Meeting Will Focus on Getting Pasadena Contractors Their Fair Share of Work at Old Pasadena Mega-Project

Local contractors and bidders can attend Monday meeting

Published : Friday, March 22, 2019 | 4:53 AM

Above, the footprint of the project in Old Pasadena, with artist's renderings of some of the key buildings.

An informational meeting will be held on Monday at the American Legion for local contractors and local companies to bid for construction-related work at the new 10 West Walnut mixed-use mega-site.

The purpose of the meeting is to get the local contractors pre-qualified so they can serve as “tier one subcontractors,” said James Proctor, senior program manager for Real Services. Proctor will be on hand at the meeting.

10 West will be built on the parking lots of the Parson’s Corporation campus in Old Pasadena.

District 3 City Councilman John Kennedy called 10 West “the largest real estate development project in the history of Pasadena.”

The project will cover 6.4 acres and include a 210,000 square-foot, five-story of Class-A office space (known as 10 West Walnut), 400 residential units, 17,500 square feet of retail and dining space, and three levels of below-grade parking.

At the meeting, there will be discussion of the application process, Proctor said. Real Services has been retained by Benchmark Construction, the builder of the project, by Lincoln Property Company and AMLI Residential.

Proctor said the purpose of the meeting is to get local businesses involved in the project and recruit residents of Pasadena with needed experience for hiring on the construction jobs. Also, he said the companies want to bring aboard laborers who lack the necessary experience and get them the training so that they might join the three-year project at a later phase.

Proctor said there are many needs in the building phase of the 10 West Walnut project.

He said the work opportunities range across different areas.

There is concrete work that’s still to be awarded, Proctor said. There is also a need for landscape irrigation and a water feature to be awarded. Finish carpentry, countertops, door framing, drywall contractors and acoustical flooring and painting, and signage are still to be awarded.

The project manager will be there also, Proctor said.

“Then there’s a commodity portion of this as well that’s not necessarily building like site furnishings,” Proctor said, “And once we get towards occupancy some contractors needed for furnishing the building itself.”

Proctor had some advice for would-be applicants on probably shouldn’t apply.

“Don’t apply if you don’t have a contractor’s license,” he said. “And there are certain insurances you should be aware of.”

The meeting represents the effort to complete the promise to employ locally.

“There’s a big push to reach the local hire-local subcontractor goal, which is 20 percent,” Proctor said.

The meeting is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to noon at on March 25 at the American Legion Post 13, at 131 North Marengo Avenue.

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