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The new corporate headquarters was delivered on time and on budget

SAN CARLOS, CA -- (May 31, 2002). Wentz Group, a leading California-based general contractor for 28 years, recently completed a contract for Cypress Semiconductor for the design/build construction of Building Six, which will serve as the firm’s new corporate headquarters. Located in San Jose at 198 Champion Court, construction began in April 2001 and was completed this month.

Designed by Ware Malcomb, the three-story, 111,000-square-foot headquarters was constructed of steel-frame with GFRC pre-cast panels and an energy-efficient glazing system. This project was designed as an "essential facility" since Building Six will serve as their corporate headquarters. Criteria for the design build project include upgraded structural, mechanical and electrical systems.

The interior features numerous state-of-the-art amenities including an 11,300-square-foot auditorium built to accommodate 1,600 people. It has custom partition walls designed to section the room into four separate meeting spaces. Additionally, the auditorium has a 400-square-foot stage and a rear-projection screen. A 300-square-foot control booth manages all of the audio/visual technology, lighting and sunshade controls for the auditorium.

A 5,000-square-foot cafeteria has a full kitchen including a pizza oven, salad bar and custom-cook area. The kitchen area will serve 1,500 meals per day and provide catering services for the entire campus. It also features an espresso bar and vending area. The building additionally contains health and beauty amenities such as a hair salon, massage therapy center and a fitness center with an aerobic area, free weights and shower facilities.

Decorated in neutral colors with mahogany accents, the second and third floors contain 22 private offices, 150 cubicle office spaces, 5 R&D labs, 26 conference rooms and the main boardroom. The boardroom is fully wired for audio/visual technology and has a rear-projection screen with acoustical walls and ceilings. The room contains a large boardroom table and fixed seating with IT ports for 67 people.

"The high level of owner involvement made this project unique and fun," said Bracken Richardson, vice president, operations for Wentz Group. "We were working with a fixed budget and schedule. The project schedule was impacted by a number of issues, not the least of which where delays in receiving our building permit. However, with the hands-on approach by the client and ourselves we were able to overcome the delays and a portion of Cypress Semiconductor’s sales staff was actually able to occupy the building ahead of schedule."

About Wentz Group

Wentz Group provides management, construction and engineering services for leading corporate users, real estate development firms and institutions with specific emphasis on hospitality projects, shopping centers, tenant improvements, office buildings, industrial facilities and distribution centers. Among the many projects currently being constructed is The Laguna Beach Colony, a 275-room, Five-Star resort in Southern California. In Northern California, the firm is building Creekside Plaza, a 204,380-square-foot office development featuring a single four-story building with two, three-story buildings and a 63,882-square-foot parking structure located in the city of San Leandro.

Wentz Group prides itself on providing Five-Star People and Five-Star Service to its clients through extensive hands-on experience and principal involvement in every aspect of the construction project.

Wentz Group is a leader in its market areas and is ranked among the Top contractors in the nation in ENR's Top 400 Contractor's list. The company has its corporate office in San Carlos, California, and regional offices in Irvine, Sacramento and Livermore. For additional information, visit the Wentz Group Web site at www.wentzgroup.com

For more information, contact:
Susan Slone
or susans@wentzgroup.com

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