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WHITTIER, CA-Oltmans Construction Co. has finished its latest fiscal year with $250 million in projects and forecasts that the figure will increase to $310 million for the new fiscal year. The company, with a fiscal year ending March 31, foresees the increasing volume as a reflection of the steady, continuing demand for new office and industrial space by investors as well as owner-users.Although much of the work that Oltmans completes is for what might be termed traditional industrial and office developers, investors and users, the company’s projects also include a number of other types of commercial buildings of late. An example is the Universal Technical Institute (UTI)) campus in Rancho Cucamonga that Oltmans completed late last year as general contractor for the build-to-suit project. The building occupies a 16.9-acre site at the intersection of Sixth and Haven streets.Dan Wozniak, project manager for Oltmans on the UTI building, says that one of the chief requirements for the job was to complete construction of the two-story, 186,712-sf facility in just eight months to meet the school’s crucial opening date for classes. Meeting that deadline, in turn, required close coordination among city officials, the general contractor, subcontractors and architect to quickly handle any modifications as the project unfolded. Wozniak says the new school is considered a cutting edge facility because it includes features like “half vehicle” classrooms to help train automotive technicians. The facility features electrical and mechanical systems to support areas such as lab alignment testing, car racks, engine rooms and other specialized facilities, with compressed air, power and data outlets provided throughout.Eric Oster, director of UTI’s new school, says the campus represents a two-fold increase over UTI’s previously leased facility in Rancho Cucamonga. City officials wanted the UTI school designed with an office motif because of its high visibility locale along a main city thoroughfare, Wozniak notes, yet the project had to be cost-effective to meet the school’s budget. The project was designed by the architectural firm of Himes, Peter, Jepson Architects of Tustin.Oltmans, which maintains offices in Whittier and Ventura County, has been the general contractor for many high-profile projects in Southern California over the years. Projects for which it has served or is serving as general contractor include the Carson Cos.’ 138-acre Chino South Business Park in Chino, a 592,000-sf warehouse that Birtcher Investments is developing in Paramount, a 136,000-sf warehouse and manufacturing plant for baby products company Munchkin in Van Nuys and a 350,000-sf distribution building at Watson Land Co.’s Watson Commerce Center in Ontario.

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