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Chapel Cove in Marin

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This Chapel Cove home will be completed and open as a model in July.

This Chapel Cove home will be completed and open as a model in July.
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Chapel Cove is a new upscale development of 13 luxury homes and 2 BMR units located in the bay front setting of the Peacock Gap community in San Rafael. Chapel Cove features custom homes in the 4,000 square foot range with feature options for homebuyers and views of Richardson Bay and the surrounding hills.

White Oak Enterprises is the general contractor for Chapel Cove. Partners Pete Hellmann and Garth Patterson formed their company in 1993 and have built communities in Danville, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Hayward and Fountaingrove in Santa Rosa. "We like to build projects one at a time and Chapel Cove is the one we're working on now," says Garth Patterson, who serves as the project manager for Chapel Cove. Hellmann and Patterson have known each other for 30 years. Hellmann was previously the President of Presley Homes and Patterson was Vice President.

Copper water pipe is being installed in all Chapel Cove homes.

Copper water pipe is being installed in all Chapel Cove homes.
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This is the first time Garth Patterson has worked with LeDuc & Dexter. The plumbing plan includes caste iron drain lines within the walls from the second floor fixtures with insulation in sound-sensitive areas. The plumbing fixtures, faucets and sinks are Kohler including the porcelain-over-caste iron kitchen sinks. Viking appliances including a 6-burner gas cook top and double ovens. The fire sprinklers are automatic concealed heads and copper water piping is being installed in all of the homes.

Of the 15 homes that will be built at Chapel Cove, a model near the entrance of the subdivision is scheduled to be completed and open for perspective homebuyers in midsummer 2004.

 

Nonella Construction, Inc.

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Rear entrance to the commercial structure built by Nonella Construction in Sebastopol.

Rear entrance to the commercial structure built by Nonella Construction in Sebastopol.
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About the time Mike Nonella was born, his father Roy was starting Nonella Construction. Now, nearly 40 years later, Mike is, and has been for the past 6 years, President of Nonella Construction, Inc.  Mike worked for his father before he received a degree in architecture and construction management from Cal. Poly at San Luis Obispo in 1986 and worked as a project manager before becoming the president of the company.

Nonella Construction works in the commercial sector exclusively, their projects including office, winery, retail, light industrial, multi-unit residential and site improvements. Mike Nonella says one of the keys for his company's success is "taking projects you can handle". One recent project that falls into that category is the 40,000 square foot custom bulk wine storage facility that Nonella Construction built in the Airport Business Park in Santa Rosa.

Currently Nonella Construction is building a two-story, 10,000 square foot commercial office/retail building in Sebastopol. Mike Nonella, along with his business partners, own the building and have commitments from tenants who plan to move in upon completion of the structure. "Having the tenants come in now is an advantage because we can complete the tenant improvements as we complete the building and that saves time and money," says Nonella.

The two-story, 10,000 square foot building is located at Hwy.12 and Pleasant Hill Road.

The two-story, 10,000 square foot building is located at Hwy.12 and Pleasant Hill Road.
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LeDuc & Dexter is executing a design/build plumbing plan for Nonella Construction on the commercial building in Sebastopol, "It helps streamline the design process and puts it all under one roof with LeDuc & Dexter instead of using a mechanical engineer that the Architect hires," explains Nonella. Nonella Construction has worked with LeDuc & Dexter for many years, "LeDuc & Dexter is on our select list of subcontractors," says Nonella, "They have the ability to man the job and years of experience. Bill Zeeb's expertise is a huge factor."

As for the expertise that Nonella Construction can offer its customers in the building process, Mike Nonella sees it as more than just the project completion, "Helping the customer get through the red tape and protecting their interests in the long run by being accountable beyond project completion is really important to us."

 

PHCC Apprenticeship Competition & News

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At last month's Los Angeles Area PHCC Trade Show LeDuc & Dexter's fourth year apprentice John Jones finished second in the apprenticeship competition. Jones competed against 8 other apprentices chosen from each of the 8 regional apprenticeship schools in California. John Jones represented the Redwood Empire PHCC, who paid for his round trip travel expenses to the L.A. County Fair & Exposition Complex in Pomona where the competition was held. 9,000 people attended this year's trade show. For finishing second, he was awarded $500.00 cash and a generous tool and prize package.


John Jones of LeDuc & Dexter (far right) finished second in the apprenticeship competition at the PHCC tradeshow in Pomona last month.

John Jones of LeDuc & Dexter (far right) finished second
in the apprenticeship competition at the PHCC
tradeshow in Pomona last month.
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The apprenticeship competition consisted of a time-limited construction of rough and finished bathroom. Jones competed for the second year in a row. Last year he also finished second in the apprenticeship competition.

LeDuc & Dexter has been well represented in the apprenticeship competition with apprentices competing three of the last four years. Jim Hopper finished second in 2001, and Barbara Nguyen finished fourth in 2002.

Tom LeDuc also attended the weekend PHCC Trade Show in Pomona and on Friday he participated in the quarterly PHCC Apprenticeship meeting. LeDuc is a PHCC Master Apprenticeship Committee Member and is also on a special educational committee that is in the process of creating a new and improved curriculum and textbook for the National PHCC apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship textbooks should all be completed by next year.

At this quarterly PHCC meeting the subject of concentrated training was reviewed. It is being proposed that apprenticeship training for Northern California would be held in Sacramento at the former McClelland Air Force Base, which is now an industrial park.

The apprentices would attend classes for 80 hours over a two-week period as opposed to the system used now where they attend night school once a week for 3 to 4 hours of instruction and lab time.

The instructors would be professional and full time year round. The existing schools from Fresno to points north would be shut down and replaced with the new plan. LeDuc favors the "concentrated training" program, "The apprentices would be more focused in an educational environment that lasts two weeks without distractions. As it is now, with night school, they attend a class after a long day of work and that can be a tough atmosphere to learn in." 

In the discussion of committee members, most of whom are plumbing contractors, one member said it would be tough to send his 3 apprentices to training and lose the manpower in his small sized company. He was reminded that he could send them individually at different times in the year, thereby minimizing the manpower loss. That idea sounded better. Perhaps the whole idea of "concentrated training" for apprenticeship training would be better.
 

 


Contents


APRIL 2004
Featured Stories

Residential
Chapel Cove in Marin

Commercial
Nonella Construction, Inc.

Education
PHCC Apprenticeship Competition & News

Newsletter Archives
 

Credits


Editorial Credits
and
Contributors

Residential
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
Jim Kempers, Residential
  Manager
White Oak Enterprises
Garth Patterson, Project
  Manager

Commercial
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
Bill Zeeb, Commercial
  Manager
Nonella
 Construction, Inc.
Mike Nonella, President

Education
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
Tom LeDuc, President & CEO

Writer
Mark Dommer
Dommer & Associates

Editor
Tom LeDuc
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
 

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