UC San Diego and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have helped develop plans for Seaport San Diego’s aquarium and its marine-focused learning center as advisors to Seaport San Diego. The advisors include Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences at UC San Diego and director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Harry Helling, Executive Director of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
This approach is atypical. Generally, a multitude of individual lessees or tenants (commonly referred to as “pads”) are contracted by a developer's brokers, who then add their markup. In contrast, Seaport San Diego is comprised of invested operators who share in the success of the project, at both operating and top-levels. We believe this approach will provide the foundation for Seaport San Diego to achieve its vision and goals, as well as align the interests of all stakeholders.