Gary Schaffel, President of Schaffel Development Company, Inc. has acquired a unique combination of knowledge and hands-on experience during his 50 years in the construction industry. He received a Bachelor’s Degree (1967) and Master’s Degree (1969) in Building Construction from the University of Florida, the first college to offer professional degrees in this discipline. In 1972, he was hired as Purchasing Director for Goldrich and Kest, the leading builder and developer of single and multi-family housing in Southern California at the time. During the next five years he was involved in the construction of over 10,000 housing units, as well as numerous board and care facilities and commercial renovations. In 1977, he resigned as Construction Manager to start his own company.
Since its inception, Schaffel Development Company, Inc. has been responsible for the formation of general partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies that have successfully developed hundreds of condominium units, apartment units, and custom single-family residences throughout the Southern California area. Schaffel Development Company, Inc., and/or Gary Schaffel has acted in the capacity of general partner or limited liability company manager for all of these projects, which represents a value in excess of two hundred million dollars.
As a licensed General Contractor, Schaffel Development Company, Inc. has successfully completed construction of over 100 new and remodeled residential, commercial and industrial projects, as well as numerous tenant improvement projects throughout the greater Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura County areas. These projects range in scope from single-family residences to large-scale industrial projects, and include senior citizens projects, board and care facilities, and assisted living facilities. Schaffel Development Company, Inc. was actively involved in the reconstruction of residential and commercial properties damaged by the 1992 riots and the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The total amount of these contracts exceeds two hundred and ninety million dollars.
Schaffel Development Company, Inc. is fully computerized, using state-of- the-art project management, estimating, accounting, and property management software. This gives the company the ability to closely monitor and control complex or multi-phase projects, as well as changes in the scope of work. The end result is projects completed on time and within budget.
Schaffel Consulting Group, a subsidiary of Schaffel Development Company, Inc., was established in 1989. Since then it has been actively involved in assisting attorneys and insurance companies in construction litigation matters, such as construction defects, cost estimating, and defect analysis. The wealth of practical and current knowledge that it has accumulated as an active participant in the construction and development industry is an invaluable asset to either the plaintiffs or defendants in construction and development related disputes.
Schaffel Consulting Group also assists property owners and investors in the higest and best use analysis of properties, obtaining entitlements toward that end, preparing detailed development analysis and budgets, and then acting on behalf of the client in the capacity of Owner’s Representative or Construction Manager.