Kyocera and BPA Architecture Promote the ``Greening'' of San Diego


SAN DIEGO, CA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) and BPA Architecture Planning Interiors announced today that design has been completed for Kyoceras Class A office building at 8775 Balboa Avenue in the Kearny Mesa community of San Diego. Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2008, with completion planned for first quarter 2009.

BPA and Kyocera are committed to environmentally friendly construction as outlined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Designed by BPA Principal Darrel Fullbright, this four-story, 104,000 square-foot building has been environmentally engineered from its inception and has received LEED-CS pre-certification. To date, only 18 buildings in San Diego County are similarly LEED-CS pre-certified, according to Stephen L. Kapp of the USGBCs San Diego Chapter; and only one finished building in California has achieved an actual LEED-CS certification (silver level).

As green building and sustainable design gain momentum, architects and engineers have found innovative ways to design projects that are eco-friendly and bottom-line boosting, such as incorporating electricity-producing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Kyocera is one of the world's largest vertically-integrated producers and suppliers of solar energy products. The new Kyocera building will showcase an 18-kilowatt solar PV system designed by Kyocera, using Kyocera PV modules.

The building will join Kyoceras original, award-winning Solar Grove, a 235-kilowatt solar carport at its North American headquarters on Balboa Avenue near State Route 163, as Kyoceras latest effort to expand the deployment of PV systems locally.

Joining Mr. Fullbright and the BPA design team are Hope Engineering for structural engineering; McParlane & Associates for mechanical and plumbing engineering; and Michael Wall Engineering for electrical engineering. Brad Block of CB Richard Ellis will represent the building on behalf of developer Kyocera International, Inc.

BPA has completed four buildings in Kearny Mesa for top companies including California Coast Credit Union and Waxie Sanitary Supply. This region of San Diego now boasts over 450,000 square feet of Class A office space designed by BPA.

About Kyocera

Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions. With operating headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ and regional sales centers in Brazil and Australia, Kyocera Solar, Inc. serves thousands of customers in both developed and developing regions. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. of San Diego, the North American headquarters and holding company for Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation. For more information on Kyocera Solar Energy Systems, contact Kyocera Solar, Inc.s Customer Service Division at 800-544-6466 or visit

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera Corporation has become a leading supplier of solar energy systems, telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, laser printers, copiers and industrial ceramics.