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Meet the BFL Team Ken Sand, Project Manager & Estimator BFL Construction’s Ken Sand is proud that at BFL “we do it all – we estimate, design and build.” Sand, a project manager and estimator, has been with the company 23 years. Because the estimator is also the project manager at BFL, responsibility for each project doesn’t end until it is completed to a client’s satisfaction. “We work on estimating, value engineering and product selection,” Sand said. “When you’re involved in predesign and preconstruction as project manager and communicate often with site superintendents and subcontractors, you can make sure the client’s expectations are met.” Communication throughout the process is always polite and the project manager remains available to the client after completion to manage any warranty or other issues that may arise, he said. “It’s an added personal touch we offer our clients. Continuity is important – it enhances the experience.” “During conceptual estimating, BFL’s project estimators will include items that will be needed on the project whether or not they are on the drawings at that point,” he said. “We make sure it is included so the cost and scope of the project can be properly assessed.” Sand’s specialty is health and medical facilities. He managed BFL’s work on health clinics for El Rio Community Health Center. The six new facilities were built from the ground up. Two are LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. He also managed BFL’s work on 12 COPE behavioral health facilities in Tucson and seven behavioral health facilities for SouthEastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services in Cochise, Santa Cruz, Graham and Greenlee Counties. He also supervised construction of Pantano Behavioral Health’s adolescent outpatient clinic, Cottonwood de Tucson’s administration building and Department of Economic Security offices, all in Tucson. He also guided BFL’s work on several remodels of surgical suites at the University of Arizona Medical Center. Sand began his career working with his father and uncle in the family construction business in Denver. He started as a young teen during the summers. His father brought him to job sites and he learned the business by listening, watching and doing. “When you grow up in the business, it’s a different type of apprenticeship,” Sand said. Today “technology has changed how we do business,” Sand said. Drawings are digitized and the scope of work – how much concrete you need, the quantity of materials, the cost of materials – is calculated with precision. “We do it on the computer now. We assign a cost based on our experience with that type of product.” It adds a standard “in how you approach the complexity of an estimate. It’s easier this way for a client to see what you are providing.”

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fore the start of fall semester 1964, he decided he wanted to attend the UA in Tucson. The headmaster at The Latin School made a call to the UA admissions director and Brav was on a plane to Arizona. His father agreed to pay for tuition and books and send him $170 a month, “which was a lot of money then.” When he stepped off the plane and saw blue sky, he fell in love with Arizona. There were no dorm rooms available by then, so he went to the Student Union to look for a roommate to get an apartment. That’s how he met developer Ron Janoff, who had built the Carousel Apartments where he rented and the two became lifelong friends. Brav was just 17. He joined a fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, made friends easily and was its social chairman in his sophomore year. To help the boys get dates, Garry the entrepreneur started a college newspaper that published the pay phone numbers on each floor of the girls’ dorms. He and his friends regularly enjoyed a $2.95 steak at Pack-Em Inn Steakhouse, now closed. While he worked on a bachelor’s degree in business administration and thought about where to go from there, Brav took a lot of psychology classes. They helped him better understand himself, he said, and he earned extra money working part-time downtown at Myerson’s and at Franklin’s selling men’s clothes. In his senior year, he bought a 1955 Mercury for $45. He had saved $5,000 over four years, so after graduation in 1968, he bummed around the country in his Mercury visiting college friends. He then came back to Tucson and signed up as an extra in the cast of the now-classic “Catch-22,” shot in San Carlos, Sonora. He met director Mike Nichols and befriended actors Art Garfunkel, Bob Balaban, Alan Arkin, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen and Buck Henry, who wrote the screenplay. The back of his head is onscreen for a moment in the final cut, as the chauffer of Orson Welles’ character. That’s where he met Balfour Walker, a Tucson commercial photographer, and began a lifelong friendship with him continued on page 172 >>>

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