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Civil | GHILOTTI CONSTRUCTION CO.

'The Ghilotti Way'

GHILOTTI VALUES ITS ABILITY TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND SUPPORT COMMUNITIES. BY TIM O'CONNOR

Ghilotti family has been
ยป The
involved in the construction
business since 1914.

Ghilo i Construction Co.
www.ghilo i.com
* Revenue: $200 million
* HQ: Santa Rosa, Calif.
* Employees: 400 at peak
* Specia y: Site preparation

"We wanted to get everybody
on e ame page as to how to
start a job and build a job."
- Richard Ghilo i, owner

R

ichard Ghilotti was born into a
construction family and learned
early on that the industry was
built on relationships. He had an
opportunity to form those relationships
early in his career while attending Santa

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Clara University where he made connections with many future owners and contractors. "It's amazing how many people I went
to college with who are in construction
today," Ghilotti says. "It helps to know some
of the owners of the companies and have
the ability to bid on their work."
Those relationships led to Ghilotti's company, Ghilotti Construction Co. (GCC), being
chosen to complete site preparation work
for projects such as Sonoma Raceway and
Skywalker Ranch, the workplace of "Star
Wars" creator George Lucas.
Ghilotti believes the company is successful because it learned to be a partner
when it's in the running for a job. "We try to
understand what the schedule is for their
job and the difficulties with the job," he
explains. At the beginning of the project,
Ghilotti's team meets with the owner and

general contractor face-to-face to discuss
pricing and scheduling.
Those meetings continue throughout
Ghilotti's involvement with the project to
ensure a smooth process. Establishing that
close communication and collaborative
style helps to resolve issues before they
become contentious challenges. "There's always a problem every day in our business,"
Ghilotti says. The key to success is finding a
solution quickly."
Ghilotti's grandfather James Ghilotti
traveled from Italy to the United States
in 1903 and established GCC in 1914.
The company today specializes in total
site preparation and retaining walls for
bridges and infrastructure. GCC is one of
the largest contractors in the Bay Area and
has been named a top contractor by the
North Bay Business Journal and a top 400


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