Making Our Mark
In The East Bay pg. 9
Luxury At Its Finest! pg. 15
Once An Achiever, Always
An Achiever pg. 28
How To Get In “The Zone”
(and stay there) pg. 36
Volume 15, No. 3 Autumn 2011
Letter from the Editor
Table of Contents
It’s no wonder the summer flew by so quickly...we are all busier than ever! From chasing and successfully
winning new projects to performing high-quality work in the field and office, it’s evident that we’ve all pulled
together and rolled-up our sleeves to achieve great things; we aren’t just doing our jobs but are living and
breathing them. That passion and energy came through in this issue’s quarterly submissions – we love what
Hard work goes hand-in-hand with hard play, and that we did this past season. From the Los Angeles team
bonding and boating at Lake Cachuma to cycling across the U.S. in a week to raise funds for a noble cause,
we took full advantage of the beautiful summer and elevated team spirit to a whole new level.
As you read through this issue, you’ll notice some Fall Trends:
..................................................................................................In The Field
• New Project Wins
• Continuing Client Relationships
• Collaboration Between Divisions
These trends get me excited about all the possibilities the future holds and where we will go next as a
company. As we think ahead, we must not forget what we’ve already achieved. So take a break from your
work and enjoy reading about your accomplishments!
Editor In Chief
Layout & Production
Dave Higgins, Jr.
The Swinerton Quarterly is published four times a year. Contributions are encouraged. Submit articles and photographs to:
Photo Contest Winner
Real Housewives Reaches Swinerton
Have you heard about the new hit Bravo TV show “The Real
Housewives of Swinerton Builders?” This issue’s photo contest
winner goes to the San Diego team who once again showcased their
creativity at their Real Housewives-themed sponsored hole for the
San Diego Chapter of International Facilities Management Association
(IFMA) 14th annual Charity Golf Tournament. The San Diego team
consistently goes above and beyond the expected for sponsorships
and community events, always showcasing that great Swinerton team
spirit which they bring to each of their endeavors! Check out page
25 for more information on the Golf Tournament as well as a great
photo involving sombreros.
Meggie Doscher, Swinerton Incorporated, 260 Townsend St., San Francisco, California 94107-1790 or e-mail [email protected]
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Letter from the CEO
Going Beyond The Status Quo
From The Operations Corner
By Jeff Hoopes
By Gary Rafferty
Let me say it one more time; it feels so good. Congratulations!
I am so proud of all of you.
We have worked as a cohesive unit to prosper during this
tumultuous time of the deepest recession since the Great
Depression. We will end this fiscal year strong and enter the
next fiscal year with as much confidence about the future as
we have ever had.
When I was interviewed by the San Francisco Business Times
well into the recession, one of the questions asked was “What
is your goal yet to be achieved?” My response: “To exit this
recession with stronger staff talent and stronger financials
than when we entered, and I feel we have made it.”
With that said, the courage, creativity, and entrepreneurship
that we need to move forward from here come from you. I
encourage all of you to challenge the “status quo.” Start
thinking about what we can do to become more relevant
to our clients and not just exist as a commodity. Let’s really
demonstrate the hunger, excitement, and entrepreneurship
that make this a great company.
As I present these words here in September, I find us at a
moment of culmination. We have proven that it is possible
to rise, fall, and rise again; to recapture our lost goals and
dreams to succeed within our ever-changing and complex
world without abandoning what matters most – our guiding
values and the culture that supports them.
But perhaps the most vital thing that comes out of the
past four years has been the confidence we have gained
in knowing that we could preserve our values despite the
hardships we faced. Holding fast to those values steered us
throughout the tumultuous journey, and the ways in which
we conduct our business will continue to bring us pride and
encouragement as we continue to grow.
I have not been feeling so much a sense of success as a sense
of relief that the pressure is no longer as intense as it was
during the past four years. As much as I thrive on being the
underdog, I welcome the shift from survival mode to growth
mode. Focusing on proactive growth is a right we have earned
by virtue of making the tough decision to transform our
business into a smaller, more efficient company – a privilege I
will never again take for granted.
Letter from the COO
Recently, I have had a number of Division Managers come
to me and say that now they are busier chasing more good
opportunities than they have ever experienced in their careers.
We are busy with new work, and previously stalled projects
are receiving new life.
All of this comes amid increased competition, low profit
margins, and smaller staff levels; we resized to fit a smaller
market. Now the challenge for us is having the right resources
to win the work needed for us to grow and thrive.
We have thrived over the last four years by focusing
our efforts on smaller, shorter duration, current revenue
producing projects. In 2010 we did not start a project greater
than $80 million in size. With this strategy, we returned 8.1%
gross profit margin, one of our best margins ever!
The challenge we are facing with so many opportunities is
that not every project and client warrants the time and effort
needed to create a unique approach to build the relationships
that will help us get positioned to win. Simply put, not all
projects are created equal when it comes to the demands of
our time and resources. We have to make a concerted effort to
be diligent in our go/no-go process and make good business
decisions, not emotional reactions.
We have a window of opportunity to hire new talent that
is beginning to close. The days of having 100 qualified
resumes submitted for a project management spot are gone.
Construction talent is beginning to get absorbed as the market
improves. You need to make room for new talent on your
We need to be very clear in our strategy to win work. And we
need to understand our market white spot, which is where
we are the most successful at winning work and where we are
consistently able to make money.
We need to standardize and formalize the use of Building
Information Modeling technology within our organization and
on our projects. We must become an industry innovator and
leader when it comes to 3D, 4D, 5D, and xD technologies.
This will give us a cost and performance differentiator over
Rebuilding our company capability and moving from rightsize in a smaller market to right-size in a growing market
requires growth and a consistency in backlog. We must
identify strategic work, hire talent, and differentiate ourselves
through the use of technology.
“China is clearly going to be the number one
economic power and it is already full of potential.”
– Bernard Arnualt, CEO of French conglomerate LVMH
Today’s reality is that the worldwide marketplace has arrived
and is rapidly gaining momentum. Swinerton and our clients
have been purchasing building products such as cabinetry,
granite/stone countertops, ceramic tile, and structural steel
from China for more than 10 years. Similarly, many of our
clients have provided Freight on Board (FOB) jobsite Owner
Furnished Contractor Installed (OFCI) building products that
were also provided by suppliers and manufacturers from Asia,
Europe, and other international sources.
The commercial construction industry in the United States
is taking significant steps toward becoming more globalized
than ever before, and it’s critical for us to understand the
impact and opportunities involved in this evolution. Chinese
fabricated curtainwall systems are being furnished and
installed for 25%-50% less cost than similar product from the
U.S. Modularized guestroom packages are being assembled,
palletized, shrink-wrapped, and shipped FOB jobsite for 50%
less than the cost of assembled product direct-sourced in a
more traditional manner from individual fabricators. Full-scale
guestroom mock-ups are being built in China for one-fifth the
cost of that same mock-up built in the U.S.
Our clients and competitors are swiftly converging on the
procurement practice of sourcing more and more modularized
products from countries such as China and Indonesia. This
presents a tremendous opportunity for us as builders to take
the lead on evaluating these global sources and supply chain
models for our clients and our projects. While there may be
increased risk to us inherent with this evolving procurement
process, think of how much more control, predictability, and
efficiency we can impart to our projects if we take on the
responsibility of actively managing the process. However, to
do this successfully, we must truly be leaders of the process. I
can think of many instances when I have been involved with
OFCI equipment/materials whose procurement efforts were
marginal at best, rather than what they could have been – an
opportunity to lead our clients to high-quality products and
We must ask ourselves: what responsibility do we have as
trusted advisors to our clients and stewards of their money
when it comes to evaluating whether or not to go offshore for
product? Right now several of our project teams are evaluating
that precise issue. Some of the critical areas we must explore
in each international sourcing situation include:
Prime Contract Terms and Conditions
• Subcontract/Purchase Order Terms and Conditions
• Prequalification of Overseas Fabricators
»» Course of Construction
»» Completed Operations
• Product Failure Liability
• Maintenance Bonds
• Payment Terms
• Force Majeure Terms and Inclusions
• Shop drawings, Submittals, & Mock-ups
• Storage of Materials versus Just-in-Time delivery
• Attic Stock
»» Union Considerations
»» Manpower availability
»» Teaming with a Domestic Installer
• Post-Construction Maintenance and Call-Backs
Our decisions must revolve around being attentive to the
needs of our clients, while at the same time employing
prudent risk management. As we continue to explore this
opportunity, it’s important to keep the lines of communication
open internally with one another, and externally with our
clients. Currently, a team of our folks are working to develop
best practice measures in the global procurement process. The
team, which includes John Capener, Sheri Ann Murphy, Karl
Joerger, Mike Strong, and George Ehara, welcomes input on
your experiences with international sourcing and can also act
as a resource for you in this arena.
As you enter the new norm of globalization, take advantage
of this developing internal expertise to reinforce your own
knowledge base and assist others in strengthening their own
understanding of the potential of the worldwide marketplace.
Enjoy your Fall season!
BUILDERS MANAGEMENT & CONSULTING
RENEWABLE ENERGY • HMH
Sharp Start At Grossmont
By Patrick Wilcox
Denver Special Projects
Completes Dial Global Renovation
By Bret Hall
Swinerton Builders Special Projects group recently
completed a sound studio and data center expansion
project for Dial Global, an independent, full-service radio
network with locations across the country.
The project in Centennial, Colorado included special sound
abatement construction for on-air radio broadcasting in
10 studios. Unique and innovative materials used included
QuietRock drywalls, Snap-Tex fabric acoustic panels,
anti-static carpet, grouted STC 53 acoustic doors, and
wood grille ceilings. Additional workspace was created
with traditional construction materials and incorporated
sliding glass doors at the offices.
The Grossmont Hospital District has big plans in the works for its $245-million Proposition G funding. New buildings and
expansions of existing buildings, a new central plant, and upgrades to the hospital’s seismic infrastructure are all part of the Sharp
Grossmont overhaul. The first of these projects is a $7.4-million make-ready project realigning the property’s existing utilities.
Ready for a complex utility re-route job, the Swinerton Builders San Diego preconstruction team arrived prepared to start
working and impressed the owner as being the most engaged team members. The project’s complexity starts with not one but two
architects, two separate projects meeting at a new precast vault in the middle of a fire lane bottleneck on the property, and utility
installations up to 25 feet deep that weave in-and-out of existing utilities. The owner’s team includes a scheduler who mapped the
work around specific milestone dates that correspond to starting dates of future work.
While the project has its share of challenges, our leadership and project team have a lofty goal in mind: to establish a relationship
that secures the future of $200 million worth of work with Proposition G in the next few months.
