Association of zoos and aquariums - national award for Exhibit Design Africa Rocks

Africa Rocks is an award winning eight-acre new animal exhibit replacing one of the older areas of the San Diego Zoo. The existing canyon and topography were completely reshaped for larger exhibit spaces as well as ADA compliance. Extensive grading, soil retention, shotcrete theming and immersive visitor experiences are paramount for this project. A 100,000sf tensile structure will enclose a large aviary and a 60-foot walk-through waterfall. The project also includes a 150,000-gallon saltwater penguin and shark exhibit that includes multiple above, at and below water level viewing areas.

award winner Santa ysabel nature center

The Nature Center illustrates the site’s historical significance and focuses on connecting visitors to the outdoors with special attention to ensuring the design blends into the surrounding natural environment. The 6,000 sf facility is located to preserve the existing trees on an environmentally sensitive, undeveloped parcel adjacent to CA Highway 79.

bonita library renovation and expansion

The existing library facility is sited to take full advantage of the scenic views of the Sweetwater River valley and Chula Vista golf course. This project was a roughly 3,200 SF addition of a Children’s Area, and complete remodel of the existing 10,000 SF Library including Marketplace, Study Rooms, Community Room, and Staff Area. The addition was developed to take advantage of views, while also protecting the occupants from wayward balls from the adjacent golf course.


Snipes-Dye Associates partnered with P2S Engineering, Inc to provide Utility Master Plan updates for both campuses within the San Bernardino Community College District. This effort involved detailed survey and assessment of each and every utility on both of the campuses, detailed topography, and mapping of all existing utilities. All infrastructure was assessed for life cycle capacities and projected campus growth models were considered. Recommendations for current and future capital infrastructure needs were developed to assist SBCCD in long range planning and capital expenditures. SDA has served the SBCCD campus for the past 15 years and our long history together continues as we look ahead.

award winner - 2020 apwa project of the year San Diego State University

San Diego State University ENS 700 Field received the 2020 APWA Project of the Year. Snipes-Dye is proud to have been a part of the award winning team led by FPBA. The project included new turf technology, modern LED sports lighting, and an inviting landscape welcoming students both day and night for outdoor sports. SDA enjoys a long standing relationship with the campus and continues to support the campus on a wide variety of projects.

elephant odyssey san diego zoo

Elephant Odyssey is the most ambitious exhibit project the San Diego Zoo has ever developed. This new area showcases animals in a truly unique setting. Guests have an opportunity to see elephants in an exhibit that features a state-of-the-art care center as well as mixed-species exhibits with some unusual animals. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects can all be found in Elephant Odyssey. These seemingly unrelated animals from all over the world are, in fact, connected through their ancestral history in Southern California. By looking into the past and listening to the stories that fossils and living species can tell, we hope you will learn more about the special animals that we share our planet with today.


Snipes-Dye Associates has been supporting the efforts of SDG&E as they continually improve their numerous facilities all across San Diego County. Construction is nearing completion on 2 new buildings at SDG&E’s Miramar C&O Facility. SDA partnered with RNT Architects on a Weld Shop Training Facility and a Warehouse. Each project was processed separately through the building department to obtain a building permit for the site improvements. Each project installed a modular wetlands unit to treat the runoff and an underground cistern was installed to meet the hydromod requirements. SDA prepared a SWPPP for as both projects collectively exceeded 1-acre. SDA has partnered with SDG&E for over ten years and is continuing that effort on many current projects.


Snipes-Dye Associates continues to support San Diego Unified School District on a variety of projects throughout the District. Project range from Whole School Modernizations, Security Fencing, Solar Projects, Site assessments, topography, mapping, ADA compliance, SWPPP, Water Pollution Control Plans. Projects range from preliminary assessment, design, permitting, construction, and completion. Every project is a chance to improve the educational facilities in our region and the experiences that young students engage in daily. SDA is proud to partner with SDUSD and our Architectural Clients to provide positive impacts to the community!