Five members of San Diego-based NTDStichler Architecture’s design team earned green design accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional status issued by the USGBC certifies the understanding of green and renewable practices, requirements, resources and processes to earn LEED certification, the benchmark for environmentally friendly design in building residential, commercial and industrial projects.
“With sustainable design as a top priority for so many of our clients it is imperative that we demonstrate our knowledge of LEED concepts through our accredited staff,” said Jon Alan Baker, president and chief executive officer of NTDStichler. “We are committed to implementing sustainable strategies throughout our practice and projects. Supporting the certification of our staff is critical to this mission.”
NTDStichler staff members to earn accreditation are Specifications Writer Barbara Faulwetter, Associate Buddy Gessel, Job Captain Karla MacEachern, Project Leader Scott Moreland, and Project Engineer Alejandro Podesta.
Gessel is currently working on the business technology and mathematics building for San Diego Community College District’s Miramar campus. In 2006, he was the runner-up for the American Institute of Architects San Diego chapter’s Young Architect of the Year award.
MacEachern is currently working on projects for the Glendale Community College, and Moreland is working on two buildings designed to LEED standards.
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Grubb & Ellis Hooks Colliers Exec:
Brian Driscoll, senior vice president of the San Diego office of Colliers International, joined San Diego-based Grubb & Ellis|BRE Commercial. Grubb & Ellis announced the hire Aug. 29.
Driscoll, along with Grubb & Ellis Office and Investment Specialist Rick Reeder, will head the firm’s capital markets group, which focuses on the acquisition and disposition of institutional investment properties throughout Southern California.
“Adding this caliber of expertise and experience to our capital markets group will hugely benefit both our clients and our brokers,” said John Frager, Grubb & Ellis president and CEO. “Brian has been a perennial top producer at Colliers and we expect that his contributions in conjunction with other group members will establish our team as the leading capital markets group in San Diego and possibly in all of Southern California.”
Driscoll has more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience. While at Colliers, he was involved in the sale of more than $1.5 billion of improved property and land. He leased 5 million square feet of office, corporate headquarters and research and development space with total consideration of more than $6 billion. In addition, he was one of the founding members of Colliers’ investment services group.
Driscoll is an active member of the commercial real estate community. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. He also is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, where he is a past president of the San Diego chapter and served as a regional vice president for the Western United States.
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Not Guilty By Association:
San Diego-based H.G. Fenton Co. has attempted to clear its name. Mike Neal, president and CEO of H.G. Fenton, reached out to area businesses and residents to clarify that H.G. Fenton has no relation to Fenton Business Park in the EastLake community of Chula Vista.
It was reported last month that the business park has been using treated sewage water for the past two years instead of drinking water. The discovery was made in mid-August after the property manager sent a water sample to a private lab after repeated complaints from the business park’s 17 tenants about foul-smelling and yellow-tinted drinking water from the taps, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Investigators found that recycled water intended for irrigation was looped back into the building as drinking water, it said. Two of the businesses in the business park are food-related.
“Even though the Otay Water District appears to be taking responsibility for this situation, the repeated use of the project’s name relative to this issue has the potential to negatively impact our reputation,” said Neal in a letter.
“We are very proud of the H.G. Fenton Co. name and the tradition of integrity and service it represents,” he said.
H.G. Fenton owns and manages commercial and residential communities. Its San Diego portfolio consists of 3 million square feet of industrial, warehouse and research and development space, plus 2,800 apartment units.
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Expanding In North County:
The Professional Community Management of California Inc., a manager of homeowner’s associations, recently moved its northern San Diego branch to Carlsbad. The new 5,300-square-foot office in the Rutherford Corporate Center on Priestly Drive provides services to more than 47 homeowner’s associations in the region.
“The office expansion is the result of our dramatic growth in recent years,” said Debbie Evans, chief operating officer for Professional Community Management of California. “Each year we have acquired and maintained so many clients and new staff members that we simply outgrew our previous location.”
PCMC now has 18 employees in its Carlsbad office. It was previously located in Vista.
Donny Disbro, vice president of business development and marketing for PCMC, said the Carlsbad office will serve as a great platform to expand its presence into north San Diego.
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