The Swinerton preconstruction team includes: Randy Vandewater, Carol Ann Lang, Scott Kube, Mike Casey, Mark Payne, Shawna Adams, and additional
team specialists. The project team includes Mike Casey, Bob Danielson, John Van Such, Patrick Wilcox, Jenny Clough, Randy Martinez, and Ruben Fontes.
Westfield Shows Good Taste
By David Cramp
Technical construction features included increasing the size
of the existing data center and building a new network
operations center adjacent to the data center. Temporary
“roll–in” cooling units were utilized during construction.
The existing electrical service was completely replaced with
a 1200A main distribution switchboard while maintaining
the existing facility.
Swinerton Interiors recently completed the Westfield Solano Food Court renovation, which we won through a competitive
For the service switch over, our team created new methods
of operation in order to execute the work, coordinating
with the local utility provider for a new up-sized
transformer that utilized a temporary generator. The
mechanical system was designed to regulate indoor air
quality effectively and operate quietly. Trane rooftop units
and downstream fan coil units with integral DDC control
system were installed, giving the client the performance
and environmental conditions needed. A new generator
pad and steel screen wall were installed for the new
Cummins 1,250-kilowatt generator.
Exterior work included increasing the size of the entry’s storefront, relocating exterior signage, and creating a level dining terrace
for approximately 40 diners. The roof above the food court was completely replaced, and an historical granite sign was removed
and reinstalled in the new “lithocrete” walkway at the main exterior entry.
A large game room, 10 in-line tenant retail shops, and related common space were converted to create the new food court,
which features 11 restaurants and seating for more than 600 shoppers on the second level of this two-story, fully occupied mall.
An interior infill space was created to enlarge an existing pedestrian bridge, and new restrooms were built to service food court
employees and diners.
The schedule created a unique challenge because all work was performed during a near record-high rainfall year. Despite the
unrelenting wet weather, the project was substantially completed in time for the April Food Court Grand Opening.
Instrumental in the success of this project were: Senior VP & Division Manager Andy Holden, VP & Operations Manager Kerry Atkinson, Project
Executive Dale Beverett, Superintendent Rudy Del Real, Project Engineer Steffan Ravizza, Senior Project Accountant Sue Long, and Senior Project
Assistant Kellie Khoury.
BUILDERS MANAGEMENT & CONSULTING
And Looking Ahead
By Kyle Burnham
Los Angeles is making
good headway at the
University of California
Los Angeles’ (UCLA)
Student Housing Infill
project. In response
to the demand for
undergraduate student housing, we were selected to build
two new residence halls for UCLA: Sproul Complex and
Sproul West. The residence halls will feature two faculty
apartments, a 750-seat dining commons, a 425-seat
multipurpose meeting facility, and a fitness center.
Since topping out the Sproul West building in early July,
the project team has begun aggressive construction on the
exterior skin of the building. During this phase, the team has
been able to begin early phase rough-in of the MEP systems.
These efforts have been buoyed by the successful completion
of two of our major quality control components: Building
Information Modeling (BIM) and the fully functioning
exterior skin mock-up.
We completed BIM models for the project early in the
summer, maximizing the time for coordinating and preplanning of the MEP systems with the interior framing and
of the building.
The model, which
detail to show each
seismic support for
enabled the project
team to properly
sequence installation and overhead space usage to minimize
the impact to the overall interior design. ➤
In addition to extensive interior coordination, the exterior
skin systems (including plaster, brick, metal panels, and
fiber cement panels) were fully mocked-up and tested to
stringent American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
standards for both water and air infiltration to ensure proper
sequencing and installation of the exterior skin.
The 20-foot-long mock-up wall will serve as a standard
of workmanship for the duration of the project. It has
also allowed the design team to review complex interfaces
between systems to help minimize the potential for air and
water leakage. We continue to build upon the successes of
both the Sproul Complex and Sproul West buildings as the
project moves forward into its next phases.
Greater Presence For Union Bank
As an extension of
our Master Services
Union Bank in
is working in
the area as part of
the merger between Frontier Bank and Union Bank. These
tenant improvement projects include new signage, electrical
modifications, security upgrades, and a remodel of interior
furnishings. Because of the bank merger, Union Bank has
seen increased exposure and plans to continue to expand
the Union Bank brand in the Northwest. Our upcoming
construction opportunities with Union Bank, one of the
largest banks in the U.S., include a tenant improvement for
a new regional office headquarters in downtown Seattle,
an office renovation in Bellevue, new branch locations
throughout the greater Seattle area, and security vault work
located in downtown Seattle and Portland.
The team is ready and prepared to bring home future awards with
this great client! Congratulations to the team members, which include:
Derek Jaschke, Conrad Block, Ryan Thomas, Judith Helt, Raul Arellano,
Keenan Vaughn, and Nathan Eastland.
RENEWABLE ENERGY • HMH
Making A Mark In The East Bay
By Emily Stucky
Swinerton Builders Northern California was recently awarded two civic projects in the East Bay, both of which will serve their
respective communities in two very distinct neighborhoods: Kensington, an unincorporated community in the East Bay, and
West Oakland, a diverse neighborhood situated along the waterfront near the Port of Oakland.
The Kensington Fire Protection District’s (KFPD) project will give our team the opportunity to
renovate an existing, occupied fire station located in the hills of San Francisco Bay Area’s East Bay.
The 5,786-square-foot, two-story project includes exterior and landscape improvements, selective
demolition, and the installation of new drilled piers, new windows, a new concrete driveway, sidewalks,
and ADA ramps.
This civic project is a unique win because it was originally awarded to another local general contractor
that later filed for bankruptcy. Six months after KFPD and the surety company finalized the settlement,
we were awarded the project, in part due to our relationship with project management firm Mack 5.
Also instrumental in this win was the project experience of Project Manager Marlene Moncada, who recently completed two
relevant East Bay projects: Fire Station 8 and Fire Station 18 for the City of Oakland.
In addition to the new fire station construction, we also won a $5.5-million community redevelopment project for the West
Oakland Teen Center. The City of Oakland is a valuable repeat client, and the planned Teen Center will be our fourth project with
the City utilizing the [email protected] project delivery method. The existing 10,000-square-foot building, formerly a church constructed
in 1926, will expand to a 14,000-square-foot teen center. What makes this project special is that many teens from West Oakland
brainstormed and contributed ideas to shape the design of the building.
The teen-planned priorities for the center include a space for a small business to operate a
café and provide jobs, as well as computer rooms, student project rooms, classrooms, meeting
and office space, a stage, and recreation space. In addition, the project includes building
improvements such as structural and seismic upgrades, MEP system conversions to meet
current codes, a new roofing system, building addition, new mezzanine level, ADA compliance,
fire and life safety system upgrades, building security system, and utility coordination and
connections. Rooftop solar panels, a commercial kitchen, storage spaces, elevator system, and
outdoor courtyard space improvements will also be included.
Teens worked with local architect Harry Overstreet, who grew up in the neighborhood, to complete the final design. The building
will be constructed using green building principles and ultimately achieve LEED® Silver certification, as required by City Green
Thank you to everyone involved in both pursuits!
The KFPD pursuit team consisted of: Business Development Manager Marv Peper, VP & Division Manager Steve Johnson, Field Operations Manager Tony
Williamson, Project Manager Marlene Moncada, Senior Estimator Dick Johnson, Assistant Project Manager Matt Beyer, and Senior Marketing Coordinator
The West Oakland Teen Center pursuit team included: Project Manager Marlene Moncada, Field Operations Manager Tony Williamson, Senior Estimator
Neil Bartlett, Marketing Coordinator Emily Stucky, and VP & Division Manager Steve Johnson.
BUILDERS MANAGEMENT & CONSULTING
RENEWABLE ENERGY • HMH
New Housing Projects Strengthen Relationships With UCSD
Reenergized With PG&E
After more than two years of scope development, contractor qualification, solicitation of services, and final deliberation, Pacific
Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has looked to Swinerton to handle projects throughout Northern California. The five-year
Master Services Agreement was negotiated with project management service provider Cushman & Wakefield. More than
1,000 – yes, that number is correct – general contractors competed for this account, and our team prevailed as one of two large
contractors selected to implement their extensive capital plan.
First and foremost, our platform for success was based upon the safety models and ongoing contract work we currently have in
place at Chevron, supplemented by our proven track record of successfully managing complex programs and account work. The
direct feedback from our interview was that our organization, program management capabilities, and overall approach were “head
and shoulders” above our competition.
Anticipated projects will range from office tenant improvements and seismic renovations of existing facilities to the design-build
efforts of various mission critical environments. The first project, located at PG&E’s Fremont Utility/Warehouse facility, includes
modifications to an existing office space as well as a new concrete foundation for tool and material storage.
Congratulations go to SCS Operations Manager Gino Guidi, Senior VP & Division Manager Andy Holden, and VP & Operations Manager Kerry Atkinson.
Swinerton Once Again Supports Sharp Healthcare
Swinerton Builders Healthcare has won another design-build hospital project for Sharp Memorial Hospital! The $30.5-million
project includes seismic upgrades to the South and Central Towers and the build-out of a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Constructed in 1952 and 1972 respectively, the South Tower and
Central Tower will undergo seismic retrofitting to their moment frame
skeletons. Because the two buildings were constructed 20 years apart,
each tower will have a completely different, yet sophisticated, approach
to their upgrades. Both projects are designed to upgrade the towers to
Teaming with GKKWORKS Architects, we will be designing and building
out the Central Tower fourth floor ICU, enhancing the facility to
accommodate 10 private beds, including one isolation room.
We began digging into this project in March, and the project team’s collaborative efforts provided the healthcare and seismic
upgrade experience and expertise to meet Sharp Memorial Hospital’s needs. The work plan and phasing plan that our team pulled
together confirmed for the owner that we are the right contractor for this project.
Thank you to the entire team and additional contributors who played a role in securing this award: Project Executive Mike Casey, Project Manager Besim
Fejzagic, Field Operations Manager Chip Buchan, Superintendent Bob Hodges, MEP Coordinator Norbert Davis, Senior Estimator Dennis Hern, BIM
Engineer John Hallgarth, Chief Estimator Greg Hurlock, Scheduling Manager Mike Brown, Scheduling Coordinators Christine Sevilla and Derek Mosiman,
Senior Project Engineer Ken Li, Marketing Managers Rachel Goldberg and Holly Robertson, Marketing Coordinator Ashley Young, Estimating Coordinator
Melissa Morton-Jackson, and Junior Estimating Coordinator Shawna Adams. Special thanks goes to BIM Engineer John Hallgarth, who was instrumental in
helping our team present our plan with high-technology BIM software.
