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9/16/2019: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Barry Swenson: A journey from carpentry to builder"
9/13/2019: Silicon Valley Business Journal "San Jose developers tie double-digit construction cost increase to labor shortage"
8/2/2019: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Barry Swenson at The Grad event hints at more projects to come (photos)"
7/26/2019: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Exclusive inside look: See new 19-story 'private dorm' tower near SJSU's campus" (membership required) (View text)
6/2019: Gentry Magazine "Building Opportunities"
3/2019: Site Selection Magazine "The Way to San Jose"
1/11/2019: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Happenings in Silicon Valley in pictures: Case Swenson honored by Boy Scouts and Monterey State of the Region"
10/4/2018: The Registry "Case Swenson to Receive 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award"
9/20/2018: The Mercury News "Downtown San Jose deal poised to spur big new residential tower"
9/13/2018: The Mercury News "Housing tower slated to sprout near San Jose train station"
8/9/2018: The Registry "Construction Begins on 200-Unit Holden of San Jose Senior Assisted and Memory Care"
8/9/2018: Milpitas Patch "Alzheimer's Care: New Facility To Be Built In San Jose"
8/3/2018: The Mercury News "BART, Google and the Guadalupe River: Developer Case Swenson’s vision for a thriving downtown San Jose"
7/31/2018: Fox 2 KTVU "Bay Area construction already feeling the impact of Chinese tariffs"
7/30/2018: Bisnow "As San Jose Boosts Job Growth, The Challenge Will Be Where To House New Employees"
6/1/2018: Santa Cruz Sentinel "Santa Cruz luxury living at Five55"
5/3/2018: Silicon Valley Business Journal "First look: Swenson debuts new Santa Cruz apartments"
4/26/2018: The Registry "Five55 Begins Leasing in Downtown Santa Cruz"
4/25/2018: The Mercury News "Historic downtown San Jose building gets makeover and tender loving care"
4/11/2018: Spartan Daily "New private off-campus housing ‘Graduate Tower’ set to open in 2020"
12/14/2017: The Mercury News "Milpitas: Council greenlights mixed-use condo project"
12/13/2017: The Mercury News "San Jose student housing tower captures financing, investment"
11/28/2017: The Registry "Newmark Arranges $23.5MM in Construction Financing for Park Pacific Apartments in Santa Cruz"
11/23/2017: The Mercury News "Assisted living, memory care facility proposed near Vasona Park"
11/15/2017: Biznow "This Reimagined Neighborhood Could Be The Future Of Downtown San Jose"
11/10/2017: Connect "Swenson Reveals Downtown San Jose Urban Campus Vision"
11/10/2017: Fox 2 KTVU "Plans in San Jose to develop stretch of Guadalupe River Park's Guadalupe River area"
11/9/2017: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Exclusive: Swenson reveals vision for dramatic transformation of San Jose's Guadalupe River area"
10/17/2017: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Exclusive: Swenson picks up more property on major San Jose redevelopment site"
10/17/2017: Biznow "Scenes From The Loma Prieta Earthquake, As Told By CRE Professionals"
10/11/2017: Biznow "Developers Break Ground On Large Student Housing Complex In San Jose"
10/10/2017: PRNewswire "Community Development Partners Opens The Huntington"
10/6/2017: The Mercury News "Milpitas: New South Main condo complex under review"
10/5/2017: Student Housing Business "AMCAL, SWENSON Break Ground on 1,039-Bed Student Housing Community Near San Jose State University"
10/5/2017: The Registry "Swenson And AMCAL Break Ground on The Graduate Tower To House More Than One Thousand Students Near SJSU"
10/5/2017: The Mercury News "Downtown San Jose residential tower launch arrives days after mayor touts housing plan"
10/5/2017: Connect "AMCAL, SWENSON Commence The Graduate"
10/4/2017: Milpitas Patch "New Student Housing To Be Built At San Jose State University"
09/22/2017: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Retail Project of the Year: Warehouse rehab brings arts, brew and creatives to San Jose"
09/12/2017: Santa Cruz Sentinel "Major downtown Santa Cruz housing project nearly shovel-ready with unit downsizing"
08/12/2017: Santa Cruz Sentinel "Aptos Village development aims to create civic center with homes, shops, public space"
06/13/2017: The Registry "San Carlos Approves Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Project"
05/11/2017: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Swenson launches Santa Cruz project amid 'out of control' apartment demand"
04/5/2017: NHL "More Than $237,600 Donated to Goals For Kids Program"
03/24/2017: Bisnow "Developers And Property Managers Forced To Adjust To Growing Use Of Package Delivery"
03/22/2017: The Registry "Downtown San Jose Student Housing Tower Gets Approved by Planning Director"
02/27/2017: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Exclusive: New brewery to lead Midtown San Jose retail revival"
