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  • 07 Mar 2017 by BIASC - Staff

     

    Zaha Hadid, one of the most visionary architects of our time, died at age 65 in March 2016.

     

    Over the span of her career, the controversial and uncompromising architect created award-winning museums, condos, stadiums, and pavilions. In her last years, she took on a new challenge: designing a luxury condo complex over the High Line, Manhattan's famed elevated park.

     

    The new condo building will be impressive, with an intricate metal and glass facade sculpted piece by piece. Inside, the high-rise will boast a parking garage with an automatic vallet system and the city's first private 3D IMAX theater.

     

    Developer Related Companies broke ground in 2014. Samantha Zola, a spokesperson for the building, tells Business Insider that the building will open in June 2017. Approximately 50% of the units are in contract, according to StreetEasy.

     

    Since it was Hadid's first NYC building and one of her last designs, it will remain a testament to her legacy.

     

    Hadid, the first woman and Muslim to win the Pritzker Prize (widely considered the Nobel Prize of architecture), changed the industry forever with her futuristic buildings. 520 West 28th Street will serve as a testament to her creative vision. In 2016, Business Insider toured one of the model units.

     

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  • 03 Mar 2017 by BIASC - Staff

    An Eagle Scout, professional dancers, and a former hotel manager are among this year’s array of home building superstars picked as 40 Under 40 winners by the editors of Professional Builder. Once again, several honorees cited surviving the great recession as one of their proudest achievements, while many others were notable for not only starting their companies but for also launching and growing more than one business during the recovery. 

     

    In addition to owners and principals, this class includes managers, team leaders, and associates who stood out as innovators because they found creative ways to cut overhead and enhance customer relationships; some even innovated by inventing apps or algorithms to simplify complex functions. Off the clock, these professionals are fighting blight, building homes for disabled veterans, mentoring low-income youth, and giving back to their communities by volunteering their many other services and talents. Listed below are the Californians who made the 40 Under 40 Class for 2017.

     

    Katherine Bardis, 29 

    President

    Bardis Homes

    Sacramento, Calif.

    Education

    • BA, Communication Studies, Loyola Marymount University; JD, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

    Accomplishments

    • Co-founded her company with cousin Rachel Bardis in 2012 and plans to build 100 new homes a year • Started one of Sacramento’s largest infill housing projects, The Mill at Broadway, which is expected to have more than 1,000 homes • Passed the California bar exam while also starting a business

    ExtraCurricular

    • Member of the North State Building Industry Association, Urban Land Institute, and InspireMidtown, a Sacramento community for female professionals • Volunteers for HomeAid and the National Charity League, a nonprofit leadership and service group of mothers and daughters

    Secret Life

    • Competed at the Grand Prix level in horse jumping • Family has built more than 45,000 homes over 50 years

     

     

    Katherine Bardis, 29 

    Aren Bazzocco, 39 

    Division President

    Taylor Morrison

    Sacramento, Calif.

    Education

    • BS, Business Administration, California State University, Sacramento

    Professional Credentials

    • Certified public accountant

    Accomplishments

    • Guided his division’s survival through the housing recession • Developed and retained a team of more than 75 employees who, based on employee engagement survey results, are among the most satisfied groups in the entire organization • Grew the division’s market share in Sacramento from the eighth largest in 2014 to the second largest in 2016, translating to a unit volume increase of more than 170 percent

    ExtraCurricular

    • Board member of the North State Building Industry Association

    Off the Clock

    • Founded the Payton Hadley Bazzocco Foundation to support children and families facing health crises

    Secret Life

    • Collects ticket stubs

     

    Aren Bazzocco, 39 

    Brent McCaffrey, 39 

    President

    The McCaffrey Group

    Fresno, Calif.

    Education

    • BS, Urban Planning and Development, University of Southern California

    Accomplishments

    • Developing more than 60 lots at South Hampton, his first community as construction superintendent • Secured approval for the first two villages with 2,734 residential units in a Madera County master planned community • Grew Building Industry Association (BIA) Fresno/Madera Counties membership and established forums to facilitate discussion between industry experts and the public

    ExtraCurricular

    • Chairman, BIA of Fresno/Madera Counties • Urban Land Institute Community Development Council • Catholic Professional and Business Club of Fresno • Young Presidents Organiz­ation of San Joaquin Valley

    Secret Life

    • Brent was the USC Trojans football team's MVP offensive lineman in 2000 and his father, Bob, won that honor in 1974 playing center.

     

    Brent McCaffrey, 39 

    Annjielyn Narvaez, 33 

    SEC Reporting & Compliance Manager

    UCP

    San Jose, Calif.

    Education

    • BS, Accounting; MBA, San Jose State University

    Professional Credentials

    • Emerging Leaders Certificate Program, California Society of CPAs

    Accomplishments

    • Put UCP in the forefront of financial reporting by redesigning filings to be more reader friendly with charts, graphs, and other visuals replacing content previously presented using text and numbers • Streamlined the audit process by redesigning risk-control matrices and critical-process flowcharts for Sarbanes-Oxley Act documentation • Introduced new technology to SEC reporting and compliance, resulting in cost reduction and increased effectiveness

    Off the Clock

    • Make-A-Wish • Hot pilates, vinyasa yoga, power yoga

    Secret Life

    • Scotch connoisseur

    Annjielyn Narvaez, 33

    Read the full list here.

  • 01 Mar 2017 by BIASC - Staff

    Project Team
    Architect: Bassenian Lagoni
    Builder: Beazer Homes
    Interior Designer: Triomphe Design

     

    Palm Springs home buyers value the unique architectural character of their desert oasis and demand that a new home community honor the town’s design heritage. Creating homes that interpret the mid-century modern vernacular in a way that adapts to a production environment requires finesse from the architect and great execution from the builder, not to mention the approval of the city and buy-in from a highly vocal and knowledgeable citizenry.

     

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