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DesCor Awarded Best Places to Work 2018

We’re looking for people who see the world the way we do; people who are passionate, accountable, committed and excellent. Sacramento Business Journal, October 12, 2018 A+ Employers Award / Best Places…

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DesCor completes John Adams Academy’s third public charter school campus

John Adams Academy opened its third public charter school campus in the foothill region last Wednesday, welcoming children in grades kindergarten through seventh to its Town Center Boulevard location across…

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DesCor receives Cal OSHA Golden Gate Partnership Recognition

State of California Department of Industrial Relations Cal/OSHA Consultation Services BranchRecognition Date:  June 7, 2018 Golden Gate Partnership Recognition Congratulations, your company has…

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Apartment construction heats up in Folsom, other markets

Apartment construction in the Sacramento region is still lagging relative to both demand and other markets.The most recent report from Yardi Matrix, for example, found newly completed apartments still…

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Permits pending for spec office building in South Natomas

Construction should start soon on the first speculative office development in Sacramento’s South Natomas submarket in about a decade.Bannon Investors is the force behind a planned three-story, 90,000-square-foot…

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Work begins on Sutter Health facility in River District

Dreyfuss & Blackford Architecture has released design concepts for a planned Sutter Health adult health center in Sacramento’s River District, where construction has already begun.By summer,…

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Napa’s new 1300 Main building wins ‘Top Real Estate Projects’ award

A new 20,000-square-foot commercial infill project providing mixed use, street level retail/restaurant space combined with two levels of professional office areas above, is being built at 1300 Main St.…

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John Adams Academy breaks ground on new arts and athletics building

John Adams Academy charter school celebrated Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new performing arts and athletics building, to be known as the “Jefferson Building.”According to a news…

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DesCor Awarded Best Places to Work 2018

We’re looking for people who see the world the way we do; people who are passionate, accountable, committed and excellent.

Sacramento Business Journal, October 12, 2018
A+ Employers Award / Best Places to Work
Medium Company Winner 2018: DesCor Builders

Robert Harding already knew DesCor Builders co-founder Brad Des Jardin when, years ago, the Rancho Cordova-based company started trying to recruit him. But Harding hesitated, he said, because everybody he talked to said it was the greatest company to work for. It sounded too good to be true. “I thought it was like a cult,” Harding said.

But after working at the 62-employee general contractor for seven months as its regional safety manager, Harding said the company’s family-centric culture and attitude won him over.

“I’m a completely different person for my family,” he said. When he first got to DesCor, Harding, looking to make a strong impression, worked 10- to 12-hour days until Des Jardin pulled him aside and said, “That’s not what impresses me, what impresses me is if you’re spending more time with your wife and family.”

With that kind of approach, it may be no surprise that DesCor Builders has shown up on the Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list for 13 years in a row.

Even though the builder has experienced rapid growth over the last year, increasing its workforce by 25 percent and boasting revenue of $110 million this fiscal year, owners Des Jardin and Neal Cordeiro were determined to preserve the company’s brand by emphasizing its unique culture.

Employee perks include monthly lunches to either celebrate company wins or to delve into technical seminars to help improve job skills. Other company events include paint ball outings, beer-making classes, barbecues and River Cats baseball games.

“We create reasons to have our people gather once a month,” Des Jardin said.

Company leaders also try to visit each construction site at least once a month, and sometimes more, to keep tabs on how each of DesCor’s 20 or so jobs is progressing and how the team is doing.

Employees receive annual performance reviews, but managers also do mid-year check-ins and ask workers how they hope to advance their careers, and what recommendations they have to improve the company’s performance.

Such employee feedback has resulted in upgrades to DesCor’s accounting/payroll, web site and document-control functions, among others.

“We’re relationship builders first,” Des Jardin said. “To project positive relationships with our customers we have to take care of our internal customers first, and our families. Our people’s families are our most important customers.”

A strong work-life balance is a crucial tool for attracting and retaining the best employees, Des Jardin said. “We’re looking for people who see the world the way we do; people who are passionate, accountable, committed and excellent.”

Toni Dwyer, the company’s assistant controller, said that as a mother of three, the freedom and flexibility the company offers is a big advantage, allowing her to drop her kids off at school and pick them up from soccer practice.

“I actually want to be here every day,” she said. “They allow me to put my family first, which is important to me. They trust that we’re here, doing our work. I can take my laptop and work remotely from where my kids need to be. I can be a mom and still work full time.”

DesCor Builders: General contractor providing construction management and comprehensive preconstruction and construction services.

Top local executives: Brad Des Jardin and Neal Cordeiro, founders

Local employees: 62

Headquarters: Rancho Cordova

What makes your company stand out from others: “We focus on culture first. We have created an environment that allows our people to succeed while letting them know that we care about them more for who they are than what they do.”

What does your company do to inspire employees and keep them engaged:“We have a clear vision, mission, purpose and goals and we continually communicate to our employees how their efforts contribute to the company’s success and how that success relates to them realizing their own personal goals.”

What qualities do you look for in potential employees: “People who are passionate about what they do, are accountable, committed and have a desire to be the best.”

How does your company define success: “The relationships that we build are greater than the buildings that we build. We create a raving fan and repeat client on each project, and our people return home to their families each day in better physical and emotional shape than when they left.”