02/6/2016: Connect "Connect Silicon Valley: Multifamily Market Reaching Equilibrium"
12/29/2016: The Mercury News "San Jose: Work begins on Midtown project with 800 housing units"
09/1/2016: The Registry "Barry Swenson Proposes Multi-family Housing Complex for Strategic San Mateo Location"
07/8/2016: The Mercury News "San Jose: High-rise hotel proposed near I-880 and Highway 101"
06/6/2016: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Barry Swenson: San Jose developer, builder — and now, inventor"
06/1/2016: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Defunct McDonald's site added to Amcal/Swenson student-housing project"
05/18/2016: Concrete Products "Silicon Valley builder patents optimized reinforced concrete structural scheme"
05/16/2016: PR Newswire "SWENSON Awarded U.S. Patent For Landmaker"
05/3/2016: The Registry "Newmark Realty Capital Arranges $22.9MM Construction Financing for 94-Unit Property in Santa Cruz"
03/31/2016: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Student-housing tower planned for Techshop site in downtown San Jose"
12/21/2015: Connect Media "Connect With: Swenson’s President Case Swenson"
12/3/2015: Connect Media "Swenson Chosen for Bay 101 Card Club Development"
9/28/2015: The Registry "San Jose's North San Pedro Neighborhood Set for New Housing, Retail Projects"
8/12/2015: The Registry "San Jose Working to Revive ‘Forlorn’ St. James Park"
7/29/2015: Bisnow "How BSB Is Making San Jose Industrial Properties Hip"
7/24/2015: Bisnow "25 Years Later, St. James Park Project Moves Forward"
7/2015: Gentry "All in the Family"
5/7/2015: Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce "Unanimous Approval for Aptos Village Project"
4/14/2015: KRON4.com "Nation’s most inclusive park to celebrate grand opening Saturday in Palo Alto"
4/1/2015: San Jose Mercury News "Meridian at Midtown mixed-use project finished"
3/31/2015 The Registry "Barry Swenson Builder Honored for Commitment to Youth"
Barry Swenson Builder (BSB), a division of Green Valley Corporation, announced today it has been recognized by the City of San Jose for its commitment to San Jose’s nationally acclaimed Children’s Musical Theater (CMT).
2/13/2015: KLIV "BSB on 1590 KLIV"
2/12/2015: KLIV "BSB on 1590 KLIV"
2/11/2015: KLIV "BSB on 1590 KLIV"
1/10/2015: Santa Cruz Sentinel "Residents celebrate opening of Santa Cruz co-housing building"
12/19/2014: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Diocese of San Jose buys long-vacant downtown lot behind Basilica of St. Joseph"
12/5/2014: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Julian Street goes back on the grid"
12/4/2014: Bisnow "Three Reasons Now Is The Time For High-Rises in San Jose"
11/17/2014: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Barry Swenson Builder seeks to build flexible live-work project in San Jose"
11/13/2014: bisnow.com "Little Italy's Latest Developments"
10/20/2014: KTVU.com "Construction underway to attract young professionals to San Jose"
10/17/2014: KSBW.com "Lessons learned from Loma"
10/15/2014: Santa Cruz Sentinel "Barry Swenson Makes Deep Investment in Downtown Santa Cruz Since Earthquake"
10/14/2014: The Californian "New neighbor creates new possibilities"
8/28/2014: The Registry "New North San Jose Residential Towers Nearly Tap Out Allotted Units in City Plan"
8/6/2014: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Essex joins with Swenson to build long-stalled North San Jose apartment towers"
5/23/2014: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Barry Swenson Builder snags new DMV deal in east San Jose"
5/13/2014: The Santa Cruz Sentinel "Santa Cruz council OKs step toward reserving beach meters"
4/3/2014: The Santa Cruz Sentinel "Santa Cruz planning panel endorses new building for lower Pacific"
3/29/2014: appeal-democrat.com "Marysville Master Plan announced"
3/13/2014: Santa Cruz Sentinel "DeLaveaga Park Homes to be ready this summer"
2014: Silicon Valley Business Journal"The List" Top General Contractors
3/7/2014: Silicon Valley Business Journal "Barry Swenson Prez Case Swenson wants to jam with Angus Young" | pdf version
2/18/2014: Santa Cruz Sentinel "Amid upcoming rationing, Soquel Creek water board OKs service to Aptos Village Plan"
Q1 2014: The Registry "Starting the Second Century in Silicon Valley"
11/21/2013: Rail crossing move Aptos Village plan forward
11/1/2013: New plan for Hillsdale Inn: Developer wants to turn aging San Mateo motel into 180 condominiums
10/28/2013: BSB Architectural submits plans for client, Dinapoli Capital Partners, for Downtown San Jose High-Rise
7/3/2013: History San Jose honors Barry & Molly Swenson
6/18/2013 NBC BAY AREA VIDEO: Home Builders Feeling Good; Sentiment matches actual construction surge in San Jose; Interview with Barry Swenson
6/17/2013 KRON4 TV VIDEO: BSB Senior Vice President David Gibbons Interviewed about Silicon Valley Building Boom!"
