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THE FOUNDATIONS

1. Openness and Transparency

We’re committed to making the construction process as open and communicative as possible. Weekly progress reports and constant access to a full-time project supervisor mean you’re always in the loop about how your home is taking shape.

2. Financial Clarity

We only utilize a fully transparent schedule of values. That means you can track where and when your investment is being spent. We don’t just say we’re honest - we let you see for yourself.

3. We Only Work With the Best

The complex projects we undertake often involve input from several different consultants and experts. We believe each project is only as strong as its weakest member, which is why we only work with partners who have proven their excellence over many years.

4. A Creative Edge

We’re not just builders. Our leadership team has a strong background in design and architecture, and we bring a creative approach to every project. Sure, we’ll do all the heavy lifting you need, but we’ll also help you conceptualize and design your project to its fullest potential.

SITTING DOWN WITH GDC

A Reputation Built Over Four Generations

The blueprint for GDC Construction was drawn in the late 1920s, when Ernest Dewhurst, a British migrant, moved to the then-tiny seaside town of La Jolla. Each successive Dewhurst generation has continued the family tradition of constructing some of the most elegant homes and businesses in San Diego, and today we’re one of the most trusted names in local construction.

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YOUR DEDICATED TEAM

Brandy Dewhurst

Custom Residential Designer

Brandy Dewhurst

Custom Residential Designer

Brandy Dewhurst has been designing custom homes, additions and remodels for over 15 years. Graduating at the top of her class from Virginia Tech with a degree in Architecture, she gained her practical experience working at Island Architects and IS Architecture, and has earned numerous awards for her designs. Currently, she works independently out of the GDC Construction office so she can spend time with her two young children, Austin & Ava.

Amy Stanion

Vice President, Finance

Amy Stanion

Vice President, Finance

Phoenix University graduate Amy Stanion is GDC’s able taskmaster. Amy, who joined GDC in 2010, is responsible for providing detailed and accurate accountings of all project expenses. Amy’s background in finance and construction honed her organizational skills, so that she now balances the management of several ongoing construction projects with the day-to-day management of GDC's office. An avid horse rider, Amy once rode in competitions but now rides for fun. She also enjoys hiking in the backcountry with her family.

Anthony Ferrier

Superintendent

Anthony Ferrier

Superintendent

Anthony has spent a life in the construction trade. He’s been “using a hammer,” as he puts it, since 1975, and has worked for three generations of Dewhursts over the years. Anthony‘s more than three decades of experience have given him the expertise to manage large, complicated projects, and he prides himself in efficient decision-making to overcome any design and construction complications. Anthony lives in La Jolla and enjoys hunting and spending time with his two grown children.

Karl Svoboda

Superintendent

Karl Svoboda

Superintendent

Karl has spent 30 years in the construction trade in a career stretching from San Francisco to Holland. His decades of experience have taught Karl how to best balance independent decision-making with the need for clients to be fully informed about budgetary and other changes on-site. He relishes overcoming tricky challenges and choosing the right team of experts for each job. Karl and his wife live in San Diego. He enjoys riding motorbikes in the desert in his spare time.

Gregory Ryan Medina

Superintendent

Gregory Ryan Medina

Superintendent

Gregory has spent 18 years in the construction trade, during which he’s built a reputation for perfectionism. A finished carpenter by trade, Gregory has the tenacity and focus of a craftsman, skills he now brings to the management of teams of tradespeople. Gregory loves high-end interior design. He’s never happier than when he’s helping homeowners envision and execute their dream spaces. Gregory enjoys traveling to chase perfect snow, as well as teaching his three children to enjoy the mountains.

Nick Rosa

Superintendent

Nick Rosa

Superintendent

Growing up in Encinitas, Nick’s garage was taken up by a huge table saw instead of a car. As a boy, he spent countless hours in there working with his dad and learning custom woodwork and design. After graduating from Mira Costa College, Nick moved to Lake Tahoe and worked with a high-end contractor building luxury homes. Back down south, he worked as a junior superintendent and spent 10 years independently remodeling homes and building custom furniture. In his spare time, Nick designs and builds furniture, grows staghorns and orchids, surfs, and travels the world.

Randy Kilmer

Superintendent

Randy Kilmer

Superintendent

Master carpenter and superintendent Randy Kilmer's bio and client list reads like a who’s who of perfectionism and excellence. In his 30-year career as an expert tradesman, Randy has crafted cabinets, closets and paneling in Bill Gates’ extraordinary Medina, WA. residence, created custom benches for Nike Town stores worldwide and built bespoke reception desks and conference tables for the Boeing and Microsoft corporations. A true artist, Randy is a singer and musician when he’s not making beautiful furniture.

