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Restoring it Right
Fall/Winter 2019

When it comes to construction, Chris Hamilton is a jack-of-all-trades. He began working construction projects in high school and started his career as a roofer. Experience in carpentry and concrete construction later followed. Today, he’s using…

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Embracing Boundless Technology
Fall/Winter 2019

Kelar Pacific looks to the future. The tech company based in San Diego, California, adopts, masters and then shares and sells ever-evolving, computer-aided solutions in the design and build industry.

Made of Glass
Fall/Winter 2019

With a master’s degree in architecture, Nick Taghavi has worked with clients and colleagues all over the world for more than 15 years, specializing in sustainable design for high-rise buildings. A few years back, he set out to address a gap…

The Right Moves
Fall/Winter 2019

What do you do when you have a young company growing into a success in the fertile soil of the Southern California construction market? Some would be content to stay the course, to not rock the boat. However, Chris and Amber Linde of Linde Construction,…

Pathways of Promise
Spring/Summer 2019

The growing workforce shortage is a hot topic in today’s construction space. There simply aren’t enough trade workers to fulfill the industry’s rising needs—though one group in Southern California is doing its best to meet the challenge.

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Insuring Success
Spring/Summer 2019

It’s no secret the three biggest expenses on a construction site are typically materials, payroll and insurance.

A Foundation of Trust
Spring/Summer 2019

The Grenke family has more than 30 years of foundation contracting experience in California, Nevada and Arizona. Members of the family learned about foundations and how to manage a business by working for other companies. In 2012, Joan and Evan…

Built with a Purpose
Spring/Summer 2019

Every business owner knows that determining a new company’s moniker is one of the most important decisions to make. Glenn Torrez, CEO and President of PRAVA Construction Services, Inc., wanted to be sure his company’s name was especially meaningful.

Risk Management at Its Finest
Fall/Winter 2018

For a contractor, purchasing insurance to cover both personal and business risks may seem as simple as calling an insurance agent and paying for a policy. In reality, the complexity of different policies is vast, the language used in the terms…

The Unsinkable Laurann Volk
Fall/Winter 2018

Laurann Volk has seen everything and heard everything in her nearly 50 years working in the fencing industry, and she is not afraid to call you on it.

Taking Pride in Perserverance & Quality Work
Fall/Winter 2018

Before Steve Lentz founded San Diego-based Enhanced Voice & Data Networks in 2005, he’d been employed in the communications infrastructure industry for several years. His experiences in infrastructure design and implementation led him to recognize…

The Power of Big. The Values of Small.
Fall/Winter 2018

Long before a plethora of publications and professional seminars made “partnering” a buzzword in the building industry, davisREED Construction Inc. (davisREED) understood the importance of working closely with clients and every member of the…

A World-Class Perspective
Spring/Summer 2018

In its 2017 Safety Performance Report, the Associated Builders and Contractors affirms that the roadmap to world-class safety starts with leaders who “take a stand to challenge and transform the status quo to create a culture that is passionate…

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Attention to Detail
Spring/Summer 2018

Attention to detail is more than a good business practice to Bert Faye, owner and CEO of Primary Mechanical, Inc. It’s absolutely essential in his line of work. The company provides mechanical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)…

Living The American Dream
Spring/Summer 2018

Edward Biliunas lives the American dream. He immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1966 at the age of six without his family knowing a word of English. It was sink or swim, he says. So, at age 18, he left his family, moved to California…

Water Without Waste
Spring/Summer 2016

Sometimes, success comes from inspiration. Other times, it evolves from what you’re already doing. For Mark Franklin, President of Faster Hot Water, both of those are true.

Experience = Quick Success
Spring/Summer 2018

In just five years, Tri State General Contractors, Inc., has experienced exceptional growth and profitability. Dig below the surface of the company’s brief history and there is evidence that explains why it has been successful.

Stepped-Up Solutions
Fall/Winter 2017

For James Morrell, flooring is more than plush carpet, fancy tiles or resilient wood systems. Flooring is often an environmental barrier, a non-slip safety system and even a soundproofing mechanism.

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A Tradition of Innovation
Fall/Winter 2017

Based in La Mesa, Calif., KAPPA Surveying and Engineering, Inc. has provided services related to surveying and civil engineering in the San Diego region for nearly 40 years. During this time, the family-owned company has gained a reputation…

Two Families, One Company
Fall/Winter 2017

C.E. Wilson Corp. is proud to be a family-owned business. C.E. (Willie) Wilson is President and Brian Wilson is Vice President, but they are not related.

Walls That Solve Problems
Fall/Winter 2017

If you need a wall, Hillside does it all. That’s the motto at the Hillside Companies. The Bonsall, Calif.-based firm has constructed millions of square feet of retaining walls in Southern California. Its work can be seen in counties across the…

From Pipelines to Potholes
Spring/Summer 2017

With a quick look at the scope and scale of the George W. Weir companies, few would ever believe that the business was inspired by its namesake’s desire to surf the world’s biggest waves. But, that’s exactly what happened. As a 19-year-old…

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A Passion for Building
Spring/Summer 2017

“Ihave this passion for building things … of seeing things change on a daily basis,” says Jody James Watkins, President and CEO of Watkins Landmark Construction, a general contracting firm that provides a full range of services, including preconstruction,…

Making Sustainability Feel at Home
Fall/Winter 2016

How do you tackle drought restrictions in a California hotel? You cut water usage in half—and then engage tenants and the wider community in your efforts. And that’s exactly what Hersha Hospitality Trust (Hersha Hospitality), a real estate investment…

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