Howard Building Corporation news
Congratulations, Bob Wright!
Bob Wright has been an integral part of HBC for an impressive 15 years, and he's now stepping into a new position as our Director of Field Operations. From leading field teams on some of HBC’s largest projects such as Anduril, Netflix, Banc of California, Riot Games, and PIMCO, to mentoring and inspiring our entire field staff, Bob's deep construction knowledge and ability to work under pressure have been instrumental in his, and therefore HBC’s, success.
Choose Your Charity 2023
HBC is dedicated to supporting charities that hold significance for our employee-owners and the communities they belong to. In pursuit of this commitment, we organize an annual event known as "Choose Your Charity," allowing HBC employee-owners to nominate a charity deserving of a monetary donation from HBC. 2023 marks our fourth consecutive year giving back through this event.
Solar Futures: Redefining Sustainable Architecture at Woodbury University
We are thrilled to announce the release of the first article in a two-part series that delves into the groundbreaking achievements of Woodbury University's School of Architecture (WSOA) and their Solar Futures project. As a sponsor of the project, HBC was fortunate to be able witness the transformation from concept to completion and is honored to share the students’ successes with USGBC-LA and the greater green building community.
Welcoming Three New Superintendents to our Team!
We are happy to announce the newest additions to our Superintendent team – Mark Koch, Dave Young, and Mike Quintero!
Celebrating Two Well-Deserved Promotions to Assistant Superintendent!
HBC is excited to welcome Derian Barillas and Francisco Flores to their new roles as Assistant Superintendents. They have both demonstrated tremendous skill and dedication in their previous roles, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish as Assistant Superintendents. Let’s learn more about them!
HBC Welcomes Jordan Sherman to the Team!
We’re thrilled to announce an exciting addition to our Business Development team! Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Jordan Sherman, our new Director of Client Relations. We couldn't be more excited to have her on board as we continue to prioritize and enhance our client relationships.
Joseph Chan Nominated as CFO of the Year
We're thrilled to share that our esteemed CFO, Joseph Chan, has been nominated for the prestigious Los Angeles Business Journal CFO of the Year award!
"Best Places to Work" Nominee
HBC was recently named as one of the “Best Places to Work” in both Los Angeles and Orange County. The annual awards program was created by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Orange County Business Journal, and Workforce Research Group.
Celebrating Don Fraser's 20th Anniversary
In commemoration of Don Fraser, Executive Vice President, and his 20th year with HBC, we sat down with him to learn more about his career in construction. Thank you, Don, for two decades of guidance and leadership!
Tyler Adams Promoted to Senior Project Manager!
HBC welcomes Tyler Adams to his new role as Senior Project Manager in the Orange County office. Since joining the company in early 2017, he has demonstrated incredible growth throughout his involvement in over 20 projects. Some of his recent accomplishments include:
Steve Segel Promoted to Senior Vice President
HBC welcomes Steve Segel to his new role as Senior Vice President of Los Angeles Operations. Steve has exhibited tremendous growth over the course of his tenure with HBC. His project leadership has brought him success with notable clients. Here are just a few of his notable accolades:
HBC Recognized as a Leader in Safety
Highwire, a global risk management platform, recently announced the winners of their Safety Assessment Program. The program analyzes contractors’ and vendors’ historic safety performance and safety management systems to predict future performance. This data is then published so clients can research safety compliance and risk assessment to make informed decisions.
K-Cup Recycling Program
At HBC, we recognize how harmful waste is to our environment. Whether it be mass-produced waste from a jobsite or the plastic straw in our drink, every piece that is recycled responsibly contributes to environmental stewardship. Our internal, employee-run Sustainability Committee has implemented several changes to reduce unnecessary waste from our daily operations. The Committee noticed how much plastic is used daily from the Keurig machines in our Orange County and Los Angeles offices. As a result, HBC now partners with Keurig and g2 revolution to recycle all the K-Cup coffee pods that are used. Through the implementation of the K-Cycle program, HBC is able to recycle 100% of the K-Cup coffee pod materials, ultimately diverting large amounts of waste from landfills.
HBC Nominated as Finalist for
On March 29th, the Los Angeles Business Journal hosted the very first in-person Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Symposium and Awards Show. Several members of HBC’s DEI Committee were in attendance, and HBC is proud to have been a sponsor of the event. Companies from all industries were represented from throughout Los Angeles.
