Chancellor Sponsor SMC

The Swinerton family of companies traces its roots back to 1888, when a young Swedish immigrant established the company in Los Angeles. Since Swinerton’s earliest days, the company has prided itself on exceptional craftsmanship to create celebrated landmark projects on the West Coast and beyond. Today Swinerton is active throughout the United States with 18 office locations and 4,000 employees across 20 business units.

Swinerton established the management and consulting unit in 1994 to ensure earlier integration into the project development process. This business unit has a very long and close relationship with the San Mateo County Community College District, having been chosen to work on its very first bond program in 2002.

“We are so proud of having been part of the SMCCCD family for nearly 18 years,” says Jeff Gee, vice president of Management and Consulting. “Today we’re working on all three campuses on the third bond program with the District and it’s always exciting to collaborate in transforming centers of learning.”

A strong foundation of philanthropy and community involvement has always been a core value of the Swinerton family of companies. The corporation sponsors The Swinerton Foundation, which partners with community-focused nonprofit organizations and Swinerton Cares, a workplace giving program. Swinerton also actively supports employee volunteerism and community outreach to local small and historically disadvantaged businesses, and is dedicated to the protection of human rights wherever possible in its sphere of influence.

Every year almost since the beginning of the event’s inception, Swinerton Management and Consulting has supported student success at the District by sponsoring the Foundation’s fundraising Golf Tournament. “It’s part of our philosophy of giving back. A lot of our giving as a company centers on scholarships and providing a future for young people, and over the years we’ve sponsored a variety of events that support initiatives such as the Promise Scholars Program at the SMCCCD.” According to Jeff, the Golf Tournament provides an ideal way of giving back to the District community. “The foundation of our work depends upon strong relationships that are enduring and lasting – spending the day together is a great way of building and nurturing those connections.”

When asked about the future of Swinerton Management and Consulting’s relationship with the District, Jeff expressed, “we hope to keep it going for a long time. We have developed long-lasting relationships with a lot of people at the district. What is special about working together for a long time is that we get to know each other and each other’s families — we’ve seen each other’s children grow up. Work is work but people make the difference.”

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In 1994, Terry Bush, the founding president of Swinerton Management & Consulting, presented an idea to the executives at Swinerton to start a professional services initiative. This was a strategy to move closer towards the project initiation stages of a project, and to provide leadership in creating design and construction Teams that aligned with a client’s project goals and aspirations.

25 years later, Swinerton Management & Consulting is as strong as ever, providing our clients with professional services to meet their project hopes, desires and dreams. With more than 60 Team members, in six offices, managing projects throughout the western United States, in four primary market sectors, we are proud to live Swinerton’s core values of Integrity, Leadership, Passion and Excellence.

As members of the Swinerton family, we are proud to be partners with our colleagues across the country as we aspire to be a trusted partner to our clients. The diversity of our staff, and their professionalism are a true testament to who we are and what we can bring to a client.

As we celebrate our silver anniversary, I want to especially thank those that were part of Swinerton Management & Consulting from almost the very beginning: Dennis Wong, John Baker, Lissette Morales, and Myrna Wagner – all with over 20 years of service at Swinerton Management & Consulting.

In looking forward, we will continue to provide the best client service possible, and help our clients realize their project potential. Thank you to our business partners, Swinerton colleagues, team members, and most importantly our clients for 25 years of history.

We look forward to building on our past and creating a future for generations to come.

