In January 1994 John and a partner struck out on their own just two weeks before the Northridge earthquake. Before they knew it they had more work than they could handle. As it turned out, much of the work involved the reconstruction of multifamily properties adversely impacted by the quake. Working on these earthquake-damaged buildings was a great learning experience in understanding how to conduct major repairs and maintain the building’s architectural integrity. In 1998 the partners decided to go their own directions.
John took some time off from building and started consulting for a masonry contractor, helping to increase its business significantly. Through this work john was introduced to an insurance adjuster who sought his help in estimating the cost of rebuilding a custom home off of Laurel canyon that had been destroyed in a fire. Although John had never done this type of insurance estimating before, John was a quick learner and soon was sought out by other insurance adjusters who began to use his services.
John soon realized that the estimating he was doing could lead to the actual reconstruction of these expensive homes. This became the focus on JDC’s work until 2003. It was at that point, through a contact he’d made, that John was asked to bid the restoration of an apartment building which had been partially destroyed by fire. Using his expertise acquired while underwriting and restoring high-end single family homes, John was able to complete the multifamily project on time and on budget. This inevitably led to other multifamily assignments, which soon overtook JDC’s single family work.
Now recognized for its expertise in the multifamily restoration and rehabilitation, John’s company has been selected for numerous Multifamily renovations. The real game changer for JDC occurred in 2005 when they were selected to undertake a two year renovation of 615 units on 19 acres in Alameda, California. JDC’s success in completing this $35 million assignment opened up the door and still continues to provide opportunities throughout the State for California, Oregon & Seattle.
John says that he finds great satisfaction in being able to help transform old dated buildings and bringing them new life. He adds value to these projects not only through his construction expertise, but through his ability to work closely with architects and others in conceptualizing the creative aspects of the redevelopment.
In 2012 John began to turn a portion of his attention to pursuing ground-up development projects. JDC has been actively building grounds up projects ever since with multiple projects currently.