TJCAIA News Blog

Looking Back


As we jump into the challenges of the new year, we want to thank those who have trusted us with their building renovations. Here are a few projects completed in 2008:

  • We completed the complex drawings and processed the building permit for a 100+ year old building in Watsonville, the Pajaro Wall Street Inn. Working with historical consultants, we saved the neo-classical details on the exterior fenestration and in the lobby and atrium. The owner, Abe Novin, is to be congratulated for his vision and courage to take on a project that will revitalize downtown.
  • We appreciated the opportunity to work with CHISPA. They re-opened their community center at Harden Ranch Apartments in North Salinas after a fire in the laundry had spread to other portions of the multi-purpose facility. I am sure the residents are relieved to have the use of their center once again.
  • The newly renovated Keepsake Diamonds Center on North Main Street in Salinas opened for business in October in time for the Christmas season. The owner, Jon Silva, had a clear vision for the store decor and Baggett Construction has met the challenge. It looks spectacular at night. The interior lights glow like a diamond under glass.
  • Working on a public building has been a satisfying experience. The El Gabilan Library is renovated and open again. It boasts a new accessible restroom, a new reception counter, plus new interior paint, carpet, lighting, and other upgrades. Boronda Construction was the general contractor. The enthusiasm of the library administration was contagious.
  • We have enjoyed working with the Bunn family to convert their old farmhouse into offices for Yuki Farms on Rt. 68 at Foster Road. Don Desmond was the contractor. It is always enjoyable to work with clients who view their project as a labor of love.
  • -TJC

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