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.

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.”

Click here to read the original San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation article.

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.

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.

To read the full article, click here.

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.