Bomel Construction Co., the largest structural concrete contractor in the West, forms architectural and site concrete services division

ANAHEIM HILLS, Calif., March 15, 2011

Now in its 41st year, the Southern California-based company seeks to better serve clients as a single source for all their concrete contracting needs. Industry veteran Shawn Devine joins the firm as a vice president and will oversee the new operation.

In its first four decades, Bomel Construction Co. has become the largest structural concrete contractor in the western United States by successfully completing a wide array of projects as a general contractor working directly for a project owner and as a subcontractor working for a general contractor.

Bomel’s extensive roster of high-profile work includes parking structures at the Grove outdoor mall in Los Angeles, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif. and Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. It has built parking structures for many cities, colleges and universities.

Bomel’s work as a structural concrete contractor includes the $9-billion CityCenter development in Las Vegas, the 35-story Fox Plaza office building in Century City and Qwest Field for the National Football League team in Seattle.

Now, as it begins its 41st year in business, Bomel has created an architectural and site concrete services division to better serve its clients and capture a significant share of the entire concrete construction market. Shawn Devine, a 22-year veteran of this industry segment, will head the new division as a Bomel vice president.

Bomel officials are bullish on the ability to deliver superior solutions as a single concrete source for the entire scope of any project.

“Right now, there is nobody in Southern California that provides this level of service and experience in structural, architectural and site concrete contracting,” says Bomel President Kent Matranga. “We will become a one-stop shop for our clients.”

To be sure, Bomel, which garnered $150 million in total revenue in 2010, has entered a market segment in Southern California occupied by a handful of well-known specialists battling it out in bearish economic conditions. Even so, initial feedback from its clients has been “very encouraging,” says Derral McGinnis, Bomel’s vice president of pre-construction services, who along with Devine are the initial points of contact for clients and prospects.

“Our clients now realize they can buy all of their concrete from one source,” McGinnis says. “It’s a big advantage; they don’t have to select two different contractors for the same site and work with two different contracts.” Many clients have told Devine the new venture is a “great fit.”

The Bomel executives estimate the architectural and site concrete market in Southern California generated about $300 million in revenue in 2010. Some of the larger components in this segment include curbs and gutters; sidewalks; decorative paving in a wide array of sizes, complexities and styles; wheelchair-accessible ramps and driveways.

Devine’s career in concrete contracting began in 1988 when he was hired as a junior estimator and later advanced into the executive ranks for now-defunct Sullivan Concrete Structures of Costa Mesa, Calif. Francis Sullivan, widely considered the godfather of architectural concrete and Devine’s mentor, established the company in 1954.

“I spent 20 years at Sullivan Concrete and when I left five years ago, I was the company’s president. I was in an executive position for 12 of my 20 years there,” explains Devine, who worked as a vice president the last five years for Livermore, Calif.-based Bay Area Concretes.

Despite a sluggish economy, architectural concrete is still in high demand for such large-scale public sector projects as K-12 schools, universities and courthouses.

In the private sector, sprawling entertainment-oriented developments like Disneyland’s planned expansion in Anaheim, Calif. are on the horizon. Devine says extensive architectural and site concrete work for projects like Disneyland’s easily exceed several million dollars per contract. Devine, while with Sullivan Concrete, and Bomel Construction were responsible for the entire concrete construction package for the six-story Grand Californian Hotel completed 10 years ago at Disneyland.

In addition to the Grand Californian, Devine and Bomel crews have simultaneously been on many of the same job sites over the years, with Devine’s company handling architectural and site concrete work while Bomel was performing structural concrete duties.

Matranga says Devine, whose father Pat worked as a business development director for Bomel in the 1990s before retiring, gives Bomel’s new division instant credibility.

“We have been interested in starting this type of operation for quite some time, but finding the right person to run it is always the critical piece,” Matranga explains. “Shawn knows how to get it done from the architectural concrete side and he knows how to get it done right. Clients know what he has done in the past and they know what Bomel had done in the past. You put that together and we see it as a home run.”

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