Working Wardrobes Clothing Drive
Throughout the month of January, HBC held a clothing drive in both the OC and LA offices to benefit Working Wardrobes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged individuals obtain employment. HBC employee-owners and their families brought in gently used professional clothes to donate to the organization, which ranged from business casual attire, formal suiting, shoes, and accessories. In total, HBC donated over 650 items of clothing. With these items, Working Wardrobes will provide styling services to people facing employment barriers and, ultimately, arm these people with the skills and confidence needed to achieve the dignity of work and build lasting economic stability for themselves and their families. The recent clothing drive is just one of the many ways that HBC has partnered with Working Wardrobes. Our Talent Acquisition & Development specialist, Agnes Cimino, has been volunteering with them since November, providing career counseling, including mock interviews, job search assistance, resume writing, and styling clients for their interviews. Working Wardrobes was also one of the recipients of HBC’s 2022 Choose Your Charity campaign. ABOUT WORKING WARDROBES Working Wardrobes was founded in 1990 with a mission to help men, women, young adults, and Veterans to achieve the “dignity of work.” By partnering with local corporations, volunteers, and organizations, Working Wardrobes is able to offer the community a wide range of programs and services including: job search resources, skill workshops, customer service training, financial needs assistance, wardrobe services and styling, and job placement. Since opening their doors, they have helped over 100,000 individuals secure employment to provide for themselves and their families. Learn more about Working Wardrobes at https://www.workingwardrobes.org/
Choose Your Charity 2022
Every holiday season, HBC likes to give back to charities that are important to our employee-owners and their surrounding communities. As part of this endeavor, we host an annual "Choose Your Charity" event, where HBC employee-owners nominate a charity of their choice to receive a monetary donation from HBC.
Mark Fuller Talks About HBC's Culture
Celebrating Sarah Webb's Retirement
After an impressive career spanning 40 years as an industry veteran, Sarah Webb is retiring. In 2013, Sarah joined Howard Building Corporation (HBC) as a Project Manager, and she has been loved and admired by clients and colleagues alike. During her time with HBC, Mrs. Webb completed over 1.5 million square feet for high-profile clients such as Appfolio, Pacific Life, loanDepot, and Belkin. In 2021 alone, she was recognized by GlobeSt.com, CREW-OC, and the Orange County Business Journal for her contributions to the industry.
Women CAN Golf Series
Golf is a huge networking opportunity in the AEC industry but, unfortunately, most women have not had the chance to golf as often as their male counterparts. Unsurprisingly, many women in the industry don’t participate in golf-related networking events due to lack of exposure to the game and low confidence in their golf skills.
2022 PCBC Gold Nugget Award of Merit Winner
On Wednesday, June 22, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) held their annual Gold Nugget Awards in San Francisco, CA. The ceremony honors architectural design and planning excellence by drawing entries from throughout the United States and internationally in a wide array of categories--community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development, and specialty housing. Winners were selected from over 600 entries from around the world.
HBC Participates in Safety Vest Hackathon
As part of our ongoing mission to foster inclusivity in our industry while supporting our community, HBC recently participated in a 2-day event put together by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Construction Management Department. The goal was to develop a safety vest to accommodate a variety of body types. HBC employee-owners Wendy Castillo, Sharon Christensen, Roman Esquivel, and Mike Thompson joined students, faculty, and industry members to “hack” their way to possible solutions.
Women of Influence at HBC
HBC’s very own Sharon Christensen, Director of Administration, and Annie Mark, Senior HR Generalist, were featured in Los Angeles Business Journal’s special edition of “Women of Influence: Construction, Architecture, and Engineering.” Both were nominated due to their tremendous contributions to HBC, and we could not be more proud of them! Read on to learn more about Sharon and Annie.
Congratulations to our New Vice Presidents!
We would like to congratulate the newest Vice Presidents of HBC. Learn more about each of the VPs here.
Honoring Our Veterans
HONORING OUR VETERANS Today, and every day, we thank and honor our Veterans. We recognize and appreciate the unique skills and leadership that military members possess, and we seek to foster recognition and inclusion of these qualities in our workplace.
Construction Corner with Olivia Crever & Matt Loorya
HBC’s Director of Client Services, Olivia Crever, recently sat down with Vice President, Matt Loorya, to discuss how the industry has adapted during the pandemic. Click to hear thoughts and ideas on where we are now and where we think things are headed. Check it out!
Best Place to Work
HBC was named one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in both Los Angeles and Orange County! The awards program was created in 2009 and is a collaborative project of the Orange County Business Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal, and Best Companies Group.
Mental Health Matters
The National Institute of Mental Health states one in five adults are affected by a behavioral health condition, and yet, only about half seek treatment.1 When considering occupation, the construction industry consistently ranks at the top in terms of most at risk for suicide.2 The stress of our industry is nothing new, however, we have only recently started to open up about how this affects our mental health and wellbeing. Industry stressors have only been amplified by COVID-19, making it crucial to continue to address employee mental health, talk openly about coping strategies, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.3
Adaptive Reuse: History, Implications, and Case Studies
“The greenest building is … one that is already built.” – Carl Elefante, Architect History
Women in Construction: In Review and Moving Forward
As we close out Women’s History Month this year, we’d like to reiterate that the progress we’ve made will help propel us forward for the work we have yet to do. HBC has made great strides in recruiting, training, and promoting female industry leaders and, as a result, we’ve seen the following positive changes:
Olivia Crever Nominated as a 2021 Woman of Influence
Olivia Crever is Director of Client Relations at HBC. Her hard work and dedication have earned her a nomination as a 2021 Woman of Influence by the Los Angeles Business Journal. This is her story.
