Five Questions with Drew Bagdasarian, Big Wave Donor and Consultant
1. Tell us about your involvement with Big Wave.
My firm was hired three years ago by Big Wave as an Owners Representative/Project Manager. My primary role is to manage the design and construction teams, as well as the permitting process with San Mateo County. My firm has focused on similar mixed-use and nonprofit housing projects over the last 22 years, and Big Wave is a legacy project for me both professionally and personally. I feel honored to be part of it and fortunate to be able to work on a project like this.
2. What do you hope to accomplish through your philanthropy?
I really want the project to succeed and upfront development costs are expensive.
3. Do you have an anecdote about the organization, or the people involved, that really moved you?
I attended the Harvest Festival a few years ago and got to meet parents and young adults with disabilities who would someday live at Big Wave. Meeting people who are part of the community makes it personal. It made me feel more connected as a member of the Big Wave community, not just an outside consultant.
4. What do you wish people knew about Big Wave?
This is an extremely well thought out project and is well suited for this location. Big Wave is a very cooperative entity that wants to do the right thing and is going to be a good neighbor.
5. What’s one word you would use to describe Big Wave?
Important. I don’t think the general public understands the need for Big Wave-type projects – unless you’re actively looking for housing for a family member with disabilities, and then you probably can’t find it.