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Sempra Energy building a new HQ downtown

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Sempra Energy’s headquarters will stand on a new corner downtown. Turner construction workers, this week, worked on building the foundation on Eighth Avenue at Island Avenue.

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Clean energy business has been productive at the SDG&E parent company planning to open its new tall downtown building in Spring in 2015. Sempra announced in February, its operations and maintenance facility at its Clean Energy Innovation Center in Clairemont earned a double Platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The new headquarters is designed to meet LEED Gold standards. Earlier in the week, cranes stood high above Eighth Avenue and Seventh Avenue at the block worksite. Construction trucks and crew had taken over the Eight Avenue roadside. On Seventh Avenue, a shovel moved forward and back slow, while construction workers worked on the west side road.

Spreading innovation in energy across San Diego has been adding to the success accomplished by the enterprise headquartered at its 101 Ash Street building. The company has brought in increasing numbers of diverse business enterprises run by women, minorities, and veterans to work on creating competitive innovative solutions to energy needs. Fourteen DBEs that joined in on power generation last year doubled the 2012 DBE energy goal. Over 47 percent Sempra’s natural gas came from DBEs.

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