Ghilotti Spotlight SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION A California Contractor Finds the Perfect Balance With a Well-Rounded Project Portfolio In 1903, when Italian-born James Ghilotti boarded a boat destined for California, his sights were fixed on achieving the American Dream. He founded a small paving business in Marin County in 1914, which eventually evolved into Ghilotti Construction Co. (GCC). Today, this family-owned operation is headquartered in Santa Rosa, with additional offices in San Rafael, Livermore, American Canyon and Sunnyvale. With more than a century of engineering experience and a family tradition of hard work and dependability, the award-winning general contractor ranked No. 350 on ENR ’s Top 400 Contractors list this year and specializes in total site preparation, including grading and excavating, paving, storm drains, water and sewer lines, equipment rental, soil stabilization, site and structural concrete, and underground work. The company caters to clients throughout Northern California and boasts an extensive portfolio of projects in markets such as infrastructure, hospitality, technology, entertainment, health care and residential. Some of the company’s most prolific projects include Skywalker Ranch, Big Rock Ranch, Sonoma Raceway, Levi’s Stadium and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. These examples and others reveal a diversified range of work balanced by expertise in both the private and public sectors. Three recent projects further illustrate GCC’s broad range of experience and skill. In 2014, the California Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans) awarded GCC a $53-million contract to widen a 6-mile stretch of the westbound section of U.S. Highway 580 in Livermore. This undertaking stands out as one of the largest projects in GCC’s history. Crew members built 20 retaining walls, widened three bridges and one box culvert, and constructed an HOV/ Express Lane for the Alameda County Transportation Commission. Other major G1 | July 24/31, 2017 The California Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans) selected Ghilotti Construction Co. (GCC) to widen a 6-mile stretch of the westbound section of U.S. Highway 580 in Livermore. This project is one of the largest undertakings in GCC’s history. construction highlights included moving more than 100,000 cu yds of dirt, placing more than 200,000 tons of asphalt, using 1.1 million lbs of reinforced steel and placing 8,000 cu yds of structural concrete. Caltrans approved using a combination of lime and cement to stabilize the highway subgrade—a first in the department’s history. The recently completed expansion of the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park was honored in December 2016 as one of Business Journal ’s Top Real Estate Projects in California’s North Bay region. GCC was contracted to perform site preparation work for the entertainment and gaming destination’s new six-story luxury hotel. In addition to demolishing 290,000 sq ft of existing parking lot space to make room for the new facility, workers handled grading, lime treatment, underground utilities, paving and concrete work. The team also installed more than 3,000 ft of storm and sewer drains, along with 800 ft of underground fire line. Currently underway is Signature Development Group’s Brooklyn Basin project, a $1.5-billion, 10-year real estate venture designed to transform 64 acres bordering the Oakland Estuary into a destination mixed-use neighborhood. More than 3,000 new housing units will be added to this East Bay area, along with parks and open spaces, restored wetlands, a new marina, and retail and commercial space. In 2015, GCC was called upon to convert 3,000 ft of the Embarcadero roadway into a landscaped parkway for this master-planned project. New interior roadway construction work was complemented by state-of-the-art street lighting and traffic signalization systems. “Through the years, GCC has grown bigger and better, always with a focus on excellence,” says GCC President Richard Ghilotti. “Since we have a history of strong financials, people who hire us have the confidence that we’ll be able to work any job start to finish.” ◆ enr.com/california/resources/SpecialAd PHOTO: COURTESY OF GHILOTTI CONSTRUCTION CO.