• November
  • November 14

    Sustainability for Every Jobsite

    Austin, TX

    Sustainable building practices can be incorporated into every single jobsite–but how do you implement green methodology without creating a bunch of extra work? We’ll discuss best practices and solutions you can implement right away; plus, we’ll explore how green building can be used to gain a competitive advantage.

    Speaker: Courtney Lorenz, Sustainability Manager

    Groundbreak Powered by Procore

  • November 7

    Cost Dialogues: The Contractor Perspective on Mass Timber Buildings

    Mission Bay Conference Center

    Innovation isn’t necessarily new, but it should always be better—and that’s certainly been the case for mass timber. Environmental performance, lighter weight, speed of construction and aesthetics are all cited as reasons for its use over traditional materials.  However, one of the hurdles left before mass timber can become mainstream is cost. Cost of materials, manufacturer capabilities and efficiencies, erection processes, pre-planning and the level of prefabrication all play a role in the final cost of a mass timber project, and yet there is little widespread knowledge of these topics. This panel of three experienced installers and contractors will provide insight on the cost of real mass timber buildings in the US. Preconstruction planning, construction phasing, erection techniques and lessons learned will all be covered to help building designers assess the viability of their own mass timber projects.


    Matt Larson, LEED AP, XL Construction
    Dan Lamar, Richard Hancock Inc.,
    and Kyle Warren, Turner Construction

    Bay Area Wood Design Symposium - Mass Timber

  • October
  • October 29

    The Janet Durgin Guild and Commons – Getting to the Greenest Building Possible @ Green California Schools Summit

    Pasadena, CA

    When Sonoma Academy completed phase one of its campus 10 years ago some asked why it wasn’t LEED certified, especially since sustainability is part of its strategic plan and curriculum.

    This is the story of how it developed its master plan to build the greenest school building they could and ended up being recognized in 2018 by the AIA Committee on the Environment as one of ten leading buildings in environmental design.

    Rick Theis, Trustee, Chair of Buildings and Grounds Committee, Sonoma Academy
    Pauline Souza, Partner and Director of Sustainability, WRNS Studio
    Courtney Lorenz, Sustainability Manager, XL Construction

    Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit & Expo

  • October 18

    Genentech B9 Project Comparison with Field-Driven Lean @ LCI Congress 2018

    Orlando, FL

    XL completed two identical projects for Genetech. The scope, team, and market conditions were almost identical, however, one project utilized Lean strategies and one did not. Superintendent Jimmy Spencer will explain in detail how implementing Lean strategies improved safety, efficiency, sequence of work, subcontractor behavior, subcontractor buy-in, overtime required, timely owner decisions, and cost savings.

    20th LCI Congress

  • September
  • September 19

    Combining Best in Class Markup Tools with Best in Class PM Tools to Supercharge your Workflows

    Austin, TX

    Construction is currently experiencing on the largest digitization efforts to be experienced by any industry. With many great solutions on the market, it is important that users are optimizing workflows to get the most our of their investments. Procore and Bluebeam have partnered to ensure just that – users can connect some if their most utilized tools and truly collaborate – efficiently. Learn how users are utilizing the Procore + Bluebeam integrations to streamline their workflows to save time and money across the enterprise.

    Speakers DJ Phipps, Director, Construction Technology at XL Construction and Kris Lengieza, Director of Business Development, Marketplac at Procore, presented this lecture at the BlueBeam Extreme Conference 2019.

    XCON 2019

  • September 12

    East Coast/West Coast, Small/Large - Two Schools Meeting LBC's Red List @ Living Product Expo 2018

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Like many schools across the nation, Sonoma Academy, a west coast, rural high school, and the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, an east coast, urban, K-8 school are rethinking educational design. By pushing for material transparency, these two projects are turning their learning facilities into healthy havens and proving that the LBC Material’s Red List is achievable across a variety of building types and scales.

