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  • Devcon Construction, Inc. | Projects

    PROJECTS PROJECT TYPE arrow&v Redwood City, CA Elco Yards In Progress San Jose, CA Solar4America Ice Expansion In Progress Oakland, CA Bishop O'Dowd Athletic & Co-Curricular Center In Progress Menlo Park, CA Peninsula Innovation Point In Progress Sunnyvale, CA Pathline Park Completed 2021 - Phase 1-3 Reno, NV Village at Rancharrah Completed 2021 San Jose, CA Platform 16 In Progress Stanford, CA George P. Schultz Building In Progress Santa Clara, CA Skybox Data Center In Progress Mountain View, CA Pear Avenue In Progress San Francisco, CA USF Student Residence Completed 2021 San Jose, CA Verizon Frisbee Campus Completed 2021 Sunnyvale, CA Sunnyvale Creative Campus In Progress San Jose, CA Adobe North In Progress Berkeley, CA Berkeley Commons In Progress San Mateo, CA Kiku Crossing In Progress San Jose, CA Harker Middle School Completed 2021 Reno, NV Mari Chuy's Tequileria y Botanas Completed 2021 San Jose, CA Santana West In Progress Campbell, CA 1700 Dell In Progress Sunnyvale, CA Cityline Block 3 In Progress Mountain View, CA Lawson Lane West Completed 2022 Santa Clara, CA SCU Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation Completed 2021 Palo Alto, CA 3380 Coyote Hill Completed 2021 1 2 3 ... 12 1 ... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ... 12

  • Devcon Construction, Inc. | Login

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  • Devcon Construction, Inc. | Management

    ABOUT HISTORY CULTURE DESIGN AWARDS MANAGEMENT More MANAGEMENT Gary Filizetti President “Our people differentiate us,” said Gary Filizetti, President of Devcon Construction, Inc. “We work as a team dedicated to exceptional customer service, and that’s why 95% of our work is repeat business. People trust us.” ​ Filizetti oversees Devcon’s Construction and Architectural Design Departments, and actively supervises preconstruction, estimating and construction. His decades of construction experience and skill at building strong relationships help him make valuable contributions to each of the 100+ projects active at any given time. Initially serving as Vice President of Estimating and Construction when he joined Devcon as a partner in 1980, Filizetti led the transition of Devcon from a developer that did some contracting into a large design/build general contractor that does some developing. He became President in 1986, and has been directly involved in producing tens of millions of square feet of tenant improvements and building shells. ​ A noted college football athlete, Filizetti earned his bachelor’s degree in Commerce at Santa Clara University in 1967 and his MBA in Commerce there in 1969. Although he had helped out in his father’s plastering business as a teenager, Filizetti began his adult career in construction as a client, working as a contract negotiator for Fairchild Semiconductor. Yet, construction called, and he later served as a Project Manager for a large general contractor for more than a decade prior to joining Devcon. Bret Sisney Chief Financial Officer Having gotten to know Devcon and Gary Filizetti as his client while working as a Certified Public Accountant for KPMG, Bret Sisney, Vice President – Accounting, Finance and Investment – knew exactly what to say when Filizetti mentioned in 1988 that Devcon needed a new Controller. “How about me?” Sisney asked. “It was a great opportunity to work for a great company,” Sisney said. ​ In addition to accounting, banking and insurance, Sisney’s role as Controller included managing human resources (HR) and information technology (IT). He also oversees Devcon’s investments, including the firm’s pension and profit-sharing plans, and development projects. He became principal in 1995, and officially took the title of Vice President in 2000. ​ During his days as a CPA, Sisney developed a specialty in auditing real estate and construction companies, although his experience with high-tech clients has been invaluable in negotiating contracts for Devcon. ​ Sisney earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University in 1980. He is a member of the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Construction/Financial Manager Association. Justine Pereira Vice President “I feel very proud to work for a solid company over the last few decades that has built its reputation on designing and constructing quality projects,” says Justine Pereira, Vice President. “Its amazing how many projects Devcon has built throughout Silicon Valley since my inception here at Devcon.” ​ Pereira joined Devcon in 1984 as a Project Assistant. Over the years and numerous construction projects, Justine has worked her way up through the ranks of Executive Assistant to the President, Gary Filizetti, and currently as a Vice President. Since 2007, Pereira has also been an Officer of the Corporation