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Construction to start on a $8.5-million office and retail building in Pasadena

IRVINE, CA—(June 28, 2002). Wentz Group, a leading California-based general contractor for 28 years, has been awarded a $8.5-million contract by Champion Development to construct Pasadena Collection in Pasadena. Construction of the new office and retail building, located at 175 South Lake Avenue, will begin in July and completion is slated for July 2003.

"We selected Wentz Group as the general contractor because of their expertise in value engineering and scheduling. We’re confident that they will work diligently to maximize the value of the project," said Robert Champion, president of Champion Development.

Designed by Nadel Architects, Inc., this contemporary compatible building with its’ refined detailing is reminiscent of Pasadena’s historic architectural heritage. The 4-story, 70,696 square-foot structural steel building will be comprised of 52,000 square-feet of office space and 17,000 square-feet of retail space accommodating up to 9 retail tenants. In addition, the building will have a three-level subterranean parking structure. The upper portion of the building exterior will be constructed of integrally colored steel-troweled plaster. The base of the building will be accented with columns clad in smooth-honed limestone, and a black granite base. The clear insulated storefront windows of this retail base will be capped by a series of custom retail canopies projecting out over the sidewalk. The upper floors will feature blue-green windows, which have a dramatic outward-sloped design to visually anchor the building along Lake Street and substantiate the retail fabric of the area.

The modern designed lobby includes two stone-embellished elevators. Polished rocheret blue and Jerusalem gold limestone with black granite accents will cover the floors. The walls will be finished in artistic Venetian plaster with illuminated glass accent panels. Decorative neon lighting will accent and highlight the articulated drywall ceiling above.

"Working collaboratively with the architect, our value engineering efforts have resulted in a savings of approximately 10% for the owner," said Brian Parno, vice president of Southern California for Wentz Group. "We’re looking forward to working in Pasadena and managing the challenges of a very tight site with logistical space issues."

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, retail shopping centers, tenant improvements, office buildings, industrial facilities and distribution centers. Among the many projects currently being constructed by the Wentz Group 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 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 construction projects.

Wentz Group is a leader in its market areas and is nationally ranked as one of the largest firms of its type. Wentz Group was 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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