Joe Campanelli has been doing construction in Santa Barbara for more than 30 years, but suddenly his phone has been ringing off the hook. When he slapped a splash of bright blue on his new project, the Gateway Building on Haley Street, people took notice.
“They all want to know how I got this building approved,” Campanelli said. “It has more of a Mediterranean feel to it – clean lines, bold colors, no tile roof. It draws the eye.”
Owner American Dream Properties is hoping it draws tenants too. There is space for two companies in the 100-year-old building, and Campanelli thinks its green construction will be appealing to area businesses.