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14 Dec California Stormwater and Erosion Control Industry Changes

In July, the State Water Resources Control Board fined the City of San Diego $4.6 million for non-compliance on stormwater, erosion and sedimentation control measures.

Next year, the State Water Board will issue an update to the California Construction General Permit that will completely change the rules for how construction sites and companies deal with stormwater- and erosion-related discharges into bodies of water. Currently, the permit rules attempt to curtail stormwater runoff and erosion that dislodge pieces of earth that can affect fish gills, beaches and water color (browning). The current permitting program has been administratively extended year after year since 2009.

While the Construction General Permit update specifics are unknown, the changes will be the first major set of changes of the Water Board under its new executive director, Eileen Sobeck. Sobeck, who joined the board after the Labor Day holiday weekend, will effectively oversee changes to the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that regulates all potential pollutants.

These SWPPP regulations have become so complicated that many San Diego builders, developers, and construction firms now need the expertise of construction management firms with stormwater compliance experience to help navigate municipal codes and develop, implement and oversee stormwater- and erosion-control best management practices (BMPs) as licensed qualified SWPPP developers (QSDs) and qualified SWPPP practitioners (QSPs). It is quite possible that the update will serve as another complication that will increase this business trend.

Since the San Diego construction industry began booming after 2010, which was stymied by the Great Recession, many construction firms have seen an abundance of growth as QSDs and QSPs.  San Diego firm KCM Group, which is currently responsible for managing the Plaza de Panama Balboa Park project, is currently managing nearly 40 projects (as a QSP and QSD) that require stormwater and erosion-compliance.


Erika Horn – Senior Environmental Compliance Manager at KCM Group

At KCM Group Erika serves as an experienced environmental compliance manager, who specializes in environmental compliance programs for land development. Erika coordinates and provides specialized storm water training for land development personnel, construction superintendents and sub-contractors. Erika is a QSP, QSD, Certified Erosion Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI) and a Certified Professional of Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC). Erika is active in the California Storm Water Quality Association (CASQA), the Building Industry Association (BIA) and the International Erosion Control Association (IECA). She currently serves on the San Diego BIA’s Storm Water Task Force.

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14 Dec San Diego Staple Hope-Admundson Merges with Nationwide Coffman Engineers

Hope-Admundson, a local company that was built on over 80 years of family history in the San Diego area, has merged with Coffman Engineers. Since 1993, Hope-Admundson has served as an architectural and engineering staple in the San Diego region specializing in building commercial, education, government, healthcare, life science, mixed-use and parking structures.

Before closing its doors on November 1, Hope-Amundson announced that their structural engineering services will not change. Their staff of 33, which includes 19-licensed engineers, will join a broader network of engineers that provide more engineering services, including structural, civil, mechanical, electrical and fire protection engineering services originally offered by Coffman. Their offices in downtown San Diego and Newport Beach, California, will also join the nationwide Coffman network of 12 offices serving clients across the United States and overseas.

In an announcement on the updated website Jim Admundson stated, “The best deals are the win-win. We will strategically help Coffman with their Southern California presence and for Hope-Amundson, this allows us to join a larger firm, offer our clients more services, and look for opportunities in other areas.”

The addition of Hope-Admundson office in San Diego comes during an exciting time of growth for Coffman as they are also strategically increasing their presence on the East Coast which includes the addition of a new office in the Washington, D.C. metro area in May 2017.

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14 Dec San Diego’s Prized Family Business, Jerome’s Furniture Opens New Location in Moreno Valley

In November, Jerome’s Furniture, San Diego’s most prized family-owned business, opened the doors to its newest showroom in the second largest city in Riverside County, Moreno Valley. City of Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Alberto Gutierrez and other community leaders joined the Navarra family, the owners of Jerome’s Furniture, and attended the grand opening event across from the Towngate Crossing Shopping Center off the Pomona Freeway.

“The location is ideal, and the market is deserving of a furniture retailer that puts customers first,” said Adrienne Navarra, senior vice president of Jerome’s Furniture in Furniture Today. “We’re doing so with an experience that places the heritage and warmth of our family business at the forefront. The showroom’s layout, design and customer interaction emphasizes our family of employees and the many people behind Jerome’s.”

Josh McKeown, a project manager with KCM Group, oversaw the Jerome’s Furniture project which involved the renovation of an existing 40,000 square-foot retail location at a total construction cost of just over one million dollars.  McKeown worked closely with the Navarra family to convert the space which was previously occupied by Sports Authority, a sporting goods retailer, into a Jerome’s Furniture showroom. The conversion included a new floor, wall finishes, interior partitions, millwork, mechanical systems and new energy-efficient LED fixtures.  An 8-year veteran with KCM Group, McKeown has many years of experience working for large commercial general contractors in both Texas and San Diego, which was critical to successfully opening the store under a tight two-month deadline.

“It was an honor to serve as project manager and advocate for the Navarra family on this project,” said McKeown. “They’re a San Diego staple and a big supporter of so much in our community. I’m proud of how we were able to finish this project on-budget and in time for the holiday season. Cheers to more families enjoying a comfortable couch at home during the holidays.”

With this Jerome’s Furniture project, McKeown worked directly with the general contractor, Halstead Construction, the architect, Gkkworks, and their subcontractors on behalf of the Navarra family.  The project had a very aggressive schedule and needed to be completed in less than 3 months to be open in time for Thanksgiving.

The latest Moreno Valley store at 12500 Day Street includes the company’s new warm warehouse concept which boasts of a very modern and industrial look and includes design elements such as polished concrete flooring, metal casework and a neutral color palette throughout the 40,300 square feet of showroom space. The new location will serve residents in Moreno Valley, Perris, Sun City, Hemet, Banning, Beaumont as well as the Eastern communities of Box Springs, Canyon Crest, Orange Crest, and Mission Grove. This Jerome’s Furniture showroom is the 14th store among other store locations in San Diego, Riverside, the Inland Empire, Orange County and Greater Los Angeles area.

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