serving as the Corporate Secretary. In addition to managing and training the administrative staff, she also oversees marketing, advertising and event planning for the company. Jeremy Holland Chief Technology Officer Biography temporarily unavailable. Andy Schatzman Senior Vice President of Construction While earning his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University, Andy Schatzman fed his passion for building by working as a draftsman during summer breaks and as a field engineer during internships. After graduating in 1983, he went on to earn his contractor’s license (B), engineer-in-training certification, and LEED, Core Concepts and Strategies certification. Schatzman’s diligence, communication skills and negotiation talents earned him a reputation for being able to manage large, complex projects on time and within budget during his decade working for a large general contractor in the Midwest. He returned to California in 1988, and in 1993 was recruited to start the design/build contracting division of a large Bay Area engineering firm. ​ When he discovered Devcon, Schatzman saw the opportunity for “the best of both worlds – doing challenging, interesting jobs in a family atmosphere.” He joined Devcon in 1999 as a Senior Project Manager, and was named Vice President of Construction in 2010. Schatzman’s extensive experience and deep knowledge of industry best practices and state and local building codes give him a particular talent for multi-million dollar projects such as a $200 million senior living facility and a $100 million five-star hotel. ​ “I just try to mirror Gary Filizetti’s philosophy of client relationships,” Schatzman explained. “Once we get a project, my job becomes 100% about service.” Daisy Pereira Senior Vice President of Construction “I do what it takes to get my projects done,” says Daisy Pereira, Senior Vice President of Construction. “We want our clients to feel proud of what we have accomplished together.” ​ Since joining Devcon in 1986 as a Senior Project Manager, and during her previous decade in the construction industry, Pereira earned a reputation for simultaneously managing multiple projects from preconstruction to budgeting to completion. “Our goal is to deliver our client’s vision.” ​ Pereira’s prolific style has given her experience with dozens of project types – from wood to structural steel to concrete – that include high/rises, hotels, multi-family housing, universities, biomedical laboratories, data centers, offices, retail centers, heavy infrastructure, and parking garages. Her experience was a key reason Gary Filizetti recruited Pereira as Devcon transitioned into building steel and concrete structures. ​ “I grew up in construction,” she said. As a child, she sat in on bid openings, and visited job sites with her father, a general contractor. “I learned from him. He was detail-oriented, and knew how to delegate. Most importantly, he believed in doing things the right way.” ​ Pereira earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University. She has also completed her certificate for LEED, Core Concepts and Strategies. Jonathan Harvey Senior Vice President of Construction “Treat every job like it’s a test,” says Jonathan Harvey, Senior Vice President of Construction. “Devcon’s reputation has been built by satisfying customers.” ​ Harvey joined Devcon in 1994 as a Project Engineer, was promoted to Project Manager/Estimator in 1996, and was named Vice President of Construction in 2010. He is currently a Senior Vice President of Construction. “I came to Devcon because I believed in Gary Filizetti,” Harvey explained. “He motivated me to lead, and gave me opportunities for critical decision making.” ​ Today, Harvey enjoys playing a similar role himself, mentoring the young professionals he helps recruit. “I want them to learn the lessons I’ve learned without having to go through it themselves,” he said. “If you didn’t learn something today, then it was a wasted day.” ​ Harvey earned his bachelor’s degree in Commerce with an emphasis on Finance from Santa Clara University in 1991. How did that lead to managing projects for a general contractor? “The tangible results of construction are pretty rewarding,” he said. “Budgeting and finance are continuous processes. You never finish. Here I can look at a building and say, ‘Hey, I helped create that.’” ​ His extensive training and experience with scheduling, estimating and project management software made Harvey a natural and early advocate for Devcon’s adoption of lean construction techniques, green building and building information modeling (BIM). Further, he earned a certification in LEED, Concepts and Strategies. Peter Copriviza Senior Vice President of Construction Peter Copriviza joined Devcon in 1990 as a Project Manager after Bret Sisney introduced him to Gary Filizetti. “I wasn’t looking for a job, but I was curious about