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Former San Diego Union-Tribune Home Gets Makeover As Creative Office Campus

The former San Diego Union-Tribune building is getting a makeover as a creative office campus called AMP&RSAND.

The Casey Brown Co. is repositioning the former San Diego Union-Tribune office building in Mission Valley as a modern, amenitized office campus and has rebranded it AMP&RSAND, according to CBRE, which has been commissioned to lease the two multi-tenant, 165K SF buildings, for total of 330K SF. At 350 Camino de la Rein, the campus includes a five-story office building once occupied by SDUT staff, which will be ready for occupancy in the third quarter of 2017, and an adjacent three-story building that housed the print plant, which will be delivered in the first quarter of 2018.

“When the Union-Tribune stopped its presses in 2016, it made one final impression with the last [character] of the traditional alphabet — the ampersand," company principal Casey Brown said. AMP&RSAND is a historic location reimagined for the demands of the modern workforce. This final impression was not to mark the end of an era, but to signify that the best is yet to come.”

The campus offers large, contiguous, collaborative spaces to accommodate a company’s growth, said San Diego CBRE senior vice president Matt Carlson, who leads a leasing team that includes Jeff Oesterblad and Ryan Grant. “The floor plates will entice and retain talented employees with amenities that go beyond the 9-to-5 workdays of the past.” He said the interior design has an edgy, industrial loft-style feel that features exposed brick, concrete pillars, 13-foot ceilings and oversized windows.

The campus has nine patios, 64K SF of outdoor collaborative space, and an amphitheater for multifunction gatherings. A central meeting patio place, called the treehouse, is shaded by a massive ficus tree and provides hanging chairs, hammocks and meeting areas. There are additional outdoor spaces and parks between the buildings and along the San Diego River. Other amenities and shared common areas include a fitness studio, equipped with spa-like lockers and showers; concierge services, including valet parking; a Craft Coffee Café; and an on-site bike center.

The campus is near the intersection of I-8 and SR-163 and within walking distance of the Green Line Trolley stop and Fashion Valley mall.