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About Build Group is a general contractor focused on providing a higher than usual level of service to exclusive clientele. Highly selective about deploying their top tier staff, the owners have deep understanding of their clients’ business and are committed to providing Principal involvement on all projects. To them client relationships are everything and are driven by trust and integrity. While most general contractors are simply pricing plans, Build Group staff source new real estate opportunities and figure out creative ways to make deals pencil. In 2007, long time colleagues Ross Edwards, Eric Horn, Bob Hopper, Scott Brauninger and Dave Williams formed Build Group. The group had spent many years growing a large Bay Area construction company but felt inspired to do something more entrepreneurial which would allow them to work more closely with their clients. With this in mind, they created a flat company structure that breaks conventional corporate structure and constantly looks at how things can be done better. Their willingness to roll up their sleeves, do real work and grind it out has cultivated a construction company full of innovators and true builders. In the beginning of 2010 Build Group acquired Fine Line Group, a high-end retail and seismic upgrade company with over thirty-years of construction experience. The company is known for evolving creative building methodologies and project delivery strategies that successfully manage and support clients’ design and business goals. The acquisition brought personnel with experience in high-end restaurant, hotel and flagship retail expertise. Fine Line Group has a wide-ranging repertoire of high-end interior projects that includes luxury brands such as Gucci, Christian Dior, John Varavatos and Anne Fontaine. The company has also built many signature restaurants including Kokkari, Postrio and Redwood Park in San Francisco. Build Group has grown consistently since its inception. In August 2011 the company was included on the prestigious Inc. 500 list, which profiles the nation’s fastest growing companies. The San Francisco Business Times also recognized Build Group in 2011 as one of the fastest growing companies and one of the largest commercial contractors in the Bay Area. In 2012, Build Group ranked #2 in the San Francisco Business Times Healthiest Employers and #2 on the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area.
NESPRESSO @ UNION SQUARE SAN FRANCISCO, CA DESCRIPTION 8,627 sf retail & cafe build out ARCHITECT Goring & Straja Architects CLIENT Nespresso PROJECT DURATION 19 weeks
The first signature Nespresso in San Francisco, this Union Square build out features a modern design in a 100-year-old building. A complete structural rebuild of the first and second floors was conducted to make way for the café and retail spaces. The team remained on a tight schedule while coordinating vendors from across the U.S. and Europe that completed high-end finishes throughout. Architectural features include a floating staircase leading customers from the upper café area into the lower retail space.
JIMMY CHOO FLAGSHIP @ UNION SQUARE SAN FRANCISCO, CA
DESCRIPTION 2,300 sf tenant improvement ARCHITECT Atmosphere Group CLIENT Jimmy Choo PROJECT DURATION 12 weeks
One of the few flagship stores for Jimmy Choo, the Union Square store is a staple for the brand. The high-end retail space includes expansive custom millwork, mirror-lined walls and extravagant chandleries. The Build Group team completed the project on a minimal 12 week schedule in the historic building. After demolition, the team discovered additional upgrades needed to be completed due to the original 1906 building erection. With open communication and quick problem solving tactics, Build Group recommended overtime to keep the project on track. The storefront canopy also had to be redesigned to allow for drainage, fresh air and exhaust venting. The superintendent redesigned the canopy and received approval from the architect to proceed. Additionally the team coordinated with tenants above to get air conditioning into the space.
DESCRIPTION 7,700 sf seismic upgrade ARCHITECT Gensler Architects CLIENT Gucci PROJECT DURATION 20 weeks
GUCCI FLAGSHIP @ UNION SQUARE SAN FRANCISCO, CA This project was Gucci’s first design/build turnkey. The store remained in business throughout the entire construction period, and was completed three weeks ahead of schedule with zero change orders. The project included a structural upgrade to the building, with a two-story high ornamental storefront finished with stainless steel panels. The store also included imported Italian millwork in high lacquered rosewood. All fixtures were supplied and installed by the construction team.
