Discovering a home for Kairoa took our team all over San Diego and beyond. After over a year’s search, we found the perfect plot closer to home than expected. No other location had as much upside as the old Mueller College building in University Heights. With two of our main team members coming from Red House Pizza right next door, we couldn’t have asked for a more ideal locale. The feel of the neighborhood, the people, and the building space itself are quite a find.
Built in 1928 and originally housing 4 businesses, Mueller College took up residence here in the 1980’s. The school for massage therapy remained until last year. When designing the building, we needed to determine if there was any historical significance of the structure. The State of California conducted thorough research into the status of the building in 2016 and found that it is not of any historical or architectural significance. This decision was supported by the city, and Kairoa moved forward.
Our exploration of the building revealed timber that was in excellent shape, loaning a unique character that we would like to use in the new design. There were several small rooms (vestiges of the massage school) that we have turned into an open plan.
We’re excited for phase 2, which will be the build out, happening in the next couple of months. Stay tuned for the latest updates!