Paul McGunnigle Awarded USGBC-LA’s Heart of the Chapter
The Los Angeles Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LA) recently hosted their annual Green Gala to present the 10th Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards and recognize community leaders committed to building sustainable environments. Attendees included an online guest list of local government and industry professionals, including architects, general contractors, construction managers, real estate developers, LEED professionals, and other sustainability supporters. This year, USGBC-LA wanted to recognize the leaders spearheading the sustainability movement and instilling humanity into the built environment.
Warehouse Hubs and Repositioned Spaces
Industrial/Warehouse E-commerce sales have increased every year since inception. After the stay-at-home mandates were enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, e-commerce sales absolutely skyrocketed. In order to continue to fulfill this rising demand, big corporations have begun seeking large industrial and warehouse spaces. Whereas before, one or two large central warehouses were the standard for product fulfillment and packaging, companies are now seeking to purchase multiple flagship hubs. These distribution and fulfillment hubs are central to high-population areas.1 As a result, e-commerce companies are able to keep up with demand, decrease transit time, and save on transportation costs. Furthermore, companies can store a larger product backlog to proactively counteract potential delays due to COVID-19.2 The global pandemic is anticipated to continue to accelerate the need for more industrial spaces3. Therefore, it is important to know what differentiates industrial buildouts from other construction niches. Warehouse buildings have specific requirements for optimal production. By looking at some of HBC’s warehouse and industrial projects, we can examine these commonalities.
An ESOP Story: Howard Building Corporation
How did HBC evolve into an ESOP?In the early eighties, a young Mike Howard sought a solution to a problem he saw in the industry. The term “tenant improvement,” as we now understand it, was not yet a fully developed category. Construction firms were doing it all, from core and shell to the interior. It was a noble pursuit, but by the time these firms got around to the interior, resources had run low. Little time and money were being spent on building the interior—the heart—of these spaces. Mike Howard’s solution? Howard Building Corporation (HBC).
HBC's Laboratory Experience
When people think of Howard Building Corporation (HBC), they’re likely to think of large corporate buildouts or tech-intensive tenant improvements. What some may not realize, however, is that HBC has completed numerous complex laboratory facilities. In fact, our expertise in building intricate, large scale labs has garnered attention from some of the largest companies in healthcare, aerospace, manufacturing, food science, and more. Some of our earliest projects have included laboratory components, and we have been perfecting our laboratory expertise ever since.
Mark Fuller joins USGBC-LA's Board of Directors
Mark Fuller, Executive Vice President of HBC, has been elected to be on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) chapter. He will join 24 other sustainability leaders from throughout the architectural, engineering, and construction industry to lead the conversation in creating a healthy and sustainable future.
Celebrating Design Excellence: 2020 IIDA Calibre Awards
On August 27, 2020, the annual Calibre Awards Show was held virtually for the first time ever. The event was streamed on YouTube as the industry watched in anticipation to see which projects won. Categories such as Education, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, and Workplaces, among others, demonstrated the breadth of expertise and talent in Southern California. As always, it is an honor to have projects nominated annually for IIDA Calibre Design Awards, and we are pleased to announce that the Warner Music Group headquarters project won in the “Work Extra Large” category.
Welcome to the team, Josh Farmer!
Josh Farmer joins the Howard Building Corporation team as a Project Manager in the Los Angeles Office. With over 10 years of construction experience, he is well respected in the industry and has the qualifications to prove it:
HBC Welcomes Chad Epeneter!
Chad Epeneter has joined HBC as a Director of Client Relations in the Los Angeles office. He has previously held management roles at Lincoln Property Company, CBRE, and DPR Construction. At HBC, Chad will be joining Olivia Crever and Nima Namdar as part of the Business Development team. They work alongside our Project Management and Executive teams to provide the very best service for our clients.
Genevieve West Recently Promoted to Vice President
HBC is pleased to announce that Genevieve West has been promoted to Vice President. In her new role, she will oversee the Business Development and Marketing departments while serving as an additional layer of executive support.
To Our Clients & Industry Partners
Howard Building Corporation (HBC) has been able to maintain regular business hours and keep a vast majority of jobsites open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our standard business practices, however, have been anything but regular. Our office staff has adapted to a work-from-home model, and our field staff has been adapting to new jobsite guidelines. As we move into the next phase of California’s reopening, we will transition again, this time towards some semblance of “normal.” While we don’t know what this new phase looks like, we know HBC is prepared to take the challenge in stride.
