Bomel Construction Co.

Since 1970, Bomel Construction has offered its expertise in cast-in-place concrete construction to a wide range of commercial and public clients across the western United States. Specializing in design/build parking structures, the firm has grown in both project scope and revenue to become a major player in California and Nevada. Based in Anaheim Hills, Calif., the company staffs satellite offices in Las Vegas; Carlsbad, Calif.; and Seattle to better serve its regional clients.

After 40 years in operation, the company has designed and built a wide range of cast-in-place concrete parking structures for clients in the casino, hotel, university and healthcare sectors. The company owns all of its formwork and related equipment, including more than 800 Cunningham beam forms, as well as 10 acres of formwork fabrication operations in Ontario, Calif., and Las Vegas. All formwork is designed in-house and details are conveyed to the yard, where each piece is built and shipped to the job site. 

“Because the formwork is created at our own facilities and delivered to the job site precisely when it is needed, we minimize the lay-down area and reduce the obstructions on site,” Marketing Coordinator Michael Buresh says. “This, in turn, results in a cleaner job site and increases site safety.

“After decades of designing and building parking structures, our teams have thoroughly tied down the building process of multi-leveled parking and know ahead of time the intricacies a project of this nature can entail,” Buresh says. 

To date, the company has completed more than 350 parking structures, 170 of which were delivered in the design/build format. “We keep the lines of communication open between all parties involved so everyone has a chance to give input and receive feedback as to the impact their decisions have on other trades, the budget and schedule.” 

Buresh believes that Bomel Construction sets itself apart from its competitors through its breadth of work specifically involving parking structures. “Our design consultants and subcontractors have worked with us for many years,” he adds.

Using a safety incentive program, Bomel is able to continually improve its safety rating at job sites. “For every day there are no safety violations at a job site, money is added to a pool,” Buresh says. “At the end of the job, the pooled money is divided among the crew as a bonus.” He says the company’s experience modification rate – a computation that compares the company’s annual losses in workers compensation claims against its policy premiums – dropped from 1.15 in 2007 to 0.78 in 2010.

In addition to taking careful consideration to job-site safety, Bomel is focused on controlling the budget and schedule on each project. “One of the benefits of the design/build delivery format is that by allowing the contractor to control the design, we are better able to control the overall output in regard to budget and schedule,” Buresh declares. “As a result, most change orders are owner-initiated and Bomel can proudly say we have never missed a scheduled completion date.”

The recently completed Parking Structure No. 4 at California State University, Fullerton, featured a $24 million budget when the project bid, which Bomel was able to deliver at $19.2 million. The structure is 535,000 gross square feet and features 1,500 parking stalls over six levels. “Bomel held the design-build contract with the client and International Parking Design out of Irvine [Calif.] was the architect of record,” Buresh explains. “The project features a cast-in-place spiral staircase which is a unique feature considering most staircases on parking structures are pan-filled steel.” 

Another recently completed public works project, the Irvine Station parking structure in Irvine was completed three weeks ahead of schedule, and Buresh credits the productivity and synergy of the client and subcontractors with the early delivery. 

The Mandarin Hotel in Las Vegas expanded the company’s project scope. Bomel was responsible for forming, placing and finishing all concrete floors, columns and shear walls for the 47-story Mandarin tower, as well as two five-story podium buildings. During peak construction, approximately 150 Bomel employees were working on the site where Bomel also poured the concrete for two parking structures totaling more than 5 million gross square feet for more than 11,000 stalls. 

“The biggest challenge was pumping concrete up to the tower’s top floors,” Project Manager Bill Godwin explains. “We had one of the largest trailer pumps in the area to pump concrete that high for the duration of the job.”

Still in the design phase, Bomel will break ground in early summer 2010 for a project that consists of two stand-alone parking structures at the University of California, San Diego. Planning to achieve LEED Silver certification, the structure also incorporates a soccer field on the roof deck of one of the buildings. 

“Bomel will use recycled rebar and FSC Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood for the concrete reinforcing and formwork,” Buresh claims. “Our team will also incorporate a storm water retention basin at the lower level of the structure that will collect runoff and return it to the soil for natural filtration.” 

Other elements of the structure include LED lighting and the support structure for future installation of solar panels.

“Bomel a solid reputation in our industry,” Buresh says. “Our clients know we build quality projects while being sensitive to their budgets and schedules.”

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