Huff Employee Spotlight: Connie Ruiz – Building Excellence for 15 Years

Name: Connie Ruiz
Title: AR Administrator
Hire Date: January 2006

Where are you from?
I was born in Santa Cruz, growing up in the Aptos & Watsonville area. My parents moved to the valley my senior year in high school (It was devastating…what are all these cows and no beach?) I met my husband here and we settled in the small town of Gustine.

What do you do at work?
I work in the accounting department as the Accounts Receivable and Contract Administrator but I wear many hats… and I love that challenge.

What did you do before working at Huff Construction?
I worked in the accounting department for a residential contractor. And before that, I was the office manager for a building materials/lumber yard. But my first job was as a cashier at a TA truck stop working my way up to join their accounting team.

How did you get your start at Huff Construction?
I saw a “Help Wanted” ad in the Modesto Bee. I wasn’t looking for a job, as I was already employed but not very satisfied, and I thought, why not? So I applied and I was called in for an interview and hired a few days later as the Subcontract AP admin. After my first year, I then took on a different role as the AR admin. Through all my years here, I have “played” in AR, AP, payroll, and even answered the phone a few times (the hardest role).

What makes you excited to go to work in the morning?
Huff has a great team that I love working with. Everyone has an upbeat and get ‘er done attitude!

How does Huff support you as an employee?
Brad and Gary are “real people”… I don’t know how else to better explain it and I’m thankful for that.

What has been your proudest moment at Huff?
I don’t think I have a “proudest moment” but I do feel gratification when customers and others recognize my professionalism and commitment to Huff. I even had a customer’s lender go out of his way to say good things about me to our controller at the time. Oh yea, and I’ve even received goodies from subcontractors. That’s always a good way to get in my head, with treats.

What’s it like as a woman to work in a male-dominated profession?
I don’t know any different. I’ve always worked in places where it has been predominantly men. I’ve generally felt respected and valued for my contributions to any company.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I enjoy outdoorsy things… BBQ, swimming, glamping, being at the beach or a lake with my family, and of course, being a MeMa!

Who or what inspires you?
My children inspire me… they never stop amazing me. I like to hope I had something to do with that but even so, I never get tired of watching them grow into incredible, kind, compassionate, contributing adults. Reminding me to be the same.

Where is your favorite place to eat?
I’m always up for a good, authentic Mexican restaurant that serves a great Michelada! El Jardin in Turlock is one of my faves.

Any random facts you could share with us?
Something pretty random, it always amazed my husband that I could rap the entire “Rapper’s Delight” song.


Saint Mary’s Family Life Center

Construction for the Saint Mary’s Family Life Center in Oakdale, CA is complete.

This project was built from the ground-up and encompasses 14,642 square feet. The structure is a Huff Metal Building which was pre-engineered to create a completely open design to maximize space. Some features of the Saint Mary’s Family Life Center include a great hall, a youth room, an audio/visual room, a large storage room with overhead doors, and a full commercial kitchen with a walk-in cooler and freezer.

Check out these photos of our team’s great work.

Visit the project page to see more. 

Building Relations Newsletter: Winter 2021

In this issue of Building Relations, we feature several projects that we have completed over the last year including Save Mart Store #01Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch, Shadelands Sportsmall, and our work in Truckee, CA including the Schaffer’s Mill Mountain Lodges.



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Avena Bella Affordable Housing

The #HuffTeam completed construction for the Avena Bella Affordable Housing project in Turlock, CA in time for the new residents to move in and celebrate the Christmas and New Years’ holidays in their new homes.

Huff Construction built the Avena Bella Affordable Housing project from the ground-up in about 13 months during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The project includes 61 units encompassing 69,789 sq. ft. between 2 wood-framed structures with stucco exteriors and tile roofs. Additional features of the Avena Bella Affordable Housing project include an exterior picnic area, a playground with several play structures, a bicycle storage room, common interior spaces, a solar thermal hot water system, and photovoltaic panels.

This project achieved LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Visit the project page to see more:

#BuildingExcellence #Since1971 #GeneralContractor #Construction #AffordableHousing #Turlock #LEED #leedgold

Client: EAH Housing

Celebrating 50 Years of Building Excellence

Huff Construction Building Excellence for 50 YearsHuff Construction is celebrating 50 years of Building Excellence! We are both proud and grateful for everything we have accomplished. Duane Huff founded Huff Construction in 1971, eager to pursue a career in construction and determined to build a great company. It was Duane’s dedication quality and commitment to hard work that quickly built Huff’s reputation for unsurpassed quality and integrity. Fifty years later, Huff Construction has stayed true to Duane’s original commitment to quality and hard work. We have also followed Duane’s vision of embracing the newest technology and staying at the forefront of the construction industry. We are honored to be leading the great company that Duane built. As we look to the future of Huff Construction we look forward to seeing what the next fifty years have for us in our ongoing pursuit of “Building Excellence.”

– Gary Huff & Brad Ardis

Supporting Our Veterans

Huff Metal Buildings is proud to support our nation’s veterans through the St. Andrews Legacy organization. The organization uses the magic of St. Andrews and the game of golf to motivate and inspire ill and injured veterans to improved health, well-being, and stability. Last week, co-owner of Huff Metal Buildings, Tom Cosentino, organized the event at the Del Rio Country Club in Modesto, CA where they raised over $83,000 to support our nation’s heroes.

Below are some photos of the golf tournament charity event.

Breaking Ground: Childs Ave. & B St. Apartments in Merced, CA

Huff Construction is excited to announce that we will be breaking ground on a new exciting project in the coming days. The project is Childs Ave. & B St. Apartments in Merced, CA. These apartments will be offered as affordable housing for low-income residents of Merced. The apartments will be 117,224 square-feet in total with 119 units on 4.98 acres. It consists of five 3-story buildings with an adjoined community center and services. Other work includes building a playground, a swimming pool, a pet area/dog park, a community garden, other site development, and miscellaneous site amenities.

Leading this project is Project Manager, Larry Nelson, and Superintendent, Ken Marshall. Combined, they have over 54 years of experience working at Huff Construction and over 65 years working in the construction industry. Needless to say, these gentlemen are well-seasoned and are a core part of the Huff Team. As a Central Valley general contractor and an affordable housing builder, we can’t wait to begin construction for this project to bring affordable housing to the Central Valley and to put Central Valley construction workers to work.

Make sure to keep up to date on this and all of our projects by following us on your favorite social media platform and by signing up to our email list. Links to our accounts on FacebookInstagram, and/or LinkedIn!

The webpage for this project is:

Childs Ave. & B St. Apartments in Merced, CA Rendering

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.