Devcon because their reputation in the industry was impeccable,” Copriviza remembered. “I discovered that Gary’s passion for building and customer service was contagious! He hired me on the spot. Since then I have gone to work every day proud of who we are and what we do.” ​ For Devcon, Copriviza has managed construction projects in retail, high-density housing, hospitality, manufacturing, child care, food service and more. In addition to developing office buildings and corporate campuses, Copriviza has managed the construction of sports facilities, data centers, conference centers and engineering labs. He earned the title of Vice President of Construction in 2013 and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2018. ​ “I studied engineering because I have always enjoyed figuring out how things worked,” Copriviza said, “I thought I would be a design engineer until I decided to remodel my house and realized the satisfaction you get from transforming an idea to a reality.” ​ Copriviza has a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from Santa Clara University. His strong technical background and business sense provided the foundation for his success in managing the preconstruction and construction processes. Copriviza embraces new technology in construction, and has been responsible for Lean and LEED projects for Devcon. He is a certified Engineer in Training, and has earned certification in LEED, Concepts and Strategies. John Castagnoli Vice President of Construction John Castagnoli grew up in the Bay Area learning about the construction industry and Devcon from his father and grandfather who owned a local design-build HVAC firm. “I was able to watch first-hand how HVAC systems were designed, bid, and built and how those systems were incorporated into buildings. I realized at an early age that my passion was to work on large construction projects and set a goal to work at Devcon Construction based on the company’s leadership, culture, integrity, industry reputation, and unique design-build capabilities,” Castagnoli recalled. After graduating from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Castagnoli returned to the Bay Area earning a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from Stanford University and started at Devcon as a Project Engineer in 2001. He was promoted to Project Manager in 2005, Project Executive in 2014, and his current position of Vice President in 2019. While at Devcon, Castagnoli has managed a wide variety of project types including commercial office campuses, a five-star hotel, computing labs, a medical research facility, a downtown high-rise office tower, data center expansions, multiple parking structures, and infrastructure improvements. As Vice President, his responsibilities include serving as the client contact, providing pre-construction and estimating services, design management, scheduling projects for maximum efficiency, and project cost controls. Castagnoli led the 1212 Bordeaux project which was awarded the National Award of Excellence from the Design-Build Institute of America and received seven separate awards for design, construction process improvements and sustainability and the 1400 Page Mill Road project which achieved Net-Zero electric and received eight awards for architecture and energy performance. “I am driven every day by the opportunity to work with the incredible architects, project management teams, and field crews at Devcon to design and build aspiration projects for our clients including Net-Zero Electric, LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge, Net-Zero Carbon, and Progressive Design Build Campuses.” Tony Taormino Vice President of Construction As a Vice President, Tony Taormino handles client contact, coordination between the architect, designers and engineers, estimating, managing interiors and building shells, scheduling of projects for maximum efficiency, and cost control, materials and labor management for a portfolio of clients, and often collaborates with other executives on their projects. ​ “Since I was a child, my passion has been to construct and being a part of the Devcon Team gives me great pride with that. There is no better feeling than watching a vision transform into a physical structure.” ​ Taormino joined Devcon Construction, Inc. in October 2004 as a Project Engineer and was promoted to Project Manager in 2006; he was then promoted to Sr. Project Manager in 2013 and Project Executive in 2015. Tony has been involved in projects of various sizes, ranging from tenant improvements to commercial to high density residential, as well as the preconstruction and construction phases for multiple projects. ​ “We are dedicated and driven to meet our client’s needs. Coming to work every day to contribute to that mission gives me great satisfaction.” ​ Tony holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University.

