Posts Tagged ‘culture’

  • 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.

  • April 29, 2020

    Over the course of just two weeks, XL Construction employees donated more than $335,000 to an internal COVID-19 Support Fund, which provides support to craftspeople who are out of work due to the pandemic. This is just one of many examples of how individuals in the company voluntarily go above and beyond to help one another.

    “We Not Me” is a core value at XL Construction, and it is the differentiating factor that makes this company the #1 Best Place to Work in the Bay Area (again!). This award is truly an honor, and belongs to the extraordinary employees that create the incredible culture of the company.

    Congratulations to each and every XLer, and thank you for continuing to make XL Construction the best place to work!

    Read the full article here.


  • 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 22, 2018

    XL’s Kelley Cowan and SRBX‘s Women In Construction committee were recognized on the Assembly Floor for educating, inspiring, and advancing women in the construction industry and helping them build meaningful careers. This group played a role in gaining support and bringing awareness to ACR-182 Women in Construction Week, a resolution for the State to support policy efforts to achieve at least 20% women in the construction industry by 2020.


  • 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

  • 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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  • July 15, 2013

    I once heard that every company has a culture – it’s just that some know what it is and some don’t. I learned firsthand that a company’s purpose isn’t what a leader or committee wants it to be, but what already exists among the people and culture of the organization.

    Many years ago, I wanted to better understand what our people most enjoyed about their work, what inspired the passion and drive they continually exhibited. So I asked. And the consistent answer that came back was that the things XL built mattered – we were building things that improved lives; medical centers, biopharmaceutical labs and plants, facilities that develop technological innovations, schools that inspire kids and teachers alike. And we were doing it sustainably, preserving natural resources and limiting the negative effects of the built environment on the world. This larger “purpose” was what kept our people excited and what made them feel good about their work.

    We had been doing this type of work since our founding in 1992, and it had always been a driving factor for our business, though we had never codified it as our reason for being. But clearly it was. People worked at XL because we were doing something bigger than building a building; we were building better working environments, better communities, even a better world.

    With this knowledge in hand, we formalized our purpose – we build to improve lives. And believing that people are more inspired and more passionate when driven by a common purpose, we put this core belief at the core of our business.

    Since then, this purpose has influenced more and more of our business. Today, it drives everything we do, the projects we pursue, the way we treat our people, and the way we approach partnership and client care.

    And our employees have responded. They have built an atmosphere of camaraderie at the office and on the jobsites. They focus on creating great working environments for our partners on the job, and for delivering the best in client care. They strive to be great partners, not just great builders. They truly do build to improve lives.

    In April, we got the chance to celebrate one of the effects of being a purpose-driven organization. The San Francisco Business Times/Silicon Valley Business Journal ranked XL as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Bay Area. Given all the phenomenal companies here, and the employee-survey driven nature of the list, it’s an amazing honor and an awesome achievement. It validates for us that we are living by our purpose, and we look forward to where it takes us next.