JRM Construction Management West

 JRMJRM Construction Management West continues to build its reputation on the West Coast as the go-to general contractor for retail and corporate interiors. 

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

After building its reputation in New York City for nearly a decade as the specialists in commercial interiors, JRM Construction Management expanded its services to the West Coast in 2016 with the opening of JRM Construction Management West. “The company is well-known in New York and we are continuing to build the JRM name in California,” Principal, Managing Partner John Jackson says. “We are seeing success in that in terms of repeat high-end clientele in the corporate interiors and retail space.”

CEO David McWilliams, President Joseph Romano and General Superintendent James Connolly founded the New York City-based construction management and general contracting firm in 2007. JRM continues to work each day with the utmost professionalism and integrity, and strives to achieve the highest levels of quality and client satisfaction for all projects.JRM info box 

Jackson and Principal, Project Director Martin Gilbert worked for JRM in Manhattan for about six years before moving back to the West Coast to pursue other opportunities. The California natives were JRM’s first call to lead the office in Costa Mesa, Calif. “Marty and I opened the office in 2016 and it started out just he and I,” Jackson remembers. “Today, we are up to 22 employees and just moved into a larger office as we continue to grow to add talented employees to better serve our clients and fuel our growth.”

JRM West brings JRM Construction Management’s mentality of exceeding clients’ expectations during all phases of work across the country to Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. “We want to partner with our clients, architects, engineers and be part of the process to collectively work with them to build the job the right way,” Jackson adds. “We place a heavy emphasis on due diligence in the estimating and preconstruction phase so our clients know when they get a number it’s an all-in number.”

Reigning in Retail 

In September 2017, JRM West successfully delivered the interior fit-out for the Hugo Boss boutique at the Westfield Century City on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. Hugo Boss is one of the market leaders in the upper-premium segment of the global apparel market, offering fashion and accessories for men and women in 127 countries around the world. 

“Hugo Boss is a repeat client of ours and we have completed 20 different sites for them over the last two years,” Gilbert notes. “This project was an abnormally large storefront in Century City Mall that included the installation of recessed cove lighting in multiple ceilings, large glass storefront panels with a 20-foot metal screen, a video wall with mirrors, wood and plasma, and Crestron lighting throughout.” 

JRM West partnered with Las Vegas-based Creative Design Architecture on the 4,000-square-foot project, which it completed in three months. The company delivered the project on time to Hugo Boss while the mall was being completely remodeled. 

“We did five projects at Century City, so navigating the logistics of a brand-new shopping center in the heart of busy area in Los Angeles made it more challenging to coordinate deliveries and installation,” Jackson adds. 

JRM West relied on its trustworthy subcontractors to help it get the project finished on time and on budget, as it does on every project. “They are the best,” Gilbert adds. “We qualify them, make sure they are experienced and financially stable before moving along with them. In the end, we partner with the most qualified subs for every job.” 

In April, JRM West oversaw the completion of a 4,200-square-foot Boardriders store in Malibu, Calif., where it was responsible for renovating an existing retail store and expanding it. The company demolished the façade of the building and installed new metal and glass on all sides with a green living wall on the exterior. 

“It was an occupied building with office above the store and residential homes below us on the beach, so the site logistics were challenging in terms of being sensitive to noise and adjacent occupants,” Jackson says. “It was certainly a challenge as we had to tailor our work schedule and communicate effectively with the residents, providing them detailed schedules for our work.”

The building also required structural upgrades, a new sidewalk and curbs in the parking lot. On the interior, JRM west upgraded the electrical with a new lighting system, added audio and visual components, poured a concrete polished floor and added storage units for the staff. The exterior balcony was waterproofed. 

One of the most unique features of the Boardriders store is the surfboard carousel. “We added this moving element that displays surfboards along the ceiling,” Jackson says. “Boardriders is also a repeat client of ours and we have done multiple projects for them over the past couple years.” 

Innovative Interiors

JRM Construction Management is known for its commercial corporate interior work, and JRM West is beginning to see an increased demand for its expertise on the West Coast. The company was hired by WATG to oversee the renovation of its Irvine, Calif.-based office. “WATG is a global architectural firm, so any time we did any work we had 100 sets of eyes on what we were doing,” Gilbert notes. “We provide high-quality work every time, but this added a different challenge to the project.” 

JRM West oversaw the demolition of the lobby and transformed it into an industrial-style entry, as well as remodeled the entire floor with new carpet and paint. Because the building is occupied, JRM West developed phased construction plans with the building and client so everyone was on the same page and personnel could be moved to a temporary location. 

“Communication and creating milestone dates were key in ensuring we hit everything on the mark in terms of turnover and handing the space back over to the client timely,” Jackson says. “Coordinating every aspect is crucial. We needed to make it as seamless and painless as possible, working overnight and during off hours.” 

The project began in January and was completed at the end of April. Moving forward, JRM West hopes to continue strengthening its portfolio in corporate interiors on the West Coast as well as continuing to deliver high-end retail projects. 

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