Philanthropy & General Contracting for the YMCA of San Francisco
Supporting Bay Area Kids in More Ways Than One
For nearly 10 years, Bay Area general contractor Thompson Builders has been a philanthropic supporter of the YMCA of San Francisco, helping to sponsor the annual Kids to Camp Golf Classic and Y for Youth Luncheon, in addition to annual giving.
The Golf Classic helps the Y provide over $465,000 in camp scholarship funds to low-income families to ensure that all Bay Areakids have a chance to take in positive experiences in their neighborhoods. Funds raised at the Y for Youth Luncheon further develop the Y’s youth programs throughout the 14 branches and 120 community sites in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.
“Our relationship has definitely grown over the years, starting with the Chinatown YMCA branch renovation and seismic upgrade project,” says Clayton Fraser, who serves as vice president of business development at Thompson.
With no staging room for the 27,000 square-foot Chinatown job, Thompson Builders had to move materials and equipment from one location to the next to keep the work progressing, with deliveries requiring the submission of a traffic plan to the City of San Francisco for approval.
On a monthly basis, the team would go over costs incurred to date and costs to complete, which allowed Thompson to keep onbudget and forecast ahead, helping them to ultimately come in under the GMP contract amount and save the owner $200,000.“We’ve since built different projects for the YMCA over the years, ranging from tenant improvements to a large music shell for the YMCA Camp Jones Gulch,” says Fraser. A multipurpose facility, the music shell is used for bands, tai chi, yoga, arts and crafts, talent shows and rainy day space at the camp location in La Honda, nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Additional YMCA of San Francisco projects completed by Thompson Builders include the Choizes Teen Resource Center at the Bayview Hunters Point location as well as the facility’s main kitchen. To date, Thompson has donated $40,000 to the YMCA of San Francisco to support youth programming and family services.Back to the Media Center