Somers West has owned the 2,667-acre Braden property for nearly two decades, and in 2013 received development approval under the plan name Cordova Hills. Since then, growth has reached its borders. Envisioning “a new California town,” the company renamed the community Braden, meaning “wide valley” to honor both its location and boundless potential.
A Sacramento, California-based developer, Somers West was born from insights gained in a very different industry — at its sister company, SBM Management Services. As a worldwide provider of building management solutions, SBM has served some of Silicon Valley’s largest and highest profile businesses, seeing up close their struggle with attracting and retaining employees, Somers West is a direct response to this challenge. Breaking from the traditional developer mindset, Somers West is shaping Braden to improve quality of life by addressing California’s most pressing problems — housing affordability, traffic and loss of industry. Even helping to reduce the carbon that is warming our planet.
To bring this vision to life, the company has assembled a best-and-brightest team. Somers West President, Denise Gammon, began her career at the Irvine Company, and has collaborated on diverse, high-profile projects from coast to coast, including the acclaimed, sustainable redevelopment of Stapleton, Denver’s former airport, now known as the Central Park community. The team also includes world-renowned planner Peter Calthorpe of HDR/Calthorpe and town planner of the Stapleton redevelopment team. And award-winning Lake Flato Architects, celebrated for buildings that uniquely respond to the natural environment.
Somers West is a full-spectrum developer and builder, with projects in both California and Hawaii. At Braden, we’re looking for partners who share our vision for crafting a new town model for working and living in California. If that sounds like you, let’s talk.
Let’s work together to give Californians a vital new relationship between work and life, city and nature.