As an aging campus that included Rock Bottom Brewery, an office complex, and a new medical office building – this site desperately needed a face lift. The new look is colorful and contextual, engaging. A pedestrian bridge on the property funnels large amounts of UCSD students off the campus and into the neighborhood, yet the center previously had no pedestrian connection from the street and the bridge to the core of the site. Part of the scope of the project was to add a pedestrian spine, with an outdoor “lobby” type space that welcomes pedestrians. In addition, the original plant palette of tropical water loving plants was exchanged with very drought tolerant natives and naturalized planting. The idea was to pay respect to the surrounding natural hillsides while significantly decreasing water and maintenance expenses. All turf and regionally in-appropriate plant material was removed from the site. New dramatic lighting, furniture, and signage components were added for theatrical effect and the site was ultimately made much more pedestrian friendly.