Leadership in the Midst of a Crisis
Nobody could have predicted the sequence of events that occurred as a result of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Aside from major, irrevocable consequences caused by a virus that nobody had heard of just a few months prior, businesses across the world have been forced to adapt quickly. As a result, businesses and communities are rising to the occasion and demonstrating resiliency, courage, and fortitude in a situation where a straightforward solution is muddled underneath layers of “what-if” scenarios. There are truly inspiring stories of leaders who are facing the unknown head-on while providing stability to others in the midst of a global crisis. Here is how HBC’s employee-owners are navigating the coronavirus outbreak.
Celebrating Women in Construction
As we quickly approach the end of March, we’d like to commemorate all the women in construction and, in particular, shine a spotlight on a few women at HBC. Last year, we interviewed one of our Project Managers, Sarah Webb, to glean insight about how to have a successful career in construction. If you missed it, you can find the article here.
Trends in Healthcare Design
As our aging population grows, new technology arises, and overall health improves, healthcare priorities have adapted. HBC’s healthcare division has seen this firsthand. The shift has resulted in a changing healthcare real estate market which, in turn, impacts how these projects are constructed. The healthcare industry is one of the largest in the U.S., and the demand for new facilities continues to grow exponentially. Approximately 40% of demand is for the construction of outpatient facilities and medical office buildings.1 This article will explore how healthcare design has shifted within the past five years and how these changes reflect the values of our healthcare-seeking population. We will then turn to our own recently completed healthcare projects as case studies for the current healthcare model and for what is to come.
Honoring Our Veterans!
HBC would like to take a moment to thank our Veterans. We are grateful for their service and sacrifice.
Recognizing Our Project Management Staff
We’d like to take a moment to recognize our project management staff working on the front lines and making sure every project is running smoothly. Our project management teams function like a well-oiled machine, bidding on potential projects, coordinating the intricacies of current projects, and meeting the demands of everything in between. They are collaborators, creators, and innovators, and they are a crucial component of our growing family of 170.
HBC welcomes Chris Carr!
Chris Carr has joined HBC as a Project Executive in the Los Angeles office. He brings 40 years of construction experience and, over the last 10 years of his career, he has held executive management roles at Swinerton, Clune, Shangri-La, and Pinnacle. At HBC, Chris will provide an additional layer of strategic leadership, coaching, budget and bidding, and client management support for project teams. He will work alongside Steve Segel and our Executive team to provide the very best service to our clients.
The Life and Legacy of Gary Conrad
Reflecting on the life and legacy of one of our founders is by no means accomplished in one article, one celebration, or one moment of silence. Understanding the enormity of Mr. Conrad’s contribution to HBC may be achieved only by devoting an entire career to the industry or working alongside him building the company into what it is now. Although words pale in comparison to his dynamic, charismatic personality, we continue to celebrate Gary Conrad and the inextricable influence he will always have on HBC and the industry.
LABC to Recognize the Best of L.A. Architecture at their Annual Luncheon
History of LABC Founded in 1936, the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) is as much a part of Los Angeles as the historic Downtown buildings from the same era. From the outset, LABC has represented Los Angeles’ forward-thinking ideals by facilitating the growth of one of West Coast’s major hubs of progressive education: University of California, Los Angeles. As a non-profit, the organization successfully expanded UCLA’s presence and then broadened their reach to encompass all of Los Angeles while continuing to advocate for education, sustainability, and business.¹
Building as If Every Day is Earth Day
Unfortunately, the construction industry has historically been the biggest culprit of energy depletion and CO2 emissions, to the tune of globally accounting for about 36% and 39%, respectively.1 These numbers may be disheartening, but global dialogue has increased awareness and industry leaders have responded with action. By implementing green building policies, sharing data-driven information, and promoting environmentally-sustainable practices, we can all do our part to be conscious, responsible contributors within the construction industry. As the preeminent tenant improvement general contractor in Southern California, Howard Building Corporation (HBC) builds workspaces – or “second homes” – while recognizing the potential impact on our larger collective home. At HBC, we do everything in our power to positively impact the environment, and it is crucial, more than ever, that we continue to be a leader in the green building movement.
Heart of the City 5K to Raise Funds for CHMC’s New Building
There is hardly a better way to spend a beautiful Los Angeles morning than among a sea of runners and walkers with one common goal – to help provide a local, non-profit healthcare facility with the resources needed to continue serving the greater community. This was exactly the motive behind California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC)’s Heart of the City 5K, which was held on Saturday, March 30. All proceeds from the event went to expanding their services into a new, four-story building that includes a full-service trauma center and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Howard Building Corporation is proud to have been a course sponsor with two competing Corporate Cup Teams and several individuals who walked the course in support.
Women in Construction Week: An Interview with Sarah Webb
As part of a nationwide movement, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and the greater construction community annually devotes the first week of March to highlighting the growing role of women in the industry. Every year, the community showcases, empowers, and celebrates women who devote their careers to this field. HBC joins the celebration by sitting down with one of our very own women in construction, Sarah Webb, to talk about her experiences and insights. Sarah is a Project Manager at HBC, and over the span of a successful 35-year career, has managed projects for LoanDepot, Belkin, The Bouqs Co., and UST Global, among others.