What is your company’s toughest challenge and how do you overcome it: “We recognize as we continue to grow that our people, our culture and our brand are our biggest strengths. We have focused on emphasizing our culture by creating opportunities for our people to get together and remain connected, including monthly lunches, mid-year employee check-ins with our executives, fun activities (paint ball, Topgolf, River Cats games) and a leadership workshop, where everyone is encouraged to participate.”

Link to article: bizjournals.com/sacramento

Chris Rauber | Correspondent | Sacramento Business Journal
October 12, 2018

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DesCor completes John Adams Academy’s third public charter school campus

John Adams Academy opened its third public charter school campus in the foothill region last Wednesday, welcoming children in grades kindergarten through seventh to its Town Center Boulevard location across from Blue Shield, with plans to add one grade per year until it serves children in grades K-12, modeled after the original Roseville location.

Photo Caption: Young scholars, staff and school founder Dean Forman (aka John Adams) ceremoniously open the school on the first day of classes at John Adams Academy in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Read full article: Village Life/News

Julie Samrick | Staff Writer | Village Life
August 29, 2018

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DesCor receives Cal OSHA Golden Gate Partnership Recognition

State of California
Department of Industrial Relations
Cal/OSHA Consultation Services Branch

Recognition Date:  June 7, 2018

Golden Gate Partnership Recognition

Congratulations, your company has been recognized by the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service for its effort in implementing and maintaining an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) during the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service visit on June 7, 2018.

Golden Gate recognition was developed to provide motivation and support to employers who proactively work with their employees and the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service. During our
consultative visit to your company, your managers and employees demonstrated a commitment to continuously improve the effectiveness of its workplace safety and health management system.
This commitment to workplace safety and health is being commended by the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service. Thank you for taking an active participation in occupational safety and
health in your workplace.

Sincerely,

John Husman, Area Manager
Patrick Corcoran, Senior Safety Engineer
Susan Pipes, Safety Consultant

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Apartment construction heats up in Folsom, other markets

Apartment construction in the Sacramento region is still lagging relative to both demand and other markets.

The most recent report from Yardi Matrix, for example, found newly completed apartments still accounted for less than 1 percent of the inventory overall.

But in certain preferable submarkets, such as Folsom, multifamily developers are ramping up. There, the demographics suggest building a new project is economically justifiable because residents can afford the rents the developer wants to make the project profitable.

Read full article: bizjournals.com/sacramento

Ben van der Meer | Staff Writer | Sacramento Business Journal
June 21, 2018

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Permits pending for spec office building in South Natomas

Construction should start soon on the first speculative office development in Sacramento’s South Natomas submarket in about a decade.

Bannon Investors is the force behind a planned three-story, 90,000-square-foot building at 2555 Natomas Park Drive, near the firm’s 12-story building from 2009, Gateway 2020. Bannon has applied to the city of Sacramento for building permits for the new project, which should open in summer 2019, said Tom Aguer, principal and managing director at commercial real estate brokerage Avison Young.

Read full article: bizjournals.com/sacramento

Ben van der Meer | Staff Writer | Sacramento Business Journal
June 2018

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Work begins on Sutter Health facility in River District

Dreyfuss & Blackford Architecture has released design concepts for a planned Sutter Health adult health center in Sacramento’s River District, where construction has already begun.

By summer, Sutter plans to have completed transformation of a 45,000-square-foot office park into a new location for the health system’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE.

Features at the new center at 444 North Third St. include an open therapy room with high ceilings, a full commercial kitchen and areas for performances, crafts, gardening, meals and salon appointments. When the center was approved by the city last May, Sutter described PACE as offering outpatient treatment for seniors and older adults as a way to prevent premature placements in nursing homes. Site renovations will also create 10,000 square feet of courtyards for recreational and physical therapy uses.

Read full article: bizjournals.com/sacramento

Ben van der Meer | Staff Writer | Sacramento Business Journal
January 9, 2018

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Napa’s new 1300 Main building wins ‘Top Real Estate Projects’ award

A new 20,000-square-foot commercial infill project providing mixed use, street level retail/restaurant space combined with two levels of professional office areas above, is being built at 1300 Main St. in Napa for The Wiseman Company.

Work began in November 2016 and completion is scheduled for Jan. 29, 2018.

Two larger restaurant and retail spaces facing Main Street have been leased. The corner space will be occupied by Hal Yamashita Napa Restaurant. Cornerstone Cellars’ tasting room and gourmet food sales will occupy the space next door.

Read full article at: northbaybusinessjournal.com

Gary Quackenbush | Correspondent | North Bay Business Journal
December 11, 2017

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John Adams Academy breaks ground on new arts and athletics building

John Adams Academy charter school celebrated Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new performing arts and athletics building, to be known as the “Jefferson Building.”

According to a news release, John Adams Academy, a free charter public school in Roseville serving grades TK through 12, names each of its buildings to honor the Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson was selected as the founding father to honor as he was known for being a renaissance man with multiple interests and talents. The Jefferson Building joins a campus with other buildings named for John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison and George Washington.

Read full article: thepresstribune.com

Gold Country Media | The Press Tribune Roseville & Granite Bay
November 22, 2017

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