Rest: What is it good for?

TETER Associate and Engineer Megan Chang’s Opinion is featured the the Zweig Letter.

New Architect

Steven Polanco Achieves Professional Architectural Licensure

Steven Polanco successfully passed the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) and the California Supplemental Examination (CSE). The California Architects Board has granted Steven the title of Licensed Professional Architect.

Steven, a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, joined TETER fifteen years ago. He has grown from intern to Architect, and has garnered invaluable experience as both a Design Professional and Project Manager along the way.

Some of Steven’s most notable projects at TETER include the new Elementary School for Stockton Unified School District, City of Corcoran’s New Police Department Headquarters, and Family Healthcare Networks’s new Medical Office Building.

“Steve’s licensure was hard-earned and well-deserved. His measured approach to his work will not be compromised, and yields quality results. I’m so proud that our clients, our firm, and our profession will all continue to benefit from his expertise.”
– Aya Shitanishi, Partner / Architect

With COVID-19, a renewed look at workspace design

TETER Partner and Architect in The Business Journal

2 major facilities for homeless being built in Merced

Homeless Shelter’s modernization by TETER, is featured on ABC30 Action News.

Originally broadcast on ABC30 Action News on June 15, 2020 by Sara Sandrick

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) — Crews from Hilmar-based Harris Builders are laying the groundwork for a new facility to serve the homeless at B and 13th Streets in Merced.

The 15,000 square foot “navigation center” will be made of modified shipping containers to save money and construction time. It will include about 75 beds plus space for a kitchen, laundry, and support services.

It’s located where the former juvenile hall building was left vacant for years.

“The county decided to demolish it and use this site. One of the good items about this site is it’s near Behavioral Health so it’s close proximity to services for people who will be housed here,” says Merced County Supervisor Lloyd Pareira.

Pareira says state funding and grants are helping to cover the costs of the nearly $6.5 million project. About one mile away, another empty field off Cone Avenue is slated to become a 5-acre campus operated by the Merced County Rescue Mission. It received unanimous approval from the Planning Commission last week.

“There were letters from people who originally were opposed to the project and are now in favor of the project so it was just wonderful to see the overwhelming support there is for this project,” says the rescue mission’s CEO Bruce Metcalf.

Metcalf says the first phase will include a respite care building where patients who have nowhere else to go can recover after being discharged from the hospital. There’s also housing for veterans, families, and faith-based programs.

“It will all be by referrals. It will be a closed campus, and I think that really helps alleviate people’s fear, knowing there will also be round-the-clock security, a 7-foot fence around the property, and I think people are just relieved to know we’re trying to upgrade the community, not downgrade it.”

Several different agencies are working together on both projects to ensure they are effective in moving people off the streets into more productive pathways. Pareira adds that about 80% of the homeless in this area had Merced County zip codes before they became unsheltered.

“These are our people. These are our friends, family and neighbors who have fallen on hard times, and I feel we have a responsibility to help them.”

The navigation center is expected to be complete this fall. The new rescue mission campus still has more steps toward final approval but could break ground as early as August.

Work of Art

New Mural at Tulare Union High School

For the past three years, TETER has been assisting Tulare Joint Union High School District with the design and construction of a new two-story Science and Administration Building addition at Tulare Union High School.

The new building will be the new entrance for students and visitors onto this historic campus. Its design reflects the existing campus’ two-story buildings and their modern influence.

Heavy traffic on Tulare Avenue limited access for students into the original entrance of the campus, which also has a mural. The concept for the exterior design of the new building is to reflect the original façade of Tulare Avenue at the rear of the campus where students and staff currently enter.

TETER knew this was a great opportunity to represent the student body’s school spirit and “Tribe”, their newly named mascot who was always a Native-American icon.

Arnoldo Espindola, a Job Captain at TETER and graduate of Tulare Union High, connected with David Flores, a fellow alumni.

David Flores is an international artist whose artwork is on permanent display at MoMA, Los Angeles Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, and The Mexican Consulate.

Thanks to Arnoldo’s passionate pursuit of Mr. Flores, who graduated from TUHS in 1989, he donated his time to design and paint the mural.

“Giving back to my high school is deeply meaningful to me. The mural shows local students that you can have a positive impact with skate and street art. This is David’s first art mural piece in the Central Valley. What better place to donate his talent than at his alma mater.” – Arnoldo Espindola

Step 1 - Projecting artwork onto the wall

Artwork is projected onto wall at night.

Line work is created from the projected art.

David Flores, international artist and alumni of Tulare Union High School, paints the mural.

Freshly painted mural dries overnight.

First Place Design Award for Corcoran Police Station

City of Corcoran Police Station wins First Place in the Modular Building Institute’s Permanent Modular Correctional Category

Corcoran Police Department’s new Police Station, designed by TETER, was completed in partnership with Silver Creek Industries and Accelerated Modular Concepts.

The new 11,472 SF building contains a lobby, community meeting space, private offices, armory, holding cells, a sally port, evidence storage, and other support spaces.

Brick veneer with plaster accents on the building’s exterior provide a stately appearance. Longevity, functionality, and the aesthetics of interior building materials were required for this new building, allowing law enforcement officers and administrative staff to work in a comfortable environment.

The City of Corcoran appreciates the modular building system’s cost-effectiveness and durability.

Exclusive tour of Selma’s brand new stadium

Selma High School‘s new stadium, designed by TETER, is featured on ABC30 Action News.

Tony Pavone, Project Manager and designer for the new stadium, reflects on the project’s completion:

“In light of the current events that we are all facing, it is refreshing to work with a District that believes in the community. It’s an honor to provide a facility to a dedicated student population and a respectful community. I can’t wait until fall of 2020 when I get to see the community come together and stand strong. Thank you City of Selma.”

Originally broadcast on ABC30 Action News on March 21, 2020 by Brianna Mellon

SELMA, Calif. (KFSN) — Selma High School’s old stadium was built in 1960.

The grand opening of its new stadium was set for March 25th.

But with school suspended, those plans have changed.

The Selma Bears have been waiting to play on their own field for a year.

Action News got an exclusive sneak peek into their new state-of-the-art facility.

“Being that it’s the only stadium in Selma, this has been a huge priority. This has been a huge project for not just the district but the community. The grand opening is still going to happen at some point, like everyone we’re waiting, we’re waiting to see what the Spring can end up. We’re optimistic, I think the next official meeting for that will be April 3rd,” said Selma athletic director Randy Esraelian.

The Bears wanted to display their school colors. They made the track grey and all exchange lanes orange.

“You won’t see a track this color in the Valley,” he added.

The school’s track program has suffered because they did not have a track facility. Soccer is also getting an upgrade to their playing surface.

“One of the major objectives was to widen the football field to make it soccer FIFA regulations, so soccer games will have their full regulation pitch is what they call it. Obviously we played every football game on the road, some people think we did so well on the road maybe we shouldn’t play at home. We’re expecting a huge crowd for our opening game – second week of the fall against Madera,” said Esraelian.

The new weight room has roll-up garage doors.

The Bears will be able to work out with open air. Right beside it are restrooms and a snack bar that will be able to accommodate large numbers. In the back, grass will be added for discus and shotput all inside the stadium.

The school would still like to add some additional features, such as a video board.

“There’s three different levels of a donor board, it’s really a place where we could raise some money. As the entrance to the stadium you can come and see yourself for as long as you’re a Bear Nation supporter,”said Esraelian.

Even though the stadium sits empty for now, Bear Nation will soon fill these seats bringing a whole new game-day experience for the community of Selma.