Charles S. Trammell, Jr., President, Retirement Companies of America (“RCA”)
“After years in the making, The Farms at Bailey Station retirement community, (“The Farms”) commenced construction in 2019. The Farms is a $239M CCRC situated on 36 acres in Collierville, TN, a suburb of Memphis. Due to the size and complexity of the project, Rick Alcala, ALCALA CM, Inc. was selected as the construction monitor. Our investment banker, HJ Sims along with Greystone Communities worked with Rick on numerous large projects and felt he was an excellent choice for The Farms. Rick is a valuable asset to our construction team and we are currently benefiting from his knowledge, expertise, and creative problem-solving abilities.
Rick is detail-oriented, always prepared, and skilled at holding the various members of the team accountable in a non-threatening, clear way that promotes open dialog, understanding, and consensus. Rick is flexible if circumstances warrant, yet laser-focused on the end game. He is a cool head among a large working group and he listens to all sides of an issue before responding. He is well known, highly respected, and sought after in the senior living industry, particularly when the stakes are high and challenges must be met. Rick is a great guy who gets the job done with diplomacy and class. I look forward to continuing to work with Rick on The Farms development and recommended him to anyone looking for a seasoned professional who understands construction and getting the best out of people.”
Charles S. Trammell, Jr.
President, Retirement Companies of America (“RCA”)
I have over 10 years experience working with Rick Alcala, and I consider Alcala Construction Management, Inc. an important part of the Pacific Retirement Services team. During that time I have found them in every instance to be thorough, extremely responsive, and best of all tremendously insightful, no matter what the construction issue we are dealing with.
Whether it’s an acquisition or a ground up development, we have greatly benefited from Alcala Construction Management’s straightforward, no-nonsense approach which, in turn, has saved us significant dollars over the years.
We were assisted by Alcala CM, Inc. on several claims for an important client on a high profile project. Their involvement helped us succeed in resolving these claims in mediation, and saved our client the expense of a prolonged arbitration. We would be happy to work with them in the future.
I have the utmost respect for Rick Alcala. We have worked with Alcala CM on several bond issues, and have found Rick to be a very sophisticated construction expert. He earns the respect of owners, contractors and lenders on all of the projects that we have worked on together, and communicates very well with all parties.
He is straightforward, honest, calm and direct, in addition to being hard working, knowledgeable and a creative problem-solver. Unlike some construction consultant firms, Alcala CM gets heavily involved in problem solutions, not just problem reporting. I would be very pleased to speak to anyone about Alcala CM’s enormous value as a consultant.
I’ve worked with Alcala CM on quite a few of our projects. Rick Alcala is an expert in his field and has been a valuable extension of our team. The firm is very thorough in their reporting and always completes projects on time. I’m pleased to have Alcala CM as my construction management partner.
When a tropical storm hit our project, before the project was ‘dried in,’ we incurred massive interior damage. We decided that the best company to work with, to help determine the cause, was Alcala Construction Management, Inc. This proved to be one of our best decisions. Not only did they help tremendously in solving the construction problems, but served to provide the technical expertise that enabled us to prevail in subsequent litigation and maximize our insurance settlement(s).”
I have known Rick Alcala since 1999 and have worked on a number of CCRC projects with him, including projects in Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina. Since he formed Alcala Construction Management, Inc., I have worked with him on a CCRC project in Virginia with a troubled construction history and on a potential acquisition of a community in Florida.
In every case, Rick demonstrates excellent professionalism; with his background in construction, he understands the issues that are important to each member of the project team: the owner, lender, construction contractor, regulatory authorities, and others. He is able to identify issues and discuss them with each member in a manner that is understandable and to the point, leading to consensus and improving the efficiency of the project.
He is industrious, detail-oriented, and focused on the needs of the client. In the Harbor’s Edge project, Rick showed himself to be a skilled negotiator, helping to negotiate difficult settlements with the contractor and the company’s insurers. I would be happy to work with him as part of a project team.
Walter Frey III
Principal, Windermere Strategic Partners