Our History A Member of the California Builder's Association
Gibbs & Associates
Gary Gibbs

Gibbs & Associates was founded in 1986 to work with Developers in structuring and successfully negotiating Developer Fee's. In 1995, Gary Gibbs was asked by the California Building Industry to help draft Senate Bill 50 which was enacted in 1998. This bill cleared the way for public-private development partnerships and remains the comprehensive legislative package that guides all state school fee determinations.

Gibbs & Associates Primarily Focuses on Master Plan Developments:

Our Mission

Gary believes it is in the best interest of large Master Plan Developers to work in partnership with School Districts to design, finance and build the best quality schools.
Our mission is to promote public-private partnerships for the betterment of the State and its public infrastructure.

Gary has overseen and completed billions in public infrastructure over his tenure consulting for the largest housing developers in the state. Through his work, Gary has provided towns with hundreds of incredible parks and schools that enrich communities and make California a great place to live.

Contact Information
Address: 980 9th Street, 16th Floor
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: Cell - (925) 395-3298
Work - (916) 449-9669
Fax - (916) 446-7104
Email: Gibbsasc@aol.com

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Public-Private Partnerships

Before - Military Base
Irvine, CA
Developer Built Schools Public-Private Matched Financing

Senate Bill 50 allows Developers to choose between paying a State mandated School Mitigation Fee or privately financing Schools. The Developer can choose to undertake construction in lieu of State fees, with the State matching private funding. Smaller Developers can opt to pay the flat fee if the scale of a project effects the economic viabilty of constructing Public Infrastucture.

2 Years Later - Privately Built Public School
Great Parks, Irvine
Planned Developer Built Schools
Significant Cost Savings

Public-Private Partnerships save School Districts a significant amount of money as well. Economies of Scale allow Developers to plan, grade, slab, and construct at significantly reduced costs compared to independent School Districts. This promoted investment in Public Infrastructure, as Developers had more control over the entirety of a project and thus incentivized to provide the best.

Cost Savings for Developer Built Schools Compared with District Built Schools:

Construction 10%
Architects & Consultants 25%
Off-site and On-site Development 40%
General Landscape/Hardscape 40%
Average Developer Savings ~ 25%
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Developer Built Schools Under Construction

1998 Senate Bill 50 Passes



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Fast-Track Development

18 months vs 4 years for Elementary School

Developer Built

CDE/DSA Approvals
Financing Approvals
Site Development

District Built

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Rapid Development Beacon Park

Public-Private Partnerships reduce the duration of the planning and permitting phases of developments.

The Bill set up a rapid verification process, where designs, materials, equipment, and crews could be pre-approved for future projects by complying with more rigorous testing.

These pre-approvals allow builders to primarily focus on site integration and providing exceptional schools.

Maximize Joint-Use Facilities Public Park with Playgorund

With the saved time and money, communities wanted to create joint-use facilities that were intended for use outside of school.

By working with Developers throughout the building process, communities were able to invest in additional infrastructure. These facilities are generally multi-use and provide significant additional benefits to the larger community.

Examples of Joint-Use Facilities include: Gyms, Theaters, Fields, Playgrounds, and Community Programs such as free lunch service.