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Marx|Okubo assists in housing homeless families in Orange County

January 5th, 2017

Marx|Okubo's Orange County, California office is proud to be a part of new transitional housing project that converted a four-unit, unlivable apartment building into clean, efficient homes for eight homeless families and up to 32 people.

The project is located at 605 Calle Canasta in San Clemente, California, and Marx|Okubo worked directly for Family Assistance Ministries (FAM) of San Clemente. The architect was KTGY of Irvine and builder was Taylor Morrison of Irvine. Marx|Okubo acted as an owner's representative and project manager, and the main focuses were to make the building safer, more energy efficient, meet current building codes, and increase usability of the structure.

The project was completed on time, under budget, and families were able to move in before the holiday season. Even though the timeline was met, many challenges were faced including a tight budget, fixed construction deadline, and limited building information available before construction started.

FAM and HomeAid held a ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiled the renovated apartment building to the supporters and public on December 20, 2016. Marx|Okubo's Gary Cohn and Roger Gumerman were honored at the ceremony for their invaluable contributions in getting the development visioned, scoped, organized, and completed on time.

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