Construction Notebook


January 13, 2012


Camp Pendleton center gets Gold LEED rating

KMA Architecture & Engineering announced that the new Marine Corps Infantry Training Center at Camp Pendleton recently achieved LEED Gold certification from the USGBC.

The project, designed by KMA in partnership with the Straub Construction, Inc. design-build team, is one of the first LEED Gold certified projects on the base.

The two-story center incorporates eco-friendly features, including photovoltaic panels on roofs to offset building energy costs by an estimated 14 percent and water efficient landscaping with drought-tolerant native plant species to reduce irrigation requirements by 60 percent.

Overall water-use reduction will be achieved with low-flow plumbing fixtures.

The building also includes translucent panel skylights, and low-e insulated glass for exterior windows to bring natural daylight into the building.

In addition, preferred parking for low-emission and fuel efficient vehicles was provided, as part of the plan to achieve LEED certification.

During construction, a waste management plan was implemented to recycle or divert 98 percent of construction waste from disposal.

All wood-based material is FSC certified, and adhesives, paints and coatings, carpet and composite wood products are specified with low VOC content, a common ingredient that is dangerous to the earthís atmosphere.

The KMA project team was comprised of Don Blair and Alison Warren, both LEED Accredited Professionals.

Engineering consultants were Berg Engineering for civil, DS Engineering for mechanical and plumbing, MPE Consulting for electrical, and SMR Consulting Group for structural. Additionally, K. Killman Design was the interior designer, and Crescere Design was the landscape architect.

PrimeCo awarded contract for condo complex

PrimeCo Painting and Construction, of Oceanside, has been awarded the contract to provide wood replacement services for Pointe Surfside, a 102-unit condominium complex located in Huntington Beach.

The HOA community is under professional management by Jan Standish of Golden West Property Management, of Cypress, Calif.

The community is undergoing replacement of major wood components as a part of an enhancement project, according to Chris Erickson, sales consultant for PrimeCo.

Architect William McCulloch, has been retained by the homeowners association to oversee the wood replacement project as the construction manager.

Rudy Rodriguez, of Garden Grove, provided the community with structural engineering and consultation.

Edwin Scott, of Frazee Paint, assisted the community and PrimeCo with paint product selection.

Board president, Janet Cabourne was assisted by board members Michael Carralero, Mary Whaley, Patricia Enna and Gus Zakka in the vendor selection and contract negotiations.

The anticipated cost of the project is roughly $160,000 and is expected to take approximately two months to complete.

Octavio Partida, PrimeCoís project manager, said the wood replacement will be done under the supervision of lead carpenter, Abe Salah.

Cuyamaca offering free green construction course

Cuyamaca College is providing a free four-week introductory course to eligible students interested in a career within the green construction industry.

The training program -- entitled Introduction to Green Building Careers -- is intended to help displaced workers, unemployed contractors, new workers and military veterans gain the skills to compete for green construction jobs.

Topics that will be covered include basic construction principles; environmental training; introduction to green building; energy retrofits and efficiency; water-efficient buildings and retrofits; solar and hot water installation and design; solar electricity installation and design; and work readiness and hands-on work experience.

The four-week course will be offered twice with the first running from Jan. 23 through Feb. 16 and the second from May 7 through June 4. It will go from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

In addition, a $300 stipend will be provided to students who complete the introductory program.

The course is funded through the State Energy Sector Partnership, an offspring of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The program is cosponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Those interested in taking the classes must go through an eligibility process that includes basic skills assessments and various workshops that must be completed prior to the start of class, along with attending a mandatory informational orientation.

Students must also be 18 years of age or older, be able to read and speak English, registered for selective services and hold legal status or have authorization to work in the United States.

To register for the orientation or for additional information go to or email


January 13, 2012


Events Calendar


Upcoming Events

Gunmetal Blues, the Musical

Sun, Feb 1
North Coast Repertory Theatre
Solana Beach
San Diego Premier! Music and lyrics by Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler. Directed by Andrew Barnicle.

The Darrell Hammond Project

Sun, Feb 1
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
La Jolla
The Darrell Hammond Project, based on Hammondís acclaimed memoir, God, If Youíre Not Up There, Iím F*cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem, invites the audience on a heartbreaking and hilarious journey inside the life and mind of an American comic genius, trying to unravel the mystery of how a man repeatedly climbed out from the depths of despair to become a world-class comedian.

Murder For Two

Sun, Feb 1
The Old Globe Theater
San Diego
The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for Murder for Two, with book and music by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair. Globe veteran Scott Schwartz (A Room with a View at the Globe, The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse) returns to direct Blair and Kinosianís Off Broadway hit, a vaudevillian mystery musical with an energetic two-man cast. Great American novelist Arthur Whitney has been murdered at his own birthday party, and his killer could be any one of the guests. But this is no ordinary murder mystery. The entire world of this hilarious musical is brought to life by two incredible performers: one plays the detective, the other plays all 10 suspects, and both play the piano! Murder for Two is an irrepressibly wacky tour-de-force musical that NewYork1 dubbed ďa must-see 90-minute jolt of caffeinated creativity!Ē

C.S. Lewis On Stage

Sun, Feb 1
Lambs Players Theatre
Award-winning actor Tom Key in a fascinating look into the wit, wisdom and work of one of the 20th Century's most engaging thinkiners and hugely popular writers.

Artist in Residence, Julie Kreimer

Sun, Feb 1
Lux Art Institute
Landscapes and abstractions seamlessly relate in Julian Kreimer's oil paintings as he explores the terrain between the two. Lush color combinations applied in quick, fluid strokes are built into dense layers to create windows int Kreimer's envionments both recognizable and contemplative.

Subscribe Today!