With the first half of 2016 in the rearview mirror, Watkins Landmark is on pace to have a record-breaking year. Our growth this year has been nothing short of meteoric. In one of the few calm moments I get to reflect on the year to date, I have an incredible amount of gratitude for the strong team of builders we have here at Watkins Landmark Construction. George Braudaway, a good friend of mine in this business, always comments that he is “blessed.” That is as good as way as any to express how I feel coming to work each day. Everybody at Watkins Landmark has truly contributed more than just hours from their day into this company. They have also provided their passion for building “Landmark” projects. This trait is readily apparent when you meet any person from our team of builders.
In this month’s newsletter, we cover the Ground Breaking Ceremony for our Pastoral Living Quarters project at Sacred Heart Catholic Parish on Coronado Island. We also have an article reviewing our completion of the Center of Excellence for Higher Education project in Chula Vista. This is our third project with Reynolds Project Management. Our last article details several of the projects we have built this year for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. We have been renovating sections of Angel Stadium, starting prior to opening day, and continuing during the season between home stands. We are incredibly proud to add Angel Stadium to our growing resume of stadium building experience.
As is our custom, we have listed birthdays over the last couple of months. With the rapid growth our company is experiencing, our Brand Development Coordinator Brianne Searl came up with a great idea to add a ‘Promotions & New Hires’ section to our newsletter. You will find this below the Birthdays section. Please keep your comments and suggestions on our newsletter coming! We appreciate the comments and use the suggestions to improve our news bulletin.
Jody James Watkins
CEO / President
WATKINS LANDMARK CONSTRUCTION
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Coronado’s Sacred Heart Catholic Parish kicked off work for their new 2100 square foot rectory building with a groundbreaking ceremony that took place on Wednesday, June 8th. This job will be Phase 1 of a Master Plan for the Parish to provide new housing for the Priests of the Catholic Church who live onsite in Coronado. The new residence is set up “dormitory-style” with three private suites and a common area. In order to begin the new construction, we first had to demolish two of the existing structures and remove one 80 foot star pine tree. With the lot clear down to dirt we were then ready to pave the way for this new exciting project.
With golden shovels in hand, Father Mike (Sacred Heart Parish), Dan Rancourt (Dioceses of San Diego), Michelle Bailey (Owner Rep for Sacred Heart Parish), Jody James Watkins (Watkins Landmark), and John Pyjar (domusstudio architecture) marked the project as “officially started” with the toss of a few scoops of dirt. All who attended the groundbreaking ceremony enjoyed a small gathering with coffee and donuts after the ceremony. These ceremonies and events are a great way for our team to get to know the owners we serve. On-site management for this project will be Tori Penick, Project Manager, and Bob Evert, Superintendent.
The Center of Excellence for Higher Education
The Center of Excellence for Higher Education (CEHE) was an extensive tenant improvement project.
The CEHE is a metal-framed, level 4 finish, with all new HVAC systems that have individual temperature control for each room. The CEHE was a time-sensitive project as students needed to be in the new classrooms by the middle of June for their new class sessions. The CEHE primarily focuses on the medical industry and there are two newly constructed medical laboratories where students can gain hands-on experience. Additionally, large computer rooms, study rooms, and testing rooms were built, essentially a mini college campus that certifies vocational credits for students in the medical field.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stadium
Watkins Landmark Construction has been collecting many projects at Angel Stadium to add to our long list of Landmark projects.
Corner Market Construction and Ventilation Improvements:
When we constructed the Corner Market at Angel Stadium, it was a rapid success for the stadium, providing convenient concessions stop for baseball fans. However, they quickly realized that the coolers in the market produced too much heat to close the roll-up doors and maintain the room temperature in the Market. The Angels blessed us with the opportunity to return to The Corner Market and install a new inline fan and vent the heat out. The scope of work included framing, electrical, and of course, HVAC.
Visiting Team Shower Renovation: Angel Stadium was built in 1966, which makes it the fourth oldest major league ballpark. That length of time has provided a lot of use for the Visiting Team’s shower facility. After Watkins Landmark replaced the tile in the Home Team’s shower, they offered us the opportunity to do the same with the Visiting Team’s shower. It was grueling work consisting of long days removing the tile. Following the installation of the new tile and grout, the Visiting Team’s shower looks brand new.
Skybox Glass Railing System: On the view level of Angel Stadium you’ll find a unique hand full of chairs called The Skybox. Right against the rail with a birds-eye view of the game is luxury seats. One problem, there used to be a green safety rail in the line of sight of the people sitting in these chairs. We removed the existing rail and installed a laminated safety glass system to create a spectacular, unobstructed view of the field.