PDC welcomes our Newest Team Members!

welcome to the team

Ben Blazek joins us as a Project Surveyor. He is a boundary surveyor, assisting Gary Hus in the office and out in the field. Ben has been surveying for twelve years.

Michael Murawski is a Design Engineer and is currently working on grading and improvement designs. He has five years of experience working predominantly on large subdivisions including grading, improvements, utility design, and mapping of subdivisions and easements. Mike has been playing guitar and bass since he was sixteen and used to be in a band called Oddly Enough. Very cool.

Jeff Novoa is a Civil Engineer. Jeff has been at PDC for six months and has three years of experience in the engineering field. He is assisting in the analysis and design of storm water facilities, including storm water BMPs and Low Impact Development techniques. Jeff is also preparing reports and specifications related to water quality, surface hydrology and hydraulics, and stormwater facilities design. Jeff is an Assistant Instructor/Divemaster for SCUBA Diving.

Zach Archer is a new Survey Rodman/Chainman. He assists the survey Party Chiefs and field crew. Zach studied International Security and Political Science at San Diego State. Certainly a non-traditional approach to the field of survey; pretty sweet.

Gary Poeng joins us in the position of Landscape Designer. His responsibilities include participating in the design and/or preparation of site plans, master plans, construction drawings, and specifications for the development of parks, plazas, medians, and other landscape architectural and planning projects. Gary has 6.5 years of experience in Residential Landscape Design and Construction. Plus two years of experience in Skate Park Design and Construction. Gary spent three years working as a Lighting Jockey for a premier nightclub and had the opportunity to meet and mingle with countless musicians and celebrities. Good stuff.

Jesus Rodriguez is our current Engineering Intern. He assists our project managers with a variety of tasks such as hand drafting on mylars, red-lining plan sets, and picking up plans at the City. Jesus is a student worker at the Department of Building, Design, and Construction at San Diego State University. He holds a record of being unbeatable at ping pong at his previous jobs. Whoa!

AJ Adams supports the survey team in the field and serves as a rodperson.

We are happy to have you on our team!

San Diego Housing Crisis

From the San Diego Building Industry Association:

Housing You Truly Matters, if the following stats are taken into consideration:

• From 1980 – 2010, a total of 464,441 Residential Building Permits were issued in our San Diego Region, an average of 14,982 per year. The data period covers 31 years.

• Since 2011 through 2016 (6 years), 46,804 permits were pulled, or an average of 7,801 permits per year. Year 2017 (incomplete) declining activity would pull that average further down.

• Contrast 1980 – 2010 data at an 14,982 average annual activity with our modern era activity with its average of 7,801 permits. It yields a precipitous drop of 48%. Since we have every reason to expect 2017 to finish well below the immediate past two years (2015: 10,048 and 2016: 10,072), the true drop will be exactly 50%.

Pick a different period, run the stats post or pre-Recession, it doesn’t matter nor will it change the conclusion. San Diego is producing only one-half of the amount of housing “it used to provide” even though its population has expanded without interruption. San Diego’s housing supply crisis is perfectly evidenced by these staggering figures.

McKinsey Global told us that we need to produce the same amount of housing we used to produce. The obvious answer is to deregulate housing production, an effort which must be led locally to benefit our locals. Sacramento cannot help us. Only modest, no-cost-dropping reforms were recently adopted by the controlling Party, amidst a well-advertised albeit painful housing cost crisis.

I believe it was important to share these figures to underscore how hard we must all work to right this ship for the good of all.

Borre Winckel
President & C.E.O.