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BUSINESS NEWS SUFFOLK SELECTED AS DESIGN BUILDER OFTHE CHILD DEVELOPMENT ACADEMIC FACILITY AT LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT’S PIERCE COLLEGE Suffolk, one of the most innovative and successful builders in the country, has been selected as the design builder of a one-story, 10,000 square-foot Child Development Academic Facility at Los Angeles Community College District’s Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California. Currently in the initial design phase, the $14 million project is anticipated to begin construction in 2022 with completion estimated for 2023. Designed by RACAIA Architecture & Interior Design and Hawkins Brown, the Pierce College Child Development Academic Facility will bring a new, modern facility to campus, utilized by the college’s child development and early childhood education program students and faculty. The project will create five instructional classroom and laboratory spaces, along with consolidated departmental offices, a meeting room, computer lab, and additional common areas, all adjacent to the operating Pierce College Child Development Center, providing students access to real-life teaching situations with children through observation or hands-on experience.

“The child development and early childhood education program at Pierce College is a critical one that not only supports the local community, but continues to build the next generation of childhood educators,” saidKen Summers, general manager of Suffolk Los Angeles. “The addition of this state-of-the-art Child Development Academic Facility brings new opportunities to students and faculty, and we’re proud to be part of a project that will continue to play an important role for future students.” As the design builder, Suffolk is working collaboratively with the Los Angeles Community College District to deliver the academic facilityfromproject conception to project completion. This project is notable as Suffolk continues to innovate within the education building sector, recently supporting Los Angeles Trade- Technical College with a 87,000 square- foot renovation and 13,000 square- foot addition, upgrading the building to achieve LEED-Silver certification. To date, Suffolk has completed 250 projects on higher education campuses and facilitated $3.75 billion in higher education projects. “As higher education institutions continue to evaluate and adapt to challenges presented by the pandemic, we’re now

starting to see an uptick in demand for construction projects across the West Region,” said Karri Novak, vice president at Suffolk Los Angeles. “At Suffolk, we are well-equipped to navigate the changing needs of the education system, helping build, renovate and upgrade facilities that will be here to support students and faculty for years to come.” Suffolk is a national enterprise that invests, innovates, andbuilds. Suffolk is an end-to-end business that provides value throughout the entire project lifecycle by leveraging its core construction management services with vertical service lines that include real estate capital investment, design, self-perform construction services, technology start- up investment and innovation research/ development. Suffolk is a national company with $4.5 billion in annual revenue, 2,400 employees and main offices in Boston (headquarters), New York, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Estero, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Suffolk serves clients in every major industry sector, including healthcare, science and technology, education, gaming, transportation/aviation, and commercial.

3. Education. By promoting educational opportunities, my firm is not only a company of learners and innovators, but a developer of leaders. At Urban’s core, our training department provides every employee educational classes for free. Recognizing our own expertise within the industry, many of the Urban Training Institute’s courses are taught by in-house instructors. Beyond the institute, Urban offers generous tuition reimbursement programs to help accelerate one’s career. We also support numerous memberships to various organizations throughout the country so we can collaborate with our peers and help propel our industry forward. Jennifer Waters is an associate vice president and office manager for Urban Engineers’ Philadelphia and Montgomery County locations. Contact her at “It is important that firms support employees regardless of personal circumstances or goals. A strong, diverse culture comes from empowered employees who value their work but can also pursue and support what is important at home.”

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benefits, free health seminars, on-site fitness centers, extracurricular sports, and even on-site massages. 2. Community. We have a saying at Urban Engineers: “We don’t just do well, we do good.” We believe that we have an obligation to actively maintain the health and well- being of the communities in which we do business, and we enjoy giving back to the places that give so much to us. Our employees strive to make our communities better places to live through their projects and volunteerism. We promote service to our communities and professions as a way to translate our values and standards into visible action, adding value and depth to the communities in which we live. Additionally, our firm provides internal vehicles to promote community within the organization, as many firms in the AEC industry have begun to offer. These include the Urban Young Member Forum, Urban Women’s Professional Network, and a new Diversity Committee. These groups develop leadership opportunities within the firm and will foster innovative best practices for the future of our business.

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