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Gafcon Earns Project of the Year Award from American Public Works Association – San Diego & Imperial Counties


APWA honors Gafcon with Project of the Year for Cuyamaca College Central Utility Plant Upgrades.

Gafcon attendees from left to right: Jim Bray, Project Executive; Jami Johnson, Assistant Project Manager; Heather Skaife, Director of PM/CM Private; Brian Browning, Campus Project Manager; Marty Glaske, SVP, Client Development; Lizette Rodriguez, Director of Labor Relations.

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (June 10, 2022) – Gafcon, Inc. is the proud recipient of the Project of the Year Award, placing in the category for projects valued between $6-25 million, from the American Public Works Association (APWA) for San Diego and Imperial Counties. The award recognized the company’s project management of the Cuyamaca College Central Utility Plant Upgrades.  

Cuyamaca College serves about 9,000 students and is located on 165 acres in San Diego. It is part of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, which contracted with Gafcon to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of the Central Utility Plant project. The project successfully renovated and expanded the campus central plant to provide a reliable and efficient source of cooling and heating to serve 365,000 square feet of facilities. 

“We are honored to support the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s investment in public education and very proud of our contribution to the success of this important upgrade project for the campus,” said Gafcon CEO Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen. “I want to thank the American Public Works Association for San Diego and Imperial Counties for honoring our team with this award.” 

The APWA Annual Awards luncheon was held on May 19, 2022, at the Hilton Mission Valley in San Diego, bringing together industry professionals in the public and private sectors to celebrate the occasion. APWA provides leadership to and serves the public works community by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy, and the exchange of knowledge.

Gafcon has been recognized as a national leader in the construction management industry. The company provides comprehensive services in program, project, construction and development management, with a diverse portfolio including projects from the educational, residential, governmental, public works and commercial sectors.

From left to right: Gerard Lumabas, President of APWA SD/IC; Ken Emmons, Senior Director of Districtwide Facilities, Planning, Development and Electrical Maintenance for GCCCD; Fred Parker, VP of PM/CM Public at Gafcon; Francisco Gonzalez, Director of Campus Facilities, Operations & Maintenance at Cuyamaca College; Jim Bray, Project Executive at Gafcon.

Gafcon, Inc. provides comprehensive services in construction, development, program and project management, as well as development and construction consulting support. The company’s techniques and methodology were developed as a response to increasing client demand for more effective controls, focusing on controlling cost, time and quality. Gafcon’s diverse portfolio includes projects from the educational, residential, governmental, public works and commercial sectors. As an award-winning firm, Gafcon has been recognized in Engineering News-Record's Top 50 Program Management and Top 100 Construction Management Firm lists and has been named among the fastest-growing architectural, engineering and environmental consulting firms in the United States. Gafcon has also received numerous awards applauding its application of technology in its business practices, namely Gold and Silver Constructech Vision Awards. Learn more at

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