The month of August began with the completion of two ongoing housing projects that started at the University of California
San Diego (UCSD) in 2009 and 2010. Due to Swinerton’s strong relationship with UCSD from prior projects, as well as our
competitive prices, we were awarded
two contracts: the construction of the
new Revelle College Apartments and
the renovation of the Revelle Fleet
Construction of the 147,000-square-foot
Revelle College Apartments began in
September 2009 and consisted of 87 units
and 516 beds located in four cast-in-place
concrete structures, each ranging from
five to 10 stories tall for a total of 28
floors. The building was recently renamed
Charles David Keeling Apartments after
the first scientist to record the rise of
Charles David Keeling Apartments
carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The project is targeting LEED® Platinum certification and includes sustainable features such as photovoltaic panels, on-site grey
water recycling, a green roof, and extensive bioswales. Apartment materials were approximately 25% regionally sourced, 25%
recycled material content, and 90% recycled construction debris.
In July 2010, we began the remodel of the Revelle Fleet Residence Halls. Originally built in 1963,
this was the first student housing complex on the UCSD campus. This project consisted of the
renovation of six buildings performed in two phases, with three buildings worked on at a time
to allow students to occupy the buildings not undergoing renovations. These buildings have
230 bedrooms containing 460 beds, totaling approximately 98,000 square feet. Scope of work
included refurbished interiors and exteriors; upgrades to the mechanical, electrical, plumbing,
fire alarm, and fire sprinklers systems; and installation of drought tolerant landscaping to
coordinate with the adjacent Keeling Apartments project.
The projects had a soft opening on August 4th that included remarks given by the Director of
Housing & Dining and the UCSD Chancellor. The opening was an opportunity for many of those
involved in the projects, along with end users, to view the completed projects. Our continued
relationship with UCSD, strengthened by both of these projects, was instrumental to UCSD
awarding Swinerton the expansion of their School of Management.
The UCSD Keeling Apartments project team included: Project Manager Glen Bayliff, Senior Supervisor Bobby Badillo, Supervisor Dave Castro, Assistant
Supervisor Alex Rivera, Project Assistant Erica Jiggins, Senior Project Engineer Curtis Chism, and Project Executive Steve Flint.
The UCSD Revelle Fleet Renovation project team consisted of: Project Manager Mike Mosier, Senior Superintendent Mike Terry, Assistant Superintendent
Scott Morgan, Senior Project Engineer Jon Morton, Project Assistant Erica Jiggins, Project Engineer Deena Takato, and Project Executive Mike Casey.
BUILDERS MANAGEMENT & CONSULTING
RENEWABLE ENERGY • HMH
Global Success At
10100 Santa Monica Blvd
A Suite Success
By Mark Tacazon
Recently celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Hilton Hawaiian Village has served
as a leader for Hawaii’s hospitality industry. The Rainbow Tower Renovation
project is just months away from completion, giving the Hilton Hawaiian Village
another reason to celebrate. The Rainbow Tower is the signature tower of the resort,
and the Guinness Book of World Records lists the tower as bearing two of the
world’s tallest mosaics.
The Rainbow Tower Renovation project, which began in April, includes the remodel
of corridors, elevators, and 790 guestrooms, with work being carried out in two
phases. The Swinerton Builders Hawaii team has completed Phase I of the project,
which consisted of the complete renovation of the top four floors of this 31-story
tower, including the tower’s two signature suites: the Duke Kahanamoku and the
Niumalu Suites, complete with approximately $1.3 million worth of upgrades
We are currently well underway with Phase II of the renovation project and are
closing in on the targeted completion date of December. During construction, the
team was faced with the unexpected and arduous task of asbestos removal, requiring
an additional week of production for each floor. As a solution to this unforeseen problem, our team quickly responded to the
situation and implemented a fast-track schedule, working seven days a week with 12-hour shifts to meet the expected deadlines.
“Communication within the team is crucial,” said Project Engineer Daneka Denis. “Close coordination with construction management and
clear, constant communication is crucial to the success of this project.”
By the end of 2011, the Rainbow Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village will be completed just in time to accommodate travelers
looking for a warm and tropical holiday vacation. With its newly-renovated guestrooms and facilities, the rejuvenated Hilton
Hawaiian Village will be a comfortable and enjoyable getaway. If you’re willing to upgrade your reservation, you might just find
yourself at the spacious and luxurious Duke Kahanamoku Suite perched high above Waikiki Beach, watching the surf come in
accompanied by a beautiful sunset and sipping mai tai cocktails like a modern-day Big Kahuna.
This project was located at 10100 Santa Monica Boulevard,
a high-rise office building in Century City, California.
Hines, a privately owned international real estate firm,
chose Swinerton Builders for their $2.8-million construction
project, which consisted of approximately 25,000 square feet
of exterior renovations and site improvements. The project’s
main feature was a 44-foot-long by eight-foot-high water
wall that drapes from a 1,300-square-foot concrete balcony
designed by AECOM and JOMA Design Studio.
The balcony includes a 35-foot oak tree surrounded by
teak benches that provide a relaxing environment to the
building’s tenants as they look out over scenic Santa Monica
Boulevard. The building’s entrances and driveways were laid
with basalt stone pavers and decorative colored concrete.
The ramps and stairs were covered with aluminum panels
and frosted laminated glass railing. The refurbishment of the
lobby included a 280-square-foot stainless steel canopy at
the building’s entrance.
The team overcame several challenges due to a few major
unforeseen events. One of the biggest challenges on this
project was accommodating the building’s tenants during
the duration of construction. Tenants included law firms,
investment firms, and production agencies, all of whom
were very sensitive to the construction process. The entire
front property was completely excavated and the storefront
glass entrance was completely removed, forcing the project
team to develop a sufficient, accessible, and aesthetically
pleasing construction site. ➤
Another challenge arose during excavation: the grader found
a 10-inch storm pipe, eight-inch sewage pipe, and six-inch
storm drain line that were not in the building’s as-builts.
Continuing to excavate around the active pipes sufficiently
and safely required collective planning from the project team
The last unforeseen event was that the building’s entrance
experienced an ongoing water intrusion. With the assistance
of our Quality Control group and dedication of the project
team, the waterproofing was replaced and the water
intrusion was effectively repaired. We are very pleased to
deliver another state-of-the-art project to a very high-end,
The project team included: Project Executive Peggy Delach, Senior
Project Manager Ron Caropino, Project Manager Francisco Sanchez,
Project Engineer Eric Mahler, Global Accounts Coordinator Veronika
Bendl, and Project Superintendent Marco Gomez.
Wrapping Up NSC’s
After six months of dedicated preconstruction and five
additional months to complete construction, the National
Semiconductor (NSC) Lab Migration project successfully
culminated in June. The project relocated 50,000 square
feet of lab space from one existing campus location to two
different buildings at a total cost of just over $5.5 million.
There was intense focus on process pipe preparation
(LN2, CDA, DI water, N2), and electrical infrastructure
modifications. A new Acid Waste Neutralization system was
constructed, and 20,000 square feet of access flooring were
installed for NSC’s Test Floor, all while working toward
LEED® Gold certification. The final step in the construction
process was assisting NSC in moving their tools and
machinery into the new lab spaces.
Swinerton Interiors anticipates participating in future work
slated at the NCS Lab through 2012, which will total more
than $20 million in facilities upgrades and consolidation
work for their Santa Clara, California campus.
Congratulations go out to key personnel including: Senior VP & Division
Manager Andy Holden, VP & Operations Manager Kerry Atkinson,
Senior Project Manager Chris Brennand, Senior Estimator Don Chew,
Senior Superintendent John Mills, Project Engineer Jon Hoopes, Senior
Project Accountant Sue Long, and Senior Project Assistant Kellie Khoury.
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Cache Creek Casino Resort
Renovation Marks 15-years
Of Continuous Service
By John Stout
In August of 1996, HMH
Builders broke ground on a
parking lot reconfiguration
at what was then the
Cache Creek Indian
Bingo & Casino, located
in the small town of
Brooks in Yolo County, California. The client was relatively
unknown, the site was fairly remote, and the risks related to
contracting with a Native American tribe that did business
with available cash were uncertain.
Today we find ourselves celebrating a remarkable milestone:
15 years of continuous service and $350 million worth
of work for a highly successful and visionary client, now
known as the Cache Creek Casino Resort. Although many
of the major players have changed over the years, the
fundamentals that have sustained our successful partnership
– experience, determination, teamwork, foresight, trust,
and service – remain the foundation of our relationship.
In late February, after a year of preconstruction and the
completion of multiple model room configurations, we
began a floor-by-floor renovation of Cache Creek Casino
Resort’s 200-room, Four-Star hotel facility. Originally
completed in 2004, the hotel renovation is much more
than a simple upgrade to the interior paint, carpets,
and wall coverings.
Room infrastructure framing was modified to accommodate
significant furniture and fixture upgrades. Electrical and
phone/data systems were completely renovated to support
the latest in hospitality in-room entertainment and media
interface equipment. Upgrades to room finishes included
new crown molding, wood base, stone wall cladding,
paint, and wall coverings. Newly engineered wood flooring
replaced tile in room entries, and new carpet replaced old
throughout all bedroom and living room spaces. ➤
When the new Cache Creek Casino Resort opened in 2004,
the advertising slogan was, “Get ready to play in a whole new
way. It’s a whole new game!” While their game isn’t entirely
new, it’s now definitely updated and offers only the best
to customers, much like our service to Cache Creek
Attention to detail, a commitment to providing value, and
an unwavering determination to keep our word have helped
maintain our position as a trusted member of the Cache
Creek Casino Resort family. Our mission is to not only build
buildings but also build lasting relationships.
A “Win Win” Relationship
The Northwest team continues its relationship with eBay
on three new tenant improvement projects for offices in
Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland, Oregon; and Redmond,
Washington. Once again, we’ll be partnering with
architectural design team Valerio Dewalt Train Associates.
The Salt Lake City project is the third Utah-based project we
have been awarded and is located on eBay’s main corporate
campus. This 23,000-square-foot extension of eBay’s call
center will be designated for office and meeting space. This
project is set to be completed by the end of August.
The Critical Path Software project will be the first location
for them in Portland, located downtown in the 1400
SW Fifth Building on the ninth and tenth floors. This
22,000-square-foot space is the future home of the software
development team that focuses on smartphone applications.
An “open space” office setup was designed to encourage
productivity within the group. Completion of the project is
set for the end of September.
Preconstruction has begun for the Redmond project with an
expected start date of mid-September. This 20,000-squarefoot office and meeting space for eBay requires high-end
interior finishes and will be completed before the end of
The dedication and commitment to the client from our project team has
been the primary reason for repeat work for eBay, and we look forward
to continued success! A job well done to all team members involved
including: Project Manager Chad Cone, Superintendents Kevin Buzitis
and Dan Craig, Senior Project Assistant Danielle Ridgeway, Project
Coordinator Judith Helt, and Account Manager Peter Hau.
