Archive for April, 2021

  • April 15, 2021

    “We can’t just do what we did in 2019. Product is not coming online as quickly as projects are.” – Chris Bailey, Sr. VP of Integrated Solutions

    XL Construction’s Chris Bailey contributed to an article published in Construction Dive on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the construction industry. Chris, along with other industry experts,  provided an outlook on the impacts of the rising cost of materials and supply chain delays. Read the article.

    The impacts described in the article were also further detailed in the March edition of a monthly Construction Cost Impacts report published by XL’s Integrated Solutions Team. Download the report here.


  • April 15, 2021

    Google is accelerating sustainable innovations with Sunnyvale’s first mass timber facility, a 182,000 s.f. office building for the tech trailblazer.

    The five-story facility planned to house nearly 1,000 employees not only has a LEED Platinum certification goal but is also designed to be all-electric and use a PV system that will power the building and return additional energy to the grid. The project will include a dynamic façade with controlled wood shades that reduce solar heat gain and automatically adjust for worker comfort throughout the day. Altogether, the facility is projected to have 96% fewer carbon emissions than if constructed with steel.

    XL Construction has teamed up with Michael Green Architecture and SERA Architects to deliver this groundbreaking facility, which is scheduled for completion in August 2022 – six weeks earlier and for 3.6% less the cost of a steel building of the same size.

    Read the full article published in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

  • April 6, 2021

    Ryan Heeter, a construction industry veteran with more than two decades’ experience, has been named senior vice president leading the company’s healthcare and corporate office business groups by XL Construction, a purpose-driven Northern California-based organization focused on building to improve lives.

    Heeter joined XL Construction in October 2020 to co-manage and begin transitioning the leadership of the corporate office business group from longtime industry veteran Ron Paradies who will be retiring at the end of this year. He assumes the healthcare management role from Alan Laurlund who founded the group and is assuming broader responsibilities in the company.

    In his new role, he will be responsible for broadly managing and building the company’s healthcare business group. The unit has forged a reputation for partnership and collaborating with healthcare providers to develop patient-centric facilities. XL Construction’s roster of healthcare projects include the El Camino Hospital Behavioral Health Center, UC Davis Midtown Clinic, numerous Kaiser Permanente facilities throughout Northern California and the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Center, slated for completion in 2022.

    “Ryan hit the ground running when he joined us last fall and made an immediate impact in bolstering our corporate office group,” said Richard Walker, president, XL Construction. “We know we will benefit from his strong, relationship-oriented management approach and look forward to his increased contributions as we strengthen our management team for our fast-growing business.”

    “I have long known XL for its strong reputation in the industry as a leader in executing high quality, technically advanced projects,” said Heeter. “It has been an incredible opportunity to join the team and leverage my experience to help position the company for the future.”

    Prior to joining XL Construction, Heeter served two years as the chief operating officer at GE Johnson Construction Company of Colorado Springs, Colo. Before that, he enjoyed a 20-plus year tenure at McCarthy Building Companies, where he held several posts including his most recent as executive vice president.

    He graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering management. Heeter is a former volunteer board member for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado and Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Council (EDC). He is also an active volunteer on the American Heart Association’s Executive Leadership Team.

    Heeter is passionate about improving the construction industry for all participants with his greatest business passion in lean, design-build and alternative delivery models. Years ago, he was a co-founder of the Sacramento area Design-Build Institute of America.