Two major construction projects in San Diego County give hope to small builders after a dismal 2020.

“Things will recover and turn around,” said a hopeful Dwayne Henry, owner of San Diego-based Moor Electric.

Henry admitted that 2020 was delivering about 50% of expected business, but said he is already seeing a better 2021. His company recently completed all electrical work on the Bay Terrace Senior Center.

“From the street to the building, we’ve got it all ready,” he smiled.

However, what may be his pride and joy is seen by tens of thousands of drivers every day.

“That was definitely a big one,” said Henry.

Moor Electric built the University of California San Diego sign next to the Gilman Bridge over Interstate 5.

“Just knowing you’re doing things like that at this level is a great feeling,” he said.

He’s seen a boom in business and sees more on the horizon, particularly with the advancement of SDSU West in Mission Valley and the start of construction on the Gaylord Pacific Resort along the Bayfront of Chula Vista. The resort is expected to have 1,600 hotel rooms and approximately one million square feet of convention space. The Port of San Diego recently requested a hearing from subcontractors interested in working on the multi-billion dollar development.

“We were hoping to be part of one of those projects just because of the longevity of what it offers, the safety and the ongoing work,” explained Henry. “Everything has its challenges and in the end you have to master all challenges. It’s just part of life. “

The Aztec Stadium in the heart of SDSU West is due to be completed next year. The groundbreaking ceremony for Gaylord Pacific should also take place next year.