5/24/2013 The Registry "Barry Swenson Builder & Marriott Partner Again on San Jose Project"
Northern California developer and contractor Barry Swenson Builder (BSB) announced today it broke ground on two new San Jose hotels. Among several dignitaries, the event was attended by San Jose Councilmembers Sam Liccardo, Kansen Chu and Johnny Khamis; as well as the city’s director of economic development, Kim Walesh.
5/16/2013 The Registry "Foreigners Finance Real Estate Market to Gain US Citizenship"
Swenson is acting as the general contractor for the project, which entails a 175-room Residence Inn and a 146-room SpringHill Suites that share amenities. It is expected to take 30 months to build. The Residence Inn is an extended-stay hotel designed for visits of a month or more.
5/15/2013 The Registry"Barry Swenson Builder completes Solar Project for City of Santa Cruz"
Northern California developer and contractor Barry Swenson Builder (BSB) announced today it has completed construction on the two newest renewable energy projects in Santa Cruz, the City Hall and Police Department Solar Photovoltaic Projects.
5/9/2013: The Registry "Taylor Farms Headquarters To Be Constructed In Downtown Salinas"
5/09/2013 The Registry"Barry Swenson Builder And NINICO Communications Honored By International Academy Of Visual Arts"
San Jose, CA, – Emerging public relations agency NINICO Communications and its client Barry Swenson Builder (BSB) announced Thursday special honors bestowed by the International Academy of Visual Arts (IAVA) with a 2013 Communicator Award of Distinction. The award represents successful advertising campaigns and strategies.
4/24/2013 Silicon Valley Business Journal"Centerra, Downtown San Jose's newest High-rise"
A few years ago, you couldn't pay developers enough to pull the trigger on downtown San Jose residential towers. Now, they can't wait to get started.
4/17/2013 The Santa Cruz Sentinel"Grand Opening of Garage Unlimited"
The Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce plans a ribbon-cutting noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for Barry Swenson Builder's project, Garage Unlimited, at 1225 Shaffer Road, on the westside of Santa Cruz.
3/22/2013 The Santa Cruz Sentinel"New Leaf Plans to Anchor Revamped Aptos Village"
The 17,500-square-foot store would be in the Apple Barn being relocated for the Barry Swenson development, which contains 71,000 square feet of commercial space and 63 homes, mostly townhomes and apartments.
3/20/2013 The Registry "Aptos Village turns New Leaf Market"
Barry Swenson Builder (BSB), a division of Green Valley Corporation, announced today it is finalizing agreements with New Leaf Community Markets to locate a new store at Aptos Village.
3/20/2013 San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal: "New Leaf Moving into Aptos Village Town Center"
Santa Cruz-based New Leaf Community Markets has signed a letter of intent to occupy 17,500 square feet at the approved mixed-use project in Aptos, according to a news release. New retail projects are a rarity in 6,000-resident Aptos, so this is a significant development for the community.
3/13/2013 San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal: "Mountain View gets Hip to CoHousing"
For sale: Upscale condo unit in desirable Mountain View location. Must be willing to hang out with your neighbors regularly.
3/12/2013 The Registry "Mountain View’s First “From the Ground Up” Cohousing Begins Construction"
Members of the Mountain View Cohousing Community (MVCC) are entering a new phase this week, as construction of its 19-unit condominium project begins. Their “new old-fashioned neighborhood” at 445 Calderon Avenue will be the first cohousing community built from the ground up in Silicon Valley.
1/15/2013 Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Barry Swenson Builder expects busy 2013"
After seeing construction projects go into hibernation because of the recession, Barry Swenson Builder of San Jose is forecasting 2013 to be a busier on this side of the hill.
11/21/2012 San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal: "Sant aTeresa Village Shopping Center trades hands"
In one of the top five neighborhood shopping-center deals of the year, San Jose's Santa Teresa Village Shopping Center has been sold.
11/19/2012 Contra Costa Times: "Solar Projects at Santa Cruz City Hall"
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year on two solar projects that will provide enough electrical power to operate Santa Cruz City Hall and the Police Department.
11/2/2012 San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal: "BSB City Heights high rise hits sales milestone"
After nearly six years on the market, City Heights has sold out all 116 regular units.
10/19/2012 The Registry: "BSB Invests $40M in Santa Cruz"
Barry Swenson Builder (BSB), a division of Green Valley Corporation, announced Wednesday – the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake – that the company’s total post quake investment in the rebuilding of downtown Santa Cruz has hit $40 million.
10/15/2012 San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal: "Republic, Barry Swenson Builder starting construction on midtown apartments"
A mixed-use apartment project in San Jose’s midtown should start construction within weeks now that the developer has closed on a $42 million construction loan.
10/12/2012 San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal: "Old Laws Get Second Look in San Jose"
“From our perspective, anything we can do to improve the entitlement process and make it better would help,” said David Gibbons, senior vice president at Barry Swenson Builder.
10/11/2012 San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal: "Aptos Project Gets Go Ahead"
Aptos Village, a 11.5-acre mixed-use project in Aptos from developer Barry Swenson Builder, is a go.
9/27/2012 San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal: "Garage-for-sale concept draws takers for Barry Swenson Builder"
Barry Swenson Builder is wrapping up construction on the company’s first foray into “utility storage condos” – storage units, but for sale – in Santa Cruz. It’s called Garage Unlimited, and interest is strong, said Jon Lee, development project manager.
9/27/2012 San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal: "FedEx Ground property sells in Golden Triangle"
An institutional investor has purchased a 206,000-square-foot industrial building on 13 acres in San Jose’s Golden Triangle that is mostly leased to FedEx Ground.
9/26/2012 The Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Supervisors approve Aptos development plans"
SANTA CRUZ -- Long-running plans for a mixed-use town center -- complete with a new county park and common area -- cleared another hurdle Tuesday as the county Board of Supervisors unanimously approvd the 11.5-acre development.
9/11/2012 The Registry: "Barry Swenson Builder & Bridge Bank Take Hotel Plunge"
Buoyed by locally thriving commercial property markets, San Jose-based Barry Swenson Builder is beginning construction on two extended-stay business hotels in Silicon Valley, adding 138 rooms to the Palo Alto inventory and 107 rooms in Santa Clara.
8/20/2012 The Registry: "Barry Swenson Builder Celebrates 35 years"
SAN JOSE, CA, Aug 30, 2012 – San Jose based Barry Swenson Builder (BSB), a division of Green Valley Corporation, announced Thursday it will celebrate the company’s thirty-fifth anniversary.
3/22/2012 Transform.org "1st Greentrip Certification of 2012"
Congratulations to Barry Swenson Builder's Vendome Phase II for being the first GreenTRIP Conditionally Certified project of 2012! Details on Vendome’s GreenTRIP Project Evaluation Report and Letter to Planning Commissioners here. With a "Very Walkable" Walkscore Vendome II is primely located across the street from the Civic Center light rail station at the northern edge of downtown San Jose. The 122 unit mixed-use multi-family development will offer two VTA Eco Passes per unit for 40 years, creating up to $1.1 Million in gaurenteed transit revenue. The Planning Commission's unanimous first stage approval for Vendome II is a concrete step towards meeting the rising demand for compact, healthier communities where you can easily drive less and still have access to everything you need.
1/3/2012 San Jose Mercury News: "Swenson plans two Marriott hotels near San Jose airport"
Two new Marriott-branded hotels that will operate within a single building are slated to sprout near San Jose airport, executives with Barry Swenson Builder said Tuesday.
12/21/2011 Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Developer to discuss proposed office building"
If all goes according to schedule, developers say, a new office building will occupy that site by the time the holidays roll around in 2013.
12/16/2011 San Jose / Silicon Valley Business Journal: "New San Jose Marriott plan seen as sign of hotel rebound!"
Barry Swenson is forging ahead with plans to break ground on an eight-story, 321-room Marriott hotel by the second quarter of 2012. Completion is scheduled for the summer of 2014. The site will be home to a 175-room Residence Inn and a 146-room SpringHill Suites.
12/05/2011 Santa Cruz Sentinel: "SLV Library Opens Five Years After Fire"
The library, built by San Jose-based contractor Barry Swenson Builder, will provide a learning space for a combined student body of over 2,260. The 5,570-square foot ground floor is designated for high school students, while the remaining 7,200-square foot upper level is reserved for middle school students.
