Spotlight on: Curtom-Dunsmuir

CURTOM-DUNSMUIR: Transforming Communities through Construction

For the past 20 years, Brenda Curry and Ronnie Jones of Curtom-Dunsmuir (Curtom), a general building contracting firm based in Inglewood, Ca., have been improving the landscape of their community by building structures that anchor neighborhoods and spawn surrounding development. If you have shopped at the Inglewood Target on Century Boulevard, and furthermore, if you know what that shopping plaza lacked before its opening, then you understand the impact of how the area has since been enhanced. The development not only transformed the area by attracting more department stores and boutiques, but also through creating jobs for residents and instilling civic pride. For Brenda Curry, who began her career working in corporate America as an industrial engineer, this resonates deeply with her purpose and principles.

“… being able to go into struggling communities and taking part in positive change for the people, is beyond rewarding. I am able to put my head and my heart into a business that aligns with my personal passions.”

Brenda Curry, Curtom-Dunsmuir

Truly innovative construction requires more than high-tech architectural plans. Creative thinking and a very organized set of systems to interpret and see the process through, is also key. Understanding that construction is not just about the trades, the nuts and bolts or apps and widgets; but about creating a specific vision, is what yields innovation. As general contractors, Brenda and Ronnie have to know a little about everything and interpret a range of details from project to project; commercial and residential. This requires an extremely high-level of technical and people skills, and an advanced aptitude for multi-tasking and thinking on your feet.

So, when the LA Stadium began its search for a general contractor to oversee the construction of the planned Switch Gear building earlier this year, Curtom came highly-qualified and highly-recommended. Furthermore, ownership looks to utilize Inglewood-based MBE/DBE firms as much as possible to meet project requirements of 18%, with a goal of 30% participation. The Switch Gear Building will house all of Southern California Edison’s electrical equipment which will keep the stadium running with powerful 12,000-volt charges of energy. This is a critical structure for the site. It ensures zero disruption to residential power sources, so expectations of the highest quality are standard.

This is the first Curtom-led project on the LA Stadium site, but Brenda and Ronnie are certainly focused on the next round of contracting needs. It’s how the business flows, one thing leads to the next. The Switch Gear construction is scheduled for completion in August and they expect to deliver the high quality for which Curtom-Dunsmuir is known. Having also worked on the redevelopment of The Forum (Curtom was contracted to oversee all of the seating), the prospect of contributing to yet another iconic and historic project in Inglewood, is exceedingly attractive.

Curtom-Dunsmuir is a minority/female owned general building contracting firm that specializes in project management and general construction services. Curtom-Dunsmuir focuses on high quality, cost effectiveness and timely delivery for all its projects. The firm has managed a wide array of construction projects in both public and private sectors and is headquartered in Inglewood, California.

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