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                                                                                                                                    NOVO CONSTRUCTION NEWSLETTER • SPRING 2005

      that brought NOVO to this point promises great things for 2005!

                                                                                                                         Communications Mecca
      goes, “the cream always rises to the top.” We see this daily as the talent pool
      which is evident in the amount of repeat business that we earn. As the saying
      The entire team at NOVO takes pride and ownership of our finished product,

  of Largest Contractors and Largest Privately Held Companies.
  2003 by the Silicon Valley Business Times. We also made the publication’s lists
  by the San Francisco Business Times and the 8th Fastest Growing Company in
                                                                                                                         at 123 Townsend, SF
  We were recognized as one of the Top 5 Fastest Growing Companies in 2003

                           • Completing a 160,000 square foot tenant improvement in 12 weeks
                                                                          • Renovating several retail bank branches
                                                                             • A flagship retail store in Union Square
        • Completion of a new Pro Shop at a SF Country Club built using SIP Panels
                                                               • Constructing a 300 watt per square foot Data Center
       • Establishing a preferred vendor status in many of the downtown high rises
  and relationships built along the way. Some of our proudest accomplishments
  Although our rate of growth is exciting, we were all gratified by the projects
      job and being invited back to do the next one.
      kind of confidence can only be achieved by doing what we say, doing a great
      NOVO was hand picked to perform technical and challenging projects. This
      business was for repeat customers. Their continued support means that
      But to us, the most important part of the banner year was that 70% of our

  addition of the San Francisco office helped us better serve the entire Bay Area.
  client list for the year includes more than 30 Fortune 500 companies. And the
  Our volume increased 98%. Our family of employees more than doubled. Our

  and many of you who had faith in our abilities!
  2004 was a banner year for NOVO Construction thanks to our loyal client base,

                                                           2004 was a banner year for NOVO

                                                                                                                         NOVO’s recent tenant improvement at 123 Townsend street , including those for AKQA,
                                                                                                                         preserved the building’s unique history.

                                                                                                                         Corporate offices dazzle with
                                                                                                                         state-of- the-art renovations.
                                                                                                                         A 1904 coffee mill in the heart of San                        established independent television studio
                                                                                                                         Francisco was recently transformed into                       occupying one floor of the building.
                                                                                                                         a 2005 communications mecca with the
                                                                                                                         help of our San Francisco office. NOVO                        NOVO worked with Studios Architecture
                                                                                                                         was awarded six concurrent tenant                             and Pancoast Associates on the INdTV
                                                                                                                         improvement projects in the restacking                        media and television headquarters. “It was
                                                                                                                         effort of a single-tenant facility to the                     a challenge to keep the historical integrity
                                                                                                                         current multi-tenant design at 123                            intact while building the infrastructure
                                                                                                                         Townsend Street. The building houses                          for a state-of-the-art media center and
                                                                                                                         a number of media and entertainment                           telecommunications studio,” said Project

                                                                                                                         companies, including AKQA (advertising),                      Engineer Josh Alfaro. “We outlined a
                                                                                                                         OutCast Communications (public                                shared vision and worked together to
  Menlo Park, CA 94025
  1042 Hamilton Court

                                                                                                                         relations), Umlaut Films (film editing),                      bring it in on time.”
                                                                                                                         Secret Level (gaming software), and

                                                                                                                         INdTV (television studio).

                                                                                                                         The number of tenants and the unique
                                                                                                                         setting posed several scheduling and
                                                                                                                         logistical challenges. Each project
                                                                                                                         involved installing high-end lighting,
                                                                                                                         flooring, and mill work finishes. Shower
                                                                                                                         rooms were also installed on each floor.
                                 N E W S L E T T E R

                                                                                                                         The extensive renovations did not destroy
                                                                                                                         evidence of the coffee mill. “As you walk
                                                                                                                         through the current space there is a visual

                                                                                                                         contrast between the original brick and
                                                                                                                         timber and the modern steel,” said Tom
                                                                                                                         Smoll, NOVO Project Manager. “This
                                                                                                                                                                                       The ongoing synergy of the building
                                                                                                                         project is the continuation of a story—
                                                                                                                                                                                       designated team (Huntsman Architectural
                                 C O N S T R U C T I O N

                                                                                                                         a historic, 100-year-old story—and our

                                                                                                                                                                                       Group, the leasing team from Newmark
                                                                                                                         shared vision will shape the next chapter
                                                                                                                                                                                       Pacific Commercial and NOVO) provided
                                                                                                                         of the building. I have an incredible
                                                                                                                                                                                       official delivery of budgets and schedules

                                                                                                                         amount of respect for that, and I take
                                                                                                                                                                                       that would allow for an aggressive leasing
                                                                                                                         pride in helping each tenant realize their
                                                                                                                                                                                       campaign. We’re proud to state that not