RENEWABLE ENERGY • HMH
Bringing A Luxury
To Southern California
By Jason Chappell
Based in Mexico, Cinépolis is a large
international operator of movie theaters
previously unknown in the United
States – that is until Swinerton was
selected to bring their luxury theater
concept to America. Cinépolis’ concept
lies in providing luxury, comfort,
amenities, and an exquisite experience
for moviegoers at a reasonable price.
By fostering a relationship with
Cinépolis, we have become an integral
team member, working with designer
and owner to share our expertise in
renovating facilities timely and cost
effectively with the highest quality
results. The plans are lofty, with
multiple theaters proposed throughout
Southern California and beyond.
Their first American theater, Cinépolis
Luxury Cinemas Del Mar, was
completed in July in the City of Del
Mar, an affluent community in northern
San Diego County, California. Over a
six-month schedule, we worked closely
with the owner’s representatives to
design and customize the details of
all aspects of the project. By ensuring
an impressive statement for the grand
opening in the United States, the
owners were able to obtain the best
film and first-run movies from all the
Now operating, the theater consists
of eight auditoriums, each having
a “boothless” state-of-the-art digital
projection, sound, and lighting system.
The boothless projection is a first
of its kind and sits in a box in the
ceiling, allowing for an increased
The seating is consistent throughout
the theaters, with electronic reclining
leather chairs offering plenty of
legroom. Each chair is equipped
with waiter call buttons for food and
beverage service at your seat. Two of
the eight auditoriums are designated
for patrons 21 years and over, with
additional service for cocktails, wine,
Outside of the auditoriums are
lounge areas, a full-service bar, and
kitchen with finishes consistent with a
Four-Star hotel. Theses amenities are
separate from the movie experience,
but the food and drinks can be enjoyed
at your seat. This luxury movie theater
concept allows patrons to enjoy a cold
beer, watch a sports game at the bar,
eat dinner, check out a movie, or do all
of the above at the same venue.
The reception to this product type
has been excellent, boding well for
numerous theaters to be constructed
in the future. A second theater is
already under construction in La
Costa, California, with similar finishes
and amenities as well as additional
refinements to ensure a high-quality
We are excited for the new relationship with
Cinépolis and the future opportunities to come.
Special thanks to Superintendent Greg McFaul
for his diligence throughout the construction
process of this very successful project! Other
key team members include: Estimator Liz
Hawkins, Project Manager Jason Chappell,
Project Executive Brian McCarthy, Foreman
Arnolfo Espinoza, Project Assistant Maggie
Sierra, and Senior Project Accountant
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Swinerton Interiors San Francisco
Breaks Through The Fortress!
this project to
Group (FIG) re-opened the project, giving Swinerton
the opportunity to compete with the aforementioned GC
on a competitive bid basis. Our prior history with the
construction manager, a relationship with the building
management team, and an approach for taking the high road
throughout the process, particularly after the initial award,
provided our team a win!
This $3.3-million project occupies 22,000 square feet on
the 42nd floor of One Market Plaza and has breathtaking
views of downtown San Francisco, Coit Tower, and both
the Bay Bridge
features highend finishes
countertops, zebra wood walls, conference rooms furnished
with state-of-the-art teleconferencing equipment, and a
private gym and yoga studio on a floating concrete floor
with views of the waterfront.
Opening a San Francisco office that complements the
New York City headquarters was not as straightforward
as one would expect. The client’s architect and owner’s
representative were both operating out of New York City
as we diligently constructed this difficult project within
time constraints. Despite these challenges, the building’s
property manager admired Senior Superintendent Garry
Shahan’s management of the tight building schedule and
subcontractor coordination. ➤
The superior management skills of our team kept the last
few weeks of chaos in check, enabling us to deliver a
high-quality product to a client with high standards.
Thanks go to: Senior VP & Division Manager Andy Holden, VP &
Operations Manager Kerry Atkinson, Project Manager Molly Jans,
Senior Superintendent Garry Shahan, Project Engineer Julian Digilov,
Senior Project Assistant Yolanda Orellan, and Project Accountant Ana
Vijanderan for their efforts in bringing this project to fruition.
City of Hope Is Upgrading To
Meet The Future Of Medicine
Swinerton Builders Healthcare won a design-build interior
hospital renovation project for City of Hope in Duarte,
California. With a week to respond to the RFP, we started
working immediately with Project Manager Carla Palmer
to identify an appropriate architect for the project. Our
selection was Taylor Architects, who are currently working
on the same hospital campus and have a good working
relationship with Swinerton.
The renovation work will be conducted in the Main Medical
Wing 1 (Nursing Unit “C”) Building constructed in 1947.
Currently, there are 25 existing licensed bed spaces used as
office space that City of Hope intends to upgrade.
We will provide preconstruction services consisting of
recommendations of scope, cost, and schedule to achieve
City of Hope’s stated goals. Once the recommendations are
accepted, we will implement the design and construction
phases of the renovation.
Swinerton and Taylor Architects have conducted a detailed
investigation of all building services, including existing
nurse call, HVAC, electrical, medical gases (including alarm
annunciation and panel locations), and fire alarm systems.
The team also reviewed existing finishes as needed to
provide cosmetic enhancement recommendations. We are
currently awaiting our Notice to Proceed on these upgrades,
and look forward to building a stronger relationship with
both City of Hope and Taylor Architects on this project!
RENEWABLE ENERGY • HMH
A Treasure Hidden In Plain Sight
By Mark Tacazon
If you Google “Ocean Resort Hawaii Waikiki,” you’ll find the typical
image results: the hotel, a beach, a room with a view of the waves, along
with a message convincing you that the resort’s location is at the center
of everything in Waikiki. The Ocean Resort, however, is transforming
into anything but an ordinary resort. Upon the completed renovation,
the Ocean Resort Hawaii Waikiki’s brand new look will be complemented
with its rebranding as the “Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach.”
The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach Renovation is being carried out in two
separate phases by Swinerton Builders Hawaii, the first of which began
on April 18th. Currently in Phase I, crews are renovating 191 rooms,
a 30,000-square-foot public space with two kitchens, modernizing the
infrastructure and elevator, and improving the landscape. Phase I is
expected to be complete by the first of November. Phase II will begin
with the renovation of the remaining 235 guestrooms, with a projected
completion date of April 2012.
During the renovation process, the project has endured a few speed
bumps. According to Project Manager Chris Evans, an architect had
already been hired for the project a week prior to the award, causing
some difficulty in the planning and scheduling stages. “Due to an evolving
GMP contract, the fast-track renovation required that the design was based on
the critical path of procurement items for the project. This required a thorough
understanding of the procurement requirements that were necessary for this
project so that design decisions could be made in time to meet construction
demands,” said Evans.
To overcome this setback, our team worked tirelessly with the architects
and developed solutions that helped avoid any major procurement delays.
Even with unexpected changes, such as the late addition of walls, the team was able to adapt to the modifications and accommodate
the requests without significant delay. Superintendents and the General Foreman continually modified work schedules and
sequencing to optimize output and meet the scheduled milestones. “Overall, a great team effort and cohesiveness were key components
of the project,” explains Evans, “you have to be firm with the owner on the impact of their changes to
provide clear ‘design needed by’ dates for critical path items necessary for the completion and success of
We are proud of our staff and their tireless efforts to strive for excellence and quality. We are also
very pleased to renew our partnership with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. We look forward to bringing
the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach and its staff to a new height of success. Welcome to Waikiki’s
Thank you to the team for all of their contributions: Project Manager
Carla Palmer, Superintendent Jeff Ellis, Marketing Manager Rachel
Goldberg, and Scheduling Coordinator Christine Sevilla.
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RENEWABLE ENERGY • HMH
Huge Success In The High Desert
Swinerton Builders Healthcare kicked off their Memorial Day weekend
celebration with an exciting phone call from the County of Los Angeles, awarding
us the new High Desert Health System Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center
This new $90-million, design-build, OSHPD-compliant project includes a
two-story MACC building with a central plant and crafts buildings totaling
approximately 142,000 square feet. Scope of work also includes all related site and infrastructure improvements for the MACC in
the City of Lancaster. The MACC building houses the clinical wing, surgery/ancillary center, and administrative offices, as well as
the support services of labs, pharmacy, imaging, and food service. The project is seeking LEED® Gold certification and includes
photovoltaic panels and wind turbines to generate power.
Having worked on this pursuit since September 2010, Swinerton and our teaming partner, Lionakis Beaumont Design Group, hit
the ground running with design and construction strategy meetings, pull planning sessions, and additional preparations upon
notice of our inclusion on the shortlist this past January. We knew from the start that we had the best suited team.
During the RFP process earlier this year, our team met twice a week with our architect and engineers to strategize and coordinate
our efforts for one-on-one meetings with the County about our project approach. From the beginning, the County was convinced
that we were the right team for the project.
With the promise to break ground before the end of the year, we will begin design efforts immediately with a construction
completion date of April 2013. The design and permitting phase will take roughly six months to complete and construction is
forecasted to last 19 months.
Thank you to everyone involved in the pursuit for your dedication. This design-build effort was led by VP & Division Manager Dave Calls, VP &
Operations Manager Jerry Mejia, Project Executive Terry Gee, Director of Field Operations Chip Buchan, Concrete Estimator Mark Hulock, Chief
Estimator Greg Hurlock, Senior Estimator Dennis Hern, Preconstruction Manager Scott Lauderdale, Marketing Manager Rachel Goldberg, Scheduling
Manager Mike Brown, Scheduling/Marketing Coordinator Christine Sevilla, BIM Manager Josh DeStefano, BIM Engineer John Hallgarth, MEP Coordinator
Norbert Davis, Assistant Project Manager Tod Webster, Senior Project Engineers Ross Camacho and Ken Li, Project Engineer Derek Mosiman, Senior
Superintendent Pat Shaffer, Project Manager Jeff Wuo, Estimating Coordinator Melissa Morton, Community Relations Manager Steve Lamar, Quality
Control Manager Derrick Jones, and Corporate Safety Manager Lane Ellison.
Revved Up For Chevron
Swinerton Builders Northern California has received approval to begin construction for the Chevron Kern River Integrated
Operations Decision Support Center (IODSC) and the International Heavy Oil Center (IHOC).
The 34,500-square-foot building will be built within the oil drilling operation fields in Bakersfield, California and constructed
within a very tight footprint between three existing and operating buildings. There are approximately 60,000 operating wells
within the property, some of which have been in operation for close to a century. The facility will support the ongoing operations
of both IODSC/IHOC groups and include the latest technology to monitor well production and activity. The facility will also act as
the latest generation of communications for international operations.