11/18/2011 Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Business Digest"
Barry Swenson Builder and county staff are helping 17 businesses move from the complex that will become quarters for the Sheriff's Office; so far, three have found new space.
9/26/2011Novato Patch:"Details on Subdivision Plans OK'd by City Council"
Representatives from a San Jose development firm recently met with the Novato Design Review Commission to talk about exterior colors and other details of a 25-unit subdivision on the vacant lot that used to be home to Novato Community Hospital.
3/1/2011Mercury News: Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce names Barry Swenson Builder "Business of the Year"
Barry Swenson Builder, a contractor specializing in design-build projects, currently manages more than 100 properties in several states. A division of Green Valley Corp., the company has long-term relationships with several lenders such as Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Bank of the West and Tokai Bank of California. The builder employs 140 people at two locations, in San Jose and at Live Oak Business Park, a development built by Barry Swenson Builder.
9/8/2010 Silicon Valley Business Journal: Barry Swenson Builder WINS Developer of the Year
The Silicon Valley Business Journal awarded Barry Swenson Developer of the Year 2010. The award was given in-part to Swenson's unrelenting dedication to Downtown San Jose, his work with historical rehabilitations, and his continued success despite the downturn with projects such as the most recent Santana Row residential expansion, the rehabilitation of the North First Street Church Christ Science and the construction of the San Pedro Market Place in San Pedro Square.
7/20/2010 New York Times: "Fresh Start for a Rebirth stalled by a recession"
“There’s no question that downtown San Jose is like night and day to what it was 10, 15 years ago,” said Barry Swenson, a native and president of Barry Swenson Builder, who has erected several high-rise towers. “The downtown is clean as a whistle, there are flowers everywhere, and the streetscape’s good.”
2/9/2009 Mercury News: "San Jose's Power 10: a look at who's doing, stopping, influencing"
"The results still are my best take at describing folks who exercise power in one of three ways in California's third largest city. The first and hardest of those ways is getting a project through.......Swenson has deep roots in San Jose. His grandfather Carl began a construction business here in 1926."
1/23/2009 Business Journal: "Builder's Construction Technique is more cost effective and seismically stronger!"
"At a time when developers are searching for ways to cut costs, Barry Swenson Builder has developed a construction system he believes will ensure his company's survival during a turbulent economy, with an added bonus - the system exceeds seismic standards"
10/27/2006 Business Journal:"WINNER: Developer of the Year keeps executing Big Projects!"
".....the other 80% of his time is spent most recently redefining the skyline of San Jose. And that effort has made his name and his structures visible to almost anyone traveling throughout the Bay Area."
12/1/2005 Green Business Quarterly "Transit Oriented Developoment and Design-Build Construction"
"A commuter train passes the Skyline at Tamien Station tower in San Jose, CA; Barry Swenson's transit projects encourage the use of public transportation to decrease vehicle emissions significantly."
10/28/2005 Business Journal:"Barry Swenson Builder grew in tandem with Silicon Valley"
"Four decades ago, Barry Swenson launched his building career sweeping floors for his grandfather's San Jose construction company, which had built a number of markets, schools and bridges since its 1950s inception....Barry Swenson Builder recently completed the development of Seaport Center, a project that consisted of two 3-story buildings totaling more than 186,000 square feet with a 66,000 SF garage on 6.25 acres in Redwood City."
5/6/2005 Valley Life Quarterly: "The Prince of Valley Real Estate Says San Jose's Future is looking straight up"
"Barry Swenson keeps his goals as a builder in tune with his values as farmer and grand dad.....new ideas, old fashioned ideals...High density housing close to public transit is the onyl way to avoid hour-plus commutes and highways lacing through more and more of what should remain farmland."
9/24/2004 Business Journal: "Residential Project of the Year WINNER - Vendome Place Apartments"
"One of the city's highest, and densest, residential developments, Vendome Place clusters housing and services over 4.66 acres and is within walking distance of a light-rail stop."
9/24/2004 Business Journal: "Developer of the Year: Runner Up - Barry Swenson Home Builder"
"Mr. Swenson Has illustrated his continuing interest in pushing the development envelope with his pursuit of the valley's first high-rise residential projects, including three developments in and around downtown San Jose."
12/1/2002 California Construction Link "The Difference is in the Details - Best of California 2002"
"The Plaza is one of the most successful residential developments due to the classic and urban architectural design by SB Architects. It has received much attention in the emerging downtown San Jose market."
9/29/2000 Silicon Valley Business Ink: "Barry Swenson Turning Point - A Strong Foundation"
“....he redirected his energy, tested his business savvy and built a successful construction company”
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