Johnson & Jennings General Contracting Celebrates 30th Anniversary

| July 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

Johnson & Jennings General Contracting, a private, woman-owned commercial construction firm based in San Diego, Calif., is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month and, despite the challenging economic climate, is laying plans to expand into new markets throughout Southern California. Its founder and president, Jackie Jennings, is a long-time resident of Mission Hills, having first started the company out of her garage.

Led by a five-person executive management team, each with an average of 32 years in the construction industry, Johnson & Jennings has been on a steady course of carefully mapped and managed growth, which has allowed the firm to better weather the market ups and downs. Veteran leaders include Donna Vargo, principal, executive vice president; Carl Haines, principal, managing director – construction services; Naomi Lohnes, principal, chief financial officer; and co-founders Jackie Jennings, principal, president; and Tom Johnson, principal, chief executive officer.

Together, their experience has allowed the firm to provide a wide range of building expertise including office, medical, laboratory, R&D, defense, manufacturing, and retail facilities. The company performs construction projects both large and small, from multi-million-dollar ground-up buildings to small tenant improvements, demountable partition assembly and reconfiguration, and exterior site work. The company has maintained its woman-owned status, and is working on several projects with diversified business enterprise (DBE) goals.

Currently employing 37 people at its San Diego headquarters in Governor Park, Johnson & Jennings performs work across Southern California, from Otay Mesa to Los Angeles. Johnson & Jennings is looking at doing more work in Orange and Riverside counties, per requests from its current clients.

Johnson & Jennings Office Staff

These days, the company is often tapped for projects that require LEED knowledge, with six of its staff members being LEED APs and all having considerable depth of knowledge in the sustainable design arena.
One such project is the ground-up construction of Harbor Point, a two-story, 24,000-square-foot office and retail building located in Point Loma near the San Diego Bay. Completed late last year, the building encompasses nine office suites above three ground-floor retail suites, and an underground parking garage. The high-performance building achieved LEED Gold Certification for Core & Shell from the U.S. Green Building Council, and was constructed to complement LEED for Commercial Interiors, which will allow tenants to leverage the green attributes of the base building during tenant build-out.

With current annual revenues of $33 million, Johnson & Jennings faces a bright future, as it ventures into new territory and explores new horizons. “We’ve spent the last several years training and equipping ourselves for the next phases of our maturity, putting the right people into place and fine-tuning our systems and operations,” said Jennings. “We’re well prepared to move in new directions for our clients and provide new growth opportunities for our employees. We’re proud and excited to be celebrating our 30-year anniversary.”

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