Growing up on the dirt roads of Rancho Santa Fe, Jack Burger started his construction career building tree forts in his youth.
He eventually honed his skills working for local developers Douglas Allred and Bob Buie, and as a teenager, he worked as a field superintendent, customer service representative and purchasing manager.
His exposure to building and construction during three decades has led him to his now 20-year-old firm Burger Construction, a tenant improvement construction specialist.
“When we started we wanted to be the best, not the biggest,” said Burger, a University of Oregon graduate in business. Burger added that the company now has more than 200 projects under its belt, with $30 million in revenues for 2012.
Burger said the company’s success is measured by its client’s satisfaction of the projects delivered and the number of customer referrals they receive.
Burger said being a San Diego native has helped him and his company create relationships and business opportunities with emerging industries in the technology, life science and aerospace sectors.
The company has been involved with projects that include Life Technologies (Nasdaq: LIFE), ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT), Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS), Datron World Communications, Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Peregrine Semiconductor.
Burger Construction also works with The Irvine Company, Kilroy Realty Corp. (NYSE: KRC), LBA Realty and other well-known landlords to assist them with budgeting and securing their tenants.
The company recently finished projects for entrepreneurial companies SKLZ, prAna, SkinMedica, GoPro and Reef, as well as renovations at Copley Symphony Hall.
“Our projects reflect the team approach which keeps our jobs clean, efficient and minimizes our safety risk, keeping their insurance carrier satisfied,” Burger said.
Burger also said what has led to the success of the company is its employees, including the subcontractors they work with.
“Our staff is our family, with most being part of the team for more than a decade,” Burger said. “We work hard while keeping our family in focus.”
Our subcontractors are the extension of our family who collaborate with us to put out a quality product at fair prices.”
Burger Construction also supports nonprofit organization and assists them with their projects.
Some of these deeds include the San Diego Regional Center, where the firm donated its work for a spinal cord injury home conversion project for HeadNorth; raising funds for the Challenged Athletes Foundation; and supporting the Cushman Jacobs San Diego Food Bank.
This past year, Burger Construction assisted with the construction of the Marine MARSOC Memorial at Camp Pendleton. Burger is also a supporter of the Naval Special Warfare Foundation.