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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 Awarded Best Places to Work 2015

If we provide an opportunity to have a work-life balance, you are surrounding yourself with happy, healthy people. Sacramento Business Journal, October 30, 2015 A+ Employers Award / Best Places to Work Small…

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DesCor Awarded Best Places to Work 2014

The perfect workplace: "A company that cares more for their employees for who they are than what they do." Sacramento Business Journal, October 24, 2014 A+ Employers Award / Best Places to Work Small…

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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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DesCor Awarded Best Places to Work 2015

If we provide an opportunity to have a work-life balance, you are surrounding yourself with happy, healthy people.

Sacramento Business Journal, October 30, 2015
A+ Employers Award / Best Places to Work
Small Company Winner 2015: DesCor Builders

People who want a job at DesCor Builders are required to write their own eulogies. If they mention DesCor, they have to start over. “We tell them that DesCor shouldn’t enter into any of this, because your purpose in life should not be to work at DesCor,” said Neal Cordeiro, co-founder of the general contracting firm.

The Rancho Cordova company wants employees to have a meaningful life outside of the office. “We don’t want workaholics. We want people who can bring their best selves home every night. We don’t want families to get leftovers,” Cordeiro said.

DesCor’s owners have even passed up opportunities for projects in the Bay Area because they don’t want their employees to be commuting or working remotely.

“People are our bottom line. If we take care of them, our bottom line will be just fine.”

– Brad Des Jardin, President & CEO

“We are the only contractor we know who has made a specific focus to not leave town,” Cordeiro said. “We want our guys home for dinner. We want them to be coaching.

That doesn’t mean Cordeiro and cofounder Brad Des Jardin let their employees coast.

“They don’t demand less from you at work. We all work at a very high level. But we are able to work efficiently,” said Rob Albertsen, a preconstruction estimator who joined the company about eight months ago. “There’s always a steep learning curve when you transition as an employee, but I’ve learned a lot. They are able to support and teach what you need to be a well-rounded builder. We hold each other to high standards. We have a clear mission.”

The learning curve starts right at the job interview. When estimator Andy Laughton interviewed, he met with all of the project managers and estimators, and a superintendent.

“They each got an opportunity to interview me, and I had the opportunity to interview them. We talked about the position, the environment, also activities outside of work,” Laughton said. “Basically, the conversation went on and we determined how well we could work with each other.”

Once they’re hired, new employees go through a seminar that sets out the purpose of DesCor. The hiring and orientation results in a team spirit right out of the gate, but also helps promote a work-life balance.

“If we need to take a couple of days off, we can. There are other people who can step in and watch our jobs for us,” said superintendent Mark Atencio. “We are not forced to stay on the job.”

The pay is at the higher end for the industry. Atencio said, noting that Sacramento’s commercial construction industry is small enough that people get to know how well different companies compensate their employees. DesCor covers 100 per cent of employee medical insurance and 50 percent for the rest of the family.

The main office is one large room, so communication is very transparent, Laughton said.

“If you need help, if you need to bounce an idea off someone, all you need to do is look left or right and someone is there,” he said.

That includes Des Jardin and Cordeiro.

“They are always available. I can call them by phone, 1 can go into the office, we can have lunch,” Atencio said. “The people are all willing to help you out if you have questions and concerns.”

When DesCor employees have fun, families are included. In the summer there’s a family picnic, and in the fall an Oktoberfest that doubles as a fundraiser for the Sierra Forever Families adoption agency. Contractors and the community at large buy tickets to attend, too. DesCor has been averaging about $20,000 a year for the nonprofit, enough to place four children into permanent homes.

This past summer, DesCor put together a team for the Wipeout Run, a 5k course with larger than-life obstacles. The company paid the entry fee for every employee and family members who wanted to go.

At the company holiday party, the bosses specifically address each employee.

Loyalty also plays a big part. DesCor stood by its employees through the recession and didn’t lay off anyone.

“We adapted our business dramatically and quickly to make sure that would occur,” Cordeiro said. “Our volume dropped a lot, but we kept every one of our employees. And we kept our essential perks.”

