Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 128
Institutional | PERERA CONSTRUCTION
The company also prides itself on promoting from within. "Succession planning is something we put a big emphasis on," Perera
says. "We are recruiting out of colleges for start-up positions to
develop them for higher-level positions."
As one of the largest construction companies in California's Inland
Empire and throughout the western United States, Perera Construction is adept at handling the complex and technically challenging
projects within the healthcare, higher education, telecommunications and energy sectors. "The most important thing is to not overextend ourselves with these specific clients and to have very qualified
individuals who are knowledgeable doing this work," Perera says.
Perera Construction oversaw the gut-out and build-out of the
30,000-square-foot President Richard M. Nixon Library and Museum
that included the construction of a replica oval office, replica cabinet
room and multiple exhibit rooms with real artifacts. The project also
required the relocation of original President Nixon motor vehicles
using cranes in a confined space. Mechanical and electrical systems
included a high-end HVAC system with temperature and humidity
controls, high-tech security and UV-sensitive lighting.
Longtime client Cedars-Sinai partnered with Perera Construction to oversee the build-out of an existing 5,801-square-foot shell
space for its new gastrointestinal outpatient center. The project included three procedure rooms, 10 pre/post holding bays, a decon-
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Limon (from left), Ryan Schneider and
Brent Tomajian are part of the Cedars-Sinai
Medical Center project team.
tamination and scope processing room and medical gas room. The
center also required the installation of a new switchgear section to
power the suite and the installation of a new rooftop generator for
Perera Construction has been involved in a number of Southern
California Edison projects, including its Energy Education Center,
known as the Smart Home, that showcases how modern technologies can improve lifestyles while conserving energy in homes, and
it built the largest solar rooftop project in the United States. The
company is also working with Disney and Universal Studios on
When Perera Construction bids for projects, the company already
has a team assigned that the clients know or recognize because of its
long-term relationship and repeat work. Although the company has
dedicated teams for each project, it also cross-trains its superintendents to use them for each sector.
About 80 percent of Perera Construction's work is done by subcontractors, which the company also relies on to maintain schedules
and cost control. "The industries we work in seem to be pretty community-based," Perera says. "We all seem to know each other very
well. Our sub base is extremely important and we must have that
kind of relationship with them to have a successful project."
Safety is part of Perera Construction's culture. Its field teams are
all OSHA 30-hour certified and its safety compliance officer is OSHA
510. It also has a third-party safety consultant visit each job site
monthly and reports its findings.
Moving forward, Perera Construction continues to set its sights on
delivering remarkable results. "Our name is out there, and we work
hard to be known as a successful company with longevity and a
strong focus on culture," Perera concludes.