Ross Wood President
Ross Wood began his career as a journeyman carpenter in union Local 944 in October of 1971. After working for two years as a residential and commercial framer with his brother, Robert Wood, a general contractor in the high desert community of Victorville, California, he spent the next three years working for him as a construction superintendent. Initially starting in the residential division, he quickly transferred to commercial projects, where he enjoyed the increased challenge and greater variety of work. From 1974 through 1976 Ross Wood estimated, negotiated subcontracts, and supervised the construction of a Shakey’s Restaurant, two small markets, and the United Parcel Distribution Facility in the City of Victorville, California. He built a second facility for the United Parcel Service in Riverside, California and a commercial cleaning and uniform rental facility for the Unitog Company in Whittier, California.
Entering into a partnership with his brother in 1977, Ross opened a satellite office for Robert Wood & Associates, Inc. in the City of Walnut, California. Within three years the company had divided into two divisions. A restaurant division which built over eighty fast service restaurants for clients like Wendy’s, Burger King, and Pizza Hut, and a Medical Office division that had constructed over 1,200,000 square feet of medical office buildings. During this time period, the Wood brothers worked very hard to develop and oversee all of the bidding and construction of their projects. In addition, they worked closely with their clients to develop critical path schedules for franchise operators under performance contracts, and to value engineer prototype buildings to combat the rising costs of inflation. To complete the large number of ongoing jobs the company often had to staff up to 17 job superintendents.
From 1980 until 1984 high interest rates slowed restaurant construction to a minimum and the company placed an emphasis on medical office buildings. Several hundred thousand square feet of medical offices including Shell, Core, and Tenant Improvements were completed throughout the state of California. Each suite required individual TAS or Tenant Allowance Schedules to be negotiated with each physician. During this time period, Ross gained tremendous knowledge and experience in both standard and special medical suite designs ranging from a doctor’s private office to a CAT scan facility requiring lead lined walls, ceilings and floors, and special electrical and air conditioning equipment.
After the federal tax incentives dried up for medical office buildings in 1984, Ross spent the next two decades focusing on high-end residential projects as well as commercial and industrial buildings between 20,000 and 500,000 square feet. In 2008 he expanded his company to include the design and construction of commercial and utility-scale solar generation projects completed within the SCE & LADWP service areas during the next ten years. More recently, Ross has renewed his focus on the commercial and industrial markets, primarily working on building projects for repeat clients including Harry Ross Industries, E & E Trust & Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc.