Students from Southridge Tech Middle School, a technology and engineering focused school, attended the groundbreaking celebration at the project site and had the opportunity to hear from and interact with several professionals from both the public and private sectors, and specifically focused in the areas of planning, architecture, engineering, development, construction, and brokerage. The celebration was also attended by development partners, construction workers, local city officials, and members of the media.

“Breaking ground on Birtcher Logistics Center Fontana is a great milestone for the company and we wanted to find a meaningful way to engage with the next generation and provide an opportunity for students to grow and learn through a hands-on experience with our project team and the city,” said Brooke Birtcher Gustafson, Managing Director of Birtcher Development. “Knowing that career paths don’t always fall into a straight line, we wanted to provide a creative space where the students could reflect on what they’re learning in the classroom while gaining visibility into the different workforce avenues their education may take them.”