Balboa Park: Organ Pavilion

Balboa Park: Organ Pavilion

San Diego, CA

City of San Diego

877 SF

• Electrical Engineering
• Lighting & Controls
• Power System
• Audio System

• 2006 Project of the Year -
  San Diego Chapter -
  Historic Category
  - American Public Works Association

• 2006 Design Award -
  San Diego Chapter
   - American Institute of Architects (AIA)

• 2006 Craftsman /
  Preservation Technology Award
  - California Preservation Foundation

Renovation of the Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park

LSW Engineers was the prime design consultant for the electrical upgrade of the Balboa Park Organ Pavilion located in Balboa Park. John D. and Adolph Spreckels donated the Spreckels Organ, one of the world's largest outdoor pipe organs, to the City of San Diego in 1914 for the Panama-California Exposition. This unique organ contains 4,725 pipes ranging in length from the size of a pencil to 32 feet and is housed in an ornate vaulted structure with highly embellished gables.

The electrical system was aging and incapable of handling current electrical demands for special events, especially during the holiday seasons. The project consisted of restoration of the entire electrical system. The existing outdoor lighting, originally installed in 1915 and consisting of concrete rosettes with cast-in lamp sockets, was removed and replaced. The new rosettes are glass fiber reinforced concrete and the sockets were cast-in to replicate the original design. The design was approved by the Historical Site Board, the Spreckels Organ Society, Balboa Park Committee of 100, and the Park and Recreation Board.

Design Included:
• New electrical service
• New panelboards
• New branch circuit wiring and lighting controls
• Removed/replaced existing outdoor lighting
• Audio public address system