The Emerald Plaza Building
The iconic Emerald Plaza is one of San Diego's most distinctive buildings with its green neon halos acting as a beacon for visitors to America's finest city. In 2007, The Emerald Plaza, with its unique architectural design of hexagonal towers, became home to the Westin San Diego. Every room at the Westin San Diego is unique, many with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay, Coronado Island, Point Loma, and the Cuyamaca Mountains.
The Emerald Plaza is centrally located in the heart of downtown, a short walk to the San Diego Trolley, Amtrak Station, Gaslamp district, Seaport Village, & many other attractions. Major freeways and the San Diego International Airport are also easily accessible. The Emerald Plaza was built in 1990 and was developed and constructed with feng shui principles in mind. Recognizing that the universe is a fully integrated energy system, the hexagon was chosen for its structural integrity. The hexagon is comprised of interlocking triangles which are the building blocks of nature. They are also organic in form and are believed to have healing and spiritual properties. Like crystals, the Emerald Gemstone is known to harmonize and strengthen the positive influences of mercury which includes intelligence, education, speech, communication, confidence, humor, wit, and intellect. The Emerald Gemstone helps to lift depression and insomnia and promote knowledge of the heart resulting in peaceful dreams. The Emerald has long been the symbol of hope and is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy.
Unique Ways We Save Energy
In addition to its aesthetic beauty, The Emerald Plaza building is also one of downtown San Diego's most energy efficient buildings due to its computerized energy management system, thermal storage system and ice plant. Control systems including HVAC equipment, lighting systems, telecommunications, and electronic monitoring devices were a top priority in the design of the Emerald Plaza. In 2008, the building was granted the General Electric Energy Star Award.