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About Us: The History of Xpera Group

Xpera Group was founded in August 2009 by President Ted Bumgardner, who has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry. For the 16 years prior to starting XPERA, Ted was a Principal at GAFCON, a construction consulting company recognized by Engineering News Record as one of the Top 50 Agency CM firms nationally. In 2007 and 2008, Ted was the President of the San Diego Chapter of the Forensic Expert Witness Association and served on the organization’s National Board of Directors. Over the past 22 years, Ted has been designated as an expert in over 600 construction litigation cases.

In October of 2011, Michael Burgess joined XPERA as Vice President. Mike was previously President of Burgess, Inc., and a highly regarded mechanical and plumbing consulting company in San Diego, which was then incorporated into XPERA.

In March 2012, XPERA acquired the assets of ROEL Consulting Services, Inc., including equipment and systems, as well as the transfer of active contracts and most of the employees and outside consultants of ROEL CSI. The RCSI team is a very seasoned and experienced group of top experts and construction consultants. The common culture of construction experience, integrity and service to customers made XPERA and RCSI a natural fit. This acquisition combined two of the largest and most active construction consulting and forensic groups in San Diego County.

Alan Nevin, one of California’s leading real estate economists, joined XPERA as Director of Economic and Market Research in August 2013. Nevin provides feasibility studies for developers and investors, as well as forensic expert witness services based on his more than 25 years in practice.

In early 2014, Terri Bumgardner joined Xpera with over 26 years of experience as both a project planner and environmental planner with the City of San Diego. Terri is a CEQA specialist and an expert on dealing with the California Coastal Commission. She provides entitlement process consulting. Doug Paul is also on our Development Services team. Doug is founder and past president of one of the largest civil engineering firms on the West Coast and is a land use specialist. With the addition of Brian L. Hill to the team, Xpera now offers risk management for sustainable design and construction projects. In addition to leading the San Diego Green Building Council’s marketing committee and serving as a technical advisor on the LEED certification process of multiple projects in historic Balboa Park, Hill was part of the internal ownership team behind San Diego’s first LEED-certified project, the Pfizer La Jolla Research & Development Campus.

In September 2014, Xpera CM was launched to provide owner representation and construction project management services. Under David Pallinger’s leadership, the firm has multiple active projects underway representing nearly half a billion dollars in construction value. As a member of Xpera Group, Xpera CM is able to provide clients with access to a diverse range of technical expertise and strategic advisory services on an as-needed basis. 

Responding to increased demand for XPERA’s diverse range of services, in January 2015 the firm opened up a branch office in Los Angeles, with several ongoing projects. In September 2015, Xpera CM announced a merger with C&S Professional services, with multiple projects in various phases of development and construction, for a combined construction value of approximately $500 million. 

By late 2015 it became apparent that Xpera had outgrown its current office and sought to build out a new location to not just fit the company's needs, but to also express the values, and be a centralized location for construction professionals to meet and connect. By April of 2016 the TI project was completed and the company migrated to it's new San Diego headquarters, 10911 Technology Place.

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