Posts Tagged ‘building to improve lives’

  • 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 The new facility will replace an outdated, undersized facility with a new state-of-the art center featuring kennel space, an animal clinic, community space, and a park.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.

  • April 19, 2019

    We are so proud to have been named the #1 Best Place to Work AND #1 Healthiest Employer by the Bay Area by the Silicon Valley Business Journal / San Francisco Business Times! Thanks to the entire XL team for your votes and for making our workplace so great!

    This is the third time in the last six years XL has been named #1 in the Bay Area Best Places to Work Awards. The difference this time is that we are in the “Large Companies” category vs. “Medium” and “Small” where we sat in 2017 and 2013 respectively.

    These awards remind us that putting people first and focusing on culture really does make an impact to XLers. Way to go team!

  • March 29, 2019

    On May 21st, Project Manager Erin Allred and Superintendent Mitch McDonald accepted the national ENR Best of the Best Project Award for the Design Tech High School project at the annual ENR Awards of Excellence Gala in New York.

    ENR’s annual Best Projects awards program annually recognizes the best construction projects in the U.S. and the companies that designed and built them. The Design Tech High School was recognized as the most innovative K-12 education project of 2018, honored for being a novel example of a successful public-private partnership and for its unique collaboration with the school’s students, teachers and parents to develop the design.

    XL proudly accepted the award alongside project partners from Oracle Corp, DES Architects + Engineers, BKF, and Integral Group. Learn more about the Design Tech High School project here.

  • March 21, 2018

    XL’s La Entrada Middle School New Classroom  project team hosted a site tour for a group of curious students and their parents. The two-hour tour included team and role introductions, personal protective equipment (PPE) explanation and distribution, seeing mock ups of finishes, safety demo, and a walk through where the students saw construction in action.

    What a great way to use a construction project as a living classroom to show students how their new classroom is constructed.

  • January 5, 2018

    The new Behavioral Health Center at El Camino Hospital is just part of their larger, multi-million dollar campus upgrade. Find out more about the expansion in the Los Altos Times Crier article.

  • December 15, 2017

    “Safety is at the core of our team culture and we are proud of achieving this milestone. But, what remains most important is getting our workers home safe to their families every day.” – Eric Raff, President/CEO

  • September 15, 2017

    Making our way up the ENR California Top Contractors list to No. 23 this year! We are happy to be included among the top contractors in California and still building to improve lives.

    See the full list.

     

  • August 22, 2017

    We are excited to see d.tech High School nearing completion! The one-of-a-kind charter high school will provide the Silicon Valley’s future designers and engineers an ideal environment to learn and grow. Here is a sneak peak from NBC Bay Area.

     

  • April 25, 2017

    Nearly 40 XLers gathered on Saturday, April 22, at Breathe California to renovate their office space. Over the course of the day, we hauled out old furniture; patched, textured and painted walls; replaced carpet and baseboard, re-landscaped, configured cubicles, and added a new entry showcasing accolades from the non-profit. We hope Breathe California enjoys their fresh new digs!DSC_7250DSC_7358DSC_7130

  • June 15, 2016

    The new Fr. David and Elaine Lowell Children’s Library provides a calm, healing place where families can bond through reading. Located in the former Raphael House Chapel, the space was redesigned to promote learning and discovery while honoring its history. On April 30th, XL Construction was thrilled to partner with HomeAid and donate materials and services for the Lowell Children’s Library renovation. The new library is the perfect addition to the Raphael House

     “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Raphael House, our staff and its families, I would like to share our deepest gratitude for the care and love that was shown to our community today.  It was such an honor to be chosen to work with you all on a community project. There was great synergy between the work of the community and the impact it will have on our families and their children. 

    To see a former hospital chapel transformed into a space where it’s potential is now maximized is incredible. This children’s library is meant to be a safe, warm and reflective environment where children that have experienced trauma, displacement or fear can go and immerse themselves in a safe world.

    Thank you for being so thoughtful with your pictures, questions and explanation of who you are today in your dedication book for the library. We are grateful for XL’s generosity; you all should be very proud.”

    Kate Smith
    Raphael House Board Chair

    Kate, we are equally as grateful for the incredible opportunity to work with your organization!

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