Company

 

Minardos Group has been building design-centered residential and creative commercial projects for nearly two decades, during which time the firm has earned a reputation as experts in the field of contemporary building. To ensure that each project is appropriately cared for at every stage in its life cycle—from conception to maintenance—the firm is organized into individual Consulting, Building, Development and Estate Care groups. Each Group is comprised of highly creative, design-oriented professionals with strong backgrounds in construction.

In addition to receiving recognition in many leading design publications, the firm has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: Gold Nugget Awards in the Best Custom Home and Office Interiors categories in 2007, and 2004, and 2002; Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards in 2006 and 2005 for commercial and institutional projects; and an AIA National Honor Award in 2005 for the Jigsaw Office interior.

Our People

George Minardos

George Minardos

CEO

As President and Founder of Minardos Group, George Minardos possesses an impressive list of professional and academic achievements, and delivers a straightforward presentation of building-related knowledge that’s made him a trusted consultant in the building industry. George’s vision and commitment to design-centered projects continues to guide and build the Minardos Group into an institution that is unique among its peers.

After completing a degree in entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School of Business and spending summers on Wall Street, George decided that Wall Street life was not for him. He returned to his native Los Angeles to obtain a degree in English literature from UCLA. He then realized that his real passion was for architecture, and started in the building business immediately after college.

George is a board member for several nonprofits including the foundation he founded, Race for a Cause Charitable Trust, which raises money for environmental causes via the global sailboat racing circuit. When not working, George enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons, along with sailing, diving, dining, traveling, art, languages and philanthropy.

Brett Butler

Brett Butler

President

As General Manager of Minardos Group, Brett Butler is responsible for overseeing all firm operations, as well as providing leadership and strategic planning and direction. In addition, Brett coordinates and aligns all activities for the Consulting, Building, Development and Estate Care groups, ensuring ongoing consistency in both product and process.

Brett, whose grandfather is a contractor and brother an architect, began working in construction during summers while attending Emory University in Atlanta, where he earned a degree in anthropology. He has worked with George Minardos for more than a decade, during which time Brett has worked his way up through the ranks including holding the positions of superintendent, project manager and controller.

Outside of work, Brett enjoys spending time with his family, backpacking and “perpetually remodeling my house.”

Larry Adkins

Larry Adkins

Building Group Manager

Senior Project Manager for Minardos Group, Larry Adkins is responsible for project supervision at the highest level, managing, mentoring and training all building staff. Larry ensures a smooth construction process and successful completion for every project by implementing a standardized project delivery method, attending to every detail, and maintaining a high standard of communication.

Larry has been in the construction business since his junior high school years, when he spent summers working on job sites with his uncles, gaining experience in concrete, framing and finish carpentry. Following high school, he earned a degree in automotive and diesel technology, and proceeded to work on a team that built one of racing’s fastest diesel-powered cars. Larry then served for two years in the military police in Operation Desert Storm, after which he returned to construction and the “satisfaction of being outside and building something.” He owned his own construction firm for a time, with billings ranging from $10-$15 million, then ran Selko Structures in the San Fernando Valley for two years, just prior to joining MInardos Group.

Happily married to his high school sweetheart, Larry enjoys paintball, camping, hiking and fishing with his wife and two sons. He’s also a devoted fan of his oldest son’s track and field activities.

Awards

LABC Los Angeles Architectural Awards 2012 Renovation
Indian Paint Brush Productions | Commercial/Retail Category

LABC Los Angeles Architectural Awards 2011
South Beverly Grill | Restaurant Category

AISC American Institute of Steel Construction IDEAS Awards 2011
Indian Paintbrush | Exemplary Use of Structural Steel

AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Award 2010
South Beverly Grill | Restaurant Category

Gold Nugget Merit Award 2009
R+D Kitchen | Best Rehab Project

LABC Los Angeles Architectural Awards 2009
TreePeople Center for Community Forestry

Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles Design Green Citation Award 2008
TreePeople Center for Community Forestry

Gold Nugget Merit Award 2007
Old Oak Lane | Best Custom Home Category

LABC Los Angeles Architectural Awards 2006
Tree People Center for Sustainable Forestry

LABC Los Angeles Architectural Awards 2006
Johnson Fain Renovated Buildings

LABC Los Angeles Architectural Awards 2005
Jigsaw Office | Office Interiors Category

AIA National Honor Award 2005
Jigsaw Office | Commercial Interior Category

Golden Nugget 2004
Jigsaw | Best Rehab Industrial or Commercial Project

LABC Los Angeles Architectural Awards 2004
The Johnson House | Housing Category

Best Company to work for in 2003
Residential Construction Industry

Golden Nugget Grand Award 2002
Larchmont Residence Best | Custom Home Category

City of Santa Monica
Mayor’s Commendation for Sustainability 1996

Sustainability

Sustainable building practice has always been a fundamental philosophical and operational component of Minardos Group. One of the firm’s early projects was a Green Demonstration home for the Eco Expo. The home was constructed of modular parts, enabling it to be assembled and disassembled for transportation to various expositions around the country. In addition, the home utilized Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPS), straw bale, a cooling tower, radiant heating, zero-VOC paints, and formaldehyde free paneling.

George Minardos was a founding member of the Construction Specification Institute’s Green Building program. Today, Minardos Group has LEED Accredited professionals on staff and promotes sustainable construction on all projects. All Minardos Group buildings use reclaimed or sustainably harvested lumber, energy efficient systems and appliances, as well as low- or zero-VOC paints and adhesives.

COMPLETED PROJECTS

TreePeople Center for Sustainable Forestry: This LEED Gold campus consists of an environmental learning center, a watershed demonstration garden, a sustainable conference center building designed by Marmol Radziner and Associates and a 250,000-gallon underground rainwater storage cistern.

Old Oak Lane Residence: Designed as a “healthy home,” sustainable features of this residence include in-floor radiant heating within an architectural finish concrete floor; use of reclaimed and sustainably harvested lumber; a 13,000-gallon underground cistern for rainwater collection; whole-house filtration systems for air and water; low- or zero- VOC paint and adhesive products; and solar pool heating.

Sunset Residence: This remodel and addition to a Sunset Park bungalow is constructed of recycled material such as concrete, lumber, glass, and fireplace bricks as well as natural products such as cork, exposed timbers and stone. Air quality is addressed by the use of low or zero VOC materials, including all paints and adhesives, and with HEPA filtration on the HVAC system. Natural ventilation and lighting are achieved with sliding doors and operable skylights. A rainwater collection system provides water to the gardens, and the Koi pond is treated non-chemically through bio-filter and UV filtration and aeration.

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MINARDOS GROUP

2800 28th Street, Suite 170
Santa Monica, CA 90405
License No.: 728956 (B)
Phone: (310) 450-6900
Fax: (310) 450-6988

Minardos Group

2800 28th Street, Suite 170
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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