Snyder Langston Opens Its Doors
Snyder Langston is formed by Don Snyder and Bill Langston, two young ambitious men who are driven by their desire to build with integrity. Don is the field expert who manages the building process and Bill is the classic entrepreneur who focuses on sales and the client relationship. Bill’s vision is to maintain long-term clients by offering preconstruction services in addition to construction services. Gasoline is 35 cents a gallon and Orange County consists primarily of Orange groves and fields.
The Early Years
Gayle Jones is hired to support Don and Bill in office services and contract administration. Snyder Langston is contracted for design-build service for their first auto dealership in Newport Beach. The following year, Snyder Langston is tapped to build a new Volkswagon dealership in Corona, beginning their progressive growth and symbolizing their auto dealership sector focus for the next 14 years. The company begins working with long-term architect partners, Leason Pomeroy Associates (LPA) and Ware Malcomb on a variety of projects.
Selected by Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and multiple dealerships, Snyder Langston goes on to build over 100 dealerships over the next ten years. As part of the delivery of these dealerships, Snyder Langston creates an in-house architecture group that manages the design needs of projects with a focus on economical options in order to provide clients with added value. Gayle Jones joins the Snyder Langston partnership and the company takes on the construction of multiple buildings in the Irvine Industrial Complex, primarily for Irvine Company.
Industrial and Office
With the construction of industrial buildings for Clauset Park in Santa Ana, Snyder Langston begins to focus on industrial and office work. The company’s expertise progresses from 10-ton tilt-up panels using a 35-ton crane to 90-ton panels requiring the largest cranes available. Engineers assist the company in forming innovative anchorage systems and developing new materials and techniques. This pioneering effort resulted in more efficient methods for constructing facilities with tilt-up panels. Soon thereafter completing Clauset Park, Snyder Langston is selected to build its first multi-story office building for Trammell Crow Company, Park Center 400.
Snyder Langston builds its first major retail project, the Laguna Hills Shopping Center, setting up a new direction into the retail space that would include Corona del Mar Plaza, Tustin Marketplace with Irvine Company, Park Place Irvine, and the award-winning Promenade at Westlake.
Stephen Jones Joins the Team
Stephen Jones is hired to develop a comprehensive project management approach, increase the company’s revenue, and service the growing scale of development in Orange and San Diego Counties. Snyder Langston moves to its current headquarters at 17962 Cowan in Irvine.
John Rochford and the Hazard Center
After years of service earning the loyalty of the company’s Superintendents and the respect of its valued subcontractors, Don Snyder retires. Stephen Jones becomes President of the company and John Rochford takes on one of Snyder Langston’s first high-rise projects and one of its most notable retail and office projects: the 42-acre Hazard Center in San Diego for Trammell Crow Company. Snyder Langston hits an annual volume of $140MM with over 140 employees. Landlord-driven tenant improvement projects make up more than $40MM annually and total more than 200 projects a year.
San Diego Biotech
Snyder Langston expands its clientele and capabilities into the San Diego area with a satellite office of over 50 people. By the end of the 1980s, Snyder Langston is the largest builder of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and high-tech construction projects in San Diego county.
Studio Construction and Retail Entertainment
Snyder Langston enters the studio construction space and builds for CBS, Sony, and Warner Bros. The entertainment retail phenomenon begins and Snyder Langston is hired by The Irvine Company to build the first phase of the Tustin Marketplace and Irvine Spectrum, which wins two awards for design and construction. The company would go on to build over five phases of the Irvine Spectrum Center.
Rosetta is created. This in-house real estate development service group is assembled due to Snyder Langston’s experience design-building auto dealerships and being the political and entitlement arm of select real estate developers. The Rosetta team aids corporate clients in the development process well beyond the contractor building scope.
Spec building comes to a halt and Snyder Langston focuses on corporate clients. Build-to-suit projects and extended roll-out projects using the company’s full scope of services help to foster long-term client relationships. Snyder Langston goes on to lead projects for Candlewood Hotels, PLC Commercial (multi-site entertainment retail), Oakley, FAA, Morgan Stanley, and Toyota, among others.
