While Jaime Partners is far from being the largest commercial construction management and contracting firm, it has found niches where it can shine.
Jaime Partners, best known for its restaurant work, has also overseen the development of office, industrial, standard retail and hospitality spaces.
With a partnership between principals Alfred Jaime and Rodolfo Farber that dates to 2007, the company has come a long way since Elias Sheinberg of Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) acted as a mentor to the fledgling company.
"SCORE was very good because it helps you discover a path for yourself," Jaime said.
At Sheinberg's urging, Jaime got his construction management license before jumping headlong into his business.
Before meeting Sheinberg, who could not be reached, Jaime started as a project superintendent in 1996. He worked for top general contractors on the West Coast and managed build-outs of more than 1 million square feet in tenant improvements.
Farber worked in the development of large public and private projects in San Diego and Mexico, including Cabo San Lucas and northern Baja. As a real estate developer, he has worked on condo and income-producing properties.
As an entrepreneur, Farber brings knowledge of business strategy and program/project management.
Jaime Partners has established itself as a premier advisory and consulting company in San Diego with an extensive list of clients, such as chef Brian Malarkey and Enlightened Hospitality Group's restaurants Searsucker and Herringbone.
The two have worked on other projects including Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, Pueblo Bonito Resorts in Cabo San Lucas and Alea Living in northern Baja.
Put simply, Jaime Partners has plenty to keep it busy.
"We handled $14 million in gross project costs last year," Jaime said.
This might not sound like much, except most of these jobs are valued at less than $500,000.
Jaime Partners posted gross revenues of $1.7 million in 2013.
One of the more challenging jobs handled by the downtown San Diego-based firm was to create the restaurant space for Puesto Mexican Street Food (which specializes in high-end tacos) within the newly redeveloped Old Police Headquarters next to Seaport Village.
Jaime Partners needed to coordinate with developer Terramar Retail Centers, Schoos Design, architect Carrier Johnson + Culture and contractor Legacy Construction.
"There were a lot of moving parts to this project," Jaime said. "The most challenging part of this work is all these buildings are on piers and you had to dig tunnels for the infrastructure."
Other Puesto locations are being planned, one in Del Mar this year and in Santa Monica in 2015.
Jaime and Farber have enjoyed overseeing restaurant tenant improvements. Another of these challenging jobs was for the 3,000-square-foot Blue Ocean & Robata Sushi Bar at Carlsbad Village Drive and Madison Avenue, west of Interstate 5 in Carlsbad.
That project was completed last year with the Los Angeles design team of Bells & Whistles.
"That project had a lot of millwork," Farber said.
The firm is wrapping up construction work on Comun Kitchen & Tavern, Chad White’s new East Village restaurant on J Street, which is scheduled to open in June.
Many of Jaime Partners' projects have nothing to do with restaurants. Jaime and Farber have been working on a 14,000-square-foot store known as Duty Free City at 601 E. San Ysidro Blvd. that is expected to act as a template for up to 25 stores along the U.S. side of the border.
Millwork was also a major issue in that job.
"What was most challenging there was understanding the 600 pages of millwork specifications," Jaime said.
The 15-member construction management and contracting firm is also handling a three-phase project to rehabilitate the Heritage Hotel at Ninth and Market streets.
The work will include remediation from a fire that tore through the structure last year, retrofitting to ensure seismic stability and the construction of “a new restaurant from scratch," Jaime said.