Building A Legacy In Education For The Students Of Jordan High School
By Jessica Drake
DLR Group WWCOT
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has selected Swinerton Builders Los Angeles
as the design-build general contractor for the Jordan High School Redevelopment project. Our
design-build partner on the project is DLR Group WWCOT, with whom we have a long history
of streamlined collaboration and success. The team’s integrated project approach incorporates
subcontractors and subconsultants into design and construction, and fosters interaction with
all stakeholders and end-users throughout the design and preconstruction process. By truly
understanding the goals and desires of the faculty, students, and local community, the team hopes
to provide a great learning environment for students and promote a sense of ownership within
Two Classroom Bldgs
Master planning and schematic design are well underway on this $67-million project, with
groundbreaking scheduled for early next spring. The team is working closely with our San Diego
group, whose experience in complicated design-build endeavors has proven instrumental in
positioning the Jordan High School team to hit the ground running. Additionally, through early adoption of the Adept Design
Management Software we have established a strong working relationship with the DLR Group WWCOT team. Several rounds
of programming and conceptual design have proven that collaboration, along with flexible, creative thinking, is necessary for
Scope of work includes the construction of two
new three-story Smaller Learning Community
classroom buildings and a new practice
gymnasium. The renovations and additions
will include modernizing the existing two-story
administration building; converting the existing
wood shop into a girls locker room; and
reconfiguring the girls gymnasium into a food
service and performing arts building. Additional
scope includes removal of all temporary structures,
six acres of new landscaping, and miscellaneous
At the end of construction in 2014, the newlyrejuvenated campus will provide 84 classrooms
for two operators and be home to nearly 3,000
students. The new and renovated buildings on campus will maintain the character and history of the original architecture, while
providing modern, open work facilities that encourage collaboration.
The Jordan High School project team includes: Project Executives Daryl Cruser and Teo Sierra, Chief Estimator Lia Tatevosian, Regional Operations
Jef Farrell, Senior Estimator Bob Long, Design-Build Project Manager Scott Taylor, Scheduler Greg Linstead, and Project Engineer Jessica Drake.
Congratulations and thanks go to the entire project team for their tremendous efforts and contributions in capturing this project: Project Executive Rick
Bishoff, Senior Superintendent David Gardner, Senior Estimator Neil Bartlett, Senior Project Administrator Karen McMillan, and Operations Manager
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RENEWABLE ENERGY • HMH
Swinerton Breaks Ground With Kaiser Permanente In San Marcos
Renewable Energy And HMH Team Up For Huge Solar Project
By Tom Storer
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on July
19th to mark the start of construction of Kaiser
Permanente’s new state-of-the-art medical
office building in San Marcos. The three-story,
71,000-square-foot facility will house 34 specialty
care providers, four general surgery operating
rooms, a four-room gastroenterology procedure
suite, and nuclear medicine.
Pictured from left to right: Kaiser Equipment Planners Bob Bardazone and Jan Hooper,
Kaiser Project Engineer Katherine Clark, Kaiser Senior Project Manager Larry Kloha,
HMC Architects Senior Project Manager Tré Arnold, and Swinerton’s own VP &
Operations Manager Mark Payne, Project Manager Adam Johnson, and Senior Project
Engineer Tom Storer.
Swinerton Renewable Energy and HMH Builders have teamed up with San
Francisco-based Recurrent Energy to undertake a large-scale solar energy project
for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Swinerton’s previous
experience working with Recurrent Energy includes installing photovoltaic (PV)
arrays for Kaiser Permanente projects in Northern and Southern California. Our
previous stellar performance and solid relationship has led to Swinerton being
chosen to be the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor on a
39.4 megawatt, alternating current (AC) utility-scale PV facility located in three
separate sites in Sacramento County.
Previous work with Recurrent Energy: Kasier Downey
Recent success at Kaiser Garfield Specialty Center
helped the same project team win the Building #4
project on the San Marcos Campus. The project
is part of Kaiser Permanente’s expansion plan to
provide more access to care throughout San Diego
County. The new facility will be the fourth and
final building, completing the existing medical
Led by Superintendent Josh Marjanovich and Senior Superintendent Kurt Kunz, Building #4 will feature an innovative steelframed system fabricated and installed by Conxtech. As part of Swinerton’s preconstruction contract, an on-site BIM room
has been built in the jobsite trailer and includes two smart boards, overhead projectors, and a dedicated server. Guided by
BIM Manager Randy Martinez, several of the project’s core subcontractors, including Raymond A-1 Fire Protection, University
Mechanical, and Dynalectric, have colocated full-time personnel on site to ensure seamless communication and efficient team
coordination throughout the process. Construction is expected to be completed in July of 2012.
The three sites that will provide the land for these extensive PV structures are in
unincorporated areas of southern Sacramento County near the cities of Elk Grove
and Sloughhouse. The sites of Bruceville, Kammerer, and Dillard are named
for major roads bordering each of them. The Bruceville and Kammerer sites are
each about 110 acres in size and, once complete, will cooperatively produce 30
megawatts of AC; at about 90 acres, the Dillard site will produce 9.4 megawatts
Previous work with Recurrent Energy: Kaiser Vallejo
Continued Success With Hilton
Makes Travelers Feel Right At Home
Located in downtown Spokane, Washington, the Doubletree Hotel Spokane-City Center has
beautiful views of Riverfront Park, the Spokane River, and the city skyline. The project was awarded
to the Northwest team through a competitive bid process and consists of remodeling and refreshing
375 guestrooms and corridor spaces. The scope of work includes new flooring, wall cover, paint,
and upgrades of electrical and HVAC systems. All work is being performed while the hotel is open
and operational. Project completion is scheduled for the end of October. This is the fourth Hilton
project that the Northwest team has been awarded, and the opportunities continue to come in with
another hotel remodel project bidding in August for a Doubletree Hotel in Seattle.
The renewable energy generated through these facilities will be sold by Recurrent
Energy to SMUD as the agency works toward complying with new California
Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) that requires utilities to have 33% of their
electricity supply coming from renewable energy sources by the year 2020.
Previous work with Recurrent Energy: Kaiser La Mesa
The mostly farmland terrain will be cleared and grubbed, with Dillard receiving
additional earthwork to create a more level surface for the PV arrays. After
leveling the land, electrical trenching will begin to supply the “soil raceways” for
thousands of feet of direct burial conductors to funnel the power generated by
the PV arrays throughout important pieces of electrical equipment on site. Next,
wide flange beams (typically W6x7 and W6x12) will be driven into the ground
to create the structural supports for the single-axis tracker system that will hold
the solar modules.
Portions of the Bruceville and Kammerer sites and the entirety of the Dillard
site will be producing power by December 31st, and the full completion date
for these sites is March 31st, 2012. The $71-million project is a huge win for
Swinerton and HMH Builders.
Congratulations to the entire pursuit and bid team, and good luck to the crew members who will
work on these sites.
Kudos to the team of Operations Manager Dave Worley, Project Engineer John Hanks, Superintendent Gary Foote, and Craft Personnel Troy Cone and
Jorge Mendoza for their continued success with Hilton Hotels Worldwide and maintaining this important client relationship.
Previous work with Recurrent Energy: Kaiser Lancaster
REDUCE PRODUCTIVITY RECYCLING ENVIRONMENT
The Next Generation of Green Building
By Kevin Brooks
By now, we are all familiar with the USGBC’s LEED® rating
system. Since its founding in 1993, the USGBC has grown
close to 20,000 members and has a presence in more than
30 countries. Indeed, the fundamental LEED Version 2.0
launched in the early 2000s has evolved into nine different
rating systems covering all building types, including not
only commercial construction but also homes, neighborhood
development, schools, healthcare, and retail space.
With more than 22,000 LEED certified projects, including
over 12,000 homes and comprising in excess of 1.5 billion
square feet of space, the USGBC’s LEED green building
rating system has become the accepted standard for
implementing (and ultimately rating) the sustainability
of a building’s design, construction, and ongoing operation
As the USGBC has grown, the LEED rating system has
continued to evolve. Consistency and integration have been
brought to the different rating systems, and individual
prerequisites and credits have been further refined to
continue to promote the latest sustainable materials and
technologies, as well as afford increased attention to the
most significant environmental issues, such as water
efficiency and carbon emissions.
With the wide-found acceptance and popularity of the
LEED rating system, other green building rating systems and
initiatives have also come to the market place, including the
2030 Challenge and the Living Building Challenge, as well
as a variety of energy efficiency rating systems such as the
federal government’s Energy Star and the American Society
of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineer’s
(ASHRAE) Standards for the Design of High Performance
and Green Buildings.
Living Building Challenge
Administered by the International Living Building Institute
(www.ilbi.org), this green building rating system was
formally launched at the USGBC’s 2006 annual GreenBuild
conference by one of USGBC’s member chapters: the
Cascadia Region Green Building Council. In summary,
the Living Building Challenge is not only a framework
LEED • SUSTAINABLE • USGBC • COST SAVINGS • REUSE
that utilizes the most advanced metrics for validating the
sustainability of the built environment, but also an advocacy
tool for promoting a symbiotic relationship between people
and the built environment.
the four different typologies. Generally, these consist of 20
standard mandatory requirements, significantly less than the
combined mandatory prerequisite and optional credit total
of the different LEED rating systems.
The metrics used in the certification program are
progressive: a building’s energy needs are required to come
solely from on-site renewable energy sources and the
building’s water demand must be met from water collected
on site – from either collected precipitation or closed-loop
water recycling. In addition, the Living Building Challenge
also draws on new urbanism applications such as the urbanto-rural transect planning and smart growth model.
Another difference between LEED and the Living Building
Challenge is that while LEED allows modeling of a
building’s energy usage, certification under the Living
Building Challenge requires 12 consecutive months of actual
How It Differs From LEED
As compared to LEED’s five core
categories (sustainable sites, water
efficiency, energy and atmosphere,
materials and resources, and indoor
environmental quality), the Living Building Challenge has
seven categories, known as “petals:” site, water, energy,
health, materials, equity, and beauty. The petal reference
comes from the vision that the built environment can be
“designed and constructed to function as elegantly and
efficiently as a flower.” While there are obvious similarities
between the order and grouping of the LEED categories and
the Living Building Challenge’s petals, the Living Building
Challenge rating system also delves into areas that LEED
has yet to really touch, mainly the equity category, which is
intended to address universal access and social justice issues
to advocate for stronger communities.
In addition, while there are nine different LEED rating
systems, the Living Building Challenge’s four applications
(known as typologies) are somewhat more basic. These
include new buildings, renovations, landscape or
infrastructure projects (with no conditioned spaces),
and neighborhoods (a continuous development with
The Living Building Challenge is currently on Version 2.0
and has not yet seen the same number of iterations in
the program’s development as LEED. While certification
under the LEED 2009 100-point rating system is based
not only on the number of points achieved – from 40
(certified level) to 80 and above (platinum level) – but
also on a series of mandatory prerequisites and optional
credits, the Living Building Challenge has mandatory
requirements, known as imperatives, assigned to each of ➤
Living Building Challenge Requirements
As noted, the Living Building Challenge generally
takes today’s standard measures of green building and
sustainability as accepted common place and raises the bar
to demand performance in excess of what is considered
green or sustainable. Under the Living Building Challenge,
development is limited to previously developed sites and
development on or adjacent to sensitive ecological habitats is
prohibited. In addition, a one-to-one habitat offset must be
established corresponding to the acreage being developed.
