Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 126
Institutional | PERERA CONSTRUCTION
PERERA'S TEAM CULTURE ALLOWS IT TO TAKE THE LEAD ON COMPLEX PROJECTS. BY JANICE HOPPE-SPIERS
and CEO Hank Perera (left) and Bryan Glass,
business development, believe Perera Construction has to
be remarkable to remain competitive.
ank Perera relocated from Anchorage, Alaska to Los Angeles
in 1989, leaving behind his residential construction company
to start a new firm focused on commercial
and institutional construction. Perera knew
starting over in a city with 10 million people
that the competition would be fierce. To
differentiate himself he took on complex
projects in the niche specialties of healthcare, telecommunications, higher education
"Those were my primary focuses when
I came to California and I was able to
penetrate that market pretty well," Perera
remembers. "The clients I developed in the
early '90s are the same ones we serve today.
It's all about building long-term relationships. City of Hope has been a client since
1990, Southern California Edison has been a
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client since 1992, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has been a client since 1993 and Verizon
has been a client since 1994, and we are still
doing work with our original clients."
Based in Ontario, Calif., Perera Construction adopted the belief early on that
in a highly competitive marketplace like
the construction industry, one has to be
remarkable in the eyes of its customers to
create differentiation. The company has
nearly three decades of expertise in providing clients with talented staff who create
a collaborative alliance with stakeholders
utilizing high-tech tools and systems in
order to optimize project results.
"I am very proud of being a 29-year-old
company and establishing real respect in
the construction community with the client
base we have," Perera notes. "I came down
from a different state not knowing California
at all and the clients that we have developed
relationships over the past few decades, I
consider them best-in-class clients."
The market has been increasingly busy
over the past two years and Perera Construction has become selective in taking
* Headquarters: Ontario, Calif.
* Employees: 45
* Specia y: General contractor and
"We are very focused on making ure e work we provide is
- Hank Perera, president and CEO