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In the heart of the South Bay, joint venture partners Gilbane Building Co. and SGI Construction Management are providing program and project management services for the Sweetwater Union High School District Prop O Bond Program.

The first phase of the $644-million bond program has broken ground on eight campuses, with a ninth groundbreaking scheduled to take place later this month. Proposition O is funding the repairs and improvements needed to ensure that the 43,000 middle and high school students and 27,000 adult learners of the District are in a safe, healthy and quality learning environment.

Through innovative design and planning, the joint venture is building the largest 100% LEED-Gold certified school construction program in California. In a region that is on the brink of reinventing itself as a leader in sustainable living and development, Gilbane and SGI have created a program that serves as the spearhead for those South Bay efforts.

From its inception, the school bond program has been dedicated to reinvesting the region’s tax dollars back into the local community. The joint venture has been able to continue that commitment by heavily involving local and disadvantaged contractors in Prop O projects. “We bring Prop O contractors and local businesses together in several ways. As a result, local businesses are benefiting from contracts and we have seen a positive impact on the local economy of the region,” said Gilbane District Manager John Keefer.

Local business involvement has a positive impact on the region and benefits the District as well. "With the increase in local subcontractor participation, we have been able to receive competitive bids, allowing for Sweetwater to stretch their bond dollars," said Jaime Ortiz, Vice President of SGI.

Gilbane Building Company and SGI Construction Management specialize in educational programs, serving as the dedicated client advocate from the preliminary stages of design through construction and beyond. For further information, please visit www.gilbaneco.com and www.sgicm.com.

For more information pertaining to Proposition O, please visit www.buildingpropo.com or cal. 1-888-680-Prop-O.

Submitted by Gilbane Building Co.

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