BY GARY QUACKENBUSH SPECIAL TO THE BUSINESS JOURNAL
Santa Rosa’s Museum on the Square wins top office project award
Museum on the Square is a makeover of the 520 Third St. former AT&T Switching Center by developer and general contractor Hugh Futrell Corporation, has transformed a decommissioned 100,000-square-foot nuclear blast–resistant telephone building in the heart of Santa Rosa into a vibrant mixed-use project.
“Along with the upcoming redesign of the adjacent Courthouse Square, this project will play a key role in the revitalization of the downtown area and is an example of urban ‘green’ development,” said President Hugh Futrell.
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Santa Rosa City Council takes big step toward reunified Old Courthouse Square
Nearly 50 years ago, Santa Rosa demolished the county courthouse that sat in the middle of a square in the heart of downtown and ran four lanes of Mendocino Avenue through the space where it once stood.
On Tuesday, after more than 30 years of consideration, the Santa Rosa City Council took its biggest step yet toward reunifying the two sides of Old Courthouse Square and creating a vibrant public space that aims to revitalize the downtown economy in the process.
BY JEFF QUACKENBUSH BUSINESS JOURNAL STAFF REPORTER
Top North Bay commercial real estate developers in 2015
CEO, Hugh Futrell Corp.
200 Fourth St., Ste. 250, Santa Rosa 95401; 707-568-3482; hughfutrellcorp.com
North Bay commercial projects: Museum on the Square, Santa Rosa — extensive renovation of the former AT&T downtown switching building into five-story commercial building. 250 Davis St., Santa Rosa — four-story, 70,000-square-foot class A office building with ground-floor retail and interior parking; approved. 888 Fourth St., Santa Rosa — seven-story mixed-use building with 6,200 square feet of office and retail space and 52 housing units; approved.
Alvin Jornada/ Press Democrat
Museum on the Square in Santa Rosa
Photos of construction progress from October 2015.
BY MATT BROWN ARGUS-COURIER STAFF
East side housing project under construction
Work started last week to add utilities for a future east Petaluma development of 34 residential units that will help ease the pent up demand for more housing in the city.
The site, on North McDowell Boulevard, was graded last summer, but sat dormant until workers began laying water and sewer pipes last week.
The Santa Rosa-based Hugh Futrell Corporation is building the homes that will range from 1,118 square feet to 1,226 square feet. Eight of the units will be single-family homes, and there will be 13 duplexes. The units will have two and three bedrooms.
Kevin McCallum- The Press Democrat
Futrell Takes Wraps Off Former AT&T Building
May 19 --For more than a year, most of the work to transform the former AT&T building downtown has been shrouded behind five stories of scaffolding and black debris netting.
On Tuesday morning, the wraps came off the downtown monolith to reveal a glass-clad office building featuring a bank of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Old Courthouse Square .
"It's like Christmas morning for me," said Cory Lacey , the superintendent on the project for the Hugh Futrell Corp.
The informal unveiling is the latest milestone in the long-anticipated project, dubbed, for now, Museum on the Square .
The two confirmed tenants for the building are Luther Burbank Savings, which is working on improvements to the fourth and fifth floors, and TCLD Architecture, which designed the project and will relocate its offices to the second floor.
Business Journal Staff Report
Regulation, transformative projects focus of May 21 conference
The regulatory landscape for construction and a detailed look at some of the North Bay’s major projects will be the focus of the Business Journal’s Construction Conference on May 21.
The keynote speaker for the morning conference is set to be Tennis “JT” Wick, director of the county of Sonoma’s Permit & Resource Management Department, or PRMD, which regulates real estate development and construction as well as stewardship of natural resources.
He assumed that role in November, bringing with him decades of private-and public-sector experience in real estate development. He was a partner and planner in the Petaluma office of CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group in the latter half of the 1990s, then became a principal with Sausalito-based Berg Holdings, responsible for government affairs, site acquisition, design and special projects.
Before working in the private sector, Mr. Wick worked for a decade at Marin County Development Agency, serving as development chief, principal planner, senior planner and planner.
On the conference’s major projects panel are scheduled to be:
Hugh Futrell, president of Hugh Futrell Corp., redeveloper of the former AT&T building in downtown Santa Rosa into a 100,000-square-foot office building and wine museum and Don Tomasi, partner of TLCD Architecture, designer of that project, called Museum on the Square.
Joe Guerra, in charge of Northern California acquisitions and entitlements for SunCal Companies, redeveloper of the 30-acre former State Farm Insurance campus in Rohnert Park into a transit-oriented, mixed-use community and city center called Rohnert Crossing.
Keith Rogal, founder and partner in Rogal + Walsh + Mol, a firm that is redeveloping the 154-acre former Napa Pipe plant in south Napa as a mixed-use community and is repurposing the former Copia wine and food center in downtown Napa.
Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and costs $65 a person. The program will run from 8–11 a.m. The event will be held in the events center at Sonoma Mountain Village, 1100 Valley House Rd., Rohnert Park. Preregistration at NorthBayBusinessJournal.com closes May 16.
By Jeff Quackenbush, Business Journal Staff Reporter
Plans for wine museum take shape
Organizers for a planned 15,000-square-foot wine museum are busily reaching out to potential wine industry supporters as demolition work gets started to convert its future home downtown into a five-story office building.
In the next three months, boosters intend to present the vision for what’s currently called the California Wine Museum (californiawinemuseum.org), according to Lindsay Austin, a wine microcrush club operator and chairman of the nonprofit behind the venture.
“Wine consumers are thirsting for knowledge and want to learn about wine, so our goal is to quench that by creating a venue like a blending of the Academy of Sciences and The Exploratorium,” Mr. Austin said.
The goal is to leave visitors with a higher appreciation for the history, artistry, science, technology and advances in sustainability of growing grapes and making wine.