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  • 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.

  • February 16, 2021

    XL was recognized again by the Construction Employers’ Association (CEA) for excellence in safety as the recipient of the 2020 President’s Safety Award. This is the 10th consecutive year we have been awarded this honor.

    The President’s Safety Award recognizes contractors who meet at least four of the six following criteria set forth by the CEA:​

    1. ​Total Incident Rate that is 50% below industry average (Industry Average 3.0. XL’s Total Incident Rate .90)
    2. Lost Workday Incident Rate that is 50% below industry average (Industry Average is 1.0. XL’s is 0)
    3. Experience Modification Rate ≤ .70 (XL’s Experience Modification Rate is .40)
    4. Cal/OSHA recognized Voluntary Protection Program Construction (Cal/VPPC) participant
    5. Demonstration of an Active Training Program that includes complete and accurate records containing the number and names of employees trained in (with approximate dates of training): OSHA 10 Hour; First Aid/CPR; Competency in Scaffold, Excavation, and Fall Protection; Other Training. (XL has an active training program and meets the criteria of the application)

    This award is a testament to XL’s commitment to safety, even throughout a particularly challenging year with COVID-19, consistent with our safety mantra ‘Think Safe. Work Safe. Home Safe.’

  • January 27, 2021

    The New York Times published an article summarizing recent research on the important role buildings themselves play in promoting treating mental health patients. El Camino Health ’s new behavioral health facility, the Taube Pavilion, was highlighted a revolutionary example of how new facilities are “chipping away at outdated institutional models” at a time when the need for mental health services is greater than ever.

    This was a particularly special project for XL to build, and we are proud to be a part of the movement to enhance the way our society addresses mental health conditions by creating safer, more dignified treatment experiences for patients.

    Read the Article


  • September 29, 2020

    XL was honored to take be a part of two Silicon Valley Business Journal Structures Award-winningprojects: El Camino Health’s Taube Pavilion and Scrivner Center for Mental Health and Addiction Services and the  County of Santa Clara’s South County Animal Services Center!

    El Camino Health’s Taube Pavilion and Scrivner Center for Mental Health and Addiction Services took home the Best Healthcare Project and the County of Santa Clara’s Animal Services Center won the Best Public/Civic Project. 

    Congratulations to the project teams on these monumental projects!

  • September 29, 2020

    XL Construction’s heart goes out to all of those who have been affected by the wildfires in California and throughout the Northwest.

    Mike Popp, XL’s VP of Corporate Safety & Insurance, shared with Engineering News-Record details about the impact of the recent wildfires on our jobs and the precautions we are taking to ensure everyone stays safe during this challenging time.

    Read the article.

  • July 30, 2020

    The Scrivner Center for Mental Health & Addiction Services at El Camino Health has been awarded the Engineering News-Record CA’s 2020 Health Care Award of Merit! The new 36-bed in-patient LEED Gold behavioral health hospital provides a healing environment for patients and their families.

    Read the list of winners here.

  • July 6, 2020

    Congratulations to XL’s partners at WRNS for a great feature in Architectural Record on The Scrivner Center for Mental Health & Addiction Services at El Camino Health! This health center provides much needed services to our local community and is among the most gratifying projects the XL team has ever participated in.

    Read the full article here.

  • June 25, 2020

    XL is deeply honored to have been named the 2020 Contractor of the Year by ENR California! Winners of this prestigious award are selected based on the company’s achievements in the prior year, including business growth, major projects, and unique innovations.

    This honor recognizes what an extraordinary year 2019 was for XL. We made some organizational changes, expanded the team, and experienced impressive growth. We also achieved some major project milestones with the completion of several projects that truly embody our mission to build to improve lives, including the Scrivner Center for Mental Health & Addiction Services at El Camino Hospital, Environmental Sciences Building for Skyline College, and the new R&D headquarters for Verb Surgical.

    Many of these projects were uniquely complex, yet we continued to maintain our impressive 12-year safety record, for which we received the prestigious President’s Award for Safety from the Construction Employers’ Association. This was one of nine major honors received during the past year, including a national ENR Best of the Best Projects award for the Design Tech High School at Oracle and the ranking as the #1 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area by the Silicon Valley Business Journal / San Francisco Business Times.

    We thank and congratulate all of our dedicated employees who do award-winning work and who make XL such a special organization.

    For more details about the award, click here.