  • Devcon Construction, Inc. | Design

    ABOUT HISTORY CULTURE DESIGN AWARDS MANAGEMENT More DESIGN ...we build what we design DESIGN Our strong, internal design team offers limitless resources and experience for developers, owners and architectural firms. Having an in-house design team allows us to deliver a synchronized communication style with consultants and clients alike throughout all phases of design and construction in an otherwise fragmented process. Revit and advanced rendering software provide a collaborative platform for communicating knowledgeably and efficiently with our architectural, consultant and trade partners through 3-dimensional visualization and graphic communication. Designers at Devcon have the opportunity to engage every stage of the project from conceptual design to construction completion. This is a unique experience in the design community as many traditional design firms engage a specific stage of project design and allow for specialization only in that singular stage. By partnering internally, we also become a resource for our own construction teams and our construction teams become a resource for our design teams, each providing insight into questions concerning construction detail and specifications. We take the concept of team very seriously at Devcon, by encouraging strong performance by both our design and construction departments, whether they are supporting a complete design build model or an integrated project delivery method. 45 DESIGNERS 5 INTERIOR DESIGNERS 13 ARCHITECTS 5 BIM ENGINEERS DESIGN-BUILD The idea behind the Design-Build model of construction may seem obvious, yet the benefits of working with a true Design-Build firm like Devcon go well beyond the basic concept of the architect and the builder operating under the same contract. By integrating in-house design and construction management since its inception, Devcon has developed a professional environment of collaboration and continual conversation between highly trained and experienced professionals. This communication style allows Devcon to produce quality projects in a shortened timeline compared to a traditional Design-Bid-Build project delivery method. ​ This collaborative instinct carries over to Devcon’s long and established partnerships with hundreds of independent architects and engineers. Taking pride in the level of design provided by our own internal architecture and design teams, we are a qualified and dedicated resource for owners, developers, architects and engineers. As a result, we are often called upon to take a Design Assist role to support an independent architect or engineer with construction plans and documents. Design Project Acquisition ​ One unique opportunity that our Design-Build business model affords our design team is the chance to see all of our design projects get built. Our business model secures both design and contracting responsibilities prior to design work to ensure that our designers time and effort is respected and not wasted. Many members of our design team who have come from more traditional design firms have fallen in love with the design process here at Devcon because they get to see all of their design work physically completed. In a traditional design setting, designers often participate in schematic design that never gains footing. Our approach assures our design team members of a more fulfilling career and offers more financial and professional stability. Integrated Project Delivery ​ For decades, innovation in the methods of how construction projects are managed–new contracts, new legal entities, the Bridging Method, Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), Contractor at Risk, etc.–have all moved toward more and better teamwork. Devcon knows and believes in the power of teamwork. When requested, we have adapted our design-build model as an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model, which unites all key team members–owner, builder, architect, engineer–contractually. ​ Integrated Design-Build ​ The strength of the Devcon in-house design team allows us to offer a variation on IPD that we call Integrated Design-Build (IDB). In this model, the general contractor and the architect are part of the same company and therefore share the same customer-oriented philosophy, methodologies, communication techniques and professional history. This approach reinforces the project team to have a unified vision which causes more focused decision making and minimizes miscommunication. Design-Build Subcontracting ​ Devcon’s close partnerships with hundreds of subcontractors allows us to include them in the design-build process because we can discern which subcontractors have the capabilities, staff and values that will fit the project best. We bring them to the table as early in the design phase as possible to benefit from their specialized knowledge and experience. Design-build subcontracting has proven itself time and again as a model that adds value and promotes cost avoidance. Many of our subcontractors reflect a similar design-build approach and boast in-house drawing specification services, custom manufacturing, and installation. This minimizes the number of players in the construction process which in-turn minimizes our schedule coordination. Prototyping ​ Effective communication has always been a core tenet at Devcon. Recently, we have taken this tenet a step further with the acquisition of a 3-D printer that enables us to help our clients and their stakeholders visualize projects like never before. By leveraging 3-dimensional digital models that are now routinely used in the production of drawings and renderings, we can now produce presentation-grade models in a cost effective manner with our in-house 3-dimensional