Shawn Monteith

Chief Estimator & Project Manager

Shawn Monteith

Chief Estimator & Project Manager

Loyola Marymount University graduate Shawn relocated to San Diego in 2005 and has since helped manage more than 50 construction projects across in the county. From building large custom homes in North County to the development of hundreds of residential units, both single family and multifamily, Shawn has overseen more than $50 million in construction since 2010.

Peter Wicklund

Maintenance Supervisor

Peter Wicklund

Maintenance Supervisor

Peter has been working in construction for more than 42 years and has been with GDC Construction since 1999. He has built a passion for crafting unique custom interiors. A finished carpenter by trade, these days Peter primarily works on remodels and maintenance, taking care of GDC’s local client base and revisiting satisfied customers. Peter has been married for 30 years and has two grown children. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, skiing and spending time with family.

Robert Wisnieski

Working Foreman

Robert Wisnieski

Working Foreman

Robert has been working in the construction trade for 25 years. He joined GDC in 2013, and oversees the company’s sites as a working foreman. A finished carpenter by trade, Robert enjoys the tricky challenges that await him each day at the site. He loves working with new materials and with reclaimed features that become part of the finished design. A former drummer in a band, these days Robert enjoys spending time with his family at the beach and walking his dog.

David Navarro

Working Foreman

David Navarro

Working Foreman

David joined GDC in 2004 after a few years working in the local construction industry. He worked his way up the ranks of the company from laborer to working foreman, and specializes in overseeing the foundation and drainage work on GDC’s projects. For fun, David follows his son around the state and country to compete in soccer tournaments. He also enjoys watching football and basketball with his son and his daughter.

Martin Torres

Working Foreman

Martin Torres

Working Foreman

Martin has been with GDC Construction since 1999. Over the years, he has worked his way up from site laborer to working foreman, overseeing much of the labor on GDC’s sites. An accomplished carpenter, he still enjoys getting his hands dirty on-site whenever he can. Martin lives in San Diego and enjoys playing and watching baseball and soccer with his young son.

Karla Ramos

Lead Supervisor Assistant

Karla Ramos

Lead Supervisor Assistant

Engineer and Assistant Project Manager Karla Ramos holds a degree in civil engineering from UABC, Mexicali, Baja California. She is responsible for helping construct some of Baja’s most ambitious civil projects. Karla helped supervise the construction of a hospital and three factories in Mexicali, and supervised the construction of two luxury condominium towers in the most prestigious neighborhood of Tijuana, overseeing custom upgrades to 54 apartments. A committed working mother, she loves nothing more than spending time with her boys.

Christy Kerr

Accounting

Christy Kerr

Accounting

GDC numbers whiz Christy has worked in the accounting field since she was 16 years old, and has spent the last 17 years specializing in the field of general construction. In that time, Christy has not only managed accounts but has performed diverse duties, such as sub-contractor insurance reviews, safety management, workers compensation claims, human resources duties, and office management. Christy keeps an eagle eye on our accounts payable, client billing, payroll, and other general office duties.

Scout

Office Mascot

Scout

Office Mascot

Scout is Pancho’s 13-year-old yellow Labrador retriever. Scout grew up in the GDC office and accompanies Pancho to work almost every day. He’s a well-known character in downtown La Jolla, where he’s a favorite with the local kids. Scout lives in La Jolla with his master, Pancho. He enjoys long walks and being tickled on the belly.

Giving Back to Our Roots

We pioneered the idea of building granite memorials surrounding the Soledad Cross at the heart of La Jolla.
We pioneered the idea of building granite memorials surrounding the Soledad Cross at the heart of La Jolla.
We donated our time to completely remodel and refurbish La Jolla’s dilapidated Station 13 firehouse.
To give back to the community, we worked on an extensive remodel of the La Jolla Community Center.
We donated our time and materials to install a new flagpole at Jolla High School.
George Dewhurst planted the original La Jolla Christmas tree in 1983, and GDC has decorated it every year since.
George Dewhurst planted the original La Jolla Christmas tree in 1983, and GDC has decorated it every year since.
The Dewhurst family has been involved with the La Jolla Christmas Parade since its inception in 1954.
The Dewhurst family has been involved with the La Jolla Christmas Parade since its inception in 1954.