New Corporate Identity
Educational facilities become a market niche for the company. A new corporate identity program is rolled out to establish the Snyder Langston brand and image.
Snyder Langston University
After years of offering in-house training to employees, the company formalizes its training efforts and launches Snyder Langston University (SLU) in an effort to foster information sharing, increase enterprise knowledge base, encourage self-improvement, and enrich the lives of employees.
The Optym Service Line is created. This group allows Snyder Langston to apply its trademark quality to fast-paced specialized projects. The Optym team provides the full spectrum of construction services to projects in a variety of sectors that include renovations, tenant improvements, and ground-up construction. Snyder Langston receives ISO Certification, an ongoing commitment that ensures processes and procedures are constantly adhered to in order to provide clients with consistent quality service.
Internal B.R.I.D.G.E. effort is formed and aims to achieve the following: Break down barriers, Respect for others, Invest in our resources, Giving ourselves, Everyone makes a difference. This committee organizes philanthropy events and encourages employees to give their time to the community while Snyder Langston matches donated hours with funds that are given to causes of employees’ choosing. Stephen Jones joins the board of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and embarks on a mission to increase Snyder Langston’s value offering to the Healthcare construction space.
Snyder Langston Residential
The Residential service line is created. This group combines the firm’s unique commercial capabilities to serve the Affordable and Workforce Housing, Apartment Homes, Condominiums, Mixed-Use, and Senior Housing sectors. Highly honored for his contributions to the industry and community, Bill Langston retires. Gayle Jones, who in later years concentrated on developing innovative safety and risk management systems, also retires. John Rochford becomes President/COO of Snyder Langston and Stephen Jones is Chairman/CEO.
Pelican Hill is completed for long-time client, Irvine Company. This iconic project marks Snyder Langston’s largest project of the time.
The Great Recession and End User Work
The Great Recession hits and dramatically impacts the real estate and construction industries. Snyder Langston’s Residential and Optym service lines are key to the sustainability of the company and the firm strategically turns its sights to an end-user focus in order to diversify and secure work in the future that is less influenced by economic cycles. As part of this concentration on end-user work, Snyder Langston completes The William H. Hannon Library for Loyola Marymount University in 2009. Snyder Langston is awarded Green Firm Certification by the Sustainable Performance Institute.
The company becomes a larger presence in the Healthcare space and completes work for Providence Health & Services, Hoag Health, Cottage Health System, Pacific Medical Buildings, and St. Joseph Health, among others. In addition to Medical Office Building construction, Snyder Langston also develops an expertise for more technical healthcare projects, including OSHPD I,II, & III, Cancer and Infusion Centers, Imaging, In-Patient/Occupied Environments, Surgery Centers, and Sterile Processing, to name a few. In 2013, Snyder Langston makes the Orange County Register’s list of Top Workplaces, a recognition based on employee survey results.
Snyder Langston announces a succession plan for the future retirements of Stephen Jones and John Rochford. Currently members of the Snyder Langston leadership team, the next owners will be Jason Rich, Executive Vice President of Operations, Jo-E Immel, Vice President of Business Development, and Lee Watkins, Vice President of Healthcare. El Segundo and Pasadena office locations open as Snyder Langston increases its presence in Los Angeles.
Brand Refresh and United Service Lines
Snyder Langston launches a brand refresh and unites its service lines under one brand focus.
Los Angeles Growth
Snyder Langston’s residential division expands with the awards of a myriad of multifamily projects. Currently 50% of work-in-place is located in Los Angeles County.
Snyder Langston completes The Boardwalk project on behalf of Trammell Crow. Snyder Langston is awarded a LEED-Gold certification for the 545,000 square foot office campus which consists of two, nine-story towers connected by four bridges.
60 Years Later: 2019 and Beyond
Snyder Langston commences its 60th year in business in 2019 with a focus on expanding its institutional portfolio, while simultaneously strengthening its presence in the Los Angeles market. We continue to deliver the highest quality service to our clients and remain committed to maintaining the customer-oriented emphasis that Don Snyder and Bill Langston began 6 decades ago.