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San Diego's Pacific Building Group (PBG) is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Since the company's founding it has grown to one of the region's leading full-service companies providing its clients with a unique "360 degree" approach to ground-up construction, tenant improvements, small construction projects and facilities maintenance.

CEO Greg Rogers established the company in 1984 as Pacific Interior Systems to specialize primarily in tenant improvements. Rogers, who has more than 30 years' experience in all aspects of general construction, said PBG has grown not only its tenant improvement business substantially over the years, but has expanded rapidly into other areas, establishing general construction and facilities maintenance divisions.

"We have evolved over the past 20 years from a general contractor primarily doing only tenant improvements into a full-service general contractor that handles tenant improvements, site improvements and ground-up construction, and at the same time provides ongoing building and facilities maintenance/small projects for our clients. We like to call it our '360 degree approach' to client service.

"Today, Pacific Building Group has the ability to manage a project from a vacant lot to ground-up construction through the build out of office space for tenants, to handling the ongoing maintenance for the building's end-users," Rogers continued. "Or, we can handle any piece of the project during the building's life cycle."

Rogers, who graduated from San Diego's Hoover High School in 1968, embarked on a career in construction after completing an apprenticeship with the District Council Carpenters. He began as a journeyman carpenter and drywall hanger and progressed as a project foreman and a general superintendent.

Today, he is CEO of a company that has annual revenues of $40 million and employs more than 140, including project managers, superintendents, estimators, field engineers, administrative staff, and in-house tradesmen. He is perhaps most proud that PBG has remained distinguished for 20 years for its high-quality, in-house tradesmen, who do metal studs, drywall, doors, frames and hardware, and interior demolition.

Last year, Rogers said the company made a major push to expand its capability and strategic direction with the appointment of James Roherty, formerly of Sundt Construction, to PBG president. Today, Roherty handles the day-to-day operations of the company, while Rogers concentrates on strategic long-range planning and new business development.

"Jim and I share the same vision for this company," Rogers said. "Our focus has always been and will always be to provide quality service. You can buy product anywhere, but the thing that differentiates us from our competitors is the level of service that we are able to provide."

Today, PBG's clients rely on the company's exemplary service to complete a variety of commercial, industrial, high-tech, manufacturing, retail and medical projects in San Diego and throughout Southern California.

Over the years, Pacific Building has completed tenant improvement construction projects for a broad-base of San Diego (and Southern California) business and industry, including General Atomics, Aspen Properties, Newport National Corp., Pacific Medical Office Buildings, American Assets (OTCBB: AAMC), Sharp Healthcare, Spectrum Property Management, Burger King, United and Delta Airlines (NYSE: DAL) and Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE).

PBG's general construction division, founded in 1998, focuses on the construction of build-to-suit office buildings. The roster of major "Pacific Built" projects include the 68,000-square-foot Sharp-Rees Stealy medical office building in Otay Ranch, the 80,000-square-foot San Diego Family Services building in Chula Vista, and the 72,200-square-foot Burbank Medical Plaza in Burbank, Calif.

Signature projects on the horizon include medical office buildings in San Gabriel, Santa Clarita and San Diego's South County as well as a $25 million industrial/office park in Miramar that will become home to the PBG headquarters in early 2006.

In addition, PBG's specialty in medical services construction has drawn praise from clients throughout San Diego's medical community. This division focuses on interior construction in medical facilities, including acute care, hospitals, biomed/biotech, clean rooms and laboratories. The division has become a leader in medical interior construction working for Paradise Valley Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and UCSD Medical Center's Thornton Hospital.

"We understand the dynamics and the high expectations involved in any medical TI project," Rogers said. "Our projects represent a standard of excellence that is unprecedented in the industry."

PBG's facilities maintenance or "Small Projects" Division provides engineering, small project construction and general maintenance services on a contract basis to building and facilities owners and managers.

Unlike other maintenance contractors, this division relies on the deep pool of expertise within the company to effectively handle a myriad construction and repair projects, including ceilings and roofs, concrete, electrical, emergency response, energy management systems, furniture repair, general repairs, HVAC, interior improvements, lighting, pluming, preventive maintenance, systems relocation and windows and doors.

"We want our clients to know that we can do the small projects without being perceived as 'stepping down' to do them," Roherty said. "In fact, we are geared to do these jobs. That's just who we are."

Rogers said that after 20 years, PBG has developed a total approach to general construction.

"We can do the built-to-suit and then provide the client with tenant improvement work and then ongoing service through our small projects division," he said. "This is the biggest advantage for our clients. It's our 360 degree approach."

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