Barnhart-Reese Construction is building a new student services center at MiraCosta College. Rendering courtesy of Little Diversified Architecture.

Barnhart-Reese Construction is building a new student services center at MiraCosta College. Rendering courtesy of Little Diversified Architecture.

Barnhart-Reese Construction — the successor to the long-time San Diego development firm of Douglas E. Barnhart Inc. — has nabbed three new contracts with a total worth of more than $29.5 million.

By year’s end, the company projects it will have racked up $164 million in contracts, earning $50 million in revenue.

By comparison, Barnhart-Reese earned $36.5 million in revenue in 2018.

Family Firm

“Adding these new projects to our portfolio is significant because it reinforces our business model of providing construction services from a family-owned firm based in San Diego,” said Tami Barnhart Reese, president of Barnhart-Reese Construction.

“There has been over a decade-long void of local family-owned firms and we are able to fill that gap,” Barnhart-Reese said.

Tami Barnhart Reese formed the new company — as the successor to the company her father, Doug Barnhart, owned and ran for decades before selling it in 2008 — with her husband, West Reese, as CEO and her father as chairman.

The company’s latest deals include a $10.5 million contract for construction of a 10,770 square-foot student services building at MiraCosta College’s San Elijo campus.

The building will include a testing center, bookstore, administrative offices, a multipurpose room and ancillary spaces.

Designed as a new gateway to the San Elijo campus, it will replace and existing administrative services and consolidate some students services.

The building facade of split-face concrete blocks is meant to mimic the texture of nearby bluffs, according to the college.

A building arcade will include an art walk featuring student murals on interchangeable wall-mounted panels.

The main building lobby will be at the southwest corner with views out to the lagoon, and covered walkways around large portions of the building are meant to provide gathering spaces for students.

Barnhart-Reese also has started construction of a 7,500 square-foot classroom building in Colton of a Sunday school classroom building for St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church.

The nearly $5 million project includes demolition of an existing 1,526 square-foot building to make room for the new classrooms and installation of new landscaping and irrigation.

School Projects

Schools and other educational projects have been a central part of Barnhart-Reese Constrution’s work as they were for Doug Barnhart’s original company.

So far, the successor company has built 19 school-related projects.

Ongoing projects include a $15.1 modernization of Mission Middle School for the Escondido Union School District and construction of a new gym and other athletic facilities at Gompers Prep Academy for $16.8 million.

“Early in my career at my father’s company, we built many school projects throughout the Southwest, including schools and libraries and performing arts centers in Poway, where I grew up and went to school, so building public facilities, especially for kids, is close to my heart,” Tami Barnhart-Reese said.

Although not school related, the latest deals include an $11.5 million contract for construction of a 15,285 square-foot satellite fire emergency response station at Camp Pendleton.

The one-story fire station will include fire apparatus bays, maintenance areas, administrative offices, living quarters, changing areas, showers, laundry rooms, training areas, a fitness center and combination kitchen-dining-day room.