Pankow Builders Announces Bret Firebaugh As Northern California Vice President

OAKLAND, CA, January 2, 2018 – Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. (Pankow) is pleased to announce the promotion of Bret Firebaugh to Regional Vice President for Pankow’s Northern California region.

Bret is a 27-year veteran in the field of construction and an executive leader for Pankow. He is well-known in the industry for his expertise in lean and collaborative project delivery, friendly demeanor and client-focused approach. Since joining Pankow in 1991, Bret has worked as Project Executive, Project Sponsor, Project Engineer and Field Engineer. He is responsible for overseeing all preconstruction and construction activities, and personnel for Northern CA and the Pacific Northwest. He provides executive-level oversight with a focus on ensuring that the delivery of services exceeds client expectations.

“Bret is beloved by our employees and business partners. He has played a central role in the success of Pankow in the Bay Area and I am very excited to support him in his new role as Regional Vice President of Northern CA. Bret’s leadership in lean and collaborative project delivery is shaping how we do business in the construction industry,” says Scott Anderson, newly appointed President of Pankow.

Bret’s contributions can be seen in a number of significant projects such as the CPMC Van Ness Medical Office Building and Parking Structure, contracted under an Integrated Form of Agreement that allowed the team to work collaboratively to the fullest extent in the interest of the owner and project.

The award-winning, Design-Build, LEED Gold Certified Richmond Civic Center serves as a model for community improvement and provided scholarships to local school children. San Francisco’s Public Safety Building, a state-of-the-art LEED Gold Certified building that houses the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Police Command Center, the Southern District Police Station and a neighborhood San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) Fire Station and the historic rehabilitation of the vital civic asset, the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building.

Throughout his career, Bret has actively supported the advancement of construction industry education. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Western Pacific Region and is a member of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI).

Bret holds a B.S. in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

“The construction industry continues to experience rapid change and Pankow is committed to being nimble and innovative to stay ahead of the curve,” states Kim Lum, Chief Executive Officer of Pankow. “Pankow believes in the skills and abilities of our future leaders to bring continued long-term success for the company.”

About Pankow
Since 1963, Pankow has benefited clients through creative problem-solving, engineering expertise and construction innovation. Pioneers of design-build and integrated project delivery, Pankow provides design-build, design-assist, general contracting and tenant improvement services. Pankow specializes in complex projects and work in occupied facilities on a diverse range of markets and building types. The company adds value to project teams with their expertise in design management, sustainable design and construction, virtual design and construction and lean construction practices. Pankow has over half a century of continuous presence in the Los Angeles and Bay Area regions. Notable projects include the San Francisco Public Safety Building, the CPMC Van Ness Medical Office Building and the Splunk Headquarters in San Francisco. For more information, please visit

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