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.

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


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?

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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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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Aloft Hotel is Open for Business

Aloft Hotel Dublin Pleasanton

Aloft Hotel in Dublin, CA

The Aloft Hotel in Dublin, California officially opened its doors to their guests on Monday, August 13th.  We broke ground for this project last April and we are excited to see it through completion. We built this hotel for one of our great clients, Zenique Hotels, whom we have been construction hotels for since 1992.

Zenique Hotels is a world-class hotel ownership and management company headquartered in Burlingame, California. Their mission is to create a rewarding experience for their guests, their associates, and their investors through developing, operating, and repositioning hotels nationwide.  They operate under 6 core values: People, Transparency, Quality, Accountability, Profitability, and Community.

This project was led by our Project Manager Larry Nelson and Superintendent Leroy Kinser. Both Larry and Leroy have many years of experience in hospitality construction. This hotel marks the sixth hotel that we have built for Zenique Hotels and we are proud to have been their contractor of choice for this project.

This new contemporary hotel features 63,298 square feet, four stories, and 127 rooms. The Aloft Hotel provides cleverly named amenities aimed to serve today’s tech-savvy business traveler, including flexible Tactic conference rooms, Recharge fitness room, WXYZ bar, Refuel snack bar, Re-Mix social lounge, workspaces, and pool. The Aloft Hotel is focused on style and furnishings that will attract younger travelers who appreciate refined design. The exterior of the building utilizes high-end finishes including Alpolic Aluminum Panels, Prodema Wood Panels, glass panels, and integrated LED lighting. The furniture for the Aloft Hotel brand was developed in collaboration with Design Within Reach to create a high-quality, and cohesive overall design aesthetic. The building is also crowned with the Aloft Hotel brand’s signature ‘Swoof’ roof feature that is clad in multi-colored metal and includes architectural lighting.

Owner: Zenique Hotels
Architect: WHA Architects


Employee Spotlight: Bruce Carrade

Employee Spotlight: Bruce Carrade

As a leading general contractor, we understand the importance of having a solid team who instill our core values and qualities in their everyday lives. For this employee spotlight, we sat down with Bruce Carrade who is a Project Manager based at our office in Truckee, CA.

How did your career start at Huff Construction?
Bruce was introduced to Huff Construction during his sophomore year of high school. He continued to work at Huff during his summer vacations while he attended college at the University of Colorado Boulder. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Bruce was a corporate sales intern for the Oakland A’s. Bruce later came back to Huff Construction in 2013 to work full time as a Project Engineer. After working as a Project Engineer for four years, Bruce was promoted to Project Manager.

What is your role as a Project Manager?
As Project Manager, Bruce is responsible for bidding on projects, creating budgets, facilitating the field crew, superintendents, and the interactions between the architect, design team, and building department.

How has Huff Construction helped you in your career development and what have you gained?
Huff Construction has provided Bruce with the opportunity for growth and taking on new roles within the company. Bruce has gained confidence in his ability to manage large projects and develop his project estimating skills, communication skills, and management skills.

What types of training have you done for your position?
The company encourages optimal performance and growth opportunities by providing Project Managers with innovative project management software training which allows them to manage projects efficiently.

How would you describe Huff in three words?
“Collaborative, Accountable, and Excellence.” As a leading general contractor, it is important that our employees possess the qualities and skills that contribute to our mission and vision of providing clients with personalized construction services built on quality and integrity.

What do you like most about Huff Construction and how do you help make Huff Construction a great place to work and play?
Bruce enjoys the company culture and his coworkers. Bruce makes Huff a great place to work by bringing a positive attitude and outlook every day. Bruce also has a great sense of humor and is fun to pass by in the hall.

What are some upcoming trends or challenges that you see in your field?
Some upcoming trends or challenges Bruce sees in the construction industry is the increase in material prices, a shortage of skilled labor, and increasing interest rates.

What do you feel is the most important aspect and challenging aspect of your job as a Project Manager?
The most important and challenging aspect of Bruce’s job as a Project Manager is holding and maintaining budgets and schedules for projects.

What piece of advice would you give to a new employee?
If Bruce could give advice to a new employee, it would be to document everything and keep your paperwork in order.

What do you like to do for fun outside of the office?
When Bruce isn’t in the office he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, sailing, golfing and traveling.