Bringing Home the Silver
As always, it is an honor to take part in the annual Los Angeles Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate Awards. In its 24th year, the awards show has grown into one of the most notable celebrations of the real estate landscape in Los Angeles. Hundreds of the industry’s best brokers, general contractors, architects, and developers gather together to recognize industry-changing people and projects. Categories such as Best Hospitality Project, Best Industrial Project, and Best Medical Project, among others, show the breadth of expertise and talent in the greater Los Angeles community. HBC is pleased to announce that the AwesomenessTV project won the LABJ CRE Silver Award for Best Tenant Improvement Project.
In Loving Memory of Tello Hernandez
HBC is profoundly saddened at the passing of Eleuterio “Tello” Hernandez. After 15 years with HBC, it is hard to imagine the company without him. He passed away on December 10. We’d like to take a moment to celebrate Tello’s spirit and honor his legacy.
Homecomings & Headquarters: Two of HBC’s Projects Receive Global Recognition
World Architecture News, a globally-reaching online publisher for the architectural community, hosts an annual awards show to celebrate the year’s most impactful designs. The mission is to distinguish projects and products with the “greatest impact on the world’s cultural landscape.”9 The 2018 event was held on Monday, November 19, 2018 in London, where industry leaders gathered to recognize top products, designers, and projects from across the country.
Welcome to the team, Olivia Crever!
HBC is pleased to announce that Olivia has joined our team as Director of Client Relations. Her previous position as Client Services Manager for a well-respected global design firm has given her a wealth of experience in identifying and developing strategic growth initiatives. At HBC, she will be responsible for amplifying our presence in Southern California by developing relationships with new and existing clients. Olivia comes highly regarded and has extensive connections within the industry.
HBC welcomes Matt Loorya!
Matt Loorya joins the Howard Building Corporation team as Vice President, located in the Los Angeles Office. Matt brings over 20 years of construction experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Driver SPG. He will be assisting with the day-to-day operations of our organization and will serve as an additional layer of executive support for our project teams. Matt is well respected in the industry and has the qualifications to prove it:
HBC Salutes Our Veterans!
As Americans, and as civilians, we occasionally take for granted the freedom and liberties our everyday lives are accustomed to, and that our forefathers fought so courageously to establish. The brave men and women who have served our country, and who continue to serve today, risking their own lives for the betterment of others, deserve our gratitude and respect on daily basis, not just one a year. This month, we remember and thank our Veterans, across all branches, for their service and sacrifice.
HBC has been nominated for Eight IIDA Calibre Awards!
Howard Building Corporation is looking forward to an eventful night at the upcoming IIDA Calibre Design Awards. A total of eight HBC managed projects have been nominated for the prestigious awards which celebrate great design and recognize the hard work involved in bringing an innovative design to life. The winners will be announced at the 29th annual gala taking place on May 19th at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. HBC would also like to take this moment to congratulate and wish all nominees the best of luck.
The Honest Co. Featured in Architectural Digest
Take a peek at HBC and A&G’s recently completed collaboration for The Honest Company featured in April’s edition of Architectural Digest. The Rapt Studio concept boasts designer fixtures and furniture through-and-through as well as a creative image that was brought to life by co-founder, Jessica Alba’s vision. Click here to know more about The Honest Co. Featured in Architectural Digest
Hoag Health Center, Irvine (Sand Canyon) wins the HREI Insights Award in its category
HBC’s recently completed project for Hoag Health Center, Irvine (Sand Canyon) was selected as the WINNER for the HREI Insights Awards in its category, Best New Medical Office Buildings and Other Outpatient Facilities (100,000 square feet or more). The news was announced today and will be featured in HREI's publications in 2017.
HBC recently completed luxury handbag designer, Anya Hindmarch's flagship store
Take a look inside this project HBC just completed for luxury handbag designer, Anya Hindmarch’s new Los Angeles flagship store at 8461 Melrose Place. The space features inflatable artwork by Filthy Luker and bespoke furniture by Martino Gamper. Special thanks to the architects at LDA Design Group, landscape architect, Lynn Capouya and construction management firm, Jones Lang LaSalle.
HBC begins new manufacturing project for Meggitt Control Systems
HBC recently began construction on another project for our repeat client, Meggitt Control Systems, at their North Hollywood location. This large, 90,000 sq. ft. manufacturing project is a collaboration with architects SAA and construction management firm, CBRE.
HBC's recently completed, Hoag Health Center (Sand Canyon) opens in Irvine!
This large scale tenant improvement project for a repeat client spanned 50,000 square feet across two buildings consisting primarily of physician offices and shared common areas. Each office was designed uniquely to accommodate the requirements of different divisions composed of cardiology, neurology, urology, OB/GYN, and internal medicine. The 24-week build-out also included an exterior tank farm for a three chamber Wound Healing Center as well as a Blood Draw Lab, both of which were built to OSHPD3 standards.
