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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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Best Real Estate Projects 2017: McKinley Village Underpass, Clubhouse and Alder Flats

One of the most striking elements of McKinley Village occupies less than half an acre of the 49-acre project. But its design and mission — connecting McKinley Village to East Sacramento and the urban…

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DesCor Awarded Best Places to Work 2016

The emphasis on family and work-life balance is one reason why employees believe DesCor is a great place to work. Sacramento Business Journal, October 21, 2016 A+ Employers Award / Best Places to Work Small…

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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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Best Real Estate Projects 2017: McKinley Village Underpass, Clubhouse and Alder Flats

One of the most striking elements of McKinley Village occupies less than half an acre of the 49-acre project. But its design and mission — connecting McKinley Village to East Sacramento and the urban core — make the McKinley underpass and bridge a critical element of the infill project.

Although developers had eyed the McKinley Village site since 1992, access to the property was a problem, given that it is enclosed by Capital City Freeway and the Union Pacific railroad embankment. Building an underpass provided access for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians while the bridge above it accommodates about 30 freight and passenger trains a day.

FAST FACTS

Underpass
Location: McKinley Village Way, Sacramento
Size: 0.4 acres
Completed: September 2016
Cost: $18 million
Developer: The New Home Co., Riverview Capital Investments
Contractor: Teichert Construction
Architect: Sestak Lighting Design, C2 Collaborative Landscape Architecture
Engineer: Parsons Corp.

Alder Parkside Flats
Location: McKinley Village Way, Sacramento
Size: 10,376 square feet
Completed: November 2016
Cost: $3 million
Developer: The New Home Co., Riverview Capital Investments
General contractor: The New Home Co.
Architect: Woodley Architectural Group Inc.
Engineer: Harris and Sloan Consulting Group Inc.

Clubhouse
Location: McKinley Village Way, Sacramento
Size: 4,200 square feet
Completed: September 2016
Cost: $4.95 million
Developer: The New Home Co., Riverview Capital Investments
Contractor: DesCor Builders
Architect: Mogavero Architects
Engineer: Harris and Sloan Consulting Group Inc

Read full article: bizjournals.com/sacramento

Danielle Starkey | Correspondent | Sacramento Business Journal
October 9, 2017

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DesCor Awarded Best Places to Work 2016

The emphasis on family and work-life balance is one reason why employees believe DesCor is a great place to work.

Sacramento Business Journal, October 21, 2016
A+ Employers Award / Best Places to Work
Small Company Winner 2016: DesCor Builders

While on her honeymoon in May, Gilda Lewis got an email from her boss. “You better not be checking your email on your honeymoon,? read the message from Brad Des Jardin, co-owner of DesCor Builders. The incident illustrates how DesCor encourages its employees to put family first, said Lewis, who has been a project engineer at the company for two years. And although she did check her emails during her honeymoon, Lewis said she didn’t feel pressured to work while on vacation.

“I didn’t feel guilty about enjoying myself outside of work,” she said.

The emphasis on family and work-life balance is one reason why employees believe DesCor is a great place to work. Other reasons are the congenial atmosphere and the opportunities for professional growth.

“What makes a good place to work is people know we care about them,” said Des Jardin, who co-founded the general contracting firm in 2005 with Neal Cordeiro. Happy employees are good for business, Des Jardin said. Satisfied workers spread the word to others, which helps recruit new employees. And being named a Best Place to Work enhances the company’s reputation with clients, who know they’ll be dealing with “happy, motived people,” he said.

“If we take care of our internal relationships, that will project to our external or customer relationships,” Des Jardin said.

Lewis, 26, said she has felt comfortable at DesCor since her first job interview there. After she was hired, Lewis wondered whether she would feel uneasy as a woman working in the field. But that hasn’t been the case.

“I’ve always felt welcome in the field and taken care of,” she said.” Lewis said she was pleased that the company sent her to three days of leadership training last year. And she said DesCor isn’t afraid to give employees a project that might be outside their comfort zone. “They let you have a wide variety of project experience,” Lewis said.

Des Jardin said the company maintains an open-door policy under which employees are welcome to discuss issues or concerns with superiors. DesCor also conducts an anonymous employee survey each year. The results are taken seriously, Des Jardin said, and areas where improvement are needed are addressed in the next year’s business plan. Supervisors keep an eye out for employees who are working too much overtime. In those cases, staffing is adjusted to reduce the employee’s workload, or if overtime can’t be avoided, the worker receives extra time off later.

“Work-life balance is very, very important,” Des Jardin said.

Getting to know employees on a personal level is also important. Families are included in company picnics and other gatherings. For example, DesCor holds quarterly meetings at completed job sites; families often are asked to join in after the business part of the meeting is over.

Project superintendent Keith Pratt came to DesCor two years ago, after serving in the Marine Corps and then working in commercial construction since 2005. Pratt, 33, said it took him awhile to get used to the collaborative atmosphere at DesCor, after being accustomed to the military mindset. But now he believes the DesCor culture improves productivity.

Pratt said he knows he can depend on his co-workers, something that was especially appreciated when he needed to take time off to care for his sick father in Oregon. Pratt said the work is also satisfying. He recently completed his first ground-up project, a building for Sierra Central Credit Union in Placerville.

“They want us to succeed and to excel in our careers,” Pratt said. The credit union is among DesCor’s repeat customers, which is a source of pride for the company and its employees.

Pratt said he’s been impressed with the owners’ efforts to get to know employees and their families. At the first company outing he attended, a gathering at a River Cats game, Des Jardin, Cordeiro and their spouses were soon chatting with his family. And with a wife, a 4-year-old daughter and a baby on the way, Pratt appreciates DesCor’s commitment to work-life balance. “I still have plenty of time for my family, which is a big deal for me,” Pratt said.

Link to article: bizjournals.com/sacramento

Elaine Goodman | Correspondent | Sacramento Business Journal
October 21, 2016

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