By Veronica Mackey
About 35 people from various building trades showed up at City Hall on Dec. 9 to secure employment for the new Inglewood Senior Center Project. The hiring workshop and information event, hosted by lead contractor, Pinner Construction, welcomed potential workers and vendors to learn about the project and current hiring needs.
According to Jeff Hauk, project manager, there are openings for skilled workers with experience in concrete, framing, drywall, acoustical ceiling, flooring, windows, doors, roofing, plumbing, HVAC, mechanical and electrical trades.
“If someone is looking for an apprenticeship, that’s where you can talk to the partners,” Hauk said. Several subcontractors were present at the workshop to network with potential hires.
Currently, the two-story subterranean parking lot has been completed. From there, structural framing will begin, then mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and finishing work. Direct hiring is being done primarily through subcontractors, Hauk said.
Gordon Anderson, a project consultant for Pinner, urged applicants to be pro-active about getting hired, to follow up after the workshop and work with their unions. He also clarified hiring objectives in regard to Inglewood residents:
“The focus is on hiring within 12 zip codes of Inglewood. The City cannot give preference to local residents. However, the City has a goal of 30% of the hires coming from Inglewood. These are the goals, not mandates. You cannot mandate the jobs because it is against state law.” The project also has a 15% subcontracting goal which includes disadvantaged, women, and minority-owned businesses.
Once hired, workers can expect to “work and work hard,” according to Justin Jenkins, a superintendent for Pinner. “We have an aggressive schedule. This project requires 5 to 10-hour days. We have plenty of work to do, so now’s the time to get in. We’re wrecking the building now. When that’s done, we’ll start framing. After summer, we’ll be doing the finishing trades—doors, windows, etc.”
The senior center is expected to be complete in November 2017.
Pinner Construction has been in business since 1919. Clients include the cities of Inglewood, Gardena, Culver City and Los Angeles; State of California; Port of Long Beach; University of California at Riverside; and Los Angeles Unified School District. As of August 1, 2016, Pinner had a roster of 37 subcontractors on board for the Inglewood Senior Center Project. All except 2 are based in California.