At a 10th anniversary celebration earlier this month, the Ceja family announced that its long-planned winery construction project will start later this summer. The goal is to begin building the first phase of a multimillion-dollar Ceja Vineyards winery among the family's vines on the Napa County side of Los Carneros winegrowing region.

The project, designed partly by Valley Architects of St. Helena, was approved last year.

In the first phase, an existing barn and two other farming buildings will be torn down to build a two-story, 21,600-square-foot fermentation building with covered crushpad, barrel storage, tasting room, and wine library. The wine company has been making about 10,000 cases annually in the MacRostie winery in Sonoma's Eighth Street East urban winery cluster.

A commercial kitchen will be an important feature of the second phase of the winery project. A 5,700-square-foot building next to the winery will house a hospitality center with a lounge for limousine drivers, more crush capacity and room for barrels, and a hacienda-style patio with a cantera stone fountain.

The last phase includes more casegood storage and expanded outdoor areas with an olive grove. The project also will include environmentally sustainable features such as solar energy and subsurface irrigation from treated process wastewater.


Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP signed a 10-year lease for 6,222 square feet at 709 Beck Ave. in Fairfield for its new regional office. The Houston-based pipeline and fuel storage company's West Coast Products Pipelines business started a $48 million project at Travis Air Force Base in the city last fall and plans to complete it in March 2012.

The business transports about 1.2 million barrels refined petroleum products daily and services 28 customer-owned terminals, 11 commercial airports and 15 military bases, according to its 2010 annual report.

One pipeline runs underground between terminals in Concord and West Sacramento, and a smaller one parallels it from Concord to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. The company rerouted and expanded the bigger pipeline around Suisun Marsh after about 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked in April 2004. In October of last year, Kinder Morgan completed a 16-inch-diameter new jet fuel pipeline from the main Concord-Sacramento line to the base. The company is now building three 150,000-barrel storage tanks and related facilities on the base.

Brooks Pedder, Eric Dakin and Tony Binswanger of Colliers International brokered the lease.


San Rafael-based environmental consulting firm WRA Inc. promoted senior associates Dana Riggs, Justin Semion and Geoff Smick to associate principal. With these promotions, 11 of WRA's 46 employees are now part-owners.

Ms. Riggs and Mr. Semion joined the company in 2001, and Mr. Smick in 2005.

Ms.Riggs is a senior wildlife biologist and manages projects such as biological habitat assessments, state and federal species-protection agency consultation and permitting, special-status avian and wildlife species surveys, constraint and impact analysis, mitigation and monitoring plans, conservation banking and long-term species habitat management planning.

Mr. Semion manages many diverse projects involving environmental assessment for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), regulatory permitting, restoration and habitat management, habitat mitigation planning and monitoring and essential fish habitat evaluation.  He is a leading industry expert on intertidal and subtidal habitats, including eelgrass and oysters.

Mr. Smick is a project manager for federal, state and local environmental regulatory compliance and permitting.


If you call what has been the number for Hearn Construction and then Tricorp Hearn Construction in Vacaville, you'll still hear someone answer the phone Tricorp Hearn, but it's also the number for a new Hearn family construction company. Jamie Healer and her father, Napa-Solano contractor icon Fred Hearn, have started a new venture called Hearn Enterprise, Inc.

A noncompete clause that accompanied the deal to merge Hearn Construction into Tricorp Construction of Sacramento last year requires Hearn Enterprise to forward leads for larger projects, so the company is aiming for tenant-improvement and other commercial projects.

On his own, Mr. Hearn is working with Napa-based Gasser Foundation on its large south Napa movie multiplex, shopping center and housing developments.

"We're getting back to the way my dad did business years ago when it was a small family business," Ms. Healer said. From 102 employees at the peak before the recent economic recession, Hearn Enterprise now has about a half-dozen employees. A number of former Hearn employees went to work for Tricorp. "We're working with the key group of subs we worked with in the past."


HBI Construction of Newport Beach is busy improving 88,000 square feet of formerly vacant space at Stony Point Plaza shopping center in southwest Santa Rosa for Ross Dress for Less, discount clothier Fallas Parades, Anna's Linens and Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire to occupy this fall.

Goodwill plans to relocate its 8,000-square-foot Roseland thrift store to a nearly 28,000-square-foot "supercenter" in the mall, according to Mark Ihde, local president and chief executive officer. The location is set to have 15,000 square feet of retail space plus a used bookstore and public shipping counter.Ross' planned 28,000-square-foot store at Stony Point Plaza would complement an existing one on the east side of the city in Montgomery Village.The 24,000-square foot Fallas Parades store would be the Gardena-based chain's first in the area. The company is a division of National Stores Inc. and has more than 200 locations in five states.Costa Mesa-based Anna's Linens also will be new to the market with its 8,000-square-foot store.It's all but 12,000 square feet of the space Wal-Mart unsuccessfully tried to turn into one of its stores from 2002 until the retail giant walked away from the project in 2009, according to Gabe Hagemann, regional leasing director for center owner Weingarten Realty Investors.Wal-Mart blamed city related delays and the bad economy for scuttling the project. However, city officials mostly have been helpful in the since Weingarten embarked upon turning one big space into several about 18 months ago, Mr. Hagemann said."When we started leasing that space, it was one of the slowest points in a commercial real estate cycle we've ever experienced," he said.By arranging occupancies so they would all come at once provided economies of scale in the costly space-demising project, and some work with city officials in value-engineering options is ongoing, Mr. Hagemann said.The particular sales success of the existing discount grocer FoodMaxx provided a draw for tenants and a negotiating tool for Weingarten, he said.***Cotati-based The Fifth Resource Group, led by Jim Ford, now is focusing on project master planning, specifically in industrial engineering and project management, with the departure of James Henderson, AIA, for personal reasons. Santa Rosa-based architects Mike Palmer and Tony Battalgia are providing project-management services. Current projects include the VJB Marketplace project, set for completion this fall in Kenwood, as well as a number of tenant-improvement projects in Petaluma buildings The Fifth Resource helped configure over the years.•••Submit items for this column to Jeff Quackenbush at jquackenbush@busjrnl.com, 707-521-4256 or fax 707-521-5292.