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Reno Contracting expands to specialize in sustainable practices, tenant improvements

Established in 1993 as a build-to-suit general contractor in Southern California, Reno Contracting has garnered a solid reputation as a leader in providing expertise to commercial and industrial construction projects for a diverse range of clients in the public and private sectors. Having managed more than $1 billion in ground-up and build-to-suit construction, Reno specializes in services for business clients in the biotech, hospitality, medical, military and retail sectors.

The company is in the middle of numerous hospitality projects in San Diego County, having recently completed the downtown 15-story Marriott Residence Inn, and currently doing work with the Marriott Coronado and Marriott Harbor as well as Pacifica Enterprises’ Indigo Hotel in Del Mar.

With recent volatility in the economy and construction market, Reno’s core competency has served it well in continuing to deliver quality services to large, complex commercial and industrial projects, as well as in providing a foundation for expanding its business in key areas to adapt to changing times and prepare for the future.

Beginning in 2009, the company introduced Reno Efficient Sustainable Practices (ESP) Division, the firm’s energy efficiency arm. Out of the formation of ESP evolved a separate area of specialization focused on supporting solar providers with construction of their projects. In 2011, Reno formed a new division dedicated exclusively to tenant improvements (TI), encompassing competitively priced projects on a variety of scales.

Company President and COO Walt Fegley explained that the new areas of business are a reflection of the company’s core business philosophies and are not simply a reaction to changing economics. Reno ESP, for example, aims to provide energy and construction management services to organizations to help them develop strategies for achieving energy efficiency and reducing facility operating costs. Its purpose is to provide the added value of sustainability and building efficiency to any construction project.

Currently, in conjunction with its alliance of regional experts, Reno ESP is working with the County of San Diego on a five-year project to bring about efficiency measures to existing county buildings.

The commitment to reducing energy cost and environmental impact is part of Reno’s core values as a firm, according to Fegley, who said that “efficient sustainable practices are central to our vision.” Since 2009, Reno has recycled more than 60,000 tons of waste from construction projects, accounting for an average of 72 percent of construction debris diverted from going to a landfill. Reno also built the first LEED-certified construction trailer and was this year’s recipient of the Environmental Stewardship in Construction Award from the San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.

Reno’s earned reputation as a leader in large, complex commercial and industrial projects spurred its entry and growth in solar construction. This experience means Reno has the capability of delivering all the services required for a turnkey solar project. In 2011, Reno has completed construction on more than 11 MW of Solar PV and can ramp up to projects of any size. Project types include PV canopies (clients include the City of Huntington Beach and the Irvine and Snowline Unified School Districts), roof-mounted solar structures (San Diego County Water Authority Headquarters and the Kellogg Gym at Cal Poly Pomona), and freestanding or ground-mounted solar structures (Edwards Air Force base).

While Reno is known for large-scale projects, the firm realized that many building owners are looking at upgrades and retrofits on properties as a means of attracting tenants in a challenging marketplace, and introduced its TI division. The company’s TI portfolio includes corporate offices, law firms, cafeterias, spas and salons, with projects ranging from 1,000 feet to large-scale.

Fegley believes that building owners who don’t make improvements or upgrades for energy efficiency now may find themselves in an uncompetitive position when the economy improves. The future, he said, is in building sophisticated, high-performance and efficient structures and sites.

-Submitted by Reno Contracting

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