Project of the Year

The City of Encinitas has officially welcomed its new Marine Safety Center at Moonlight Beach, just in time for warmer weather of the season. Though it has been operational since November of last year, the city held a grand opening ceremony for the center in late May, with state, county, and city officials, lifeguards, and representatives from the construction team in attendance. The 2,350-square-foot building, which cost a total of $3.8 million, is equipped with a first aid station, sheriff’s desk and observation space, lockers, storage, restroom areas, and an upper deck with a 360-degree view for lifeguards to see the ocean, the beach, B Street, C Street, and the Moonlight Beach parking lot. It replaced the former lifeguard tower, which was originally built in 1953 and demolished in October 2016.

The center has already received an impressive accolade – the 2018 Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association (APWA) San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter. The award was established to promote excellence in public works projects by recognizing the partnership between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer team, and the contractor, who work together to successfully complete projects for community benefit. The Marine Safety Center was designed by Stephen Dalton Architects of Solana Beach and built by EC Constructors Inc. of Lakeside, who both also worked on the restroom/concession and garage structures in the first phase of the Moonlight Beach renovation. For more information go to and