                                                                                                                         dream for each space.”
                                                                                                                                                                                       one occupancy date was missed.
                                                                                                                         INdTV has already attracted international
                                                                                                                                                                                       For more info contact Tom Smoll at
                                                                                                                         attention. Attorney/Entrepreneur

                                                                                                                         Joel Hyatt and Former Vice President
                                 N O V O

                                                                                                                         Al Gore are the founders of INdTV, a newly
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Golf & Country Club                                               C       O        N         S       T        R       U        C         T       I      O         N
                                                                                                                                                                              Project Manger Tom Smoll
The San Francisco office recently used                                                                                                                                        is the driving force behind
alternative building materials, including                                                                                                                                     many of NOVO’s high pro-
structural insulated panels (SIP) on the                                                                                                                                      file and complex projects
newly completed Peninsula Golf & Country
Club in San Mateo.
                                                    Informatica Fast Track Tenant                                                                                             based in San Francisco, a
                                                                                                                                                                              role he embraced immediately upon joining

Project Manager John McClenahan directed
                                                    Improvement Completed in 12 Weeks                                                                                         the company. “NOVO Construction is grow-
                                                                                                                                                                              ing at such a rapid pace,” he said. “The first
the use of the high performance SIP panels,                                                                                                                                   week I started I pitched four potential clients
which are used for floors, walls, and roofs                                                                                                                                   and was awarded all four within the week.
in residential and commercial buildings.                                                                                                                                      Within two weeks of that I was awarded two
More commonly called sandwich panels,                                                                                                                                         more in the same building.”
SIP panels are stronger, more efficient and
less costly than traditional wood framing.                                                                                                                                    Smoll credits NOVO’s solid reputation with
                                                                                                                                                                              helping to secure these jobs. “It matters a
There are many green building benefits                                                                                                                                        great deal that NOVO has become a preemi-
involved in SIP technology. The panels                                                                                                                                        nent name in construction. Tenants in down-
provide higher, whole-wall R-Value, tighten                                                                                                                                   town San Francisco are very discerning and
the building envelope and reduce air                                                                                                                                          our reputation is what helps us secure each
infiltration. The insulation factor permits                                                                                                                                   new project,” he said.
downsizing of the heating and cooling
equipment, leading to less fossil fuel                                                                                                                                        In addition to thirteen years experience in
consumption and less greenhouse gas                                                                                                                                           commercial and municipal construction
emissions. SIP panels save on energy costs                                                                                                                                    project management, Smoll also has strong
by as much as 50%. Because the panels are                                                                                                                                     qualifications in environmental engineering.
prefabricated, there is less job-site waste,                                                                                                                                  “It was my background in environmental
better utilization of material resources,                                                                                                                                     engineering that led me to construction. For
more environmentally friendly building                                                                                                                                        years I worked as a civil engineer and with
practices, and significant reduction of on                                                                                                                                    each job I found I was drawn to the construc-
site labor costs.                                                                                                                                                             tion side.” After moving to San Francisco
                                                                                                                                                                              from the East Coast, Smoll followed his pas-
Prefabrication means other subcontractors                                                                                                                                     sion and made the switch. His focus during
can get a head start on their jobs, thus            Aggressive scheduling helped NOVO complete extensive renovations at Redwood City’s Informatica in just 12 weeks           the past seven years has been on tenant
                                                                                                                                                                              improvement for various clients throughout
                                                                                                                                                                              the Bay Area.
                                                    Our Silicon Valley office recently completed                     Equity Office Property Management to
                                                    a 160,000 square foot tenant improvement                         complete Informatica on schedule. “It was                Smoll received his B.S. in Civil Engineering
                                                    project at Informatica, a database                               critical to mobilize a team of experienced               from Virginia Polytechnic Institute/State
                                                    management company located in Redwood                            builders who could produce a high end                    University. He is an adventurous mountain-
                                                    City. The project is valued at $8 million.                       product within a very short amount of                    eer, committed Raiders fan and talented gui-
                                                                                                                                                                              tar player. Smoll currently lives in Lafayette
                                                    The six floor project included upgraded
                                                                                                                                                                              with his wife Darcy.
                                                    office space, lab areas, a cafeteria, and a
                                                    5,000 square foot data center. The job
                                                    demanded high-security sensitivity to
                                                    protect the privacy of the tenant.                                                                                        Mike Ballou –
                                                    NOVO began construction within two