printer with more expediency and accuracy than ever before. The reductions in model turnaround times that 3-D printing affords also allow us to utilize models throughout the design process as study tools – from overall massing models during schematic design, to detailed mock-ups during design development – so that we may articulate the design intents of a project and make our collaboration efforts with clients and fellow design consultants more effective and efficient. RECENT DESIGN-BUILD PROJECTS SCU Athletic Center The athletic center includes two university gyms, a weight room, nutrition stations, thermal and cold therapy pools, and a hydrotherapy pool for rehabilitation and fitness. SEE PROJECT Cadence Apartments This design-build project consists of three separate parcels featuring three Type I and Type III, midrise residential apartment buildings totaling 260 units. SEE PROJECT Franklin Templeton - 930 & 950 This project consisted of two 4-story office buildings over one level of below grade parking and related site improvements. SEE PROJECT San Antonio Village North Design/build mixed-use project organized into six buildings including retail spaces, restaurant spaces, and a theater. SEE PROJECT 1212 Bordeaux This corporate office building incorporated a diverse landscape with a public plaza, an exposed private garden, bioswales, and native plantings. SEE PROJECT San Jose Sharks Locker Room The locker and training facilities house the American Hockey League, coach’s offices, fitness center, lockers, showers, skate shop and stick shop. SEE PROJECT MORE DESIGN BUILD PROJECTS

  • Devcon Construction, Inc. | Careers

    CAREERS Devcon is a growing team of 350+ employees. Teamwork is one our key company values and is reflected throughout our company culture. Our employees come from all kinds of professional backgrounds and each team member contributes a different, uniquely-skilled value and/or perspective to the team. We emphasize a horizontal organization within our company structure so that employees can make important decisions and set new goals regardless of their level. Devcon is all about fairness and teamwork. That means understanding everyone’s strengths, weaknesses and needs, and knowing how to be fair but tough. At Devcon both office and field staff are equally valued because we know that our product quality depends on everyone working together. Our corporate structure tends toward fluidity, with project managers, project engineers and other team members flowing to the project for which they are best suited. That fluid structure means we don’t have as many levels or titles as some people might be used to. Our hiring philosophy is that we have an open application and no listed available positions. We take this approach because we want to emphasize the alignment of both professional and community goals with our employees. If we feel you will be a good addition to our team culture, we will create a position for you. If you are specialized in a certain area that isn't necessarily part of our professional curriculum, please apply as we love to see how we can add new value to the team. For all employment inquiries and applications, please email hr@devcon-const.com with your resume and portfolio if relevant. CONSTRUCTION Our construction management teams are always looking for new team members to fill the roles of Field Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Assistant, Project Manager, and Superintendent. DESIGN Our in-house design department has job opportunities for both amateur and experienced designers. We will consider applicants to fill the positions of Project Designer, Interior Designer, Draftsman, BIM Engineer, and Architect. GENERAL Our Devcon corporate team has open supporting positions in our Accounting department, our Cost Engineering department, and our IT department. Applicants from all skill-levels are encouraged to apply.

  • Devcon Construction, Inc. | Services

    SERVICES DESIGN-BUILD The idea behind the Design-Build model of construction may seem obvious, yet the benefits of working with a true Design-Build firm such as Devcon goes well beyond the basic concept of the architect and the builder operating under the same contract. By integrating in-house design and construction management since its inception, Devcon has developed a professional environment of collaboration and continual conversation between highly trained and experienced professionals. This communication style allows Devcon to produce quality projects in a shortened timeline compared to a traditional Design-Bid-Build project delivery method. ​ This collaborative instinct carries over to Devcon’s long and established partnerships with hundreds of independent architects and engineers. Taking pride in the level of design provided by our own internal architecture and design teams, we are a qualified and dedicated resource for owners, developers, architects and engineers. As a result, we are often called upon to take a Design Assist role to support an independent architect or engineer with construction plans and documents. Integrated Project Delivery ​ For decades, all innovation in the way construction projects are managed–new contracts, new legal entities, “the bridging method,” Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), ”contractor at risk,” etc.