On a busy campus it is always a bit of a challenge to balance the needs of a major construction effort with the needs of the campus community but I was very pleased with both Overaa’s sensitivity to client interface and your flexibility with dealing with the unexpected. I feel that though not a formally partnered project, the relationship Overaa’s team built during the effort resulted in a cooperative and mutually productive project environment. As a result, though, like every project, there were issues to work though all of these were successfully addressed and the project opened on time, in budget and ready for students.
Mark Scoble, PE, Consolidated CM Inc. CSU East Bay Pioneer Heights Housing
On behalf of my students, families, and staff I would like to thank you and your team for your donations of backpacks and school supplies. To see the smiles on my students faces is a memory I will cherish for many years to come.
Farnaz Heydari, NBCT Grant Elementary School Principal, Richmond CA
I want to take this opportunity to let you know that this project could not have been successfully completed without the care, guidance and determination of your project team. The team’s greatest skill is being excellent and effective communicators with a very collegial approach to problem solving. The project had challenges, including dealing with difficult sub-contractors in a less than favorable economic environment, demanding campus staff, sensitive neighbors and continual changes to the building elements. The Overaa team was successful at meeting these challenges by listening to each issue and when there was a disagreement, articulate Overaa’s position in a casual, non-threatening way. The Overaa team’s approach enabled the issues to be successfully negotiated and resolved in a professional and positive manner. I want to stress that many issues were extremely complicated and solutions were not straightforward. The Overaa team took the time to understand the issues and developed options for our consideration, including identifying their relative advantages and disadvantages and of course their cost.
The Overaa team has proven to set the bar for contractors with technical knowledge and project management skills that are unsurpassed in my construction career. I personally state that it was a pleasure to work with the Overaa team and I look forward to us working together again in the future. I would heartily recommend Overaa for any construction project with the knowledge that the project would meet the goals of cost, schedule, quality and safety.
Ron Price, CCM, Senior Project Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff Los Positas College Center for the Arts, Livermore, CA
The company’s diligence and perseverance on this project are bringing it to a successful conclusion; throughout the construction process this team has demonstrated a clear understanding of the scope and process of their work. Similarly, they have disseminated the same clarity to their employees and sub-contractors, as well as getting the job done efficiently, cost-effectively and with respect for one another.
Additionally, the team spirit encompassed all the players, including the owner’s representatives, the construction managers and the A/E design team. We worked together to provide effective responses to critical path items and provided support for this complex and challenging construction process.
The effectiveness of the team is now paying off as the Center for the Arts is transformed from a project to a destination, and integral component to the Las Positas College, already considered the signature building on campus.
We highly recommend C. Overaa and Company for any project, particularly ones with complex design- they are definitely able to take on the challenge.
John Fisher, AIA President and Joe Monteadora, AIA Project Manager, John Sergio Fisher & Associates, Inc. Los Positas College Center for the Arts, Livermore, CA
In life, it is the actions that define an individual. And when something important needs to be done, Jerry is the first to step up and roll up his sleeves. He continually volunteers his time and financial resources to endeavors that make a significant impact.
Michael Walton, Secretary, Construction Employers’ Association (CEA)
When I first met Jerry in 2002 as the newly arrived CM Department Head at Cal Poly, I remember leaving the meeting and saying to my colleague, ‘There is a true construction professional.’ Since that time, Jerry has continued to be the most direct, most supportive, and most trusted advisor with whom I have worked. His generous financial support has helped make the new Construction Management Building at Cal Poly a reality and that support will be recognized through the naming of the “Overaa and Watry Fundamentals of Construction Management Lab”. We look forward to many more years of partnership between Jerry and Cal Poly.
Al Hauck, Department Head, CM Department, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Jerry Overaa of C. Overaa & Co. was practicing design-build project delivery methods before the words were coined; he collaborated with many architects and engineers to design and construct anything we could imagine. Jerry Overaa has demonstrated sustained leadership for more than the 28 years of my association with him and today that leadership is integrating the professional practices of construction and design to the highest of levels.
C. Nicholas (Nick) Watry, Architect-Engineer Faculty, College of Architecture & Environmental Design California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California
Overaa remains a name of respect and integrity. I have been in the business for close to 30 years and have competed against, worked with, and for Jerry Overaa and consider him and the Overaa company among the best in the business.
Mark Van Pelt,Van Pelt Construction Services
I want you to know that I think Colby Powell is one of the finest project managers and nicest people I have met in my 30 year transportation consulting career. Colby’s passion to excel by listening and asserting his deep knowledge and experience in a creative way was evident in every interaction I had with him.
Paul J, Krupka, PE, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Pleasant Hill BART Parking structure