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SCV Contractor wins $17 million contract

AMG & Associates to build a new grade school

Posted: May 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

AMG & Associates co-owners Tony Traverso, left, and Albert Giacomazzi go over plans at the construction site of Fire Station 150 in Santa Clarita on Monday.

 

AMG & Associates Inc., a Santa Clarita-based general contractor, has been awarded a $17-million contract; the largest since the company opened, said a company spokesman.

The contract was awarded for the construction of a new elementary school in Santa Maria.

The school consists of a multipurpose building with a kitchen, administration building, and five classroom buildings, including a kindergarten.

AMG will oversee construction of all structures as well as earthwork and underground utility installation.

The general contractor edged out its closest competitor by just $12,000 to win the bidding process, the company said.

As unemployment in the construction industry skyrocketed, and housing starts plummeted, during the recession, partners Albert Giacomazzi and Tony Traverso focused on public sector projects to grow their company.

And the duo’s experience in the public sector became an advantage when residential and private construction opportunities tanked.

Generating millions of dollars annually, AMG’s projects have run the gamut from more than a dozen fire stations, a NASA facilities support center, children’s and senior centers to renovations to area schools and universities.

The firm also expanded its reach nationally as well, by taking on projects from the federal government and military branches.

As for the elementary school in Santa Maria, AMG said it plans to use local subcontractors to complete the project, which is just North of Santa Barbara.

“The timing is ideal and, with our tremendous amount of Division of State Architect project experience, it fits our company perfectly,” said Albert Giacomazzi, president and CEO of AMG.

A state agency, the Division of the State Architect provides design and construction oversight for K–12 schools, community colleges, and various other state-owned and leased facilities throughout California.

The new school will help relieve some of the overcrowding the district is currently facing, said Phil Alvarado, Superintendent for the Santa Maria-Bonita School District.

Enrollment has grown by more than 3,000 students over the last 10 years, he said.

Large construction projects, like a new elementary school, also mean jobs and money that help bolster the local economy, Alvarado said.

The AMG team is eager to start on the new project, Giacomazzi said.

“We’re looking forward to working with the SMBSD, PMSM Architects, and local subcontractors for a mutually successful project,” he said.

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