–have all moved toward more and better teamwork. Devcon knows and believes in the power of teamwork. When requested, we have adapted our design-build model as an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model, which unites all key team members–owner, builder, architect, engineer–contractually. ​ Integrated Design-Build ​ The strength of the Devcon in-house design team allows us to offer a variation on IPD that we call Integrated Design-Build (IDB). In this model, the general contractor and the architect are part of the same company and therefore share the same customer-oriented philosophy, methodologies, communication techniques and professional history. This approach reinforces the project team to have a unified vision which causes more focused decision making and minimizes miscommunication. Design/Build Subcontracting ​ Devcon’s close partnerships with hundreds of subcontractors allows us to include them in the design/build process because we can discern which subcontractors have the capabilities, staff and values that will fit the project best. We bring them to the table as early in the design phase as possible to benefit from their specialized knowledge and experience. Design-Build subcontracting has proven itself time and again as a model that adds value and promotes cost avoidance. Many of our subcontractors reflect a similar design-build approach and boast in-house drawing specification services, custom manufacturing, and installation. This minimizes the number of players in the construction process which in-turn minimizes our schedule coordination. Prototyping ​ Effective communication has always been a core tenet at Devcon. Recently, we have taken this tenet a step further with the acquisition of a 3-D printer that enables us to help our clients and their stakeholders visualize projects like never before. By leveraging 3-dimensional digital models that are now routinely used in the production of drawings and renderings, we can now produce presentation-grade models in a cost effective manner with our in-house 3-dimensional printer with more expediency and accuracy than ever before. The reductions in model turnaround times that 3-D printing affords also allow us to utilize models throughout the design process as study tools – from overall massing models during schematic design, to detailed mock-ups during design development – so that we may articulate the design intents of a project and make our collaboration efforts with clients and fellow design consultants more effective and efficient. GENERAL CONTRACTING Traditionally, a building owner or developer hires a general contractor to handle construction based on an architect’s plans. The general contractor provides cost estimates and schedules, manages the project, acquires all necessary permits, provides all necessary equipment, maintains the “site general conditions” such as trailers equipment, controls site access and security, and hires subcontractors. ​ As a builder, Devcon self-performs the demolition, framing, carpentry and concrete work, so generally our subcontractors participate in the highly specialized MEP trades (mechanical, electrical and plumbing). As the general contractor, Devcon project managers and superintendents supervise the day-to-day on-site construction. ​ For Devcon, the heart of general contracting is relationship management and communication. We need to know, understand and anticipate the needs of the building owner or developer, the needs of our client’s architect and engineers, and the needs of our own subcontractors and field staff. Keeping everyone on the same page, pointed in the same direction is the key to a successful project that achieves its scheduling and budgeting goals. BIM The integrated practice of Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows Devcon to develop a comprehensive, virtual working model of a project. It brings teams together, clarifies communication, ensures cooperation, and identifies problems in the virtual world before they become problems in the real world. Essentially, BIM offers in-depth spatial and property structure which is advantageous in the early stages of multi-disciplinary clash detection. ​ We utilize a variety of software tools including NavisWorks which turns plans into 3D digital models that are fully compatible with systems used by our architecture and engineering partners. We aim to further Devcon’s technical capabilities through continuous innovation in digital design and construction. ​ Going beyond the traditional three dimensions of height, width and depth, Devcon uses BIM for coordinated, expedited scheduling–that is, to control the fourth dimension of time/schedules–4D BIM. We also use BIM for extremely accurate budgeting, making cost the fifth dimension of the project–5D BIM. ​ Finally, Devcon is invested fully in the ambition of BIM to become the standard tool for building owners to maximize the lifetime value of their properties. A detailed, up-to-date digital model can be used to test ideas for energy savings, alternative materials and wear patterns. Modern-day BIM technology allows us to break down even the smallest of data such as heat transfer or air pressure in order to consider all aspects of design and construction in the design process. With the sixth dimension of equipment and materials information added, 6D BIM becomes a living document that the building owner can use to reduce operational costs over the building’s expected lifespan. ESTIMATING Devcon follows just one iron-clad rule about estimating – “no surprises.” Devcon’s budgets are detailed and cover all construction costs, including permitting and inspection fees. Our project managers and cost engineers have emphasized training in this area. We expect similar clarity and detail from subcontractors. One of the reasons customers trust Devcon is that they quickly learn they can trust Devcon’s estimating. ​ The resulting budgets include a detailed analysis of the cost and schedule impact of various design options, as well as cost avoidance ideas from our own seasoned experts and from subcontractors. In addition to best practices learned from decades of experience on