Huff Employee Spotlight: Meet Larry Nelson, Senior Project Manager

Larry Nelson Senior Project Manager Huff Construction Company Celebrating 25 Year Work Anniversary

Name: Larry Nelson
Title: Senior Project Manager
Hire Date: 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.

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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, barbershop, 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 in 2018. 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)

Proud Sponsor of the Bret Harte Elementary Holiday Shopping Spree

Huff Construction is proud to be a title sponsor for this year’s CVPE Shopping Spree event benefitting 75 scholars of Bret Harte Elementary in Modesto, CA. This year, 75 amazing adult volunteers helped the scholars purchase all their clothing necessities. After the shopping spree, the scholars had a pizza party at Michael’s Pizza Bar and Grill that featured a visit from Santa who gave each child a present. Thank you to all of the other sponsors and wonderful volunteers who helped keep the spirit of Christmas alive!

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November Project Update: Archway Commons II | Modesto, CA

We are thankful for having such a great team building the Archway Commons II Affordable Housing Community in our hometown, Modesto, CA. Archway Commons II is the second phase for the Archway Commons affordable housing community which we built-in 2014. Phase two will bring 74 new 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom affordable rental apartments to our community.

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Project Update: Childs Avenue & B Street Affordable Housing | Merced, CA

Check out this construction update video for the Childs Avenue & B Street Affordable Housing project in Merced, CA. The #HuffTeam has made great progress on this project which features 5 wood-framed apartment buildings that encompass 117,224 square feet. This project will bring 119 units comprised of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments to the Merced region.

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Project Update: Joe’s Premium Car Wash in Chowchilla, CA

This is a November flyover update of the Joe’s Premium Car Wash project in Chowchilla, CA. Joe’s Premium Car Wash is a state-of-the-art drive-through Car wash located in Chowchilla, CA on the corner of Robertson Blvd and Ave 26. This project is built from the ground up and includes and all associated site work.

The car wash is a 5,736 square foot building that includes both masonry and wood framing. The tunnel is 132 feet long and the total site area is 1.5 acres. This facility contains Sonny’s Car wash equipment which is a premium car wash equipment brand. With fully synergized technology, the car wash will require very little on-site staff as it is almost entirely automated. The car wash will also be energy-efficient as it will have solar panels on top of metal canopies over the vacuum parking stalls. The building contains metal siding on the exterior with decorative metal screens on the east side of the building.

The car wash will be the first automated drive-through car wash in the city of Chowchilla.

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Check out the huff team's progress building the schaffer's mill mountain lodges in truckee, ca!

This aerial flyover video of the Schaffer's Mill mountain Lodges was shot right before the storm that brought several feet of snow to the North Tahoe region.

The Schaffer's Mill Mountain Lodges project is being built in multiple phases and includes the construction of 66-units from the ground up. The Mountain Lodges have ample space for family time as they range in size between 2,000-3,100 square feet. These three and four-bedroom plans feature custom-home quality, open and spacious floor plans, and the modern finishes and smart home technology that discerning buyers expect.

PROJECT UPDATE: Schaffer’s Mill Custom Home 386

Check out the #HuffTeam's progress building Custom Home 386 within the Schaffer's Mill Community in Truckee, CA. Nestled within the pine trees, this custom home sits on one of the most spacious homesites within Schaffer’s Mill, creating a private retreat for families to enjoy. This home features 4,184 square feet, 5-bedrooms, a bunk room for the kids, a large recreation room, 5 ½ baths, a main-level master and guest suite, a laundry room, and a mudroom; and plenty of outdoor patio space. This home is truly a one-of-a-kind masterpiece in an idyllic setting.

Featured Huff Project: Soaring Ranch Retail Building | Truckee, CA

The #HuffTeam completed the Soaring Ranch Retail Building in Truckee, CA earlier this year which consisted of building 10,000 square feet of retail space divided into 6 individual stores.

This unique building just 1 mile from the Truckee airport features “A” framed towers, heavy timber framing reflecting the mountain architecture that has started coming to the Truckee area, outdoor seating areas, and an amazing view of the surrounding mountains.

Looking for a general contractor for your construction project in the Truckee and North Tahoe Region? Get in touch with our team of construction professionals for an estimate and consultation. 

Project Update: 175-Room Element Hotel in San Jose, CA

Construction update for our 175-room Element Hotel project in San Jose, CA.

This 115,000 square foot hotel is being built to achieve LEED Gold Certification with a sustainable and nature-inspired aesthetic that is clean, modern, and bright. The Huff Team is working on finishing the hotel from top to bottom and some rooms have finished drywall, paint, wall coverings, and are having cabinets and furniture installed. All this while the exterior architectural siding is going up and our paving crew is at work.

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