Jeff Gee, AIA, Vice President
Division Manager │General Manager
Swinerton Management & Consulting

Two real estate companies are readying shovels to bring 240 micro-units to San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Forge Development Partners and Bridge Investment Group will begin construction this month on two ground-up buildings in the area, with 146 units coming to 361 Turk St. and 94 coming to 145 Leavenworth St., according to the companies. The 240 units will be for renters of various incomes. The developers will reserve 12% for renters earning about $32K per year, and 39% of units will be targeted at renters earning at least $75K per year. Forge and Bridge anticipate the remaining 49% of units being affordable for renters making $82K annually.  The project cost will be $100M.  Affordable housing developer Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. owns a property adjacent to 145 Leavenworth St. and had been advising Forge on their project for the last few years, TNDC Planning and Policy Manager Alexandra Goldman said. The developers tout the project, called TL 361, as the first newly constructed privately funded workforce housing development in San Francisco. Permanent financing will be provided by a Freddie Mac Multifamily unfunded forward commitment. Construction financing is provided by East West Bank and Washington Federal Bank.  “It’s sort of a new model,” Goldman said. “Having private resources funding a project with an income cap, but that’s a good thing.” The group originally planned to break ground on the project in 2017 and planned for the buildings to be prefabricated in Sacramento with all-union labor. Neither Forge Development Partners nor Bridge Investment Group responded to requests for comment.  Goldman said the TNDC does have a concern of current residents being displaced by future projects that are similar to Forge and Bridge’s but aimed more at higher-income people. “If there’s a demonstrated market for SRO-style housing but for higher-income people, it puts pressure on the existing low-income SRO housing stock,” she said.  The Tenderloin has hundreds of other units under construction, including Shorenstein’s 12-story, 303-unit building coming to 1066 Market St. Forge also has eyes on other micro-unit projects in the gritty San Francisco neighborhood. The developer is working on approval for 138 units at 819 Ellis St., according to the San Francisco Business Times.

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Forge Land Co. plans to break ground on 231 units of workforce housing in the Tenderloin by year’s end. The prefabricated project will be split into two buildings: TL 361, built on 361 Turk, and TL 145, built at 145 Levenworth. It will provide a co-living environment for people earning less than $80K/year with no government assistance. Affordable housing reaching 40% area median income also will be available. The prefabricated building will provide spaces of 250 SF up to 440 SF with shared community spaces on each floor. These spaces may include a yoga room, a theater and a shared kitchen/dining area. This project will be the first prototype of Forge’s solution for workforce housing, and the company is looking to do at least two more in the city. For Forge CEO Richard Hannum, the Tenderloin was an ideal location for this kind of project. “The Tenderloin is the most interesting neighborhood in the city,” he said. “There is new entertainment expansion on Market Street, the government center and access to every part of the city. It has the best transit through that area.” One of the project’s investors, Evolve, said the area is transforming dramatically. “With over $1B in the new development pipeline, the Tenderloin is perhaps the most developmentally vibrant neighborhood on the West Coast,” Evolve president Chris Fraley said. “Few areas have experienced such substantial deliveries as the recent influx of boutique hotels, restaurants, retail, creative office and residential into this already robust and economically diverse neighborhood.” Both the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. have made many improvements to the area to create affordable housing. The TNDC has 39 buildings in six neighborhoods serving 4,100 people.

Hannum said the Tenderloin has a rich architectural history. Many of the 100-year-old buildings have been left intact and have not been subject to significant redevelopment. He said among the biggest challenges in building in Tenderloin is how to build a building without ruining the dynamics of the neighborhood. “Our focus has been doing truly infill that does not displace people who are already part of that neighborhood,” Hannum said. He said Forge’s projects will be one of the first modern buildings in a National Historic district. His company has done significant work with the design community, city planning and historic committees to create a project that fits within the fabric of the neighborhood. While the older buildings used materials of the time, such as stucco and masonry, Forge’s new buildings will use metal-clad facades with copper that will age into a deep rich color similar to the brick of the old buildings. The rest of the building will use ultra-modern steel and glass.

The building will incorporate Sustainable Living Innovations’ building system with the help of contractor Swinerton. An energy system will be dependent on solar, and Hannum expects the building to operate with 50% less energy use. It also will be water efficient and function at about 50% of water use. The prefabricated project will be built off-site in Sacramento. The entire project will use all-union labor. Hannum expects to break ground before the end of the year. Occupancy is expected by the end of 2018. The project used the services of HFF, a San Francisco multifamily investment sales and equity placement group. HFF managing director Scott Bales served in a key advisory capacity.

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