Semi-Virtual Topping Out for VASC

 

With observed social distancing and the issuance of relaxed SIP orders, the County of Santa Clara (County) conducted its topping out ceremony at the Vietnamese American Services Center (VASC) on May 8th, 2020.

During the week leading up to the event, several Santa Clara County officials signed the ceremonial beam. Although relaxed SIP orders allowed for the event, a large community gathering of approximately 400 persons that occurred at the November 2019 groundbreaking, was not possible. The County created a website that allowed individuals to “virtually sign” the beam by entering their name. During the morning of the event, County staff applied the “virtually signed” stickers on the beam.

The event was attended by Santa Clara Supervisor Cindy Chavez, a long-time champion of this project, who addressed the on-site attendees and the live-streamed audience.  Afterward, the beam was hoisted into place.

The VASC project is a 37,000 square foot, 3 stories, community services facility providing initial medical, behavioral and social services offered by the County to the underserved Vietnamese community. It is located near the intersection of Tully and Senter Roads in San Jose.

Swinerton Management & Consulting has been involved with the project since early 2018 and our services include Programming, Design Development, and Construction Document oversight, in addition to oversight of its 18-month construction process. Ribbon cutting for the completed project is targeted in Summer 2021.

Congratulations to the SMC Project Team: Project Executive Bob Kagiyama, Senior Project Manager Albert Wege and Project Engineer Parth Patel.

City of Orinda construction management Glorietta Elementary Safe Route to School project

SMC Project Celebrates APWA 2020 Public Works Project Award Win!

The City of Orinda’s (City) Glorietta Elementary Safe Route to School project won the APWA Northern California Chapter 2020 Public Works Project Award for Best Project in the “Small Cities/Rural Communities” category.  This transportation-related project award was presented to the City at the annual APWA Awards Banquet on February 20, 2020.

Swinerton Management & Consulting (SMC) was selected for the second year in a row to provide construction management and inspection services to the City for their paving program.  In 2019, one of the assignments was the Glorietta Elementary Safe Route to School project, which was designed and closely coordinated with the Glorietta Elementary School and local community.  The project received funding by a Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) project specific grant and the City of Orinda Measure J Program.

The project design was completed in early 2019 and awarded in early summer of 2019.  The construction began on July 8, 2019 and was substantially completed on August 12, 2019 – prior to the start of the new school year.

The project scope of work included: converting the road shoulder on the west side of Glorietta Boulevard to a new shared-use (pedestrian and bicycle) pathway, a new asphalt dike to separate the pathway from the vehicular roadway, pavement base repairs, pavement overlay, slurry seal over the entire roadway and path, and new signage and striping.  The City’s interest in preserving a rural atmosphere is demonstrated with this new pathway, as opposed to constructing more traditional concrete sidewalks.

SMC is proud to have provided the construction management and inspection services on this successful project.

Vietnamese American Service Center Breaks Ground!

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, Swinerton Management & Consulting’s (SMC) Vietnamese American Services Center (VASC) project formally celebrated its groundbreaking with a bang.

Approximately 400 people attended to the ceremony which started with the singing of our national anthem and the Vietnamese national anthem by two very talented young singers. Traditional lion dancing and accompanying percussion was performed followed by opening remarks by Santa Clara County Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Dave Cortese, both champions of the VASC project. Additional speakers included Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, San Jose Councilmember Maya Esparza and General Nguyen Khac Binh. As all the invited officials were about to take their shovels to dirt, a hail of firecrackers exploded at the height of the ceremony.

The VASC project is a 37,000 square foot, 3-story, community services facility providing initial medical, behavioral and social services offered by the County to the underserved Vietnamese community. It is located near the intersection of Tully and Senter Roads in San Jose, CA.

SMC has been involved with the project since early 2018 and our services include Programming, Design Development and Construction Document oversight, in addition to oversight of its 18-month construction process. Ribbon cutting for the completed project is targeted in Summer 2021.

Congratulations to the Project team: John Baker, Project Executive; Robert Kagiyama, Project Executive; Albert Wege, Senior Project Manager; and Parth Patel, Project Engineer.

Group of people holding large ribbon cutting scissors at the U.S. 101/Willow Road Interchange Replacement Ceremony

On September 24, Swinerton Management & Consulting (SMC) celebrated the ribbon cutting of our U.S. 101 Willow Road Interchange Replacement Project along with the City of Menlo Park and Caltrans. Construction began in May 2017 and completed in August 2019.

The new overpass has been widened to four traffic lanes by adding a new lane in each direction. Diagonal ramps were also widened to four lanes to allow more traffic storage, reducing the chance of traffic backups onto the freeway. The new ramps are equipped with carpool bypass lanes and metering. Two cloverleaf ramps were replaced with a “partial cloverleaf” to help move traffic away from the overpass to reduce congestion and weaving. Sidewalks, bike lanes, and additional protected bicycle paths in each direction were also added. The project cost is $71 Million.

The original cloverleaf interchange was built in 1955 and has worked well for decades but can no longer handle modern traffic volumes. As traffic increased, merging became difficult, and resulted in “weaving” that caused congestion. The updated “partial cloverleaf” will help relieve congestion and provide for easier merging.

Next, the City will work with the community to conceptualize the landscaping opportunities in that area.

A few weeks ago, Swinerton Management & Consulting client Forge Development Partners broke ground on TL 361, “the first newly constructed privately funded workforce housing development in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco.”

This project includes 240 new housing units, where at least 51% of units committed to “low-income” renters. Both buildings will stand 7 stories and include ground-floor retail. A social and community center will also be available for residents and the community.

The Dublin San Ramon Service District (DSRSD) awarded Swinerton Management & Consulting (SMC) a contract to provide professional construction management services for the renovation of its 20,000 square foot office building.

The project consists of providing technical assistance and cost estimating services during the 50% and 90% design review and construction management, construction inspection, and QA and specialty testing during the construction phase.  The construction improvements will include repair of interior flood damage caused by an internal break of a fire line; new casework, flooring, and LED lighting; new conference rooms and open space areas; new fire sprinkler and fire alarm system; Boardroom remodel and Audio/Visual Improvements; and ADA accessibility improvements to the restrooms, showers, drinking fountains, and exterior site.

DSRSD reached out to SMC to submit a proposal for this contract under a District State of Emergency proclamation.  Due to positive past project working relationships of multiple public works projects with the city of Dublin, which requires on-going joint coordination efforts with DSRSD water and sewer facilities, DSRSD elected to contract with SMC.

In recognition of their ongoing support for local Redwood City schools, Swinerton Management & Consulting (SMC) was awarded with the Chamber’s 2018 Golden Apple Award. During SMC’s 16-year partnership with the San Mateo County Community College District, the team managed the design and construction of campus facilities projects including new athletic fields, libraries, wellness centers, and theater renovations, and also has made Cañada College’s Promise Scholarship program possible. SMC has also volunteered for a number of fundraising events and programs and are active on many local non-profit Boards.

The Chamber’s Golden Apple Award was started 23 years ago by its Education Committee. This award was created to recognize the impact that business makes on the educational community through their generosity and commitment to local public schools, non-profits, and other education-focused programs.