KASA PARTNERS brings over 60 combined years of relevant institutional experience, entrepreneurial zest, local knowledge and best practices in the real estate industry. Our experience is rooted with some of the most preeminent global real estate firms in the country.
Together, we've built over $1 billion of real estate to date.
Andrew K. Kawahara is a Partner at KASA Partners. His experience in real estate development, corporate and public sector real estate, public-private partnerships, architecture and urban planning spans over 25 years. As a developer, Andrew has been involved in some of the most complex real estate projects and transactions in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Andrew serves as Principal role on KASA’s development projects including an 800-unit residential and retail development in South San Francisco . He led the 14-member development team for Salesforce’s proposed 1.9 million square foot, $2 billion headquarters in Mission Bay, San Francisco. He continues to lead KASA’s team to provide real estate advisory and project management services for Salesforce on its 880,000 square foot campus expansion into Salesforce Tower.
Previously, Andrew was Senior Vice President of Myers Development Company in San Francisco, where he oversaw day-to-day development of residential and office projects totaling in excess of $600 million. Projects include Centennial Towers, a two-phase 665,000 sf office campus, The Peninsula Mandalay, a 112-unit, 18-story residential tower and 80 Natoma, a 423-unit, 50-story luxury condominium tower in San Francisco.
Prior to Myers, Andrew was Development Manager for a boutique development company in San Francisco specializing in housing in South of Market and at Jones Lang LaSalle in Silicon Valley.
Andrew is a registered architect in California and New York and practiced architecture at Kohn Pedersen Fox in New York among other firms.
Andrew is a member of Urban Land Institute, where he is an UrbanPlan School Champion, and a member of The Belden Club.
He serves on the Board of Trustees for Mark Day School in Marin County.
Master of Architecture in Urban Design (real estate development emphasis)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Bachelor of Architecture
James Y. Suh is a Partner at KASA Partners. His experience as a developer, project manager and Architect spans over 20 years. He has expertise in entitlements, property due diligence, repositioning strategies, and project management for design and construction. His experience in project types ranges from office, residential, retail, mixed-use, adaptive reuse, and non-profit institutions.
James was a Development Manager with Wilson Meany in San Francisco, where he was responsible for leading and managing all aspects of development focusing on mixed-use development and specialty projects in San Francisco. James specializes in complex and difficult entitlements and managing public-private partnerships. He has managed the entitlement and design of the new Exploratorium museum, a 41-unit residential-retail project in San Francisco, and is managing the first infrastructure phase of the Treasure Island redevelopment. He has worked with government agencies as the public partner or as the client including the Port of San Francisco, the Treasure Island Development Agency, and the Swiss government. He is experienced in the condominium map process, managing a marketing, leasing, and property management team for residential projects, and understanding the financial analytics of a deal. He is experienced in lease negotiations and has a proven track record for conducting successful community outreach in the most challenging areas of San Francisco. He has managed large teams of architects/engineers/contractors in design and construction and is knowledgeable in complex building systems from pier construction, photovoltaic arrays, and sustainable HVAC strategies.
James is a member of the Urban Land Institute, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and serves as a Board Member of the San Francisco Korean American Chamber of Commerce. James is a registered Architect in California and New York.
Master of Science in Real Estate Development
University of Pennsylvania
Master of Architecture
Bachelor of Arts in Art History
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