Posts Tagged ‘building to improve lives’

  • February 19, 2020

    On January 28th, XL Construction was one of just 20 recipients to be awarded Engineering News-Record‘s (ENR) national Best of the Best projects! XL’s Agri-Industrial Tech Campus Renovation, located in Sunnyvale, CA, received the award for the Best Interior/Tenant Improvement project. The XL team is looking forward to celebrating teammates from SERA Architects and Project Management Advisors, Inc. in NYC at the award ceremony!

  • February 18, 2020

    XL Construction had a great time at the ENR California Best Projects Awards Ceremony. XL’s Agri-Industrial Tech Campus Renovation took home Best Interiors/Tenant Improvement project and were honored to accept the award. Thank you to all partners that worked on this extraordinary project with us – SERA Architects, BKF Engineers, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Therma, Elcor Electric, Inc., O-Lighting .

  • February 13, 2020

    On February 13th, the First Presbyterian Church of Hayward had their grand opening ceremony for the tiny homes project. These 157 s.f. transitional homes will help working individuals have a safe place to live while finding a permanent home. XL Construction was a privileged to work with HomeAid Northern California and take part in the tiny homes project at the First Presbyterian Church. XL is so happy the tenants have moved in and now have a place that they can call home.

    ABC 7 News: Tiny homes, big solution: 4 formerly homeless find housing thanks to new program in Castro Valley – February 13, 2020

  • February 5, 2020

    On March 25, XL Construction Healthcare Project Executive Jason Fox, WRNS Founding Partner John Ruffo, and Chief Administrative Services Officer Ken King  will present at the PDC Summit in San Antonio, Texas. They three speakers will be covering “Model Behavior: Building a Better Behavioral Health Experience.” The session will cover the following below.

    Behavioral health disorders are plaguing the country at an alarming rate. El Camino Hospital sought to address this growing need in their community with the construction of a new state-of-the-art 58,000 square foot, 36-bed Behavioral Health Services Center in Mountain View, CA. The goal was to provide a place people would want to visit, stay and make the effort to make a change. In this session, participants will hear from the owner, designer and contractor about how they were able to effectively execute this vision by focusing on the patient experience. Learn about research findings that led to game-changing design elements for the building. Also, hear how the team overcame challenges such as complicated regulatory requirements and working on an occupied campus. Discover how El Camino’s facility can serve as a model for effectively treating the behavioral health epidemic nationwide.

    Learning Outcomes

    Outcome Statement 1: Describe the unique design features of the El Camino Hospital Behavioral Health Center that aid healing and enhance the patient experience before, during and after treatment.

    Outcome Statement 2: Explain the owner’s motivations for delivering this project to the community and their strategy for making it operationally feasible

    Outcome Statement 3: Describe the essential collaboration process with the general contractor that enabled them to realize the complex design intent and minimize disruptions while working on an occupied campus

    Outcome Statement 4: State how the final product

    For more information about the “Model Behavior: Building a Better Behavioral Health Experience” presentation at the PDC Summit, please contact Jason Fox.

  • January 31, 2020

    XL Construction has the the power – solar power, that is! With the help of Cinnamon Energy Systems, XL is proudly joining California’s commitment to go solar and have installed a whopping 680+ solar panels on the roof of its Milpitas headquarters. The Milpitas office will now produce 300,000 kilowatts of renewable energy annually.

    The Mercury News: Why nearly every house in California will eventually have solar power – January 31, 2020

  • January 24, 2020

    XL Construction was honored by the Construction Employers’ Association (CEA) for excellence in safety. XL received the 2019 President’s Safety Award along with 13 other companies. The President’s Safety Award recognizes contractors who meet four of the six criteria set CEA.


    1. Participation in Cal/OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program-Construction; or
    2. Demonstration of a comprehensive safety training program.
    3. To qualify for the Excellence in Safety awards, a company must have had total incident and lost workday rates at least 25% below the industry average, an X-Mod at or below 1.0 and demonstration of an active training program.
    4. A total injury and illness rate at least 50% below the industry average;
    5. A lost workday rate at least 50% below the industry average;
    6. An X-Mod no higher than .70.

    XL was honored to receive the award and will continue to follow their ‘Think Safe. Work Safe. Home Safe’ motto.

    Cal-OSHA Reporter: CEA Honors Top Safety Programs – January 24, 2020

  • January 2, 2020

    After two months of work, six tiny homes located on the First Presbyterian Church of Hayward campus are now complete and ready for residents to move in! XL has been assisting HomeAid with the construction and placement of six tiny homes on the church campus. These new homes will serve as transitional housing as new residents work to gain ​a more permanent housing situation.

    Next step: stocking the homes with living essentials before the upcoming February move in date. Check out the full story here.

  • January 2, 2020

    XL Construction is proud to be a Community Member of the Las Positas College Foundation (LPCF) and provide a scholarship to it’s students. The LPCF was created in 2003 and has a mission to promote Las Positas College to the Tri-Valley community; to encourage residents to invest in the future of their great asset, Las Positas College; and to provide funds for scholarships and student programs for which there is no other funding source.

    Click here to find out more about the LPCF and its offerings.

  • October 10, 2019

    On October 10th, Healthcare Project Executive Jason Fox and Lean Guru Andreas Phelps presented with Todd Henderson of Boulder Associates at the Kaiser Permanente 2019 Preferred Provider Symposium. Our presentation tackled the “Encouraging a Lean Culture” theme from both a design and construction perspectives. The presenters introduced Agile and Lean approaches, provided tools and how to use them, and shared examples and proofs of where this approach has worked in the past.


    1. Design is a different animal from construction, but the two are joined at the hip.
    2. Agile offers tools that are better for design and integration with builders.
    3. Understand how to:
      -Select the right mix of approaches
      -Utilize them in the best way
      -Optimize the potential of Target Value Delivery

    For more information on Lean and Agile Principles and how they can help achieve Target Value Delivery, please contact Jason Fox.

  • June 27, 2019

    The new Animal Services Center will provide best-in-class shelter facilities and community space


    XL Construction breaks ground on the new County of Santa Clara Animal Services Center in San Martin, California. The new facility will replace an outdated, undersized facility with a new state-of-the art center featuring kennel space, an animal clinic, community space, and a park.

    The County of Santa Clara Animal Care and Control Department has been housed in a converted residential property since 1978. Several additions and temporary portables were added over the years but can no longer accommodate the County’s needs.

    “The shelter staff are an incredibly inspiring and dedicated group of people,” said Craig Ellis, Vice President from XL Construction.  “To be able to provide them with a facility that helps them achieve their mission in an environment that is healthier both to the animals and the people who work there, is extremely gratifying. Our mission is to ‘build to improve lives;’ this project enables us to do just that.”

    The new facility was designed by Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture, in collaboration with animal care designer, Bacon Group, Inc.

    Key features include:

    Animal Care Center: kennel pods and open exercise yards, free-roam rooms for cats, a small animal area, and barn.

    Animal Clinic: surgery facility featuring exam rooms, radiology, surgery suites, recovery suites and a private grief room.

    Park: a landscaped open-air courtyard that functions as a central meet-and-greet location for adoptable dogs to get to know potential owners.

    Community Space: large meeting facility available to both the County and other community organizations featuring a commercial kitchen and assembly area for up to 150 seated or 300 standing occupants.

    The building is designed to LEED Silver standards and is expected to be complete in 2021.