Last week, Project Manager Manny had a big day on site. After a tremendous amount of planning and coordination in the field, which included securing permits from the City about 6 weeks ago, coordinating the jobsite, the alley behind it, and renting the parking lot adjacent to that alley, we craned eight 60′ long steel trusses to the roof of the 712 Olive, nearly 125′ above street level. Much thanks to Superintendent Mike for his help.The trusses were hoisted up and welded in place atop new concrete moment frame superstructure which we built earlier in the summer.
The trusses will be covered with metal deck and roofing, to become the entirely new floor level being constructed on the former roof of the 100 year old building.
When completed, this new “Jewel Box” structure will house the Penthouse Suite, with open vaulted ceiling and exposed trusses. This will be enclosed on two sides by twelve, 10-foot-tall sliding glass doors, which will open onto an outdoor rooftop patio deck offering amazing views of the Downtown LA skyline.
Last week, Project Manager Ryan walked the team through his bioscience project in Los Angeles. Ryan has been working with BAM Architecture Studio to create the space for AGORA PARTNERS and ASG Real Estate.
Agora Partners and ASG Real Estate are redeveloping the 22,000 square foot, 80-year-old former furniture factory and warehouse into HATCH, a bioscience workspace.
The site is located within the boundary of the Los Angeles Bioscience Corridor, a 4-mile stretch of Northeast Los Angeles that weaves together key bioscience and tech institutions and companies, and is directly across the street from a popular independent community coffee and arts spot.
Responding to the lack of options bioscience startups face once they outgrow the incubator phase, the re-imagined double bow truss, high-ceiling space will become a home for emerging bioscience and tech companies seeking modern, flexible workspaces. The space is purpose-built for the biosciences, and is located in the LA bioscience hub.
The job is slated for completion in the Fall.
On June 1, the Los Angeles Business Council held their annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. CCi received the Award of Excellence honoring outstanding architecture and design projects that significantly enhance the Los Angeles community’s urban environment for its project, The Row DTLA.
CCi shares this award with architects, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, House and Robertson, Bomel Construction, Choate Parking Consultants and ATLAS Capital.
The mission of LABC is to unite the power of business with the power of government for education and advocacy to promote environmental and economic sustainability.
On Father’s Day it is important to take a moment to thank and recognize the Dads in our lives and the impact that their relationship has on us. This month in honor of Father’s Day, we asked employees to send us some photos of the important father figures in their lives, or the kids that they father themselves!
Brenda Gomez, Project Engineer, with her father.
Bryson Reaume, CCi President, with his two kids.
John Fleri, Project Manager, with his two kids (left), and with his own father (right.)
Juan Lopez, Superintendent, with his oldest son.
Jackie Gilfillan, Director of Marketing and HR, shows a photo of her father, and husband with her baby boy.
This month, CCi welcomed a new team member. Ingrid Martinez joins CCi as a new accounting assistant. Learn a little about her below!
Why did you get into the business?
Construction is considered to be very complex in the accounting field. It is said that if an accountant learned to understand a construction business at its full potential, any other business would be easy to manage. When I was taking my accounting classes, my professors always said that the construction industry faces a unique challenge because construction accounting is different from regular accounting practices. Construction accounting is mobile and customized, cost is categorized differently and they are constantly changing as jobs are completed. I got into the construction accounting business because I wanted to be able to understand one of the most challenging industries. As a student in accounting I was able to learn everything about regular accounting, but I wanted to learn more in order for me to move up in my career.
How long have you been in the business?
I have been in the construction accounting business for about 2 years.
What attracted you to City Constructors and what do you like about your position?
As a recent graduate student with a degree in accounting, I was looking for a job that provided me with the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding in a construction industry, fun company culture, and a work life balance. The culture of City Constructors consists of team members that have great personality, which makes the company a pleasant place to work. Also, as a growing business, City Constructors provides the opportunity to see and learn the entire accounting process from beginning to end. Therefore, it offers the opportunity to be part of one of the most important phases of a business, in which I want to be part of. I like the position because, as an eager accounting assistant I’m able to help the team be proactive and efficient, while I build a good relationship with the team members. Also, the people I work with are great, they care about the company, are very efficient, and they are always willing to help each other, a characteristic that is difficult to find in a company.
Where did you go to school?
California State University of Fullerton (CSUF)
What do you like to do on the weekends?
