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project," he says, noting that the company strives to keep its site
spotless, which helps workers stay productive. "When you work
in a clean environment, they give you better, finished results."
Not only has the company employed a safety associate to
monitor conditions, but it also requires employees undergo
safety training. "Before somebody starts, he has to go through
orientation and is badged," Gillett adds.
An Incredible Team
Based in Las Vegas, Gillett Construction specializes in commercial buildings throughout the region. Darren Gillett co-founded
the company 14 years ago.
"Prior to that, I was working for a large general contractor and
felt it was best to give it a go on my own," Gillett recalls. Since
then, the company has grown a portfolio that includes arenas
and athletic facilities, restaurants, professional office buildings
and tenant improvements, and multi-story, hospitality and casino projects. Today, "We're a little better than a lot of our competitors," Gillett says, noting that its ability to self-perform work sets
He also praises his team. "We've got a really tight core group of
people that get along incredibly well," Gillett asserts. "Everyone
appears perfectly content to be here."
There is a sense of teamwork at Gillett Construction. "Everyone
is willing to jump and get things done," he says. "The employees
take a tremendous amount of pride in the projects we do."
Its key members include General Superintendent Ernie
Raczniak, who has worked alongside Gillett since 2000. "Without
him, none of this really works," Gillett declares.
Gillett Construction recently experienced changes in the Las
Vegas market. When the contractor started the Golden Knights
project, "Things were slow and sluggish, but things are picking
up," he reports.
The increased activity has impacted the availability of subcontractors, but the company is coping well. "We're fine," Gillett
asserts. "[There has been] nothing terrible to overcome."
He predicts more success for Gillett Construction. "We're going
to have a little bit of growth," he notes."
Gillett Construction LLC's employees carry extensive experience,
which comes in handy when clients ask it to solve construction
challenges on projects. "Gillett has a wealth of knowledge in
all aspects of commercial construction, with particular expertise
with life safety systems," the company says.
These include code compliance with framing, drywall,
doors and hardware, as well as the integration of fire alarm
and suppression systems, and HVAC smoke control systems.
"Gillett excels in directing design/build projects with extensive
experience managing the design team to achieve the client's
objectives while controlling costs," it says.
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