TORY BURCH @ WESTFIELD CENTRE SAN FRANCISCO, CA
DESCRIPTION 1,381 sf tenant improvement ARCHITECT O’Neil Langan Architects, P.C. CLIENT Tory Burch PROJECT DURATION 10 weeks
This signature retail project is the first flagship store for Tory Burch in San Francisco. The Build Group team remained tight quality control over all high-end finishes including lacquer paint, brass and a custom storefront to deliver the architect’s vision.
DESCRIPTION 1,100 sf retail build out ARCHITECT Callison Architecture CLIENT Burberry PROJECT DURATION 12 weeks
BURBERRY BRIT SAN FRANCISCO, CA The only Burberry Brit in San Francisco, the Westfield Centre store features wood flooring and high-finish millwork. The team coordinated all subcontractors and owner subcontractors to deliver the build out in a quick 12 week schedule. A large format interior storefront is the focal point of the space, which required intricate architectural drywall features coordinated by the Build Group team.
M.Y. CHINA @ WESTFIELD CENTRE SAN FRANCISCO, CA DESCRIPTION 6,800 sf restaurant build out ARCHITECT BCV Architects CLIENT Rodrick Management Group PROJECT DURATION 5 months
A new signature restaurant adjacent to the dome at Westield’s San Francisco Centre. Based on television chef Martin Yan’s recipes, M.Y. China will offer customers a high-end, high class, exhibition style eating experience. Custom eucalyptus woodwork, laser cut metal screens and antique Chinese furnishings set the scene for a sophisticated, delicious meal.
DESCRIPTION 6,000 sf retail build out ARCHITECT Lalire March Architects, NY CLIENT Juicy Couture PROJECT DURATION 14 weeks
JUICY COUTURE SANTA BARBARA, CA Located on historic State Street in downtown Santa 足Barbara, this Juicy Couture features 足colored glass walls, perforated design panels on the ceiling and custom 足interior finishes. The project scope also included new wood 足flooring, an elaborate lighting package, and a beautiful exterior facade with signage. Build Group delivered the project on time and within budget.
COACH FLAGSHIP @ UNION SQUARE SAN FRANCISCO, CA DESCRIPTION 5,000 sf retail build out ARCHITECT Brand + Allen Architects
This is Coach’s San Francisco flagship store. The project included the installation of a new 2 story staircase, custom finished cherry fixtures, and Tasmanian oak floors.
All millwork was provided and installed by the Fine Line Group. In keeping with the early thirties theme, the store is decorated with hand-painted murals, custom carpeting and style lighting elements.
PROJECT DURATION 8 weeks
From start to finish this project was turned around in only eight weeks.
DESCRIPTION 6,500 sf seismic upgrade Historic building ARCHITECT DucDuc, NY Pollack Associates, SF CLIENT John Varvatos PROJECT DURATION 12 weeks
JOHN VARVATOS FLAGSHIP @ UNION SQUARE SAN FRANCISCO, CA The seventh and the largest of the John Varvatos stores, the San Francisco flagship features two floors of sophisticated interiors, showcasing the Varvatos casual to formal menswear attire. Solid walnut floors are throughout this design/build project. The construction team coordinated with both architects on the East and West coasts and met a very aggressive schedule. In addition to the remodel of the interior space, there team also completed a full seismic upgrade on the building.
DESCRIPTION 1,100 sf seismic upgrade ARCHITECT Tuller McNealus Feld CLIENT Anne Fontaine PROJECT DURATION 8 weeks
ANNE FONTAINE FLAGSHIP @ UNION SQUARE SAN FRANCISCO, CA This simple, yet elegant retail store was a full design/build - MEPS project. With the architect located in New York, the 足construction team employed a local firm for all plan stamping and permit 足expediting. The interior of this store showcases clean, European-style millwork and fixtures, complimented by beautiful French limestone floors. The design features are subtly illuminated with recessed lighting. Additional work included the construction of two fitting rooms, a restroom, a storage room, storefront and canvas awnings.