Robert A. Bothman Inc.

Established in 1978, the mission of Robert A. Bothman Inc. is “to be the builder of choice for quality projects of which our clients and we are proud.” By taking a team approach to every project it builds and focusing on value and service, the San Jose-based company achieves this goal time and time again.

Bothman believes quality people and quality projects go hand in hand. Its philosophy of having experienced professionals provide quality service will bring a favorable outcome to the Stockton Unified School District lease-leaseback project currently under construction in Stockton, Calif., Vice President Brian Bothman says. The company is building new athletics facilities and sports fields for four Stockton high schools: A.A Stagg High School, Edison High School, Cesar Chavez High School and Franklin High School.

Each school construction project consists of multiple phases. For instance, the $9 million first phase of construction began at A.A. Stagg High School in August 2009. Work included the demolition of the existing football field, running track, adjacent natural grass field areas and associated features. These were replaced by a new football stadium with a synthetic track and field, grandstand bleachers, a new softball field with synthetic turf perimeter fencing and dugouts, a press box and ticket booth, and other associated athletic equipment including lighting and scoreboards.

The $5 million second phase of construction at A.A. Stagg High School – which took place between June 2010 and August 2011 – included the demolition of the existing baseball field and turf lot, construction of a new baseball stadium with dugouts, backstop, fencing and associated equipment, as well as a new parking lot.

The $9.5 million first phase of construction at Edison High School began in February 2010 and was completed in August 2011. Work included the demolition of the existing track and field facilities and the installation of a new track and football/soccer field along with the associated equipment facilities.

At the end of October, Bothman began the first phase of construction at Cesar Chavez High School, which will bring new football, track and softball fields as well as stadium seating to the school. Brian Bothman says the company is getting ready to start the design process for the second phase of construction at Edison High School and expects to begin the first phase of construction at Franklin High School sometime in 2013.

A Perfect Match

The Stockton Unified School District is utilizing the lease-leaseback delivery method, a common building platform among California K-12 schools, colleges and universities. It authorizes school boards to lease property to a company – without advertising for bids – for as long as the lease requires the company to construct the facilities on the property, and then it is leased back to the school district.

Many believe lease-leaseback is the ideal way to deliver educational buildings on time, within budget and with minimal risk to the end-user because design issues, schedule delays and cost overruns are incurred by the members of the project team rather than the owner. It works especially well on new construction projects where a school district has a dire need for more classroom space but may not have all the financing up front to build several schools concurrently.

Rather than award a project to the lowest bidder, the school district is able to find the most qualified team for the job. “Lease-leaseback minimizes the risk for the owner, especially in an economy where many contractors are going out of business or moving into construction sectors where they don’t have as much experience,” Bothman notes. “We are able to use local qualified subcontractors, vendors and suppliers. Keeping that money within the local economy is a big advantage.”

Bothman was the most appropriate company to serve as developer on the Stockton Unified School District project because “education is one of our specialties,” he says, adding that Bothman has completed projects for private and public K-12 schools, community colleges and state universities. “We work on campuses all the time, so we are used to working in occupied environments and take that into consideration when doing our phasing plans. The challenges are minimized when you have time to think about things up front and plan ahead.

“Our experience in stadium work is unparalleled on the West Coast, and we’ve done over 11 million square feet of synthetic surfaces over the last 10 to 12 years,” Bothman continues. “We also have a very solid background with infrastructure systems, which is a huge part of what this project is.

“We can self-perform anything from concrete to underground utilities to grading, so we have in-house capabilities, as well. But most importantly, we have the in-house knowledge and quality control programs in place that you need to have to make sure these types of projects are done correctly.”

Bothman has completed a number of lease-leaseback projects and always shines when placed in a team-oriented environment. “We are accustomed to being collaborative,” Bothman says. “We prefer to do design/build and negotiated work as much as we can. We have in-house project coordinators who specialize in that, so we are uniquely qualified to do this project.”

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