a wide range of projects, Devcon estimators continuously update their knowledge of construction materials and processes to improve efficiency and accuracy. ​ Ultimately, the estimating process allows Devcon to establish a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) that we will then use to create a detailed cash flow forecast and construction schedule. PRE-CONSTRUCTION Start with the end in mind. That maxim applies especially well to construction projects. For Devcon, THE END that we start with goes well beyond how a project will look silhouetted against a cloud-filled sky. For Devcon, THE END is the dream our customer had when the project was first conceived. How do we satisfy it? How do we improve it? How do we make the lives of those who will live or work in it better? Most of the answers are found during Preconstruction. ​ Devcon professionals join the design phase early, bringing out team member expertise with respect to: ​ Materials selection Construction systems Cost avoidance Scheduling ​ ​ The requirements of each project are unique, and we tailor the budgeting and planning processes to suit them. However, we typically produce four detailed budgets during Preconstruction: ​ Budget 1 – schematic design phase Budget 2 - design development phase Budget 3 – 50% construction document stage Budget 4 – 75% construction document stage ​ Each successive budget informs the next and helps to shape the choice of materials, schedule, subcontractor selection and purchasing of items with long lead-times. Although construction is by nature a dynamic process, Devcon’s goal in every project's preconstruction is to lay the groundwork of the construction process in order to minimize disruptions as construction advances and completes. PROJECT CLOSEOUT Devcon savors the project closeout process at the end of each construction job. Evaluating and documenting the project provides valuable information for the future and ensures a smooth path to final acceptance and final payment. Our project management teams remain intact until the punch list is complete, move-in has initiated, the “as built” documentation is complete, and the site has been cleared and cleaned. ​ We value our client relationships and want the end of the project to be just as satisfying and exciting as the initial planning and design stages because we know that final impressions often have the largest and longest impact in the construction industry. After all, the people who occupy the facilities we have constructed have no contact with the 98% of the work hidden in the walls or under the floor, but have daily contact with the 2% of the work that is accessible to them. Project closeout organization is essential in solidifying this final impression. TENANT IMPROVEMENT When an end user decides to move into a building–that is, to become a tenant– improvements are often required. Sometimes the building is just an unoccupied, perceivably unfinished shell. The tenant improvements might include all of the interior construction except bathrooms and elevators for the whole building or just a portion of a floor. ​ Normally, the improvements finish the space with paint, flooring, wall treatments, lighting, ceilings, cabinetry, kitchens, fitness facilities, laboratories, audio-visual equipment installation, interior electrical, and special features such as glass display walls and sound proofing. ​ Some tenant improvements, such as data centers, cleanrooms, and manufacturing facilities, require extensive upgrades to the building’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems, and occasionally the foundation and framing as well. ​ In many projects, Devcon’s experience with sustainable building is called upon to increase energy efficiency, reduce water usage, cut waste and improve the environmental quality of an existing facility. ​ Devcon helps clients plan and coordinate their move-in and works with the client’s employees or neighbors to mitigate problems cause by construction noise, debris and materials staging in concurrently occupied buildings. Years of experience working side-by-side with tenants has helped Devcon create detailed guidelines and procedures for ensuring maximum efficiency and minimum inconvenience for all parties involved. INFRASTRUCTURE Some building sites need more improvements than just the building. Many of our projects spill over into general master planning and off-site improvements. Infrastructure includes anything needed to make a site usable and accessible — extensive grading and paving, roads, stop lights, irrigation, drainage, bridges, power stations, water supply, sewers, river control, tunnels, pipelines, removal of hazardous materials, landscaping, levees, and so on. ​ Devcon holds a Class A “General Engineering Contractor” license that allows us to work on these types of public infrastructure projects that require specialized engineering qualifications. This certification helps us expedite the overall building schedule by doing as much of the infrastructure work as possible in tandem with primary construction and by fully coordinating all of the permits and inspections required. REFRESH Many of our projects engage an existing site or structure that requires general improvements or renovations. Throughout the years, Devcon boasts extensive experiences revitalizing outdated shells and historical buildings by turning them into modern spaces which are appropriate for the needs of the current times. In some instances, Devcon has maintained strong client relationships such that entire campuses have become an ongoing rotation of refreshing existing buildings. Our expertise in refresh projects also allows us to work on and maintain some of the most iconic buildings throughout the Silicon Valley.