“If we provide an opportunity to have a work-life balance, you are surrounding yourself with happy, healthy people,” he said. “People (and clients) want to work with happy healthy people.”

Robert Celaschi |Correspondent | Sacramento Business Journal
October 30, 2015

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DesCor Awarded Best Places to Work 2014

The perfect workplace: “A company that cares more for their employees for who they are than what they do.”

Sacramento Business Journal, October 24, 2014
A+ Employers Award / Best Places to Work
Small Company Winner 2014: DesCor Builders

Brad Des Jardin, who co-founded DesCor Builders almost a decade ago, remembers learning an important management lesson by counterexample early in his career.

“When I first got out of school, I was in a difficult situation: I had a boss who used negative feedback as a motivator,” he said.

“It was a general-contracting business and the boss was strictly old-school,” he said. “A lot of guys were like that back then. I’d like to think that eventually, they learned that fear and intimidation only motivate an employee so long.”

“When we began the company, we made sure that every employee we’d bring on shared our values, which basically comes down to treating each other and our customers with respect. We love our employees and we want them to succeed.”

– Brad DesJardin, President & CEO

Des Jardin and co-founder Neal Cordeiro, who had similar experiences, decided they would treat people differently when they started their own construction company, based in Rancho Cordova.

“When we began the company,” Des Jardin said, “we made sure that every employee we’d bring on shared our values, which basically comes down to treating each other and our customers with respect. We love our employees and we want them to succeed. All of them came here through referrals or because they’d heard of us, and we’re very grateful they chose our company.”

The company’s 33 employees seem grateful as well — for perks ranging from flexible work schedules and three weeks of vacation for new hires — and for less tangible benefits such as career guidance and advancement opportunities.

Rowland Fellows, a project engineer at DesCor, has been with the company two-and-a-half years. Although he has a master’s in construction management, this is the first construction job for the 32-year-old since graduating from college and holding jobs in banking and insurance.

Being a project engineer is “usually a job you get right out of college, like in your early 20s,” he said. “But Brad and Neal were great about sitting down with me, from the beginning, and helping me chart out my career.

“Everyone always asks you in an interview, ‘Where do you see yourself five years from now?’ ” he said. “But these guys keep coming back to it in your (annual) review, reminding you what you said and helping you figure out a timeline for getting where you want to be.”

One of the best things about working at DesCor, Fellows said, is that the owners “recognize that when you’re out in the field, you’re the face of the company. So they give you a lot of responsibilities and know you’re going to do well.”

He also appreciates that the company has made an effort to know him as a person as well as an employee. “I remember going to my first office Christmas party and not only was I introduced to everyone, but so was my wife. It made us feel we were part of something other than just a job.”

Jason Stidham has been with DesCor a little more than a year as a project superintendent but has been in the construction field for 11 years. “In my experience, most employers treat you like a number,” said Stidham, 29. “But here, the owners … make us feel that they work for us, the employees — that we’re their customers. They’ve actually said that to us.”

He cited a recent incident when he found a quality-control problem. “Nothing fatal but something that could be improved,” he said. ” So I wrote a four-page document and gave it to my manager. He sent it … to the owners because he was so proud of me. He could have ignored it or turned it in and claimed credit for it. But he wanted me to shine.”

The founders also have enabled Stidham to reach his professional goals. “Brad and Neal asked me what I wanted to do here and I said, ‘I’ve been doing $200,000 TI projects and I want to be doing $10 to $12 million projects.

“They kept their eyes on me for a while and pretty soon … they were convinced I could do ground-up projects of that size.”

Des Jardin, whose father and grandfather were both general contractors in Northern California, said he and Cordeiro have “pretty clear expectations of our employees, and review how the company is doing with our monthly FBI — fundamental business indicators — reports. We want to make sure they’re as up-to-date on where things stand as we are.”

All this adds up to a workplace that is valued by employees.

“I was going to say that Brad and Neal have a very open-door policy here, but I caught myself,” said project engineer Fellows. “The room where they sit, and we sit when we’re not in the field, has no offices, so there aren’t really any doors. Maybe that says something about our work environment.”

Ed Goldman | Correspondent | Sacramento Business Journal
October 24, 2014

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