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AMG busy with school projects

SCV contractor plays essential role in school jobs around the valley by overseeing multiple projects

Posted: October 23, 2013 9:53 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2013 9:53 p.m.

AMG & Associates co-owners Tony Traverso and Albert Giacomazzi go over plans at the site of a Santa Clarita fire station in 2011.

Contractor and Construction Management firm, Santa Clarita-based AMG & Associates, has played a steady role overseeing projects from elementary through college schools in California.

The local company reported in a 2011 Signal story that its steady growth has been due in part to its presence in the public works sector.

And in the past two years, it has twice placed on Inc. Magazine’s list of fast growing private companies in America.

AMG was awarded two contracts with Castaic Unified School District this summer. The projects totaled more than $500,000, according to a statement made to the media on Friday.

The first project, which launched in June, required the firm to create the infrastructure for some 120 Smart Boards - interactive whiteboards that are part of a system that includes a computer, a projector, and device-specific software.

In 72 days, AMG prepared all Castaic classrooms for installation at four sites - Castaic Elementary School, Northlake Hills Elementary School, Live Oak Elementary School, and Castaic Middle School.

The second project required AMG to oversee the refurbishing of the same four sites’ parking lots in less than 40 days, said a spokesperson.

Comprising asphalt repair, slurry, and restriping, the project began in July and was successfully completed in plenty of time for school to begin.

“AMG had to handle two completely different projects that we needed to finish over the summer,” says Jaime Garcia, Castaic USD’s director of facilities.

“The parking lot project was a big job,” Garcia said. “And the Smart Board project was particularly large for the summer. Every classroom had to have new boards before school started again.”

AMG also embarked on a $360,000 contract with William S. Hart Union High School District.

The project required AMG to move seven temporary classrooms from Canyon High School to Hart High School, construct seven new foundations and ramps, facilitate site and electrical work, and replace classroom interiors in order to have the structures fully functional within 45 calendar days.

During the Hart district project, AMG also began overseeing a $2.4 million contract for the University of California system, installing photovoltaic solar-energy panels on the roof of a five-story parking structure at UC Santa Barbara.

The solar panel project also involves installation of structural steel support system for the panels, new parking lights and the relocation of alarms, monitoring systems, and an electrical car-charging station.



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