We refer to our core values on a daily basis here at WLC. Not only when presented with the opportunity to build a project for a potential client, but also during our company meetings. There are four values we expect every team member at Watkins Landmark to know. Those values are Pride in Work, Personable, Trustworthy, and Persistence. Out of the four, Persistence is the most important. It comes from a quote by Calvin Coolidge I was made to memorize in my college days at Arizona State University Simply put, “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and will continue to solve the problems of the human race.” I refer to that quote often and our team at Watkins Landmark is probably tired of hearing it. However, it is our most important value and one we bring to every project.
Our Quarter project in the heart of Moreno Valley has hit full stride. The project consists of a Holiday Inn Express, a Marriott Residence Inn, and two retail structures. It is located just southeast of the congested I215 and Route 60 intersection. The two new hotel projects represent some of the tallest buildings in Moreno Valley.
The second article features the Urban Edge project which is located in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego. This is one of two projects we are currently building with the Horine Group. The Horine Group is one of our earliest clients and Steve Horine is someone I have known personally for over 16 years. We look forward to building several more projects with his firm in the future.
In our Company Culture section, we feature our annual company meeting. Thanks again to Dean Schumacher for beginning the meeting with a great icebreaker game involving the red SOLO cups. While it is getting more and more difficult to get all of our employees together for an annual company meeting, we feel it is a great time to get direct feedback from our employees on the challenges they face in the field. Thanks also have to go to Brianne Searl and Leny Iniguez-Poulton for organizing the company meeting. The meeting would not have happened without the two of you!
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Jody James Watkins
WATKINS LANDMARK CONSTRUCTION
San Diego / Inland Empire / Orange County
Our Urban Edge project is located in Hillcrest, California right by UCSD medical hospital. This is yet another project we are working on alongside our friends at the Horine Group. The Horine Group was one of WLC’s first clients, entrusting our team – amongst other jobs – with the beautiful Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Along with the Horine Group, L2A and POD Architectural Firm are both heavily involved in the success of this project.
The total lot size estimates to be about 5,400 s.f. with the building footprint at 4,500 s.f. which will be tightly fitted. In addition, there will be 4 tri-level units with underground parking & roof access, as well as 1 four-story unit at grade level. In addition, a masonry podium will be included with a wood structure above.
Hillcrest is located north of downtown San Diego and is famous for its friendly streets and international cultural ties within the community. The diverse city has a vibrant nightlife and exquisite restaurants to dine in, as well as fashionable boutiques and an Uptown District shopping plaza for resident pleasure. Hillcrest is an excellent destination to call home, especially when looking for a welcoming environment to be surrounded by.
Our hardworking team on-site for this project will be Andrew Batson as Senior Project Manager, Tracy Johnson as Senior Project Engineer, and Chuck McLaughlin as Superintendent. This project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018!
WLC team members gathered together for our annual company meeting this past month, which was a huge success. This year, our meeting was hosted at the WLC Carlsbad office, and team members enjoyed fun ice breaker games as well as a chance to mingle with new faces in the company. As always, the meeting discussed WLC’s current state and future direction to accomplish our external and internal goals.
After lunch, the final portion of the meeting consisted of our Executive team presentations. This part included strategies for maintaining company culture and awarding individuals for outstanding achievement, which are key to WLC’s core values. Also, we highlighted outstanding projects that were developed in 2017, such as Hotel Paseo and Kona Kai, and focused on exciting future projects for the months to come. WLC is excited to see where this year takes us!