Welcome to On the Level, CDG’s Quarterly Newsletter!

Lending a Hand

TEAM MEMBERS SCOTT CERNIGOJ AND SHERYL FINCH JOINED FORCES WITH RDC IN A DESIGN COMPETITION, COMPETING WITH SOME OF THE INDUSTRIES HEAVIEST HITTERS.

CDG Builders recently partnered with Retail Design Collaborative (RDC) in The Transformation: Turn Space into Place competition and took home the prize of winning design for WISEPlace’s new community hall redesign. WISEPlace, located in Santa Ana, CA, is a non-profit organization dedicated to their cause of ending homelessness among women. The goal of this year’s competition was simple: create a design to transform the existing community hall space into a safe place for residents and a rent-able conference room for the surrounding community. Sponsored by Herman Miller and Pivot Interiors, CDG and RDC competed alongside the industry’s heaviest hitters: H. Hendy/Snyder Langston, Ware Malcomb/Clune Construction, Little/Turelk, IA/DPR and Gensler/HBC.

Scott Cernigoj, Sr. Project Manager, and Sheryl Finch, Project Manager worked closely with RDC’s design team to come up a design concept for the space. “The odds were stacked again us in this challenge,” Cernigoj said, “Initially we were paired with another architect who had to withdraw from the competition. After partnering with RDC, we were still behind and competing against other teams that had experience about how the event was structured.”

Nevertheless, CDG and RDC were triumphant. With the competition over, the real work is just beginning. “It’s time to work our magic,” said Finch. “We received many donations from our subcontractors for the materials associated with the project.” The build out is expected to start later this year.

Reaching for the Cure

CDG SHOWED UP IN FORCE AT THIS YEARS’ REACHING FOR THE CURE HALF MARATHON, 10K/5K RUN AND 5K WALK IN SUPPORT OF THE PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION.

CDG Builders was a proud sponsor of the 20th annual Reaching for the Cure. The event, organized by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, took place at Irvine Valley College on March 25th.

Over 100 teams, 70 vendors, and 500 volunteers were present in this years’ event, raising over $250,000 that will go immediately toward lifesaving research and care for children with cancer. CDG not only sponsored the event, but participated in the activities as well. Sr. Project Manager, Scott Cernigoj, and Project Engineer, Jaymie Smith, went head to head in the 10k run while Project Coordinators Zulma Ramirez and Medina Akbar participated in the 5k run.

CDG also had a presence in the 5k walk, with Aeddon Johnson, Claire Kieffer, and Jeff DeFazio participating in the event. In addition to the walk and run events, CDG Builders hosted its own vendor booth, with snacks, water, and merchandise for event participants.

We were so honored to participate in an event that brought much needed attention and assistance to children in need and can’t wait to participate next year.

Safety First: Have You Met Bob?

HIS PRIORITIES: “GOD, FAMILY, CDG…IN THAT ORDER”

In the last few years, CDG has had tremendous growth in both the office and field employment, almost doubling in size year over year. To aid in growth we’ve added Bob Nordstrom, to the team to support field operations as General Superintendent.

“I wake up excited for each day at CDG,” Bob exclaims. “Each day I am faced with many exciting tasks and challenges.” Bob brings to CDG a wealth of knowledge, and over 40 years of
construction experience. “In my career I’ve worked for three general contractors and have been fortunate to build ground up projects in addition to large tenant improvements.”

As General Superintendent, Bob is responsible for creating and maintaining a field that runs like a well-oiled machine. “I want employees, existing and new, to set goals and go for them,” Bob says. “Make up in hustle what you lack in knowledge. Be smart– be pro-active and not reactive.”

Bob’s motto? “In everything give thanks.” And he does have a lot to be thankful for. When he isn’t mentoring the field, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife, Paula, his family, and his 7
grandchildren.