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NY construction firm with retail focus to open West Coast office

Firm also has office in NYC
By Kathryn Brenzel | October 01, 2018 01:56PM

Ray Catlin and 2445 McCabe Way in Irvine, California (Credit: Schimenti and CREXi)

Schimenti Construction, which specializes in retail build-outs, is opening its first office on the West Coast.

The company is opening a new office in Irvine, Calif., at 2445 McCabe Way, company representatives announced on Tuesday. One of the construction manager’s first projects in California is the Dover Street Market in Los Angeles, which is expected to open in the fall.

Executive Vice President Ray Catlin, who joined the firm in May after working for 16 years at EMJ Corporation, will lead the new office. Ryan Mourhess, Schimenti’s project executive, will also be joining the California management team.

When asked about Schimenti’s strategy in pursuing work, Catlin dismissed the idea that the challenges faced by many retailers would negatively impact the firm’s business.

“The demise of retail, I think, is overstated,” he said. “Retail is always going to be around.”

He noted that big-name retailers will likely always want to have a presence in large cities like Los Angeles and New York. The company’s work in New York City includes flagship shops in Times Square for Fossil, Gap and Old Navy and for Samsung in the Meatpacking District.

The 200-plus-person firm was founded in 1994 by Matthew Schimenti, whose father and grandfather had also worked in construction.