    This session will examine Sonoma Academy’s new Janet Durgin Guild & Commons building – a 2-story, 19,500-sf hybrid maker space, cooking lab, and learning center, located in Santa Rosa, and explore the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh 8th Grade Classroom building, a 1,000-sf modular learning space located near downtown Pittsburgh. Design teams from both projects will discuss how they overcame hurdles to meet LBC Red List, and illustrate how their projects pushed for transparency, energy-efficient products and systems, and avoided harmful chemicals. They’ll lead a dynamic discussion about the future of building materials, focusing on where the A+D industry should head in terms of local and sustainable products.

    Speaker: Courtney Lorenz, Sustainability Manager

    Living Product Expo 2018

  • August
  • August 28

    Bay Area Bluebeam User Group Meeting

    XL Construction, Milpitas

    Please join us for our next Bay Area Bluebeam User Group Meeting on August 28, 2018 at the XL Construction office in Milipitas.

    We will start with networking and snacks from 5:00pm to 6:00pm with the presentations starting promptly at 6:00pm.

    Shane Saltzgiver with VEC will be presenting on their usage of various Construction Technologies

    Caleb Taylor from Buildr and DJ Phipps from XL Construction will be presenting about workflows between Bluebeam, Egnyte and ProCore.

    Looking forward to having everyone join us for a great night of conversation and networking!

    Bay Area Bluebeam User Group Meeting

  • May
  • May 17

    Progressive Design-Build in Community Colleges @ DBIA WPR Annual Conference

    Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA

    A candid session on lessons learned on the Skyline College Environmental Science Building’s progressive design-build project. Learn how our team quickly changed our practices during the design phase to expedite the schedule. The XL/DES/Owner team leveraged LEAN practices during the design phase of the project, and saw significant cost and schedule savings. Leverage our design phase lessons learned at the start of your next progressive design-build project for an even better project!

    DBIA WPR Annual Regional Conference

  • April
  • April 12

    2018 Hard Hats with Heart

    USS Hornet Museum - 707 W Hornet Ave Alameda, California

    Hard Hats with Heart is the first ever, industry specific event for the American Heart Association’s Greater Bay Area Division. Now in its second year, this event brings together professionals from across the construction and healthcare industries for an evening of networking and a brief program on the health impact work of the AHA.

    XL is a Gold sponsor of this event

    2018 Hard Hats with Heart

  • February
  • February 28

    CASH Conference 2018: Navigating a Hot Construction Market with Minimal Impact to Your Project

    Sacramento Convention Center

    XL Project Executive, Kelley Cowan, will be discussing ways to meet you budget and schedule in this extremely busy market at the 39th Annual CASH Conference:

    While a “boom” period is always better than a “bust” period, there are issues that arise during the former that present challenges to school districts trying to complete their projects at a reasonable price with minimal risk. Listen to an experienced panel discuss how school districts can meet these challenges and still complete their projects as close as possible to the original budget and schedule. This workshop will review various symptoms of a busy  construction market, such as: bidding and cost-certainty strategies, potential shortages of contractors and inspectors, and how to address them given applicable legal requirements.

    39th Annual CASH Conference

  • February 13

    Bay Area Bluebeam User Group (BayAreaBUG) Meeting

    851 Buckeye Court, Milpitas, CA 95035

    Calling all Bay Area Bluebeam users! Join us on February 13th for a night of sharing the latest and greatest workflows and getting to know some fellow bluebeamers.


    Bay Area Bluebeam User Group (BayAreaBUG) Meeting

  • February 1

    AIA Silicon Valley Chapter - Tour and Panel Discussion of d.tech High School

    Design Tech High School - 275 Oracle Parkway Redwood City, CA 94065

    The world’s first school located on a tech campus — will soon provide interdisciplinary learning spaces built-to-fit the school’s personalized and problem-based  approach. The curvilinear, two-story building is designed to connect both to its elongated, bay-side site and the Oracle campus.

