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2017 BEST Contractor/Builder: Ghilotti Construction Company

Author: Sarah Stierch
June, 2017 Issue

“Do good work, be responsible, take care of the community and the people who work for you.” Founder James Ghilotti


Ghilotti Construction Company continues to impact the daily lives of residents from throughout the North Bay through their work, which includes repairing Highway 37. That impact has not gone unnoticed, and this marks their sixth year being voted Best Contractor/Builder.

For more than 100 years, Ghilotti has provided construction and engineering services in both the public and private sphere. Their contractor offerings are all-encompassing, including total site preparation, grading and excavating, paving, site and structure concrete, underground utilities, and soil stabilization. Their projects are diverse and span the region, from installing a new water transmission pipeline in Sea Ranch in Sonoma County to providing paving and synthetic turf installation at San Clemente Elementary School in Corte Madera.

In 1914, James Ghilotti, an Italian immigrant, founded a stone paving company in Marin County. Eventually, the business began providing bridge and road work and Ghilotti Brothers Construction was founded. He would have four sons who would all join the family business. Eventually, the business was consolidated and Ghilotti Construction was formed. Today, the Santa Rosa-based company has expanded from the North Bay to serve the entire Bay Area, working on projects from Silicon Valley to Yolo County, with offices in Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Livermore, Sunnyvale and American Canyon.

“Ghilotti Construction is known for our century-old reputation for teamwork, reliability and for delivering quality,” says Richard Ghilotti, president and owner. According to Ghilotti, their success is a blend of maintaining consistent bonding and safety records, which pre-qualifies them for many public works projects, and their strong site-work management. Their success reflects in the notable projects they complete, their revenue (which topped more than $200 million in 2015), and in the dedication of 450 employees at the peak of season, who have repeatedly voted their employer one of the top businesses to work with in the region.

Ghilotti Construction’s success is also about relationships and customer service, which, according to Ghilotti, includes maintaining long-term relationships with clients, and for commercial clients, ensuring their businesses can remain open during construction. “Our clients agree that we deliver a quality service in a timely and cost-effective manner,” says Ghilotti.

To celebrate its success, Ghilotti Construction makes great strides to give back to the communities they serve. In 2016, they donated more than $1 million to North Bay nonprofits. The nonprofits they serve are as diverse as their construction projects. Recipients of their generosity include the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, Homeward Bound and Marin Abused Woman Services. In addition, Nancy and Dick Ghilotti established a nonprofit called The dg Foundation in honor of their son, Dino. Recently, Nancy has been added as an honoree of the foundation to carry on the legacy of a young man and his mother and their passion for academics, athletic and arts. The dg Foundation is dedicated to helping students with similar passions by awarding scholarships to San Domenico Grammar School, Marin Catholic High School, the University of Miami, and improving art programs and facilities in the North Bay that fit the criteria of the foundation’s mission.

As Ghilotti Construction’s work in both the private and public sector continues to grow, they abide by founder James Ghilotti’s words,“Do good work, be responsible, take care of the community and the people who work for you.” According to Richard Ghilotti, these words are the stone-and-mortar that have formed the company’s foundation.




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