Each project must also integrate the development of on-site
acreage for agricultural purposes based on the project’s floor
area ratio metrics.
In addition to a requirement that every occupied space
include operable windows for access to fresh air and
daylight, the Living Building Challenge’s certification
requirements also incorporate the concept of biophilia into
the project’s design. In short, biophilia is the mimicking
of nature in the built environment, whether in the
incorporation of environmental features, natural shapes and
forms, or natural patterns and processes.
Finally, the Living Building Challenge also requires the local
and regional sourcing of materials – the allowable distance
from the project site to the materials to be utilized is
correlated to the material type. Heavy and/or dense materials
have a shorter allowable travel distance than lighter ones,
and such travel limitations also apply to services rendered in
association with the project.
As with other green building certifications, the Living
Building Challenge has evolved out of the USGBC’s LEED
rating system. While the number of projects currently
enrolled in the Living Building Challenge is significantly
fewer than in the LEED program, the project list does
continue to grow. Much like the premiere of LEED,
the Living Building Challenge is advancing the
development of green technologies and applications,
as well as holistic sustainability.
At the end of the day, this is a good thing and we, as
construction practitioners, must be prepared to add the
other green building certification programs such as the
Living Building Challenge to our toolbox.
For more information on the Living Building Challenge,
please visit the International Living Future Institute website
The Living Building Challenge’s materials petal includes
a “red list” – a list of materials and chemicals that are
prohibited in any the project’s components and materials.
Among other things, this list includes PVC and certain
wood and flame retardant treatments, as well as a variety
of organic compounds and heavy metals. Certification also
requires that the project offset its carbon footprint; this
includes not only the carbon footprint resulting from the
initial construction but also from its ultimate replacement.
Certification also includes a general requirement for third
party certification of fair labor practices and sustainable
resource extraction standards. Where this certification
doesn’t currently exist, the project team is responsible for
taking on an advocacy role to promote the development of
such practices and standards.
GIVING BACK VOLUNTEERING PHILANTHROPY
CHARITY • DONATIONS • GENEROSITY • ALTRUISTIC
Cycling Across The U.S. In A Week
By Chris Morris
SoCal Raises Green On The Greens
On August 8th, the Orange County and Los Angeles
divisions hosted their Annual Swinvitational Golf Tournament
at Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, California.
Each year this event is a highlight for our project teams,
their subcontractors, and The Swinerton Foundation. It’s a
terrific opportunity for our teams to build upon our existing
relationships with the subcontractors and consultants who
help make our projects successful every day, and a great way
to raise money for the numerous causes and charities that
The Swinerton Foundation supports.
This year we hosted more than 40 subcontractor firms and
reached more than 130 players. Through sponsorships,
donations, and raffle tickets, we raised more than $65,000
for The Swinerton Foundation. After a great 18-hole
scramble tournament, all team and individual player scores
were tabulated, and the winners were presented with trophies
from Executive VP & Regional Manager Frank Foellmer at the
awards dinner. Special prizes such as iPads, Xboxes, Kindles,
digital cameras, rounds of golf, and golf clubs were also
raffled. The day was both remarkable and memorable!
Swinerton Builders owes a huge thank you to all of our Gold
Member Sponsors this year, which include: Anning Johnson, Bob
Parrett Construction, Bonas Company, Building Electronic Controls,
CalPac Sheet Metal, CG Chaney, Control Air Conditioning, COSCO
Fire Protection, CSI Electric, Dynalectric, Heinaman Contract
Glazing, Key Air Conditioning, Land Mark Electric, Martin Bros/
MarcoWall, Morrow Meadows, Pacific Rim Mechanical, Pacific
Wall Systems, Randall McAnany Company, S3H, Seeley Brothers,
Tangram Interiors, Unison Electric, and Xcel Mechanical.
We are grateful to all the volunteers who donated their time to
help out at the tournament including: Kristina Palmieri, Christine
Sevilla, Morgan Stevens, Jessica Drake, Jesse Amos, Debra Lynn
Leyden, Chris Day, Peggy Delach, and Kim Grant. We also thank
our Southern California Division Managers, Operations Managers,
Project Executives, and Project Managers for their support. Last but
not least, a special thanks to Marketing Manager Rachel Goldberg
who planned, prepared, and made the event unforgettable for
all of our participants.
The Race Across America (RAAM) is an event so staggering that merely
to finish is, for most, the accomplishment of a lifetime. RAAM begins
in Oceanside, California, where competitors climb more than 110,000
feet while crossing 14 states in their 3,000-mile campaign to the finish
line in Annapolis, Maryland.
Team Donate Life’s Team Live Forever completed RAAM with a
sub-seven day finish time of just less than 3,000 miles traveled and
170,000 feet of ascension. It was a week of very high and very low points, with few mediocre or mundane moments. There were
no accidents or crashes; however, we did have four bike flats (but no mechanical problems) and one car flat tire. We also gained
a new appreciation for the comforts of everyday life. Team Live Forever has raised $41,000 to date to bring awareness to organ
transplantation and research.
All Team Live Forever members learned important lessons from this experience. This race is not only about achieving a high
fitness level, but also about how people interact and adapt under difficult conditions. This was a perfect case study for how
people who knew little of each other before entering the event would come together to reach a common goal. The base experience
for the event is a 24-hour race with limited supplies, resources, sleep deprivation, and limited space with extremely close quarters,
including living in a van for six days!
Race officials imposed a mandatory rest period on certain crew members and one racer towards the ends of the race, due to a
short course closure. We were, however, able to ride the last 70 miles of the race together as a team, with all four racers on the
road and a full support crew marking the course and keeping us energized as we neared the finish line.
RAAM inspires everyone that it touches. My team and I pushed ourselves to the limit during this race, and we all learned
something about ourselves and the value of others.
“Happy Wife, Happy Life”
By Holly Robertson
During a picture-perfect day this past spring, the San Diego Chapter of
International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) held their 14th
annual Charity Golf Event at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego,
California. Swinerton Builders San Diego hosted a hole and had
a number of golfers in attendance.
For the second year in a row, the Swinerton team took home the prize
of Best Hole Sponsor. With a theme mimicking Bravo’s hit TV show,
“The Real Housewives,” the ladies of Swinerton dressed as “The Real
Housewives of Swinerton Builders.” Cocktails and homemade cupcakes
were served, and our BBQ trailer provided lunch for all of the golfers. The proceeds from the tournament went to San Diego
Youth Services (SDYS), a non-profit organization helping homeless youth and youth in crisis.
GIVING BACK VOLUNTEERING PHILANTHROPY
Boating And Bonding
At Lake Cachuma
This summer, the Swinerton Builders Los Angeles team
packed their cars and left the city behind in their rearview
mirror as they headed north to the serene atmosphere of
Lake Cachuma, just outside of Santa Barbara. Postponed
once due to stormy weather, this year’s annual camping
trip was well worth the wait. A perfect July weekend in
California’s great outdoors, the trip went off without a
hitch or a drop of rain. Everyone who went was able to
bask in the sun, enjoy the fresh air, and spend some quality
time outside of the office with their coworkers, friends,
This three-day trip was filled with boating around the lake
and playing games, while the nights were spent around an
open fire swapping jokes and stories while making s’mores.
When the crew wasn’t admiring the view of the mountains
or the lake, they were trying to edge each other out for the
title of the dominos champion. To this day, there is some
dispute in the office about who holds that title. One thing
we can agree on – the trip was definitely a success!
Swinerton’s Aloha Spirit
By Mark Tacazon
Through the efforts of our entire team and the support of
Hawaii’s generous subcontractor community, Swinerton
Builders Hawaii is proud to announce that nearly $50,000
have been raised to support Child & Family Service (CFS)
of Hawaii. CFS is Hawaii’s oldest service organization, and
our generous donation will help their mission to strengthen
families and foster the healthy
development of children
in Hawaii. Recognizing
the importance of family
and strong communities,
Swinerton is proud to help
CFS of Hawaii to achieve
their goals for years to come.
CHARITY • DONATIONS • GENEROSITY • ALTRUISTIC
Playing Poker For A Cause
Local Offices Get Creative With Fundraising Efforts!
By Brendan Summers
On behalf of The Swinerton Foundation Board, I would like to thank everyone who participated in raising funds for U.S.
disasters. A check for $8,630 has been sent to the American Red Cross! This was inclusive of the dollar-for-dollar match by
Colorado is known for many things: skiing and snow,
wineries and breweries, picturesque scenery, and sports
teams. Gambling, however, is not an activity people
generally associate with the Colorado lifestyle. On June
30th, Swinerton Builders Colorado broke from their
state’s traditions to host a Texas Hold’em tournament.
Subcontractors, owners, engineers, and architects gathered
to play poker to raise funds for the Colorado Coalition
for the Homeless, a local organization working toward
the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting
solutions for the homeless and people-at-risk. By the end
of the tournament, Swinerton employees and their guests
raised $4,300 through entry fees and donations, and $2,580
of the raised funds were donated to Colorado Coalition
for the Homeless. The rest of the money raised by the
tournament will support The Swinerton Foundation.
tables in the
of poker. For
in the poker
craps lessons were offered, making the games a very
educational experience as participants brushed up on basic
math skills and odd numbers. A few people went wild with
their “play” money and chips.
Just as ESPN tournaments are narrowed down to one table
with the final players, everyone gathered around the last
table to watch as first, second, and third place were won.
Prizes for the winners included Colorado Rockies tickets,
golf outings, and gift certificates to local restaurants.
This tournament was a very successful event that brought
together many of our local partners. Although only one
winner of the Texas Hold’em tournament was declared,
everyone had a great time raising money for noble causes.
This past year has already seen unprecedented natural disasters throughout the country, which ranged from devastating
earthquakes and tornados to fires and floods; now we are starting the hurricane season. To respond to the resultant needs,
The Foundation asked divisions to sponsor fundraising events on their behalf and The Foundation would match the proceeds
up to $10,000.
Offices held the events during July and there were definitely some creative approaches to raise funds, such as:
• Concord held a Carnival – Coordinated by Phyllis Smith,
games were set up in the training room.
• Denver hosted a BBQ – Money for this effort was donated to
The Swinerton Foundation as well as the Colorado Coalition
for the Homeless, and was coordinated by Ellen Wuori.
