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Reagan Ranch Visitors Center

Historic building transformed into museum of national interest

Stonemark provided full preconstruction & construction services for renovation of this significant historic downtown Santa Barbara building into a museum of national interest. The Museum features Ronald Reagan’s life at Rancho del Cielo - his private and rugged retreat he largely built himself. The planning phase involved multiple layers of complexity including negotiating agreements with numerous City of Santa Barbara agencies to obtain approvals, overseeing a series of hazardous materials abatement requirements and championing value engineering and contractor negotiations to bring the project within budget. Stonemark managed all aspects of the project including procurement of museum exhibits and furnishings that required coordination early in the construction sequence, a crane to lift into the Museum a large section of the fallen Berlin wall and the jeep Reagan used to tour then Russian President Gorbachev around the ranch.

Location Santa Barbara, CA Project Historic Renovation Type Museum Size 25,000 SF Services Planning, Preconstruction & Construction Contractor Matt Construction Architect Hochhauser Blatter Associates

Acting as construction managers, Stonemark became a member of our project team before our architectural firm completed the construction documentation on perhaps one of the most challenging historic rehabilitation projects in the City of Santa Barbara. Stonemark infused the process with a structured methodology and organizational and communication protocols that allowed the Owner’s construction dollars to be applied to their best use. The end result was a high quality real estate asset that was delivered on time and on budget.

Jan Hochhauser, AIA
Hochhauser Blatter Associates