• Josh Veblen


Arcadia, California, April 8, 2020 – EXPEDITED DESIGN, PROCUREMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR: Alco Building Solutions Inc. (ABS) announced this morning that is was an award recipient in response to a public sector Request for Proposal (RFP) through the School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR). SPURR is a public agency, a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) with over 250 member California K-12 public school districts, community college districts and county offices of education.

Following an in-depth public selection bid process, this award serves as a key strategic milestone for ABS, and will contractually allow their firm to design, procure and implement LED Lighting and Control projects directly with public agencies in California -- whether they are SPURR members or not -- saving their clients and the local community time, money and a more streamlined expedient path to project implementation.

SPURR’s RFP and the resulting SPURR Master Contract (SMC) with ABS included “piggyback” text, essentially allowing any public agency (and limited non-profit entities) in California to participate in their program.

SPURR anticipates that most public agencies will use California Government Code sections 4217.10 to 4217.18 (GC 4217) regarding Energy Conservation Contracts, to authorize use of SPURR’s RFP and the SMC. Although GC 4217 permits Energy Conservation Contract procurements absent a competitive process, use of the RFP and SMC provides public agencies with a transparent, competitive procurement process readily available for their use.

SPURR Program Benefits:

Program participants will benefit in the following ways from SPURR’s LED Program RFP and resulting SPURR Master Contracts:

  • Access to LED lighting equipment at excellent prices procured through aggregated purchasing.

  • Less expensive and more efficient vendor process, due to the reduced number of proposals needed for submittal/review.

  • An open, documented competition maximizing credibility and confidence in procurement procedures.

  • Standardized pricing that can be evaluated before entering discussions with ABS.

  • Design-Build approach, including: Design, Procurement, Utility Incentive Recognition and Implementation.

About the School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR)

SPURR aggregates purchasing power and expertise for California public education agencies and other eligible entities. SPURR operates procurement and consulting programs for natural gas, electricity, LED lights, solar energy, telecommunications and internal networking, and expense management.

SPURR aggregates purchasing power and expertise for California public education agencies and other eligible entities.

In its procurement process, SPURR typically will:

  • Publish an RFP and invite dozens of prospective vendors to submit pricing and terms.

  • Answer vendor questions and obtain clarifications to responses.

  • Evaluate compliant responses, using price as the most important factor, but not the only one.

  • Select winning vendors for awards of specific items or services.

  • Enter into SPURR Master Contracts (SMCs) with the winning vendors and make the included pricing and terms available to “Eligible Entities” in California.

About Alco Building Solutions, Inc.

Founded in 1995, Alco Building Solutions (ABS) has built a reputation with a customer-centric mentality, and our commitment to excellent craftsmanship. As a licensed General B (Construction) Contractor, C-10 (Electrical) Contractor and Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) in the State of California, ABS offers a full suite of solutions to meet the needs of our diverse client base.

ABS is a recognized leader in the building, operation and maintenance of infrastructure including applications such as: federal, municipal, airports, education, commercial office buildings and industrial sites, as well as a wide range of technical infrastructure.

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Allan Cook


As the president of Alco Building Solutions, Inc. (ABS) I would like to give you a little background on our company, sharing some of our values and our commitment to the community as well. ABS started in 1995 as ALCO ELECTRIC and became an "Electrical & General Construction" firm in 2004, incorporating that same year.

Safety, craftsmanship, integrity, technical knowledge and collaboration are values that we consider important within our business. We have been fortunate to positively impact many people and communities in our work. It's humbling to be contributing to those around us, doing something within an industry that we are so passionate about.


Since our inception, our firm has completed numerous projects in the fields of Electrical (commercial, industrial, institutional and large residential), General Construction, EV Charging Infrastructure, Facility Maintenance, and Energy Services. In putting our values to practice, I have served as a Chairperson for Rebuilding Together (2001-2006), Economic Development Commissioner (1/06/2004-12/31/2007) with the City of Duarte,CA, and I have served on the "Route 66 Parade" committee for over 10 years as well. I have also served as the President of the Duarte, CA Elks Lodge. We live out our values through our actions... It's that simple.

Joshua Veblen, LC


Josh uses his extensive industry knowledge to collaborate in helping customers conceptualize, design, finance, and implement general construction, tenant improvement, energy optimization and sustainability projects throughout the west coast. Josh’s technical strength is complimented by stellar communication skills allowing him to easily translate customer needs into technical guidelines providing leadership for our internal teams, and clients.


Throughout his career, he has developed and implemented a variety of construction, energy optimization and sustainability projects with warehouse/distribution, food processing, healthcare, K12, higher education, manufacturing, municipal, and federal government customers, including many national accounts.


Prior to joining ABS, Josh was employed as the Business Unit Manager with SmartWatt Energy overseeing all west coast operations. Josh is also an award-winning manager/leader, and has been recognized for this skill set from all prior employers.

Kris Kimble

Business Development Manager

Twenty seven years of professional experience has provided a broad base from which to offer leadership, business development expertise as well as collaboration, consulting and advice to other business leaders. A passion for efficiency, formal training and certification combine in a unique and pragmatic approach to planning, problem solving and results.

Specialties: Understanding a wide range of industry (Academics, Workforce Development, Building Owners/Managers, Architectural/Design, Government & Business) needs to plan, meet mandates, and establish meaningful policy for performance and change.