CSI Construction – Sacramento office

CSI Construction picCSI Construction’s Sacramento office answers the needs of the hot northern California commercial market.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

A leading contractor in the western United States is widening its reach throughout northern California. Since it was established in 2015, the Sacramento office of CSI Construction has grown from a staff of one person to roughly 20 people. “We’re growing to the point where we are maxing out our office space,” says Gabe VanHooser, the office’s first full-time member and vice president. 

Within its first year in Sacramento, CSI’s staff grew to seven people in a small rented office space. In 2016, the company moved into its current location, which it purchased and renovated to suit its operations. The increase in CSI’s project load and addition of more staff are leading it to consider another move into a larger warehouse space, he adds.  

VanHooser opened the office after moving from the company’s office in Irvine, Calif., where he had worked since joining the company in its engineering department in 2002. The Irvine office remains open to oversee projects in the southern part of the state. 

“We wanted to capture the local market,” VanHooser says. “From here, we can cover projects within a three-hour radius, including most of the population bases in northern California. This was a good time for us to open up a base here and capitalize on the hot local market.”

Clients and Services

CSI has performed projects in California for 25 of the 40 years it has been in business. The Irvine office opened in 2002. In addition to its California offices, the company operates in Portland, Ore.; and Colorado Springs, Colo., where it was founded in 1978. The company’s project managers can manage jobs in 19 western states including Hawaii and Alaska. 

The company prides itself on having a 90 percent repeat client rate across all of its locations. “We are very client focused – we believe in giving our clients what they need, whether they’re a national retailer or a developer,” VanHooser says. “We honor our long-term relationships with our clients and hold ourselves to meeting standard that may be above and beyond local market standards.” CSI box

The company offers extensive preconstruction services to clients, which VanHooser says enable it to resolve potential problems before they occur. CSI’s Sacramento office can also help clients with budgeting and cost estimates. “We have resources within our company to provide conceptual information for developers who may be looking at projects one to two years down the road,” he adds. 

CSI’s Sacramento office often draws on the expertise of other locations for preconstruction and other services. “Once of our strengths is our ability to accommodate clients if they have projects that are slightly above the norm,” he adds. “We have the infrastructure to be able to handle different kinds of projects.”

In addition, the company’s director of field operations often travels from the Colorado Springs office to Sacramento to assist in field staff training.

Regional Challenges

Finding qualified local subcontractors is one of the Sacramento office’s biggest challenges. While the company seeks relationships with local firms, it often works with regionally based subcontractors or with companies willing to travel from southern California or other states. 

Other challenges inherent to the Northern California regional include strict oversight from local governments as well as citizens’ organizations. CSI closely follows local safety and labor requirements in addition to its own policies, VanHooser notes.

CSI Sacramento also works with suppliers to lock in prices on steel, wood and other materials that are rising in cost as a result of tariffs and regional market conditions, he adds.

Retail Focus

The Sacramento office focuses on retail and entertainment projects including theaters, car dealerships and freestanding stores. The office’s regular clients include Cinemark, Regal and AMC Theaters, CarMax, Auto Zone, Les Schwab, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Cost Plus World Market.

One of CSI Sacramento’s largest ongoing projects is located directly across the street from its office. The office in May began work on Crocker Village, a $12 million, 110,000-square-foot retail center anchored by a major grocery store tenant. This is CSI’s first project for client Petrovich Development. 

The development consists of three single-story wood-framed shell buildings totaling 34,000 square feet in area, as well as a 76,000-square-foot CMU and masonry building with a panelized wood roof. The grocery store will occupy 55,000 square feet of that space, VanHooser notes. 

Foundation work is now underway on the three smaller, wood-framed buildings. Masonry work is 75 percent complete on the larger building. The project is expected to conclude in January. 

The company in late July began work on its fourth CarMax dealership in northern California. The 20,000-square-foot, $11 million dealership is anticipated for completion in May 2019. The project closely follows CSI’s work on a new CarMax dealership in Pleasanton, Calif. That project includes a 13,000-square-foot sales building, a 45,000-square-foot service building, and a 3,000-square-foot carwash building.

The CSI Sacramento office’s other recently completed projects include several theater projects. Among these are new theaters, such as the Regal Delta Shores 14 and Century Howe ‘Bout Arden 14. These multiplex theaters have 1500-plus luxury recliner seats, concessions with bars serving beer & wine, and state-of-the-art digital IMAX and XD projection systems. 

CSI also completed multiple theater remodels and recliner conversions, including a $9 million renovation of the AMC Metreon 16 theater in downtown San Francisco. CSI overcame urban logistical challenges as they converted this existing theater on the third floor of the Starwood Properties’ Metreon Mall to luxury recliner auditoriums, upgraded all public spaces and concessions and added a full bar. 

CSI’s Sacramento team recently expanded on their relationship with one of their repeat retail clients by building the corporate headquarters of Cost Plus World Market. CSI worked with Cost Plus World Market’s upper management on the $10.5 million project, which consisted of renovating an existing three-story building into 80,000 square feet of Class A office space and converting an adjacent 25,000-square-foot single-story office building into a sample store for corporate training.

Branching Out 

Although the CSI Sacramento office’s portfolio consists primarily of retail and entertainment sector projects, it is looking to follow the lead of its parent company and branch out into different project types in the next few years. 

CSI’s Colorado Springs office in particular has diversified into multifamily construction in response to the state’s construction boom. VanHooser anticipates that his office will eventually begin performing multifamily as well as hospitality, office and mixed-use projects.

“We should be able to eventually support a $100 million operation with 20 office staff and 30 field staff in this office,” he adds. 


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