Five-Year Agreement Begins April 14, 2021 to Manage Capital Improvement Program for Propositions R and Z at District’s Four South County Campus Locations.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHULA VISTA (April 20, 2021) – Gafcon, Inc. has been selected through a competitive bidding process to provide bond program management services over the next five years to Southwestern Community College District, south San Diego County’s only public higher education institution.
Gafcon will manage implementation of Propositions R and Z, approved by voters in 2008 and 2016 to finance $789 million in capital improvements. The bond program provides for construction and repairs at Southwestern Community College District’s four campuses in Chula Vista, National City, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa.
The Southwestern Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the agreement with Gafcon on April 13, 2021. The project includes managing all aspects of planning and executing the comprehensive capital improvements, including development of a program management plan and both preconstruction and construction phases.
Gafcon was selected from among five responsive firms after a rigorous review process involving proposals, interviews and committee discussions.
“The Gafcon team brings valuable program management experience with other school district bond programs. Being located in San Diego contributes to Gafcon’s ability to deliver services efficiently and cost-effectively,” said Kelly Hall, Ph.D., Southwestern Community College District’s Assistant Superintendent/Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs. “We are pleased to partner with a firm that will add value to our students and our community; they have a proven track record of supporting bond programs to deliver complex, publicly funded projects on time and within budget.”
With offices in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County, Gafcon has 34 years of experience supporting K-12 and community college construction bond programs with program management or staff augmentation for clients including the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, San Diego Community College District, Los Angeles Community College District, Carlsbad Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District, and the Grossmont Unified High School District. Gafcon offers the benefit of nearly 150 in-house resources in program,
project and construction management, architecture, sustainability, controls, technology and more.
“We are honored to bring our bond program management expertise to Southwestern Community College District to deliver capital improvements that will benefit students, faculty and staff,” said Gafcon CEO Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen. “As a civic-minded partner, we embrace our role in advancing their vision for higher education and equity in the vibrant and diverse community of South Bay.”
For information on Propositions R and Z, visit https://www.swccd.edu/swc-community/propositions-r-and-z/index.aspx.
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 www.gafcon.com.
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