My weekend routine is significantly different than my daily routine. On the weekends I like to do outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, or taking my dogs for a walk to the dog beach. Spending time with nature is one of my favorite hobbies; however, I also enjoy spending time reading or painting during my free time.
What is your favorite restaurant?
I am very diverse when it comes to food. I always like to try new places with different types of food. However, my favorite restaurant is Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The restaurant offers high quality meals, with great dessert, outstanding service, and the atmosphere is peaceful and romantic. Just thinking about it, it makes me want to go there soon!
In March, CCi partnered with Procore, a cloud based construction software. This partnership will be instrumental in streamlining our entire project management system.
Procore Technologies, Inc., is a leading provider of cloud-based applications for Construction. Procore connects people, applications, and devices through a unified platform to help construction firms manage risk and build quality projects, safely, on time, and within budget. Procore has a diversified business model with products for Construction Project Management, Construction Financials, and Quality & Safety, and has more than 2 million users managing billions of dollars in annual construction volume.
A mobile and collaborative all-in-one platform built to streamline construction project management.
firms drastically increase project efficiency and accountability by streamlining and mobilizing project communications and documentation. This real time data and accessibility minimizes costly risks and delays—ultimately boosting profits.
We are looking forward to managing all future jobs through Procore, and are interested in bringing clients, sub contractors and architects into the fold to create a more organized and streamlined project management process.
On June 23, the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union. This decision is a huge one, and the effects will touch many industries. Being a general contractor, naturally we are interested to see how economists think the construction industry will change, so we looked to Engineering News-Record for their take.
This month we wanted to take a moment to look at the construction economics presented by ENR for the week of May 25, 2016. One of the biggest and most frequently asked questions we get as a general contractor is, “Are the prices of construction going up?” While that is a loaded question, it boils down to the cost of materials.
As a GC, we are constantly researching the costs of building supplies to make sure that our prices are the best. One of the outlets we rely on most is the weekly ENR Construction Economic report. (See Below.)
This weeks report indicated an average overall increase in costs by 3%. Based on ENR’s calculations, this increase in cost is due to the rise in price for asphalt, concrete and cement.
For more information, check out the full report at www.enr.com/topics/604-construction-economics.
It is without fail that most tenants need to renovate their space directly after executing a new lease. These improvements can range in scale, but it is important to have a clear idea of the costs associated with design, permitting and construction. The last thing you want to do is underestimate your project’s cost.
That is why it is handy to have an infographic showing generic numbers for TI’s. Our friend, Brian Spence with BAM Architecture Studio created the below graph to resolve a disconnect he was seeing between real estate broker’s perception of project costs vs. what those costs really are. The infographic shows approximate construction costs and project costs on a per RSF basis for a hypothetical 20,000 RSF second-generation office TI renovation. We find ourselves utilizing this graph regularly and we are happy to pass along the information, thanks to Brian!
Last week, CCi President, Bryson Reaume was featured in the Los Angeles Times! We were proud to read about how he got started in the construction business, built CCi, where he gets his inspiration and more. Check out the store below!
Towards the end of 2015, we completed the creative offices of MeUndies in Culver City, CA. This business delivers the “World’s Most Comfortable Undies” monthly, to its subscription holders. We built their office with the goal of creating a lively and fun place for the employees to work, as well as distribute their product.
It’s no secret that Los Angeles, California is experiencing an epic resurgence. City Constructors has been located in the area since its inception in 2003, and has been a part of the construction ever since.
How can Summer really be nearing to a close already? As we prepared this newsletter, the thought of August ending gave us chills, which is hard to do in this L.A. heat! However, looking back, we can say this last month was one of our busiest, with three new projects getting under way in the downtown core alone, an employee appreciation event, and being recognized in the Inc. 5000 list, just to name a few!
The month of July has come to an end and we are officially more than half way through the Summer of 2015! Where has the time gone? As we reflect back on the last 30 days however, we have accomplished a lot! Most recently, on July 21, we hosted the largest Southern California Bisnow event ever, Evolution of Downtown Los Angeles, with more that 560 attendees at our warehouse in the Cornfields District of downtown Los Angeles. We worked tirelessly to get the raw space, formerly a Poultry Factory, into shape. In addition to hosting the event, Cci President Bryson Reaume was asked to speak on the panel.