HBC says goodbye to one employee and welcomes a new hire!
HBC says goodbye to Erin Pearce after almost two years of hard work and fun. Erin and her family are moving to the State of Washington. She will be missed and we wish her lots of success!
CBRE’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic Benefiting JDRF
HBC recently participated in CBRE’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic at Strawberry Farms Golf Club, benefiting the JDRF Los Angeles Chapter. The tournament raised over $200,000 for JDRF, whose mission is to improve lives and cure type 1 diabetes. On September 28th, the same day as the tournament, JDRF and the type 1 diabetes community announced and celebrated a major historical breakthrough: the success and FDA approval of the artificial pancreas, which will bring life-changing benefits to people with Type 1 Diabetes. JDRF has invested more than $116 million in diverse artificial pancreas research projects, and we were proud to support this groundbreaking organization. Learn more about their work or make a contribution at http://www.jdrf.org/
Google's "The Bunker"
Google’s “The Bunker” in Venice encompasses over 20,000 square feet of creative and innovative interior and exterior space. The entryway begins with exterior pavers that lead into a controlled access lobby highlighted by a custom millwork reception desk, wood flooring, woodwork walling and shelving, decorative lighting and banquet seating. The lobby then transitions into a “farm feel” themed, full-service café. The café boasts custom ceramic tile flooring with vibrant design and branding labels, and a feature wall furnished with steel shelving, HDTV, and farm tools used as decorative items hanging from a millwork peg wallboard.
Healthcare on the Rise at HBC
Our healthcare teams have seen recent upticks in activity due to the expansion of medical office building (MOB) construction throughout the Southern California region as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and our client list is quickly growing to include many of the major healthcare organizations in the region. HBC’s expertise in the healthcare sector, however, extends back for more than a decade, with clients including Quest Diagnostics, Bio-Rad Laboratories, West Coast University, and Conifer Health Solutions. Our success with healthcare construction is rooted in our dedicated healthcare teams’ vast knowledge base and years of experience, as well as their diverse capabilities to build complex healthcare environments and the highest quality medical office spaces.
True Religion Apparel Relocates to Manhattan Beach
HBC recently completed True Religion’s new 72,000 square foot headquarters in Manhattan Beach. Click for more info.
HBC Is Growing!
150 and counting!
Red Bull North America Expands!
Red Bull North America is known for bold, unique marketing campaigns that include film, documentaries, extreme sports, art and music events. The company’s exponential growth and diversification resulted in much needed additional office space in close proximity to their current offices in Santa Monica. They leased 1630 Stewart St., a 74,000 SF warehouse facility that was originally a brick-making factory, among other things, and they engaged Howard Building Corporation (HBC) and local architecture firm, Wolcott, to design and construct their space. The dynamic energy of Red Bull's culture is reflected in every aspect of their new expanded offices.
HBC Welcomes Genevieve West to the Team
Genevieve West joins Howard Building Corporation (HBC) as a Project Manager with fifteen years of experience in the Southern California healthcare real estate market. Ms. West provides strong direction and active project engagement to streamline the completion of her clients’ capital projects and ensure the success of short-term and long-term building strategies. Having completed a broad scope of healthcare projects, from private physician offices to complex hospital campus developments, she will be utilizing her extensive experience to assist with HBC’s healthcare sector services.
Nima Namdar…The New Face of HBC’s OC Business Development
Nima Namdar joins the Orange County Business Development team after having grown in his role with the company over the last ten years. He started with HBC in 2005 as a Project Engineer and was promoted to Project Manager in 2008. Having provided exceptional service and established loyal relationships with his clients and with industry partners along the way, he has grown naturally into the role of Business Development.
Fullscreen Featured In Office Snapshots
For this global youth media company, home is where the content is, and Fullscreen is how you find it. The young startup, which features videos made by content creators from around the world, wanted their space to reflect the community they’ve created and inspire everyone inside. The space does even more than that. To know more about Fullscreen Offices
HBC Is Hiring!
We are looking for dedicated and talented people to join our team in Orange County and Los Angeles. For more information, go to the Careers page on our website.
Six HBC Projects Nominated for Remmy Awards
Congratulations to our clients, Boingo Wireless, Boston Consulting Group, Brookfield Residential, Pivot, Smashbox, and a Technology Media Office, along with our industry partners and teams for exceptional work on these projects!
HBC Teams with Habitat for Humanity
HBC gave two days of volunteer time with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for those in need. Our team discovered along the way that a little hard work goes a long way to helping others...and to making our team stronger too! We are proud to give of ourselves to make a positive impact in our community.
HBC Ranked by Los Angeles Business Journal
HBC is ranked by the Los Angeles Business Journal #15 among a field of the largest General Contractors currently working in LA. We only build interiors, though. That's a lot of high quality interior work..and we are the #1 Tenant Improvement Contractor on the list as a result.