Taking advantage of the office’s beautiful backyard on a sunny
afternoon, the Denver office munched on chips and dips,
fruit, cookies, barbequed veggie burgers, and – the event’s
most popular food – bratwursts. Employees also played
the popular lawn game Ladder Toss while basking in the
Denver office playing Ladder Toss during Foundation BBQ
• San Diego hosted a Potluck – Lunches were offered for $5
for those who brought a dish to share and $8 for those who
didn’t bring a dish but wanted to feast on the dishes offered. A $350 gift certificate was also raffled off for $20 per ticket.
Jan Emerson coordinated this event, and 27 of the total 35 staff members in the office participated, with 19 people paying
for raffle tickets and eight people bringing in dishes – a total of 24 mouths fed! The menu consisted of two rotisserie
chickens, rice, beans, chicken enchiladas, baked ziti, Chicago-style pizza, chow mein, salad, broccoli salad, cole slaw,
rosemary bread, lemon cake, and brownies. The big hit was Maggie Sierra’s homemade chicken enchiladas. Everyone who
attended enjoyed both the food and camaraderie created by the potluck, and the office enjoyed leftovers for a week!
• San Francisco hosted an Ice Cream Social – For $5 participants enjoyed an afternoon ice cream snack with all the
toppings anyone could ever ask for! Tickets for Giants and A’s games were also raffled off for $5 a ticket. Gabriella
Marcheschi coordinated the event, with help from Rico Garcia, Stephanie Northington, and Terilynne Dunne.
• Texas auctioned off trinkets and furniture purchased by Amy Lopez with a $300 Home Depot gift card given to
Swinerton. She bought solar patio lights, a tree pole saw, folding outdoor bistro chairs, an outdoor patio clock, retrolooking hummingbird feeder with nectar, and more items. More than half of the administrative staff raised funds by
participating in the silent auction and ice cream social.
• Orange County sponsored “Flip Flop Friday” – Rachel Goldberg coordinated this effort in which employees could pay
$5 each Friday beginning July 15th to wear flip flops to work. The laid-back atmosphere in the office, with many people
surfing and going to the beach during their down time, inspired a simple way to raise money and make the staff more
comfortable while working. More than 15 people participated in the program during its six-week duration. The most
popular brand of flip flop worn at the office was Havianas.
It is efforts like these that help The Swinerton Foundation reach out to our communities and to people in need. Thank you to
everyone who participated!
QUALITY HR SAFETY GOVERNMENT SERVICES
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY • SPECIAL SERVICES
Hawaii’s Safety Superstar
Swinerton Builders Hawaii has high safety standards. While we all work to meet these standards, there are the occasional stand-outs
that set themselves apart due to their innovative approach to safety. Reggie Castillo is Hawaii’s stand-out superstar of safety.
As Superintendent, Reggie is already proving that he is more than capable of handling the responsibilities in his new role. Aside from
the exceptional quality in his craft, Reggie is systemic in approaching each step of the process with the highest standards, leaving no
compromise to safety.
Reggie has devised several innovative techniques to help maintain a safe work environment. One
of his techniques was the design of a “cord support” for the baloney cords, which are often visible
on the grounds and obstructing workspace. This cord support keeps the cords off the ground and
away from people and equipment, preventing any serious accidents. Reggie also made a simple
device to keep the cords secured to the wall, preventing anyone from tripping or trampling on the
cords. While this may seem insignificant to some, his idea demonstrates that safety is always of
the utmost importance for Reggie and his team.
For the demolition process, Reggie developed a checklist taped to the door in each unit to be demolished. It clearly lists all items to
be demoed and requires all workers to check the list prior to beginning work in that particular unit.
Finally, and perhaps the most important factor of Reggie’s safety superstar status, is his way of establishing wonderful relationships
with all of the workers. Everyone trusts him and is confident that their safety is indeed a top priority. This foundation of trust ensures
that every project we undertake will meet or even exceed the high safety standards we have in place.
Completes OSHA 30 Training
By Cheryl Warren
Concrete Services has recently completed their OSHA 30 training,
a four-day training class lasting eight hours a day, which required
dedication from both the trainer and the trainees.
Swinerton Does It Again
Once again, Swinerton passed with flying colors to renew our Voluntary Protection Program status. Cal/OSHA
Consultation Services visited three projects before giving Swinerton the certification. There are only 20 companies
in California that have qualified for this prestigious partnership, including our very own Swinerton Builders and
Many thanks to our Superintendents for their participation, including: Ted Rehme from the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
Toll Plaza project, Mike Simanek from the Christopher High School project, and Steve Bicknell and Ryan Campbell from the
Trinity Plaza project. Thanks, Steve, for flying the banner! An additional thank you goes to Eric Foster and Wade Obermann
for their participation.
OSHA 30 is a Safety Compliance Course that provides training for
the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety
and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides
information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities,
and how to file a complaint. This class helps raise awareness and
sensitivity to safety, and offers the training needed to recognize
any safety issues before they become safety incidents. This
guidance helps foremen become more proficient in their job and responsibilities.
This class was led by Safety Manager Chuck Orekar, who provided his 33-year depth of knowledge and shared his experiences. Congratulations to the
following employees: Andy Smith, Ben Estrada, Brian Cox, Brian Yorton, Chino Jimenez, Chris Jacques, Edgar Vilca, Jeff Goin, Jim Wirtz, John Biery, Leo
Becerra, Lenora Wagaman, Mark Powers, Mark Williams, Mike Stewart, Scott Runner, Shawn Barnes, and Tim Reed.
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A Valuable Lesson In Heat
By Cheryl Warren
It’s important to be aware of everything that occurs on
and around the job site. We learned a valuable lesson in
awareness on one of our job sites in Sacramento during a
hot summer day.
Joe Galvez, a laborer for HMH working on the Catholic
Healthcare West Medical Facility project, noticed one of the
subcontractor’s concrete finishers was wandering around
disoriented. Joe asked the worker if he was feeling all
right, to which the finisher said no and that he was feeling
overheated. Joe alerted Superintendent Mike Piper, who
observed him and, recognizing that he was suffering from
heat exhaustion, immediately began treating him by running
cold water over his wrists, applying a wet towel over his
forehead and the back of his neck, and giving him some
Gatorade. They kept him in a cool place and someone stayed
with him to make sure his condition wasn’t worsening. If
Joe had not been aware on the finisher’s condition and didn’t
take immediate action, this situation could have turned into
something far more serious.
Heat Exhaustion Facts:
Heat exhaustion is one part of the spectrum of heat-related
illnesses that include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and
• Profuse sweating
• Muscle cramps
• Nausea and/or vomiting
• Cooling and rehydration are the cornerstones for
treating heat exhaustion. The afflicted individual
should stop their activity and be moved to a cooler
environment, such as shade or an air-conditioned
environment (don’t forget that cars have air
conditioning). Remove clothes to help with air
circulation across the body. Misting the skin with
cool water also helps by stimulating evaporation and
cooling the body.
• Rehydration is the next important step in treating
heat exhaustion. This may be a challenge if the
person begins to suffer from nausea and vomiting.
Small sips of water, a mouthful at a time, might be
tolerated, even if some vomiting persists. Water, sports
drinks, and other electrolyte replacement drinks are
CMiC Phase I Goes Live
On June 15th, Swinerton marked the “go live” date of
Phase I of the CMiC project. Since going live, several
employees have been trained and project teams throughout
the company are using the system. The heavy demand of
the initial roll-out revealed some technical issues that are
being tweaked to ensure the system’s peak performance.
With CMiC’s ability to enable collaboration between project
teams and our business partners (subcontractors, design
professionals, and owners), we have created an enhanced
level of training and support that includes a review for
each individual team
to discuss what the
capabilities of the
system are and how
they would like to
More than 40 members of the Phase II team recently
conducted a week-long cross-functional meeting in San
Francisco to review each of our business processes and
discuss ways to improve them. Every process was reviewed
with representatives from each department to ensure a true
integration of all our future processes. The result is a flow
chart of every process that will be used to guide the design
of the software’s functionality. We continue to seek input
from all of our end users; all suggestions are welcome.
Key leaders of the Phase II team include Jeff Recob and Kim DeYoung for
Operations, Phyllis Smith and Gordon Spector for Finance, David Green
for Preconstruction, and Tobi Fenn for Management and Consulting.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY • SPECIAL SERVICES
Patience Is Paying Off For Swinerton Builders Government!
The construction industry is continually impacted by changes
in government funding, and the recent budgeting problems
in Washington, D.C. pose no exceptions to this. Although the
budget has been passed, there is still a lot of necessary recovery
work for federal agencies. Swinerton Builders Government is
slowly beginning to see the result of this work, and the number
of awarded projects is on the rise.
Contractors across the nation, including Swinerton Builders, have
been asked to extend their offers beyond the bid expiration date;
we have experienced extensions as long as 270 days. Following
a few quiet months, federal government agencies are slowly
beginning to award their outstanding construction contracts.
We’ve received notification of some of these recent awards.
One of these contracts is at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in Las
Vegas, Nevada, which is a part of the Multiple Award Task Order Contract award Swinerton Builders received in 2010. Nellis
AFB had several of their projects on hold until Congress passed the 2011 budget, including the design-build F-35 Flight
Simulator Facility that Swinerton Builders and design partner HDR Architecture have been awarded after seven months of
waiting for a decision. Another Nellis design-build hanger project is pending for three months, and we hope to hear about its
status in September.
Additionally, a double win for Swinerton Builders was launched at NASA’ s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, which
had stopped renovations and new construction on research buildings and facilities due to the cancellation of the Constellation
Space Program. NASA has not only recently selected Swinerton and four general contractors for the $400-million, MultipleAward General Construction contract, but also awarded the seed project,
Central Heating and Cooling Plant Repair and Upgrade. The government
took just over four months to award this double win. These two NASA
wins have been in collaboration with our San Antonio division and with
the support of many of Swinerton team members who have had previous
successful execution with NASA.
Despite the challenges with the budget, the demands of these pursuits are
great and require collaborative teams with helpful resources throughout
Swinerton. These teams are comprised of members from multiple offices
who meet in person and on lengthy conference calls. The team works
for weeks to complete their specific assignments and contribute relevant
information. This blended knowledge creates a cohesive effort and
sharing of best practices, which ultimately leads us to a very compelling
proposal. For these wins, our collective efforts made for a proposal
stronger than our competitor’s resulting in the win.
The teamwork and collaboration developed from these large and complex recent wins continue to strategically position us
in the federal market for future awards. While the trend of lengthy decision-making is likely to continue, patience is finally
starting to pay off for Swinerton Builders Government and all the staff members who have supported government proposals.
We look forward to a strong fourth quarter and excitedly anticipate the remaining outstanding award notifications.
