California Region celebrates its next big Bay Area development

It was a moment two-and-a-half years in the making.

On Thursday, Sept. 16, GBI’s California Region celebrated the groundbreaking of Grand Cypress Preserve, a 1,235-acre master-planned community in Oakley, California. Once complete, the new community will feature approximately 2,300 homes spread over several neighborhoods surrounded by an estuarine habitat situated along the San Joaquin River.

Nearly three years ago, Grand Cypress Preserve developer TI Capital was on the hunt for a civil contractor for the project. After a highly competitive selection process, GBI was ultimately chosen in November of 2020. “I’m so proud of our GBI team and all their efforts to help get this project ready for prime time,” said GBI California Division President Brian Gates. “I have personally been involved with the TI leadership for 27 months, so it’s ultra-gratifying to see it ready for us to build out Phase I starting with the rough grade and building of the permanent levee.”

Brian attended the Sept. 16 groundbreaking ceremony at the project site alongside Oakley Mayor Sue Higgins, GBI management team members, TI Capital executive team members, the Grand Cypress Preserve design team, and several local agencies. That day, attendees wore ceremonial white hard hats as they sank gold shovels into the ground to celebrate the beginning of the long-awaited project.

Phase 1 will be underway soon and GBI’s scope of work will include mass grading, utility installation, paving, and levee construction. The project is a big win for GBI in the Bay Area, which is a relatively new region for the company. The California Region is eager to get started and looks forward to helping revamp Oakley’s residential and commercial markets for years to come.

Congratulations to all of those involved in this great project!




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