L.A. Prep Changes Food for Good
This unique 56,000 square foot commercial kitchen facility is the first of its kind on the West Coast to provide small to mid-size food producers the space they need to grow their food production businesses. This amenity rich facility offers flexible, affordable and fully-permitted production and storage capabilities with 54 pre-certified, leasable kitchen spaces. Included on site is a full demonstration kitchen, small and large food preparation areas, 3 community kitchens, a catering kitchen, 2 receiving areas, 3 loading docks, cold and dry storage, and a classroom space. The kitchens are all fully equipped with water, gas, and electricity, and 31 of the 54 spaces offer grease hoods.
HBC Recognized for Sustainability
HBC’s LA office has been certified by the City of Los Angeles Green Business Program. We have proven our commitment to sustainability both in the field as well as in our own company, and we are proud to join the 274 companies already certified in the Los Angeles area.
HBC’s Clients named as “Best (New) Places to Work in OC”
We often team with innovative and forward-thinking clients in the marketplace, but a recent article in Orange Coast magazine reveals just how many of our clients are having an impact on the changing landscape of the “new” office revolution.
#1 Tenant Improvement Contractor - OCBJ
HBC has been ranked the number 1 tenant-improvement contractor by the Orange County Business Journal for the second year in a row! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our success!!! Check out our top Orange County projects!
HBC in El Segundo
HBC completes 5 new projects in the rapidly growing El Segundo area: Rocketfuel, BCG Digital Ventures, Athene Asset Management, Air New Zealand and Campus 2100.
SAE Institute Transforms Historic Kodak Campus
SAE Institute is one of the world’s leading educators in the creative media industries and offers unique courses designed to prepare students for various professions in the creative media realm. To provide the most technologically advanced education for its students, SAE Institute sought to update and expand its facilities and worked with architects at IA and Howard Building Corporation (HBC) to move its Los Angeles location from a 20,000 square foot space in an office building to a larger 40,000 square foot facility occupying two buildings that were previously the historic Hollywood offices of the Eastman Kodak Company. With expanded room for studios, classrooms and a larger campus environment, the Institute expects to now be able to meet an increasing demand for its program, which feeds the entertainment industry with talented audio technicians.
BCG Digital Ventures Seeks Digital Disruption
BCG Digital Ventures, a digital innovation, product development, and commercialization firm, was launched by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to create and grow transformational digital products and platforms. Already known for consulting, design and technology services, BCG is looking to extend beyond its established services through this unique business unit to form strategic venture teams with its clients in order to rapidly develop, launch and grow new and disruptive digital solutions.
Big Brother Big Sisters of Orange County Opens New Headquarters
Friends and supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County joined together on May 19 to show appreciation for the major donors who have helped the organization achieve a series of notable goals over the last year. At the top of the list is the opening of the organization’s new headquarters in Santa Ana, which allows them to significantly expand their ability to serve a broad range of children and families in Orange County and the Inland Empire.
DesignHive - Brookfield's Next Generation Office Design Competition
Brookfield unveiled the results of their design competition, DesignHive, to the downtown Los Angeles area on (date) with an open house event that engaged the design and commercial real estate communities with new concepts for spec suite design. Meant to set the standard for a new generation of modernized workplace environments in downtown, Brookfield has dedicated two locations, one in The Gas Company Tower and one in the Wells Fargo Center, to examine how the expectations of the Millennial and Gen Z workers entering the market are redefining the workplace.
Title 24 - One Year Later: A Panel Discussion between CBRE, SAA and HBC
One year after Title 24 regulations were implemented, requiring a substantial shift in the requirements for electrical compliance, the industry is beginning to understand the implications of the new code. CBRE, HBC and SAA came together at CBRE's downtown LA office last night for a panel discussion geared toward the firm's brokers and project managers.
HBC Donates Time and Resources to Build ANEW Foundation’s New Office
We are proud to be a part of the team that built our long-time partner ANEW Foundation’s new office space located in the Goodwill location on San Fernando Road in Los Angeles. ANEW was founded in 2005 by Rose Tourje with the mission to “do what’s right with what’s left.” The group provides sustainable solutions for the resale, recycling and repurposing of furniture, fixtures and equipment by stewarding them to charities, non-profits, public agencies and underserved communities. Rather than allowing these items to be dumped into landfills, they become useful to groups that need this type of support most.
LA Prep Changes the Game for Artisanal Food Makers
HBC's client, LA Prep, provides Los Angeles artisanal food producers space to create and manufacture their specialty food items at a level that would be otherwise unattainable. Featured in a recent LA Times article, this unique facility offers 54 individual kitchens carved out of a re-purposed warehouse in Lincoln Heights.
HBC Awarded Gold and Silver at 2015 LABJ Awards
HBC was awarded a Silver Award for the Smashbox Studios project and a Gold Award for the Sunset Media Center project in the category of Redevelopment at the 2015 Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards.
HBC Nominated for Nine Awards!
