from the present pandemic to clearer skies of the future, we’ve put health at the center of Horton’s design experience, fully driven by occupant comfort and wellbeing.

Going frictionless in a high-touch world

Touchless Design
  • Touchless Access Control
  • Touchless Restrooms
  • Touchless Elevators
  • App Controlled Navigation & Amenities
  • 100% Circulating Outside Air
  • Open Air Work/Play Environments

Resilient & Self-Sufficient

Prepared & protected against unforeseen events
Virus-proofing
Onsite energy
production
Battery storage
Blackwater
treatment

Amazing On-Campus Amenities

At Horton, everything you need is here. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy a diverse and dynamic mix of food, shopping, entertainment, health and wellness options, as well as unique arts and cultural venues and programming.

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Diverse Dining

Whether your appetite demands a known favorite or you feel like trying some new local fair, fresh options always await on campus.

  • New restaurants
  • Favorite nationals
  • Food garden
  • Intimate bars & cafes
  • Rotating pop-ups

Retail

Honoring Horton’s past as the Mecca of
retail, we carry this spirit forward and create an all-new experimental shopping experience.

  • Bespoke shops
  • Select nationals
  • Daily essentials
  • Hidden gems
  • Natural grocer

Culture

In addition to an abundance of on-campus programming, this premier downtown location offers effortless access to a diverse array of action in the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

  • Public installations
  • Performing arts theaters
  • State-of-the-art cinema
  • Concerts in the park
  • Cultural event programing

Wellness

Within the campus you’ll experience the best of wellness integration, epitomizing the notion of work/life balance.

  • Luxury gym
  • Spin studio
  • Wellness boutiques
  • Yoga in the park
  • Clean eating options

The Park.

Blue skies and warm weather keep San Diego life outdoors all year round. The Park at Horton captures that vitality and energy, with inspired spaces, lush greenscaping, and indoor/outdoor venues that make the most of our epic weather.

Lush green scaping,
fresh air, & susnshine

Live concerts
& entertainment

Built-in read/work/
lounge nooks

Health & wellness
activites

Food garden with locally
currated culinary options

Your Spot Is Reserved

Parking in San Diego can be a challenge. Not at Horton. With 2200 spaces we offer the city’s largest and most convenient on-site parking, valet services, and EV charging stations. Horton employees always get safe, preferred parking, right here in the heart of downtown.

The City

San Diego. An ascendent city where the sun is always shining and the living is a little easier. Enormous opportunity for your business awaits within this Southern California oasis.