SUN COUNTRY BUILDERS GIVES BACK
Sun Country’s Giving Back program took us to a Turnagain Arms, a Community HousingWorks property in Fallbrook, CA, where Sun Country staff members and their families spent a Saturday doing maintenance work. Thanks, CHW for giving us the opportunity to give back.
SUN COUNTRY BUILDERS PROJECTS HONORED AT 2018 PCBC GOLD NUGGET AWARDS
Sun Country Builders congratulates Community HousingWorks and BRIDGE Housing on their 2018 Gold Nugget Awards nominations. We look forward to seeing everyone at PCBC in San Francisco.
DEVELOPMENT PARTNER OF THE YEAR
at the 2017 Ruby Awards
Sun Country Builders is extremely proud to announce our president, John Ahlswede, was honored by the San Diego Housing Federation at their 2017 Ruby Awards event as Outstanding Development Partner. Since 1990, the San Diego Housing Federation has worked to ensure that all San Diegans, regardless of income, have a chance at a safe, stable and affordable place to call
home. The annual Ruby Awards is the county’s largest affordable housing industry recognition event honoring the best people, projects, and achievements during the past year. Nominees for the prestigious Outstanding Development Partner award exemplify what it means to be a partner who provided outstanding support on an affordable housing development. With a career that spans three decades building affordable housing, John brings a high level of expertise and skill to his work. Moreover, combined with his collaborative approach and flexibility in partnerships, he has made Sun Country Builders the “go-to” General Contractor for our affordable housing developments.
SDSU CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT STUDENTS VISIT WORK SITE
Sun Country Builders was recently pleased to host 28 Construction Management students from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University. The setting
for the field work was the North Park Seniors project in San Diego, of which Community HousingWorks is the developer.
Sun Country is particularly interested in fostering the development of the next generation of construction professionals, and intends to pursue discussions regarding future opportunities for the students. And a special thank you to CHW for allowing and participating in the walk, and for giving Sun Country the opportunity to build the project!
HONORED AT 2016 PCBC GOLD NUGGET AWARDS
Home Front at Camp Anza, Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation providing badly needed housing for veterans’ and their families, this project also reused a historic building from a World War II military camp. Gold Nugget Award – Affordable Housing Community under 30 Units Per Acre; and Gold Nugget Award – Best Renovated, Restored, or Adaptive Re-Use Residential Project.
GENERAL CONTRACTOR FOR HISTORY-MAKING COMMUNITY
North Park Seniors in the News
ON SCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER COMPLETION
Sun Country Builders was brought into the project early, and was able to work with the developer and the architect to manage the project budget, to eliminate surprises, and to meet project goals.
The community is comprised of four stories on a podium with 120 apartments.
TOURS IOWA STREET SENIORS PROJECT
Construction Engineering is a new program in the SDSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The program is supported by a generous endowment from the San Diego chapter of the Associated General Contractors.
Sun Country Builders has been building multi-family projects in Southern California for more than 30 years, and has specialized in affordable housing projects since the early 1980s. Iowa Street Seniors, with 120 apartments in four stories on a concrete podium, will be completed in the Fall of 2016.
Sun Country is very pleased to have an opportunity to contribute to the next generation of builders.
Los Angeles ABC 7 news covers Wakeland Housing’s Camp Anza Veterans Housing Project
A Historic Past
Camp Anza was a military camp during World War II and a staging area for the Los Angeles Port of Embarkation. When the United States entered World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, over 600,000 military personnel passed through the Camp over the course of three years. Numerous buildings were constructed, primarily wood army barracks. Other buildings, including a headquarters, an Officers’ Club, a chapel and a laundry facility, were added over time. The Camp was decommissioned in 1946, and was subsequently subdivided for housing developments. Many of the buildings were demolished. Some of the barracks were converted into single-family homes on-site, and some were moved, and the buildings that were retained, including the Officers’ Club, were significantly modified. The use and look of Arlanza, as the Camp Anza area came to be known, changed greatly.
Growing up in the 1960s in the Arlanza neighborhood of Riverside, a boy named Frank Teurlay played in and around the remnants of Camp Anza, and in adulthood, although he had moved away from Riverside, he began to find out all he could about the history of Camp Anza. In particular, he became driven by the idea of preserving the Officers’ Club, and he approached city representatives, who were persuaded by his vision. In 2012, the City of Riverside issued an RFP for a project which would include the preservation of the Officers’ Club, and the construction of new housing for disabled veterans and their families. What could be more appropriate?
Frank Teurlay recently said, “Great movies often have a moment of real darkness, of hopelessness, which gives meaning to the ultimate resolution. That’s what has happened at Camp Anza. Helping to bring the Officers’ Club from the brink of demolition to preservation has been a journey of enormous satisfaction.” It’s also resulted in enormous satisfaction for Sun Country Builders, as we are given the opportunity to contribute to the preservation and to the development of the community.
Land for the project was donated by the City of Vista and the City of Carlsbad provided Community Development Block Grant funding. Additional financing came via construction and permanent loans, and Low Income housing Tax Credit Equity, all provided by Union Bank.
North Santa Fe will bring Sun Country close to seventy multi-family housing projects completed since its founding, in Vista, in 1979.
Consisting of 96 units over three stories, this affordable housing complex specifically for seniors resides over a level of retail space and a common area at street level. Beneath it all sits almost a full one acre of underground parking.
We’re particularly proud of our work at Renaissance, providing a community center, lots of easily accessible business locations both for neighbors and as shopping destinations, and solid, quality housing in an historic neighborhood with a solid ethnic mix that doesn’t often see these kinds of results.