"Build Inc.'s founder dishes on why new development actually helps S.F."


July 7, 2016
San Francisco Business Times

San Francisco Business Times reporter, Blanca Torres, sat down to discuss new San Francisco development with BUILD's founding partner and managing director, Lou Vasquez.

HQ: San Francisco

Number of Bay Area employees: 16

First job: Taking care of the animals at the Randall Museum during high school

Education: Yale University, Bachelor’s in Biology

Residence: San Francisco

Lou Vasquez planned to become a marine biologist, but became disillusioned with science and academia while in college. He began painting homes as a teenager, which led to repairing homes, which led to building additions, which led to building homes and then starting a contracting company in 1985. He later went to work for Trammell Crow, Greenbriar Homes, Bay Communities, Oxford Development, and Archstone Communities building housing throughout the Bay Area. In 2003, he co-founded Build Inc., which has five active San Francisco projects: 116 units under construction at 650 Indiana St., 300 units at One Oak, 116 units at 836 Eddy St., 136 units at 1532 Harrison St., and 1,240 units in a master-planned development in India Basin. Other than his college years and a stint in Paris, Vasquez has spent his life in San Francisco.

Read the interview here