With the awards season in full swing for the commercial real estate industry, HBC has been nominated for nine awards so far! Check out the list below:
Smashbox Studios v.2.0
Smashbox Studios’ 25,000 square foot facility returns as the premier creative and event destination in Los Angeles, following a total facility renovation and partnership with Industrial Color Brands. The relationship with Industrial Color Brands combines 25 years of experience in pioneering photo, video and studio production and technology, bringing next-level service to the iconic space.
New Hollywood Campus for SAE Los Angeles
The Los Angeles campus of SAE Institute, one of America’s premier creative media colleges, will occupy the former Hollywood offices of the Eastman Kodak Company on Santa Monica Boulevard at Las Palmas Avenue. According to the Los Angeles Times, “the two-building complex dates to the early days of the movie industry”.
Sunset Media Center Wins 2014 TOBY Award
The Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles (BOMA) recently awarded Kilroy's Sunset Media Center building the 2014 Local TOBY Award for Best Renovated Building. This complex renovation included the entire first and second floor public areas and lobbies in the 22-story high rise building, as well as the valet parking area, garage and complete site upgrades. The entire ground floor was demolished and expanded by cutting out the existing 2nd floor concrete deck and providing structural upgrades to create a two story open Mezzanine with glass guardrails. As an even larger challenge, all of this work was completed without disruption to the various ground floor tenants including restaurants, coffee shops, banks and retail tenants, as well as all of the corporate tenants that make up the remaining floors of the building.
The New Look of HBC
We're celebrating the launch of our new website and logo!New HBCLogoMany of our clients and industry partners are familiar with the iconic HBC logo. Easily recognizable, the logo was designed over 15 years ago by Walt Thomas, founder of AREA. Walt hand drew the original HBC letters to create a custom look and feel that would establish the company's brand identity, and we have been known by those characteristic letters ever since. As we grow into the future, it seems natural that our logo would change to express who we are now. It''s important to us that we continue the legacy of our iconic HBC logo, but we have chosen to update the font and composition slightly to bring more attention to our full name Howard Building Corporation. Our company was established by Mike Howard over 30 years ago, and our foundation is strong. By bringing attention to the Howard name, we honor our history, while we simultaneously look to our future.
David Flores Art Defines Sunset Media Center Reposition
HBC worked with designers at Gensler to reposition Kilroy Realty's Sunset Media Center property located prominently on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. This complex renovation included the entire first and second floor public areas and lobbies in the 22-story high rise building, as well as valet parking areas, the garage and complete site upgrades. The entire ground floor was demolished and redesigned by cutting out the existing 2nd floor concrete deck and providing structural upgrades to create a two story open atrium. As an even larger challenge, all of this work was completed without disruption to the various ground floor tenants including restaurants, coffee shops, banks and retail tenants, as well as all of the corporate tenants that make up the remaining floors of the building.
HBC #1 Tenant Improvement Contractor in SoCal
The LA Business Journal and the OC Business Journal reported that HBC ranked as the #1 Tenant Improvement Contractor in LA and OC in 2014, based on annual revenue. With more than $250 million in Tenant Improvement projects completed ($123 million in Los Angeles and $128.3 million in Orange County), HBC holds the top position well above its competitors. As the only Tenant Improvement contractor listed among the General Contractors included on the Los Angeles list, HBC stands among a field of ground-up builders, regardless of specializing in primarily interior construction.
HBC Completes DaVita HealthCare Partners, Irvine
Howard Building Corporation recently completed a multi-building tenant improvement relocation project for DaVita Healthcare Partners encompassing 58,000 square feet of new office space in Irvine, CA. The DaVita leasehold included the entirety of a 48,000 square foot two-story building and half of the first floor of an adjacent building. In order to create synergy between the two buildings, the connecting exterior space went under a full renovation to include outdoor meeting and conference areas, an outdoor fountain, BBQ locations, serene walking paths and a great lawn for town-hall events.
Gary Conrad: Building HBC One Relationship at a Time
After more than 30 years as a leading principal at HBC, Gary Conrad is retiring. His tireless efforts to build the company's visibility and reputation in the market significantly contributed to what HBC is today, a leader in Southern California's tenant improvement construction industry. We sat down with Gary to chat about his role in the beginning of the company, significant moments in its growth, and how he looks to the future.
Howard Building Corporation's recently completed Beats Electronics project was regarded as one of the "Coolest Offices in 2014," according to Inc.com. The project was also featured by Office Snapshots, a digital magazine showcasing trend-setting office designs throughout the world. In partnership with Bestor Architecture, HBC constructed the original 50,000 square foot adaptive reuse project that established the Beats headquarters in Culver City, California. Three buildings were interconnected to accommodate the company's research, design and development teams. Since that time, HBC has completed more than 110,000 square feet of space on the expanding campus. With a youthful, creative staff, the design of the space provides a working environment that fosters the company's adaptive and technologically advanced culture. Rich in amenities and non-traditional, collaborative spaces, Beats pushes the creative space paradigm.