Community Builders

Schipper Construction is invested in our local community, as seen through our work with non-profits and support of construction education.


Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Begins Remodel of Facility

"SANTA BARBARA, CA – Santa Barbara Rescue Mission has broken ground on the 40,000 square foot remodel of its facility located at 535 East Yanonali Street.

This project represents three years of planning, permitting, and initial fundraising to recreate a facility which will better serve as an anchor for services to the homeless and addicted in the community.

It all was possible because of our gracious donors.

In our history, 3 million meals and 1.6 million stays have been provided since 1986. After continuous use, every night, the Yanonali Street buildings were in desperate need of repair. Addressing significant social challenges of those struggling with homelessness and addiction, our team knew that the facility in its existing shape was inadequate to serve homeless guests and residents in 12-month recovery over the next 20 years.

The impact this facility will make for our mission:

  • The shelter capacity will double
  • Gender-specific bathroom and shower facilities will be provided to guests
  • The remodel will still allow our programs to continue during the extensive remodel of each structural element of the facility

The Mission of Hope continues to be impacted by donors across the Santa Barbara region." Courtesy of

Kid's world playground renovation

"Kids World, the unique wooden playground in Alameda Plaza, reopened on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The 25-year-old playground, which includes separate play areas for two- to five-year-olds and five- to 12-year-olds, recently underwent a major renovation to improve access, upgrade structural integrity, and preserve this important community feature for future generations."

"Originally constructed in 1993 with hundreds of community volunteers, Kids World is a one-of-a-kind Leathers and Associates playground design. The renovation project, needed in order to keep the playground safe and accessible for future years of use, included structural improvements with code compliant hardware and the replacement of worn wooden posts and deck boards. Improved circulation and access to the play area for two- to five-year-olds as well as additional gates and fencing established more secure play areas. Rubber wear surfaces were also installed in high-use areas. The renovation design ensures the aesthetics and adventurous atmosphere of this well-loved playground remain intact." - Courtesy of

community involvement

Whether it be serving at local food banks, participating in veteran half-marathon runs, or support of the local arts Schipper Construction Co. finds ways to add value to the community beyond construction services.

(Pictured left):  FSCC is supporting our cherished local institution, the Santa Barbara Zoo, by donating a custom Tiki Playhouse for the Annual Zoofari Ball on August 26, 2017! Many hours of hard work and meticulous planning have gone into creating this one of a kind playhouse! Our very own, highly skilled (and creative) carpenter Gary Quick, with a little help from his apprentice daughters, built this from the ground up. We are proud to donate something that we know will, not only help raise funds for the preservation of animals for generations to come, but also to give joy to some family for generations to come!

Non-Profit Clients

Over the years Schipper Construction has worked with a wide range of local non-profits has helped us separate from our competition.  We have helped local non-profits realize their dreams through successful projects, many of which are repeat clients for new projects or part of their phased master plans.


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Construction Education

Founded by Frank Schipper, the "TRADART Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation devoted to the advancement of career technical education with an emphasis on industry standards. Tradart Foundation believes that education should reflect the nobility and equality of both academic and career studies. Concerned citizens, educators and industry leaders in Santa Barbara believe that meaningful exposure to skills training programs can provide all students with the opportunity to learn a marketable skill."

"This program distributes tools and building materials, as well as other resources, to local Santa Barbara area junior and senior high school wood shop and construction classes. This allows our schools to maintain these important programs for student access and allows the teachers to teach a more comprehensive curriculum which exposes students to the opportunities available to them in the construction trades. Additionally, TRADART works with the schools and local agencies to find creative ways to keep the programs funded. TRADART networks with local contractors and community organizations to assure that students enrolled in these classes have the instructional resources available in their classrooms to be successful as they learn the skills and abilities required for them to enter the local labor market as a first step in their journey to a satisfying and profitable career."

- TradArt Foundation