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10 Jun CITY COUNCIL APPROVES PLAZA DE PANAMA PROJECT

On July 9, 2012, The San Diego City Council almost unanimously approved the Plaza de Panama project. After over seven hours of testimony, the City Council members voiced both their strong support of the project, and made clear their appreciation of the efforts of the Plaza de Panama Committee and particularly Dr. Irwin Jacobs for his generous support and tireless efforts through the entitlement of the project. KCM Group is proud to be the Program Manager and our role representing the Committee through the approval process.

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26 May BALBOA PARK BYPASS PLAN UPHELD

Appellate court overturns previous ruling favoring preservationists

As one of the chief consultants on the Plaza de Panama plan, Gordon Kovtun of KCM Group is excited to announce that the Appellate court has overturned the previous ruling that upheld the Balboa Park bypass plan.  Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who voted for the plan when he was on the City Council in 2012, said it represented “a wonderful opportunity to improve San Diego’s crown jewel.”

Check out the article here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/may/28/balboa-ruling-bypass-soho/

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10 May CITY PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF PLAZA DE PANAMA PROJECT

On Thursday, June seventh, the City Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the Plaza de Panama Project. After careful consideration of the project including almost seven hours of presentations and testimony, the Commission made their recommendation along with noting their appreciation of the project team’s thorough submittal and presentation of the design and project facts. They further voiced their gratitude to Dr. Irwin Jacobs for his steadfast support of the project through the processing and arduous review process for the project.

Please visit the following links for press coverage of the hearing:

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10 Apr KCM GROUP COMPLETES PHASE ONE OF SYCUAN CASINO RENOVATION

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — JULY 5, 2011 — KCM Group, Inc., project manager for the Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California, has announced the completion of first phase renovations for the popular gaming, dining and entertainment destination. Part of a 200,000 square-foot renovation, this first of two phases involved constructing three new, smoke-free locations: San Diego-area’s largest poker room, an Off Track Betting room and an entire gaming wing for slots and table games. Additionally, Paipa’s Buffet restaurant, a key dining area, was relocated and transformed with a new kitchen and food stations.

Construction of phase one of the project commenced in November 2010 and San Diego-based KCM Group is currently managing its second and final phase, with completion expected in late-August 2011. Sycuan Casino is operated by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and has remained open to guests throughout the renovations. KCM Group represents the tribe and casino management through all facets of the project including programming, budgeting and construction management.

“Phase one has been a great success and this continues to be an exciting project that will provide a greatly enhanced gaming facility for San Diego and the area’s many visitors,” said Gordon Kovtun, principal of KCM Group. “Our entire team looks forward to diligently managing design and construction and delivering the remainder of the project on schedule and under budget.”

The second phase of renovations includes a dynamic grand entrance to the casino featuring specialty lighting designed to create the illusion of water, as well as renovation of the bingo hall, reconstruction of casino restrooms, a new video and promotions stage, and new grand stairway linking the lower-level casino to the new table games area. For dining, final renovations will signal the debut of the GameDay Sports Bar & Grill and the unveiling of makeovers for the Sunset Deli and Bingo Snack Bar.

Swinerton Builders has been instrumental to the success of the project as the general contractor. Subcontractors working with Swinerton include Neal Electric, California Comfort Systems, American Marble, J.F. Duncan Industries, Custom Seating and Upholstery, Component West, Casa Interiors Floor Coverings, Howard’s Rugs and South Bay Welding. The architect is Hnedak Bobo Group of Memphis, Tennessee and the interior designer is Cleo Design of Las Vegas, Nevada.

ABOUT KCM GROUP, INC.

KCM Group, Inc. is a full-service construction management and consulting firm founded in 2000 by Gordon Kovtun. Through its headquarters in San Diego and branch office in Las Vegas, Nevada, the firm provides construction and development services to both commercial clients and developers, as well project management services to private residential clients. For additional information, visit kcmgroup.net.

CONTACT:

Micahel Chalker, MJE Marketing Services, 619.682.3841, michael@mjemarketing.com

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10 Apr KCM GROUP NEARS COMPLETION OF NEW SYCUAN GOVERNMENT CENTER

KCM Group, construction management firm for the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians, announced today that they have reached the final phase of construction for the Tribe’s latest project, a new Tribal Government Center Complex. This $4.6 million project includes two buildings totaling 15,000-square-feet that will house the Tribal Council offices, Tribal Council Chambers, legal and administrative offices, and offices for Tribal development, accounting, and support services. The new complex replaces the current government building, which is being demolished to make way for a road and infrastructure upgrade needed to improve access and services to the Reservation.

“The new Tribal Government Center Complex will help us better serve the needs of the Reservation and its residents,” said Daniel Tucker, Chairman of the Sycuan Band. “KCM Group’s involvement has been critical in helping us through design, bidding, and construction and keeping the project on schedule and on budget.”

The new facility is located overlooking the Reservation and includes a parking lot, extensive landscaping, new underground utilities and infrastructure. The main building features a dramatic entrance with stone columns and classic pediment, and a lobby with custom tile flooring and custom Japanese cherry millwork. Green construction methods and LEED design features are being utilized throughout the project. The project will be complete and ready for occupancy in this spring.

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