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NOVO CONSTRUCTION NEWSLETTER • SPRING 2005
that brought NOVO to this point promises great things for 2005!
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
Joel Hyatt and Former Vice President
N O V O
Al Gore are the founders of INdTV, a newly
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Peninsula Tom Smoll – SF
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.