Huff Employee Spotlight: Tracy Alicea, Project Manager

Name: Tracy Alicea
Title: Project Manager
Hire Date: July 2017

Where are you from?
I am originally from San Jose, CA, but I moved to the Central Valley with my parents in 1989.

What do you do at work?
At work, I am a problem solver, negotiator, planner, paper pusher, budgeter, and a builder.

What did you do before working at Huff Construction?
Before I worked at Huff, I worked for several different plumbing contractors spanning over 16 years.

How did you get your start at Huff Construction?
I always wanted to work for a builder, so I took a shot in the dark and applied to an open position at Huff Construction. Luckily, I got called for an interview (which made me nervous!), and at the end of it all, they liked me and hired me.

What makes you excited to go to work in the morning?
My job, I love working at Huff! The atmosphere and comradery that our team has is incredible.

How does Huff support you as an employee?
I never have in all the years of working (I won’t date myself) been so supported, heard, trusted, and provided the opportunity to grow by a company. I feel lucky to be here and so very thankful. Huff Construction supports me in any and every way that an employer could.

What has surprised you about working at Huff?
The growth opportunities that have been provided to me by Gary Huff and Brad Ardis. I can’t thank them enough for noticing me, taking a chance on me, and providing me the path to make it to where I am today!

What is your favorite project that you have built?
My favorite, by far, has been building The Enclave at Del Rio. It was quite challenging working with several designers and owners with ever-changing layouts and finishes between each unit. That project kept me on my toes. Everyone was also such a pleasure to work with, and it was so satisfying to build their vision into a reality.

What has been your proudest moment at Huff?
My proudest moment at Huff is when I earned a promotion to Project Manager.

What’s it like as a woman to work in a male-dominated profession?
Oh, it has been challenging at times, especially in the “old days.” Sometimes I have felt like I had to bite my tongue, and other times I’d let them have it. I used to feel like I had to really prove myself. I am glad to be working at Huff Construction. There hasn’t been a time where somebody mistreated me or made my job more challenging because I am a woman. That says a lot about the culture at Huff Construction and the great subcontractors that we work with. A mantra I live by is to treat others with respect, and others will respect you.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I enjoy playing coed softball, doing yard work, and spending time with my family and fur babies.

Who or what inspires you?
My parents will always be my inspirations, but my partner is the one that inspires me the most. She reminds me always to be a better version of myself.

Where is your favorite place to eat?
I’ve got a few favorite places to eat! Dust Bowl in Turlock is my go-to restaurant (I love a great beer). Bistro 234 and LOZA’s are also some of my favorite places to eat.

Any random facts you could share with us?
A random fact about me is that I can always start a song but not finish it.

Proud Sponsor of the Sun’s OUT Fun’s OUT Virtual Run

Huff Construction is proud to sponsor the Sun’s OUT Fun’s OUT Virtual Fun Run benefitting Sunflower Hill. As the general contractor for Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch, Sunflower Hill’s first residential community for adults with developmental disabilities, we support their mission to create vibrant residential communities and programs where adults with developmental disabilities live, work, learn and thrive as part of the greater community. Being a successful company goes well beyond our daily operations. For Huff Construction, it’s also about giving back and supporting the communities in which we live and operate.

The Sun’s OUT Fun’s OUT Virtual Fun Run is going to be a wonderful event for all abilities and we encourage you all to register, participate, and have fun!

Follow this link to register for the event which will be held June 19, 2020 through June 28, 2020.

COVID-19 Advisory

Huff Construction is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for our employees, their families, and our communities. We have been following the spread of COVID-19 and after consideration, our business operations and projects will be continuing as we follow recommendations and guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control and our local, state, and federal governments. While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our projects or in our office, Huff Construction is taking action to minimize the risk of infection and spread of coronavirus.
We have encouraged our employees to work remotely where possible and we have increased the amount our office gets sanitized and disinfected. We have also canceled or postponed meetings and events of 10 or more people, especially those over the age of 65.
In times like these, we truly get to see the power of our community. Here at Huff, we are confident that we will overcome this and began to move forward. As this virus is a serious test, it is nothing compared to the strength of human innovation. We are all in this together, and we will get through this together.

Breaking Ground: Element Hotel by Marriott in San Jose, CA

Breaking Ground: Element Hotel by Marriott in San Jose, CA

We are excited to announce that we have started construction on a new project, the Element Hotel by Marriott in San Jose, CA. The hotel will be built in the Coleman Highline mixed-use office park which is home to Roku, Verizon, and the San Jose Earthquakes professional soccer club.

The new 115,000 square foot Element Hotel is slated to have 175 rooms throughout its 5-stories. Some common amenities for this hotel will include a fitness center, meeting room, bar, lounge, market, and a rise dining area. The Element Hotel brand has redefined the longer-stay experience with an outdoor-inspired design philosophy that is clean, modern, and bright. In addition to the hotel’s clean and modern design, it is also being built with sustainability in mind to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Want to see more hospitality projects? Follow this link!

The Element Hotel Jobsite Conditions as of January 17th, 2020:

HUFF EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: MEET MARTA LOPES, CONTROLLER

Name: Marta Lopes
Title: Controller
Hire Date: July 2007

Where are you from?
I grew up in Turlock, CA and I am the first in my family to be born in the United States. My parents are both Portuguese immigrants.

What do you do at work?
I prepare and provide financial reports and data for management use. I also lead and support our accounting staff with everyday tasks.

What did you do before working at Huff Construction?
Before working at Huff Construction, I worked for a general contractor in the Bay Area as an accounting specialist.

