On November 23, Swinerton Management & Consulting’s (SMC) Vietnamese American Services Center (VASC) project formally celebrated its groundbreaking with a bang.
Approximately 400 people attended the ceremony, which started with the U.S. and Vietnamese national anthems sung by two very talented young performers, followed by traditional lion dancing with accompanying percussion. Santa Clara County Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Dave Cortese—both champions of the VASC project—provided the opening remarks. Additional speakers included Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, San Jose Councilmember Maya Esparza, and General Nguyen Khac Binh. As all the invited officials were about to take their shovels to dirt, a hail of firecrackers exploded at the height of the ceremony.
Located near the intersection of Tully and Senter Roads in San Jose, CA, the VASC project is a 37,000-square-foot, three-story community services facility offering County-provided medical, behavioral, and social services to the underserved Vietnamese community.
Since early 2018, SMC has been involved with the project providing Programming, Design Development, and Construction Document oversight, in addition to oversight of its 18-month construction process. The ribbon cutting is targeted for summer 2021.
Congratulations to the Project team: Project Executives John Baker and Robert Kagiyama, Senior Project Manager Albert Wege, and Project Engineer Parth Patel.