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Civil | GHILOTTI CONSTRUCTION CO.

On the private side, owners want to work
with a strong contractor with a proven track
record of finishing jobs. GCC prefers to be
involved in a project early on so that it can
help with budgeting decisions and perform
value-engineering services.
It's not enough for Ghilotti to simply
complete a job. The company wants to
ensure it is taking care of its employees
and the communities it works in. Ghilotti is
known for contributing to charitable causes
and supporting organizations such as Boy
Scouts, Girl Scouts, Marin Abused Women's
Services, Speedway Children's Charities and
Redwood Empire Food Bank with donations
and in-kind site work. The company also
sponsors events such as the Sausalito Art
Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Many of the company's charitable efforts
revolve around the arts. It's one way that
Ghilotti honors the memory of his son, Dino,
who was killed in a car accident in 2013. Dino
Ghilotti was a recent University of Miami
graduate and ceramic artist who spent his
summers working for his family's company.
Dino's sudden death devastated the family. Ghilotti took a break from the company
for a year and left the daily operations to his
team. "Our senior managers stepped in and
we had our best years the last three years,"
he says. The family honored Dino's memory
by creating a scholarship in his name at the
University of Miami that goes to a student
from California.

The company also donated site preparation work for the modernization of the
sports complex at Dino's high school, Marin
Catholic High School in Kentfield. Marin
Catholic later named the new sports complex after Dino, who was a member of the
school's basketball and football teams.
The family is carrying on Dino's legacy
through the dg Foundation, an organization
that raises money for youths to attend San
Domencio School, Marin Catholic and the
University of Miami. When Ghilotti's wife,
Nancy, passed away in 2015 the foundation
added her as an honorary.

Investing in Capabilities
Since the height of the recession in 2008,
Ghilotti has doubled the size of the company in terms of revenue and employees.
That rebound is enabling the company to
continue to invest in its capabilities.
California has strict air quality regulations and some jobs require contractors to
use clean engines that meet the EPA's Tier 4
standards, which call for reducing emissions
of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides by
90 percent. GCC has invested $2 million annually in cleaner engines for the past eight
years to stay ahead of those requirements.
The Silicon Valley area remains a hotbed
of construction activity and GCC has opened
new branches in locations where work
is the strongest. Its most recent addition
was an office in Sunnyvale, Calif., one of
GCC has doubled its size
in terms of revenue and
employees since 2008.

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the largest cities within Silicon Valley. "We
chase where the work is," Ghilotti says.
As the company strengthens its footprint
within the Bay Area market, it is also investing in its employees. In February 2016,
GCC held an extensive, three-day managers
academy in the conference center at Big
Rock Ranch. Consulting company FMI Corp.
facilitated the session for GCC's salespeople, project managers, operations staff
and finance personnel. "We wanted to get
everybody on the same page as to how to
start a job and build a job," Ghilotti explains.
"How do you do a good job for a customer
throughout the project and then collect the
money when it's due?"

'There's always
a problem. The
key to success
is finding
a solution
quickly.'
The session taught employees how to
improve the company's operations, procedures for daily work on the job site, how to
manage challenges, how to keep abreast
of changes in the field and how to collect
money to maintain a consistent cash flow.
"It energized our whole management team,"
Ghilotti says.
One goal was to develop a set of standard
procedures for the company. Many of GCC's
employees have worked at other construction firms and all learned different ways
to accomplish the same goals. Ghilotti envisions an operation where everyone uses
similar processes. "We want to get all the
procedures down to be more structured," he
says. "We call it 'The Ghilotti Way' now."
FMI covered many possible ways to implement those standard procedures during the
training, but the company is focusing on its
pre-job startup and change-order processes
to start. Ghilotti says it will move on to other
areas for improvement at a later time.


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