                                                                                                                                                                              Menlo Park
                                                    weeks of being awarded the job. “Everyone                                                                                 Project Executive Mike
                                                    at Informatica was most impressed with                                                                                    Ballou, based in NOVO’s
shortening the construction schedule.
                                                    NOVO Construction’s aggressive approach                                                                                   Silicon Valley office, has
“Labor rates are rising in the Bay Area and
                                                    to scheduling,” said Dick Madden, Facilities                                                                              spent the past 15 years
our willingness to explore new building
                                                    Manager for Informatica. The fast-track                                                                                   in the industry specializing in high-end
materials resulted in a less costly and better
                                                    project was completed in 12 weeks.                                                                                        technology construction for corporate
finished product,” said McClenahan.
                                                                                                                                                                              customers. His focus is on technical and
There are a number of unique traits to a            Hyper-Speed Scheduling                                                                                                    complex multi-million dollar high-tech
SIP panel, including the ability to resist fire                                                                                                                               projects. “Because many of the projects
                                                    Much of the time saved is attributed to the
and termites. “The foam core used in SIP                                                                                                                                      in the South Bay involve complex data
                                                    detailed pre-construction phase. The Project
panels inhibits infestations. Bugs, especially                                                                                                                                centers, it is important to have a working
                                                    Team outlined a hyper-speed schedule                               The project included a 5,000 square foot data center
termites, do not want a foam core home                                                                                                                                        knowledge of these systems,” he said. Ballou
                                                    and committed to bringing the project in
which is a noted plus in the Bay Area,”                                                                                                                                       recently served as Project Executive on the
                                                    on time, meeting each of several critical                        time,” said Project Executive Mike Ballou
said McClenahan.                                                                                                                                                              high profile Informatica project, a business
                                                    milestones.                                                      (see Employee Spotlight), “and we were                   software and integration company in
Buildings using the SIP technology                                                                                   able to achieve that.”                                   Redwood City (see article). This job
                                                    NOVO worked with Construction Manager
withstood the Great Hanshin (Kobe, Japan)                                                                                                                                     involved 160,000 square feet of office TI
                                                    Sares Regis, IT Consultants Tela Data & KC                       For more info on Informatica, contact Mike
and North Ridge earthquakes, as well as                                                                                                                                       and a data center.
                                                    Future Planning, DES Architecture, and                           Ballou at
Hurricane Andrew.
                                                                                                                                                                              Ballou is also the PX on other notable
                                                                                                                                                                              projects, including CarrAmerica and Apple
                                                                                                                                                                              Computers. “It is my job to devise a custom
                                                       In Memoriam                                                                                                            plan for delivering each project. Every job
  For New Projects                                                                                                                                                            has differing needs,” said Ballou.
                                                       On February 5, 2005 a beloved friend of NOVO Construction,
  Please Contact:                                                                                                                                                             NOVO drew Ballou’s attention because of
                                                       Daron Philip Craft, passed away. Craft was Vice President of the
                                                                                                                                                                              his prior business relationship with Vice
                                                       CAC Group in San Francisco. He is survived by his wife Ronda,
  Arne Ericson, Menlo Park                                                                                                                                                    President Arne Ericson. “I realize how rare an
                                                       his 20 month old daughter, Teagan Lindley, his parents, his two
  1042 Hamilton Court                                                                                                                                                         opportunity it is to work for a company that
                                                       brothers and their family and innumerable friends.
  Menlo Park, CA 94025                                                                                                                                                        has the feeling of a smaller size company but
  650.701.1500                                         I don’t know if anyone could argue that Daron was truly one of the good guys. Let me                                   is consistently is awarded the larger, more
                                                       say that we are all lucky to have been touched by your fun-loving ways and kindness.                                   high profile jobs,” he said. Ballou joined the
  Gary Wells, San Francisco                            I’ll never forget the fun times and memories that we shared. I think I speak for many                                  NOVO team in August of 2004.
  200 California Street, 5th Floor                     of your friends, when I tell you that we will all do what we can to ensure that Ronda,
                                                                                                                                                                              Ballou graduated from Texas A&M with a
  San Francisco, CA 94111                              Teagan and your family may mourn your passing without having to worry about what
                                                                                                                                                                              B.S. in Construction Science. He is an active
  415.576.1800                                         lie ahead of them. May you rest in peace, and may God bless your family. – Gary Wells
                                                                                                                                                                              member in the International Society of
                                                       From All of Us at NOVO Construction                                                                                    Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE), American
                                                                                                                                                                              Society of Professional Estimators and is
                                                       Donations may be made directly to the Ronda Craft-Teagan Fund c/o Sickel Capital                                       on the Building Industry Conference Board.
                                                       Management, 1950 University Avenue, Suite 300, East Palo Alto, CA 94303.                                               Ballou is an avid dirt bike rider and enjoys
    C   O   N   S   T   R   U   C   T   I   O   N                                                                                                                             camping with his wife Kristi and children.

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