SAN DIEGO (Sept. 13, 2006) – Murphy Development welcomed General Dynamics NASSCO to Siempre Viva Business Park on Otay Mesa with a ceremony that attracted approximately 100 South County dignitaries and General Dynamics NASSCO employees last week.  General Dynamics NASSCO is currently moving into the 225,763-square-foot warehouse facility, which is one of the largest facilities on Otay Mesa.

San Diego Councilmember Ben Hueso, District 8, praised General Dynamics NASSCO’s move to Otay Mesa, noting that it supported his vision of an “international neighborhood” with good paying jobs and nearby residential neighborhoods.

The highly specialized, build-to-suit facility, located at 8511 Kerns Street, San Diego 92154, was developed by Murphy Development Company, owner of Siempre Viva Business Park.  The development team included Gene Cipparone Architects, Wiseman+Rohy Structural Engineers and Lusardi Construction Company. 

Frederick J. Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO said that the company’s expansion into Otay Mesa would support operations that are expected to maintain San Diego staffing levels for the next 10-plus years.  (In August, the company announced a $1 billion contract with U.S. Shipping Partners L.P. to build nine product carrier tankers. The contract includes options for five additional ships.)

Steve Stroebel, vice president materials for General Dynamics NASSCO said that the new facility will double the company’s warehouse capacity and quadruple its outdoor storage area. “The new facility will also improve our efficiency, since previously warehouse operations were spread out at four different locations,” he said.

Strobel also noted the facility was built to exacting specifications needed by the shipyard.  The foundation slab (both inside the warehouse and in the adjoining courtyard) ranges from 8 to 12 inches in thickness – considerably thicker than typical warehouse construction – to accommodate General Dynamics NASSCO materials and equipment, such as a fork lift with a front-axle load capacity of 126,000 pounds.

Other specialty requirements include: five oversized grade access doors that are 16-feet high by 20-feet wide, 32-feet minimum clear height, 22 dock-high loading doors, ESFR sprinkler system and 2,500 square feet of tenant-designed office space.

R. Michael Murphy, president of Murphy Development Company, said, “What we see today is really a sea change for Otay Mesa.  This is the first time we have a Fortune 100 company that’s critical to port operations moving to Otay Mesa.” 

He says he expects further growth in port-related businesses, as they become aware of the advantages of Otay Mesa – easy access to the port, a plentiful labor supply with nearby homes in all price ranges, a reverse commute against traditional traffic patterns, improved access to all areas of San Diego County with the pending completion of SR 125 and improvements to SR 905, and affordable lease rates.

General Dynamics NASSCO specializes in designing and building auxiliary and support ships for the U.S. Navy and oil tankers and dry cargo carriers for commercial markets.  Located in San Diego, General Dynamics NASSCO employs more than 4,500 people

Murphy Development Company is the largest commercial real estate developer in Otay Mesa.  The firm has completed in excess of 3.6 million square feet of space on Otay Mesa and has plans for an additional 2.5 million square feet.

The 2.1 million-square-foot Siempre Viva Business Park is home to a variety of high-profile Fortune 500 tenants, including UPS, Iron Mountain, Hitachi, Mattel, VF Corporation, Bose Corporation and Pioneer Speakers. 

After completion of the final Western Phase of the business park, Murphy Development will turn its attention to the 80-acre Brown Field Technology Park, which is master-planned for approximately 1 million square feet of corporate industrial and technology facilities.