Mr. Bruce Shimizu has over 30 years of experience in housing development in Northern California and Hawaii. He is an experienced land planner, site designer, project manager, and housing developer. Mr. Shimizu has overseen all aspects of residential housing development from site feasibility analysis, land purchase negotiations, acquisition financing, preliminary design & engineering plans, entitlement processing, architectural & engineering construction documents, budgeting & value engineering, permit processing, construction financing, general contractor selection, bidding, construction administration (Owner’s Representative), project closeout (sales or property management), take-out (permanent) financing, and post-occupancy evaluation. He has managed the development of residential subdivisions (5 to 65 lots) and multi-family ownership (townhomes) & rental housing communities (5 to 102 units).
Senior Project Manager/Housing Specialist
Team Member Spotlight
• Hometown? Years in Profession?
“Cotati… currently living in Windsor, California. 30+ years.”
• Before working at LACO, what was the most unusual or interesting job you had?
“Hospital Corpsman (Medic) US Coast Guard.”
• What are 3 words to describe LACO?
“Evolving, Fun, Rewarding.”
• What have you gained from working at LACO?
“I’ve not worked in an engineering firm before. I’ve worked in design & planning offices, but spent most of my time in housing development. So, seeing the world from a different vantage point is interesting. I really like the people that work for LACO and I can’t wait to meet people “in-person” and get to know them better.”
• What is the best advice you can give to a someone starting their career in the industry?
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make sure you’re asking appropriate questions. That will let others know that you are thoughtful and inquisitive.”
• Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
“I’m probably going to retire from day-to-day professional work, but may be open to some special project consulting.”
• Why do you do what you do?
“It really bothers me that so many people lack safe, decent, and affordable places to live. When a person can’t afford to live in the community where they were born & raised, something is wrong.”
• If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day?
“Probably Jimmy Fallon . . . I love shows like the Tonight Show.”