How did you get your start at Huff Construction?
I got my start at Huff Construction as a payroll administrator. I slowly learned each role and function of the accounting department while working my way up into my current role.

What’s your favorite part about working at Huff?
I love the people; we have an amazing staff which creates a family-like environment.

How does Huff support you as an employee?
Huff has supported me as an employee by encouraging growth within the company by providing hands-on training as well as outside training.

What has surprised you about working at Huff?
What has surprised me the most is the emphasis on creating an environment based on teamwork and collaboration.

Do you have a favorite Huff quote or mantra?
#BuildingExcellence

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
When I’m not working, I love to cook, travel, and paint.

Who or what inspires you?
My family!

Where is your favorite place to travel to?
I love any place with a warm beach.

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Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch

Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch

Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch Groundbreaking Ceremony
Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch Groundbreaking Ceremony

We are pleased to announce that we are the contractor of choice to build the Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch affordable housing community in Pleasanton, CA. Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch will be home to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Sunflower Hill Project Information

The Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch project will consist of 31 units as well as a large community center with a bocce ball court, sports court, and an expansive courtyard that is designed to accommodate additional residents from the neighboring subdivision. Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch will be Pleasanton’s first residential community for adults with developmental disabilities.

Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch came to life from a partnership between non-profit Sunflower Hill and developer Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA). Huff Construction has partnered with SAHA in the past and built Tower Park, a 49-unit affordable housing community for senior citizens in Modesto, CA. Construction for Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch is slated to start later this month and we are excited to hit the ground running. Stay up to date with construction updates on this project by following us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.

Renderings for Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch

 

 

 

The Campus Clubhouse

The Campus Clubhouse @ The Collective

The Campus Clubhouse in The Collective Community Manteca, CA

We are pleased to announce that we have been selected as the general contractor to build The Campus Clubhouse in Manteca, CA for developer Trumark Companies.

The Campus will be built within The Collective community. The Collective is Trumark’s first age-qualified master-planned community that will include a health-forward 13,000 square foot clubhouse registered to achieve WELL Certification™. This designation will allow the community to incorporate the seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard, which include air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. The Campus community clubhouse is complete with ample gathering spaces, pool and spa, walking trails, fitness center, and bocce ball and pickle ball courts. The Collective’s community will also enjoy a coffee and wine bar, demonstration kitchen, dog park, outdoor patio, and an outdoor amphitheater for concerts and other live events.

The Collective community is located only ten minutes away from grocery and other retail stores. The Collective is just under 20 miles from downtown Modesto and about an hour and a half away from San Francisco. Homebuyers 55 and over looking for a resort-style community near Modesto, California should consider The Collective.

We have partnered with Trumark in the past when we built the Wallis Ranch Kindred House in Dublin, CA. We are excited to get construction going and we are looking forward to building excellence for Trumark again.

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The Collective Truliving Manteca Logo

Huff Employee Spotlight: Meet Larry Nelson, Project Manager

Larry Nelson Huff Construction Project Manager
 
Name: Larry Nelson
Title: Project Manager
Hire Date: March 1997

Where are you from?
I grew up in Salinas, CA and moved to the San Jose area right after graduating from high school. I have since moved to the Turlock area and have been living here with my family since 1987.

How did you get into the construction industry?
Well, right out of high school, I got a position as a carpenter at one of my friend’s construction companies. One of the most memorable projects working as a carpenter was a remodel for one of Alfred Hitchcock’s homes. I also worked on schools, banks, stadiums, and medical facilities.

What makes you excited to go to work in the morning?
I am always excited to come to work but what makes me most excited is working with our clients and fixing any issues or changes that come up on a project.

Aloft Hotel Ground Breaking: Huff Employees, Owners, Community Members, and Government Officials

What’s your favorite part about working at Huff?
One of my favorite things about my position is having the ability to problem solve. I like to work on large and complex projects because of the amount of problem-solving that is involved. I enjoy accomplishing goals as a team and working with our repeat clients.

What is your favorite project that you have built?
It’s difficult to choose one project but I really enjoyed building Samaritan Village in Hughson, CA. I have always wanted to build a mall and Samaritan Village is in a sense, a mall. It has a post office, movie theater, chapel, stores, barber shop, salon, assisted living space, and more. I also enjoyed working on the Mercy UC Davis Cancer Center in Merced, CA because it involved building a room for a linear accelerator. Some of the walls were 7 feet thick of solid concrete!

What has been your proudest moment at Huff?
I have had a few moments when I felt really proud. One proud moment is when I earned a promotion from a superintendent to a project manager back in 2005. Another proud moment working here is when my son, Kyle, started working for Huff in 2014. Anytime a project that I am working on comes to completion I like to take a step back and appreciate all of the hard work done by the Huff Team and the great subcontractors that work with us. It’s truly a team effort when it comes to building.

What sets Huff employees apart from people working at other companies? Are there certain personality traits or skills that do well at Huff?
What really sets us apart is that the owners of Huff Construction, Gary Huff and Brad Ardis, are deeply involved in every aspect of the company and they truly care about their employees and clients. They shape our company culture by setting high standards and leading by example. Their leadership translates to employees with an incredible work ethic and attitude. We truly work as a team and nobody is trying to climb over somebody else to get to the top which is prevalent in larger corporate settings.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I like to work on things around my house, fishing for bass, and I also love traveling with my wife. We really enjoyed traveling to Thailand for one of our son’s wedding and also traveling to Italy which we visited last year. I look forward to going on many more trips.

From left to right: Gary Huff (CEO), Duane Huff (Founder), Dave Royalty (Retired Superintendent), Larry Nelson (Project Manager)

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