New Creation Builders

NewCreation7New Creation Builders tackles projects in southern California. 

By Kat Zeman

They don’t just build buildings. New Creation Builders builds relationships. “We’ve established a very good reputation over the years and we really try to build on our reputation,” says Jimmy Chung, vice president. ”At the end of the day, it’s about building relationships and trust with the clients.”

Bellflower, Calif.-based New Creation is a fully licensed general contractor in the greater Los Angeles area that specializes in commercial, residential and civic projects. The company believes that construction quality is measured by a client’s satisfaction with the completed project and operates on the basis that its reputation is on the line with each of those projects.

Founded in 1999 by Brian Chun, the company is comprised of architects, civil engineers and structural engineers. “The fact that we have a background in engineering and architecture really helps us foresee potential issues and problems in the design and construction,” Chung says. “I think that sets us apart.”

Along with having an architectural background, Chung has a broad range of experience in management and marketing in the field of design and construction. He has been with New Creation since 2000. The company’s owner and president, Chun, has a bachelor’s degree in civil and structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in the same field from Stanford University. As an engineer and a contractor, he has both designed and built structures ranging in all sizes and materials.

New Creation has vast experience in a variety of construction types from a single story wood-framed building to complex multi-story concrete and steel buildings, including subterranean parking garages.

California Market

New Creation’s largest project to date is California Market, which was completed last year. The $25 million project consisted of two buildings that house a 25,000-square-foot California Market convenience store on the first floor, variety of retailers on the second and third floors and a food court with a restaurant on the third floor. New Creation box

“At the same time we built a five-story parking structure next to the market building,” says Thomas Ryu, project manager. “The project is located in the heart of Korea Town, which is very crowded. So it had been has been highly exposed to the community during construction. That was a little challenging.”

New Creation’s other commercial projects include the Towne Wholesale Mart, 3rd Street Shopping Center and Olympic West Plaza in Los Angeles as well as Norton Plaza in Lynwood.

Green Building 

New Creation is in the middle of a $19 million mixed-use project in southern California. Called On Beach, the development features a mixture of commercial and residential space. The five-story building, plus underground parking, takes up roughly 10,000 square feet.

Projected for completion in winter 2017, the first two floors of the building will house office space and a restaurant. The residential element will include 16 apartments on the upper floors plus a landscaped deck and a fitness center.  

The building also features an eco-friendly insulation system. It is fitted with an exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS). A general class of non-load-bearing building cladding systems, it provides exterior walls with an insulated, water-resistant finished surface in an integrated composite material system. “It’s energy-saving insulation,” Ryu says. “The entire building is covered by that system.”

The project, funded by a group of doctors, will consist of two phases. The first phase includes the commercial and residential space and the second consist of a parking lot, Ryu says.

Civic Work

Aside from residential and commercial developments, New Creation does a lot of business with municipalities and religious institutions in southern California. Mainly renovation work, the company tackles between 80 and 100 such projects annually. They’ve included educational facilities, hospitals and government buildings.

“We’ve done a lot of churches,” Ryu says. “We’ve build them from ground up as well as remodeling work.” A few recent projects include the Berendo Street Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Garden Christian Fellowship in Chatsworth, Grace Ministries International in Fullerton, Oikos Community Church in Santa Fe Springs and Southland Church in Anaheim.

New Creations has also worked on projects for California State University at its Long Beach, San Bernardino and Northridge campuses. 

The company is known for providing services in general construction, general contracting, construction management, design/build and engineering. It prides itself on a hands-on approach and with common sense and practical solutions that lead to lower costs and create value.

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