Platt/Whitelaw Architects designed a new Lifeguard Station between Pacific Beach Point and Crystal Pier to meet the needs of lifeguards and the City of San Diego. The project complied with the Pacific Beach Community Plan, California Coastal Commission and Planning/Building Departments. The station includes a first aid room, lockers and showers, and a rescue vehicle facility on the first floor. The second floor is comprised mostly of a secondary observation ready room with administrative facilities, with an observation tower raised half a floor above offering clear views of the beach to the north and south. The 2 ½ story building’s first floor is almost entirely tucked into the coastal canyon, below grade, to reduce visual mass and beach footprint. Along with the lifeguard station the project widens the boardwalk to allow for additional drop off space for visitors, provides a northern termination point for the end of the boardwalk, stabilizes the adjacent eroding bluffs and improves storm water runoff conditions to the beach.