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Swinerton Builders: August 19, 2014

Three Year Old with Kidney Cancer to Be a Foreman at San Francisco Building Site

Three year old Renzo from Seaside California suffers from Wilm’s tumor. But despite his illness and his young age, he can explain and describe in detail almost every tool in his dad’s toolbox.

As a firefighter, his dad has plenty of tools that he and Renzo use to work on his motorcycle. “This was an amazing therapy for both of them,” says his mom, Crystal. During play time, Renzo always “builds his construction yard” with the many toy trucks, tools and diggers he owns. “Since Renzo was 10 months old, he has had an unbelievable imagination and fascination with Mighty Machines,” says Crystal. (Mighty Machines is a DVD set that uses real footage of heavy equipment machines to show how they are used, and what jobs apply to them).

Last month, the three year old got to familiarize himself with some mighty machines while spending the morning at a quarry near his home. He will now get to put some of these machines to work on a building site, and spend the morning acting as a construction foreman, thanks to Swinerton Builders and Trinity Properties. On August 19th instead of operating toy trucks in his backyard, Renzo will be helping to operate real construction equipment at the site of the Trinity Phase III project, a 19-story residential tower with six levels of below-grade parking currently under construction located at 33 8th St. in San Francisco. As foreman for the day, Renzo will help operate a manlift, haul dirt, operate a crane and assist in a concrete pour. The day will start with a stretch and flex, followed by a safety orientation and a site tour. Once he has helped operate the heavy machinery, Renzo will leave his mark on the project by making handprints in concrete. And this is all before lunchtime!

“There is nothing more delightful than being able to witness a young child experience their fondest wish. Renzo has loved construction since he was an infant, and will be able to tour a real working construction site, help operate the heavy machinery and learn about safety on a job site. His wish is the one thing his parents say helped him keep his mind off of treatment,” says Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Executive Director, Patricia Wilson.

9:00-9:20am:     Renzo arrives; Stretch & Flex
9:20-9:40:           Safety Orientation
9:40-10:00:        Site Tour
10:00-10:20:     Demonstration of Model
10:20-10:40:     Operate Manlift
10:40-11:00:     Haul Dirt
11:00-11:20:      Operate Crane
11:20-11:40:      Concrete Pour & Handprints
11:40-12:15pm: Pizza Lunch

Trinity Phase III project, 33 8th St. San Francisco at Market St.

About Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area:
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  In 2014 Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area celebrates 30 years fulfilling magical wishes.  During its first year of operation, in 1984, the chapter granted 27 wishes.  Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area grants over 300 wishes per year and has granted over 6,000 wishes to date.  The chapter covers 17 Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Solano and Sonoma.  The goal of Make-A-Wish is to grant a wish to every eligible child in its territory.  Anyone can suggest a child for a wish. For more information or to refer a child for a wish, please call 415/982-9474 or visit

About Swinerton Builders:

Swinerton provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market it serves—proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit