The Bakery Life: Progress makes perfect…with the help of a fab GC

11 Aug

A day filled with ordering table legs, frantically trying to find a marble company that will install on time, and contacting the stainless steel company for the 12th time for yet another request is about status quo these days.  In the vein of trying to save money, I do it to myself.  Thank goodness for my General Contractor, Echo Summit Construction, who has a strong hold on the rest of the project…the majority of the project.

A GC can make you or break you, and in my case it’s a make you.  You may remember that last time (Flour & Co Hyde) I used ACI as my GC.  I loved working with them, but they tend to work on bigger projects.  So, how lucky was I that an old and dear colleague was just breaking off to start his own business.  Win-win!

Chris Brown (Partner), Kevin Ann Jordan (Dir of Ops), and Levi Hunt (Partner) of Echo Summit Construction...at Echo Summit

Chris Brown (Partner), Kevin Ann Jordan (Dir of Ops), and Levi Hunt (Partner) of Echo Summit Construction…at Echo Lake

Levi Hunt and his partner, Chris Brown (also an old colleague), started Echo Summit Construction to focus on restaurant buildouts in the Bay Area.  They both have a slew of related experience, managing restaurants, working for GCs, and working for a restaurant group in facilities which included managing new restaurant build-outs.  They have a great perspective from both sides.  It’s their super power and it packs the biggest punch of them all.

So, it’s easy to see why my project is full steam ahead and on schedule (after permitting which was far from on schedule).  Thanks to Levi and Chris for getting ‘er done and splitting seconds (another super power).

Here’s the progress…

The new sidewalk/entrance - where was I when the cement was wet??

The new sidewalk/entrance – where was I when the cement was wet??

The kitchen line

The kitchen line

Freezer walk-in, in progress

Freezer walk-in, in progress

photo 4

The retail counter taking shape

Next up: floors, paint, finishes, equipment.

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