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Daily Business Report, Sept. 17, 2009

Wellness Center’s $3.4 million build project gets under way

Construction has begun on the new two-story, 17,000-square-foot Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center at 1525 Fourth Ave. in Downtown San Diego. Senior Community Centers, in partnership with HomeAid San Diego, is the developer of the $3.4 million tenant improvement project, which involves rehabilitation of an existing 60-year-building. Smith Consulting Architects designed the project, which is meant to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Ledcor Construction is the general contractor. Integrated Project Management (IPM) is the owner’s representative. Completion is targeted for early 2010. The new Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center will replace the Senior Community Centers’ aging Downtown facility at Ninth and Broadway and provide a state-of-the-art, one-stop health and wellness hub for low-income seniors throughout San Diego. Senior Community Centers received a lead gift of $3 million from the Gary and Mary West Foundation to help acquire the building. “The Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center will provide the support that older adults need to be active, engaged and healthy so they can remain in their homes and communities as long as possible,” said Paul Downey, president/CEO of Senior Community Centers. “It will provide seniors with a welcoming place for them to meet, socialize, and participate in activities designed to keep their minds and bodies healthy and active.”

HomeAid San Diego, through its contacts with local and national suppliers and builders, is working with Smith Consulting Architects, Ledcor Construction and IPM to solicit donations of in-kind material and labor to help defray the cost of construction for the new center. Scott Cairns is serving as lead architect for Smith Consulting Architects, with Jaime Ramirez as project manager and Erica Hutchinson as interior designer. Russell Hamilton is principal-in-charge for Ledcor Construction, with Michael Strangman as senior estimator, Rob Campbell as project manager, and Jerold Yoder as superintendent. Ron Sutliff is principal-in-charge for IPM, with Kevin Kearn acting as senior project manager. Michael Franchek is a LEED consultant.

Bright Green Future Conference set for Oct. 23-24

A two-day conference will be staged Oct. 23-24 bringing together experts on San Diego’s regional energy, natural resources, transportation, green business, job training, sustainable living and building. Conference site is the Price Center at UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. The focus will be on how individuals, businesses and government agencies can address the economic and environmental challenges they face. Business and government sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 and public interest sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 24. The conference represents a collaborative civic effort among dozens of groups and individuals. Tickets range from $60 to $100. For more information, visit

C-3 holds climate change program

Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 (C-3) will host a breakfast dialogue on Sept. 24 titled “Climate Change: The Impacts — A Wake-Up Call” in the Harborside Room at the Holiday Inn Embarcadero, 1355 North Harbor Drive in Downtown. Registration begins at 7:30. The program runs from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Panelists include, Emily Young, director of environmental analysis and strategy for The San Diego Foundation; Scott Anders, director of the Energy Policies Initiative Center at USD School of Law; and Andrew Martin, SANDAG regional planner. Michael Beck, San Diego County commissioner for the Endangered Habitats League, will serve as moderator. Cost for the continental breakfast and program is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Cost at the door is $35 for all. Tables of eight are $150. Student admission is $10. For reservations, call (619) 232-7196.

Jewish Foundation establishes presidential chair

The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego has established the Miriam and Jerome Katzin Presidential Chair, a gift that will support and name in perpetuity the president and chief executive officer’s position at the foundation. “The foundation is proud and honored to accept this historic gift,” said Murray Galinson, chair of the foundation. “The Katzins inspire us all through their generosity and commitment to the community.” Miriam and Jerome Katzin have had a donor advised fund at the doundation for several years. Jerome Katzin is a past board member.

Harvest for Hope to benefit Emilio Nares Foundation

San Diego chefs will join the Emilio Nares Foundation at the sixth annual Harvest for Hope from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 at The Abbey, located at 2825 Fifth Ave. in San Diego. Proceeds of the event benefit the Emilio Nares Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and support to families of children who are being treated for cancer in San Diego. Event attendees will enjoy gourmet food from San Diego chefs and wines provided by local wine distributors. Featured restaurants include Acqua al 2, Bleu Bohéme, Café Chloe, Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar, Firefly Grill & Wine Bar, The French Gourmet, Indigo Grill, Pamplemousse Grille, The Shores Restaurant, Stingaree, Trattoria Acqua and Venissimo Cheese. Tickets cost $95 and are on on sale at

Scripps Health gives grants to 6 local organizations

Scripps Health has awarded $100,000 in grants to six local community organizations to help improve access to vital health care services for a variety of at-risk populations across the county. It has now awarded a total of $1.3 million in grants since establishing its community benefit fund. The following organizations received grants from Scripps ranging from $10,000 to $40,000:

• 2-1-1 San Diego: Funding was awarded for ongoing operations of its telephone dialing code, which provides the public with information about community, health and disaster services.

American Cancer Society: Funding was awarded for the ACS’ San Diego Discovery Gala event, which helps raise money for cancer research, advocacy, education and patient services.

American Heart Association: Scripps partners with the American Heart Association on its annual Heart Walk to raise funds for research, professional and public education and advocacy.

Catholic Charities: Funding was awarded to provide short-term emergency shelter to medically fragile homeless patients upon discharge from Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego.

La Maestra Community Health Center: The La Maestra dental clinic provides preventive care, treatment and required dental screenings for students.  Funding was awarded to provide appropriate oral health services to the underserved, uninsured and underinsured students and families at Hoover High School and its feeder schools.

Partnership for Smoke Free Families: The tobacco control program reduces tobacco smoke exposure among pregnant women and small children by systematically screening pregnant women and new parents for tobacco use in their obstetrician’s and pediatrician’s office and linking them with tailored interventions.

Federal contracts awarded to San Diego County companies

Science Applications International Corp. in San Diego was awarded a $41,561,436.61 federal contract by the U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Center, Warren, Mich., for providing sustainment services for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Joint Program. Places of performance will be in Kuwait and Sterling Heights, Mich.

Milpower Inc. of El Cajon was awarded a $17,656,250 federal contract by the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, for providing 100-watt and 200-watt power amplifiers for the Digital Modular Radio program.

Syska Hennessy Group Construction Inc. of San Diego, won a federal contract modification valued at up to $5,896,578 from the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, San Diego, for the design and installation of photovoltaic systems under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Romero General Construction Corp. of Escondido won a $62,601 federal contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, for road repairs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Place of performance will be in Martis Creek Recreation and Dam, Calif.

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Women’s Extra Income Expo Sept 26

The Women’s Extra Income Expo of San Diego sponsored by will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 2270 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley. Women can meet face-to-face with direct sales and party plan companies offering ready-to-go home-based business opportunities. Some of the participating companies include Partylite Candles & Décor, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Avon Products and Scentsy. Admission is free. Free samples will be available.

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