- Business Advocacy
Since its completion in the early 1970s, not much had been done to the exterior of the Chamber of Commerce building, 104 S. First St. The aging facade was in dire need of a face lift. With that in mind, the board of directors launched a Capitol Improvements Campaign in June 2014.
The Chamber received great support from the community, including a generous donation from Lorelei Gilliam and an in-kind donation from Lowe’s Home Centers.
The Capitol Campaign Committee was then in need of a professional to come up with an exterior design that was modern and tasteful and that would reflect the evolving business climate in Alhambra.
Alhambra High School graduate Richard Abe, A.I.A., principal owner of Media Portfolio was contacted. Mr. Abe was more than willing to donate his time and energy to come up with a conceptual plan that was immediately embraced by the committee.
After obtaining approval from the Alhambra Design Review Board, the committee established a budget. Unfortunately, the funds that were available were not sufficient to cover all of the costs associated with the remodel.
That’s when local general contractor Richard Sanchez came to the rescue. Richard and his wife, Laura, are owners of Alhambra-based SANZ Construction. The Sanchezes are longtime residents of Alhambra, and their four children attended Alhambra schools. Mr. Sanchez knew what the budget was and reduced his cost of labor and materials to make sure the project could be completed.
From left: Chamber past President Lee Lieberg; Chamber Executive Director Sharon Gibbs; Richard Sanchez Jr., Sanz Construction, Inc.; Chamber President Robert Fukui; Gabriel Sanchez, Sanz Construction, Inc.; Sanz Construction, Inc., owners Laura and Richard Sanchez; and Chamber past Presidents Frank Chen, Valarie Gomez, and Mark Paulson.