QUALITY HR SAFETY GOVERNMENT SERVICES •
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY • SPECIAL SERVICES
Quality Management On Tenant Improvements/Special Projects
Tenant Improvement/Special Projects (TI/SP) can range in size from a few thousand dollars of construction to many millions
of dollars. Although most TI/SPs do not carry the same water intrusion risks as our building projects, some of them do. Water
intrusion risks must be identified and managed, just as they are on any project. Water intrusion continues to be our primary
concern, but Quality Management doesn’t end there.
The 2011 Shareholders Awards
This year, the Executive Committee presented awards to eight deserving groups and individuals
within the Swinerton Family of Companies.
TI/SPs often start and end quickly. This means that we have to be smart and efficient in how we manage quality. Our Site Specific
Quality Management Plan (SSQMP) can be tailored to fit the size, complexity, and speed of any project.
An appropriate Pre-Installation Meeting can consist of a review of the applicable highlights of the trade checklists that we have
on SwinNet with each of our subcontractors before they start work. In some cases, this may only be a 10-minute meeting
between our Superintendent and the subcontractor’s foreman, but that short period of time can avoid hours, or days, of rework
down the road.
Owners and architects who walk the project site are often more focused on job progress than on quality, believing that quality
can wait until the “punchlist phase.” We want to change this mindset, whether it’s the owner, architect, subcontractor, or our own
team members who have this attitude. When the owner or architect are on site, it is important to take advantage of their presence
by inspecting any recently started work with them and with the subcontractors’ foremen responsible for that work.
Outstanding Safety Award
Presented to the San Diego Division
Quality Management Award
Presented to the Orange County Division
Shareholder Recognition Swinerton Internal Partnering Award
Presented to HMH Builders
Shareholder Recognition “Leading Edge Technology” Award
Presented to Eric Davis, Kirk Thompson,
& the Sharp Mary Birch Team
Shareholder Recognition Customer Satisfaction Award
Presented to Steve Harless, Adam Johnson, Marlene Moncada,
Gary Moura, Linda Rizzoli, & Kim Williams
Shareholder Recognition “Profitability” Award
Presented to Swinerton Builders Los Angeles
James R. Gillette Spirit Award
Presented to The Swinerton Foundation
David H. Grubb Outstanding Achievement Award
Presented to Swinerton Builders Southern California
Confirm that everyone is on the same page as to the acceptability of the work in place. This constitutes a First Work Inspection.
In many cases, an appropriate First Work Inspection will only require our superintendent and the subcontractor’s foreman.
Involve the owner and architect when we see the need to do so. Even if half the work is already completed, the sooner we stop
repeating the same mistakes and start correcting the ones we have already made, the better off the project will be.
All work requires as much Follow-Up Inspection as possible, but the primary responsibility resides with the subcontractor.
The First Work Inspections provide the benchmarks for all the Follow-Up Inspections, whether performed by us or by
Before we added formal structures or systems to support Pre-Installation Meetings, First Work Inspections, and Follow-Up
Inspections, our best superintendents had already developed those habits. Continuing to develop and expand good habits is
crucial to our success. SwinNet’s Quality Management site contains tools to help you do that, and your suggestions on how
to improve the tools you need are always welcome.
Annual Shareholders Meeting
Held this year at Mission Bay in San Francisco on June 17th, the Annual Shareholders Meeting welcomed guests, valued business
partners, graduates (retirees), and of course Swinerton Shareholders to a day of great presentations and networking. This year’s
theme was “Shift Happens...Now,” and featured a new spin on the traditional presentation. Dave Higgins, Jr., Don Adair, Eric
Foster, and David White joined CEO and moderator Mike Re in a panel discussion in which each participant answered questions
such as “What do you feel will be most important as we move forward?” and “What does it mean to you to be an owner of Swinerton?”
Following a great lunch, attendees enjoyed a rare beautiful sunny San Francisco summer day catching up with old business
friends and welcoming new Shareholders.
CONGRATULATIONS WAY TO GO
Two of San Diego’s Finest
WELL DONE LAUSD “We Build”
On August 8th,
was honored by
the Los Angeles
as the general
the highest level
of participation in the local hire program. At the ceremony,
the project team received a plaque for their contribution to
the sponsorship of local district residents and “We Build”
program graduates on LAUSD’s construction programs.
Two of Swinerton Builders San Diego’s finest – Project
Executive Steve Flint and Senior Superintendent Andy
Dillavou – were recently nominated by the San Diego
Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association
(ASA) for the titles of “Best Project Manager” and “Best
We couldn’t agree more with the ASA on these nominations!
Steve and Andy are not only a great team but they also bring
valuable insight to every project they work on. In a recent
email message to Andy, Sycuan Casino General Manager and
Swinerton client Sheila Howe wrote, “I commend you and
your team for always being able to answer our needs and modify
a schedule or push back a project in order to accommodate our
guests’ needs during peak traffic times. The end result has been
above expectations...I would highly recommend you for future
work in the gaming industry.” Sheila’s words are a testament to
Andy and Steve’s considerable strengths.
The American Subcontractors Association is recognized as the
united voice dedicated to improving the business environment in the
construction industry. The ideals and beliefs of ASA are ethical and
equitable business practices, quality construction, a safe and healthy
work environment, integrity, and membership diversity.
Swinerton has been a collaborative partner with LAUSD and
is currently performing above 50% local hire participation
on two new LAUSD construction projects: Central Los
Angeles High School #14 and Glassell Park Early Education
Center (EEC). We have sponsored 20 local district residents
who graduated from LAUSD’s “We Build” pre-apprenticeship
construction training program. The Glassell Park EEC
project currently has the highest local hire percentage of all
active LAUSD projects.
This accomplishment speaks to our team’s dedication to
Swinerton’s core values of community commitment and
GREAT WORK • SUPERSTAR • OUSTANDING EFFORT
A Great First Half...
Halfway through the year, Swinerton had already sold $1.2 billion in at-risk work: more than our total revenue for 2010.
...But We Still Must Pick It Up On The Back Stretch
As of September 1st we’ve sold $1.424 billion of at-risk work against a 2011 overall goal of $1.8 billion. You engineers are
probably already doing the math…that means we’ve sold about $224 million since June 30. While that is very good news, it is
below the $157-million/month pace we must maintain to meet our $1.8-billion goal. It is time to press it hard to the finish line.
"The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die."
– Steve Prefontaine
What’s Winning? What’s Not?
• Cultivated, trusted, in-depth client relationships developed well in advance of the project, win. Simply responding to
an RFP doesn’t win.
• The correct, strategically-assembled teams, aligned early, win design-build projects. Finding an architect who’s available
when the RFP hits the street, or simply teaming with the architect who calls you, does not win.
• Taking great care of our clients wins. Being right? Not always.
• Bringing real, quantifiable value to a project or team wins. Technology alone does not.
• True, value-driving differentiation wins. California license number 92? Very impressive but doesn’t win.
• Being the best wins. Being good does not.
Representative Recent Wins
• Entry into a $400-million Multiple-Award IDIQ contract with NASA in Houston
• The Clearwater River Casino remodel and expansion, located on the Snake River in Lewiston, Idaho
• A design-build F-35 Flight Simulator project at Nellis Air Force Base
• Additional work for repeat client United Services Automobile Association in San Antonio
• Work for T-Mobile in San Antonio
• A new Target store in downtown San Francisco
• A very unique workspace for Google in Boulder
• Reconfiguration of the Los Angeles County Law Library
• Design-build redevelopment of Jordan High School campus for the Los Angeles Unified School District
• The Lummi Tribal Administration Center and Maintenance Building in Bellingham, Washington
• Renovation of Student Union and Student Health Services buildings at Palomar Community College
• The design-build High Desert Health System Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center for the County of Los Angeles
• Renovation of an occupied fire station for the Kensington Fire Protection District in the East Bay Hills
• A retail showroom and warehouse for American Furniture Warehouse in Colorado Springs
• A three-tower seismic upgrade at Sharp Hospital in San Diego
• A redevelopment project for the West Oakland Teen Center
• A design-build MOB for San Joaquin Community Hospital
INNOVATION INTEGRITY EXPERIENCE
The Engagement Zone
I had a great discussion with a friend the other day about
what makes high-contributing people want to stay in an
organization. We both agreed that it’s not only about what
we do to retain our talent, but it’s also about what we do to
engage our talent that makes all the difference.
Engagement in the workplace is exactly as it sounds:
being fully committed and fully drawn into the work you
do. In other words, engagement means feeling energized
about coming to work and being involved in the results
of that work. Have you ever noticed that when you’re
doing something that you’re really excited about, time flies
and you feel great about the
finished product? That feeling is
engagement. In those moments,
we’re in “the zone,” operating at
our highest potential.
Maintain Trust – Be consistent and do what you say you
will. Trust can be instantly broken if directions change
or promises are not kept.
Listen and Give Voice to Others – Communication
involves speaking but mostly requires listening.
Give every team member a voice and remember to
use your own.
Think Collaboratively – None of us is as smart as all
of us. Collaborative problem solving can generate
innovative solutions and remarkable results.
“The only limit to your
impact is your imagination
– Anthony Robbins
By no means am I suggesting that
Swinerton employees don’t already
work hard; I know for a fact that
we have truly dedicated teams who are very committed to
what they do. Nothing has illustrated that fact more clearly
than us pulling together in collaboration efforts in recent
years. I’m also realistic enough to know that sustaining a
high level of engagement is challenging. We all have many
demands and let’s be honest: we all have some less than
engaging aspects to our work.
What I am suggesting is that we take time to focus and
capitalize on the engaging elements in our roles, and even
expand them when we can. Whether you manage a team,
are a team member, or work with multiple groups, you can
help engage others in many ways. By doing so, perhaps you
can find new ways to engage yourself along the way:
Share Vision – Don’t just communicate a set of tasks to
others; paint a clear picture of the expected outcome.
Practice Deliberate Inclusion – Ensure that expectations
are clear and shared with everyone involved, not only
among immediate team members but also
with other stakeholders.
Motivation Matters – People want
to know that their work has impact.
Help other people understand the
importance of what they do.
Acknowledge Achievements – Take
the time to acknowledge contributions
and appreciate what others do.
Recognition builds connections, and a
simple “thank you” builds momentum and self-esteem.
Shift Happens – Change is a certainty, so anticipate it. A
rocking boat is easier to handle when you already have
your sea legs.
Value Team – Understand and leverage the strengths,
challenges, and even the quirks of your team. How
they come together can create a community capable of
accomplishing amazing things.
Learn Dynamically – Find time to share your knowledge
and learn from the experience of others. A team that is
constantly learning and open to new things adds value
to the greater goal and is adept at managing change.
Certainly, none of these ideas are rocket science; they’re
simply reminders of what we can do to enhance engagement
for ourselves and our coworkers, regardless of our job titles.
Each of us spends a great deal of time at work. I hope that
by using some tools of engagement, you’re able to spend a
greater part of your day in “the zone.”