After 20 years of providing high-end construction services to a diverse range of industries and organizations throughout San Diego County, Jack Burger, founder and president of Burger Construction, sees some very promising economic trends and developments on the horizon.
“We may be best known by the rest of the world for our large military community, ideal climate and abundant tourist attractions, but San Diego County has so much more going for it than that,” Burger said.
“During the past decade or so, it’s been encouraging to watch San Diego blossom into a region that is home to world-class companies that either own or are developing game-changing and life-changing technologies. In the 1990s, companies like Qualcomm and AirTouch Cellular helped ignite a wireless tech boom that’s still going strong. We also have an impressive collection of health care, biotech and other life sciences companies. And in North County, where Callaway Golf was among the first golf manufacturers to set up shop, Carlsbad has become the epicenter of the golf industry, with Taylor Made, Titleist and Callaway all living within a chip shot of each other.”
In forecasting San Diego’s bright economic future, Burger points to a number of institutions and nonprofit groups that could play a key role.
“Our region has always benefitted from great intellectual resources coming out of UCSD, USD and SDSU. But today, we also have new business-centric organizations focused on cultivating the next wave of successful startup ventures and technologies.”
Burger is referring to resources such as EvoNexus, a new 15,000-square-foot business incubator established by CommNexus — a nonprofit telecom industry group — and Connect, a regional program that is supporting the development of new life sciences technologies and products. Working with agencies such as the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and private-sector business leaders, Burger believes these specialized business think tanks and incubators may soon spawn the next generation of Qualcomms, IMEDs, Hybritechs or Microsofts.
“We’ve been in business here long enough to understand that the more things change, the more things stay the same,” Burger said. “San Diego seems to have the right economic climate to self-perpetuate breakthroughs in novel technologies that create jobs and opportunities.”
Along with the coming wave of innovation, Burger also sees a growing demand to renovate aging office and industrial complexes to accommodate new business ventures. Burger Construction is known for deploying the latest construction technologies to complete environmentally challenging projects for a diverse array of industry sectors. The company has completed extensive tenant improvement projects for organizations in technology, life sciences, health care, legal and financial services, manufacturing, retail, and education.
“San Diego’s skyline and commercial real estate landscape have undergone many changes since we started our business in 1991,” Burger said. “Our company is proud to be a part of it. Everyone in our company loves San Diego. We feel very blessed to be working, living and giving back to our community, which truly is America’s Finest City, and we’re very optimistic about our future.”