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Real Estate — BIA Takes Aim at Charitable Cause for Children

James Dowling Construction Celebrates First Anniversary

Volunteers from BIA Cares for Kids, the charitable arm of the Building Industry Association of San Diego, have started work on refurbishing the ramshackle clubhouse of a youth group.

Pro Kids Golf Academy, a golf program for inner-city youth based at Colina Park Golf Course, will be the beneficiary of a redone 7,000-square-foot building, courtesy of BIA Cares for Kids.

John Mecklenburg, president of BIA Cares for Kids, said his organization took on the construction project at the clubhouse as one of its charitable projects last year and is seeking volunteers from the construction industry and material donors to help finish the job.

Case Group Architects of Solana Beach designed the clubhouse project, which will include a community room, five offices, board room, lounge, golf club repair area, computer education lab and another classroom for after-school tutoring.

Meanwhile, a local construction company has been honored for its volunteer work and management of construction supply donations and volunteer labor on another project. Douglas E. Barnhart Inc. was recently awarded one of the Associated General Contractors of America Build America Awards. Barnhart was recognized in the “Building renovations , $5 million or less” category for the work it did on the Robert A. Fergusson Intensive Treatment and Research Center at the San Diego Center for Children. Amy Jankowsky, a spokeswoman for the Center for Children Foundation, said the fact the building had stood unfinished for a year prior to Barnhart starting on it complicated the completion. Crumbling infrastructure, missing plans and the need for a total rewiring of electrical systems were among the challenges overcome, she said.

The project was one of 14 award recipients out of 104 entries nationwide in various categories of construction. The contractors’ organization presented the award at its 81st annual convention in Seattle earlier this year.

San Diego Center for Children is a 113-year-old nonprofit organization that helps troubled children. It offers residential and outpatient mental health treatment and academic enrichment programs for children who have been traumatized or suffer from emotional or developmental problems, Jankowsky said.

Another construction company, Pacific Coast Steel Inc. of San Diego, was also honored recently with a recognition award. That was done for the company’s contribution to Golden Turner Construction’s Equal Opportunity Plan to diversify the work force on the San Diego Convention Center expansion project.

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Happy Birthday: James Dowling Construction Inc. of San Diego is celebrating its first anniversary this month.

“I had always dreamed of running my own construction company and in 1999 when the economy appeared to be holding strong, I decided it was time,” Dowling said. “Many of my current customers are people I’ve been working with for 10 years at other companies.”

His company specializes in office, industrial and medical facility tenant improvement projects, Dowling said.

Bits And Pieces: The California Coastal Commission has requested a 12-month extension of time for a hearing on San Diego developer Manchester Resorts’ proposed project at Oceanside Harbor. The company, which owns the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Marina in Downtown, is planning a hotel, meeting center and time-shares at the Oceanside development. Hurkes Design Associates Inc. completed a 7,053-square-foot tenant improvement project for The La Jolla Group in Wells Fargo Plaza Downtown. Architectural Concepts finished designing a 34,000-square-foot conference center at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage. Structural Technology Consultants has engineering design under way on a 180,000-square-foot parking garage at Sorrento South Corporate Center. Howard-Sneed Architecture & Design is doing the interior design for the new 12,300-square-foot corporate headquarters of Enterprise Partners Venture Capital in La Jolla Shores Plaza, 2223 Avenida De La Playa in La Jolla.

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