    Join the AIA Silicon Valley Chapter on February 1st as we tour the newly designed and newly occupied Design Tech School at Oracle Campus, a free charter school.


  • November
  • November 8

    The Making of the Greenest School - LEED LBC and WELL

    Greenbuild ABX, Boston Convention Center & Exhibition Center

    In a bold display of commitment, Sonoma Academy developed an ambitious agenda for their new Maker and Grange Building-an opportunity to illustrate their boldness and vision by committing to three benchmark systems for the first time: LEED, Living Building and the Well Building Educational Pilot.

    Hear what XL’s Sustainability Manager, Courtney Lorenz, has to say about achieving the commendable goal Sonoma Academy has set forth for sustainability at Greenbuild ABX 2017.


    A05 - The Making of the Greenest School - LEED LBC and WELL

  • November
  • November 16

    What Will Be in the 2017 Code?

    Hyatt Regency Sacramento & Sacramento Convention Center

    We were all surprised at the extent of energy, water and other code changes in the 2013 update. Listen to those with the different State Commissions and Agencies and professional organizations who are working to draft the proposed 2017 code update. What might achieving the new requirements cost? Will our O&M teams need different training to operate new systems?

    Find out answers to these and more questions at the CCFC Conference “2017 Code Panel Discussion” moderated by XL’s Kelley Cowan.

  • November 14-16

    CCFC 23rd Annual Conference

    Sacramento Convention Center - 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

    We are looking forward to attending the 23rd Annual CCFC Conference on November 14-16! Stop by booth 410 and say hello to the XL team! We look forward to seeing you and learning about the latest in the California Community College building.

    CCFC 23rd Annual Conference

  • October
  • October 16-19

    CSU Facilities Management Conference

    Hyatt Regency Indian Wells - 44600 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210

    Members of XL’s Education team are looking forward to the 2016 CSU Facilities Management Conference in October.

    2016 CSU Facilities Management Conference

  • October 15

    Leap's Annual Sandcastle Classic

    Ocean Beach @ Balboa Ave, San Francisco

    We are excited to support arts in education and participate in LEAP’s Annual Sandcastle Classic! The contest is on Saturday, October 15th at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. As proud member of the Sandy Warhols team, we are partnered with Bradley Concrete, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc., Walter P, Moore and the Diane Feinstein Elementary School. Our team goal is to raise $10,000 for arts education. Click here to help us reach our goal and support arts in education.

    2016 Sandcastle Classic

  • August
  • August 15-17

    How we use Bluebeam to relocate microprocessing facilities

    Marriott Marquis, San Diego, CA

    XL’s BIM Specialist, Alex Tanguay, will be discussing how he is using bluebeam to track 2200 tools for a microprocessing facility that is being relocated. To learn more, check out the “Industry Panel: Workflow Applications with Revu” at the Bluebeam eXtreme Conference on August 15th.

  • August 10

    Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange - Summer Tech Talk

    XL Construction: 1810 13th Street, Suite 110, Sacramento, CA 95811

    Construction technology is heating up! Join SRBX and our panel of experts as we explore the technologies that are changing the face of construction. Summer Tech Talk will dig beneath the hype and focus on the latest best practices in the design, construction, and management of commercial buildings. Click here for more details and to register.

  • August 8

    CRRA 2016

    DoubleTree Hotel, Sacramento, CA

    XL’s Sean Falvey is speaking on a panel at the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) Annual Conference. The panel will discuss construction demolition debris recycling from the perspectives of a builder, a C&D recycling facility operator, and local government.

    Link to conference details

  • July
  • July 13

    Data Day: We have all this data, so now what?

    Scottsdale, Arizona

    XL’s Best Practices Leader, John Mack, will be presenting new and relevant ideas about model data. Specifically, what has been done with data to date and how to carry it forward using better workflows. The discussion is meant to inspire and help the cause, not to fight it.

    Data Day, July 13, 2016