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


Breaking Ground: Home2 Suites – Alameda

Breaking Ground: Home2 Suites – Alameda

We are pleased to announce that Ridgemont Hospitality has selected Huff Construction to build the new Home2 Suites by Hilton in Alameda, CA. Ridgemont Hospitality is a family owned development group ran by Peter, Sima, and Dhruv Patel. This 4-story, 53,485 square foot extended stay hotel is being built over a 1-acre site near the San Francisco Bay and Oakland International Airport. Fun fact: this hotel is being constructed next door to the Hampton Inn & Suites that we built for Ridgemont Hospitality back in 2007.

This project marks the second Home2 Suites built by Huff Construction. The first Home2 Suites that we built was finished last May in Livermore, CA. The Superintendent at this project is Jeff Smith who recently completed the new Lucky California grocery store in Dublin, CA. Stay tuned for more updates on this project as the Huff Team continues building excellence.

Lucky California Grocery Store is Now Open

Lucky California Grocery Store Dublin


Construction for Lucky California in Dublin, CA is complete. The Save Mart Companies held its grand opening for their first ground-up Lucky California grocery store on Wednesday, March 14th. The store is a 51,365 square foot concrete tilt building which began construction last summer. We’d like to thank Superintendent Jeff Smith, the Huff Team, and all subcontractors who worked hard to get this store ready for the grand opening.

This Lucky California store features a coffee bar, a grab-and-go meal section, and a Golden Gate market area which features groceries from the San Francisco Bay Area. “I’m excited to open our doors and offer our customers the all new shopping experience Lucky California brings,” said store manager Ann Bradford. “With this new location, Dublin shoppers will have a one-stop shop for all their meal solutions.”

Lucky California is inspired by the Bay Area’s unique food culture and aims to bring people together around that shared love of food. Here, Lucky California will introduce customers to an entirely new grocery shopping experience that makes each trip an opportunity for discovery. From the fresh salad and hot soup stations to the ready-to-eat meals and fresh juice bar, Lucky California is infused with unique flavors, organic and better-for-you items.

If you are around Dublin, CA, we encourage you to visit Lucky California as it transforms the grocery shopping experience by embracing California’s spirit, identity, and flavors.

View more photos of Lucky California by visiting its project page here

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Co-Branded Marriott Hotel Construction in San Jose

Last summer, we started construction on a very exciting project: A co-branded Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in San Jose, CA. This project includes a 147-room Residence Inn and a 114-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.  Co-Branded Marriott Hotel Construction in San Jose  aerial construction photo

The hotel will be on America Center Court, near the America Center Office Park in the Golden Triangle area of Silicon Valley. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the strongest hospitality markets in the country, the project will benefit from the surrounding tech companies such as Oracle, Cisco, and Adobe. The project is also located within one mile of the Levi Stadium and Great America Theme Park.

The-branded hotel will be 166,340 square feet and will include an outdoor pool and patio with a fire pit, a fitness center, a bar, a complimentary breakfast area, guest laundry facilities, a meeting space and business center. The Residence Inn will contain 124 king studios, 19 one-bedroom suites and four two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens, separate dressing areas, and a six-foot walk-in shower. The Fairfield Inn & Suites will offer 30 king rooms, 34 king suites and 50 double queen rooms with mobile desks and ergonomic chairs, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers.

The project is led by our Project Manager Larry Nelson, Senior Superintendent Tim Bughi, Superintendent Guy Hacker, and Project Engineer Jesus Sanchez. We have a strong team building this project and we are excited to see their progress.

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Co-Branded Fairfield Inn & Suites and Residence Inn by Marriott in San Jose, CA

Concrete Construction: Concrete Tilt-Up & Masonry Block

Concrete construction is versatile and comes with many advantages. Concrete buildings resist fire, withstand tornadoes and hurricanes, and even take on earthquakes. These buildings are also flexible with their design and are built to last. When we build with concrete, there are two types of processes that we use which are masonry block and concrete tilt.

The building cost, time, and practicality for masonry and concrete tilt depend on a few factors. Masonry construction can be more affordable in areas where there isn’t a lot of expertise in concrete tilt construction and also where there is an abundant masonry labor source. Another factor is building size. For buildings smaller than 10,000 square feet, masonry construction is most likely a preferable choice. This is because the floor space may not be enough to cast panels and the expense for the crane to tilt the panels may not be economical. The size of the building also applies to the height. For buildings over 24 feet, tilt-up is more economical and practical as the depth of the walls only need to be slightly larger while masonry requires larger block units.

When constructing with masonry block, the block is usually joined together by a mortar that is a mixture typically made of sand, cement, and water. Brick by brick, masonry block construction stacks up to be very popular for retail buildings and shopping centers. An advantage of masonry construction is that it is easier to set over uneven grades than tilt-up panels. Tilt-up generally needs an even graded slab to stand the panels upright.

In concrete tilt-up construction, the building’s walls are created at the job site by pouring concrete into horizontal wood forms to create panels. After about a week, the concrete gains sufficient strength for lifting and the forms are removed. When ready to lift the panels, cables are attached to inserts and a crane lifts each panel in a sequence until all exterior panels are set into their desired position. Today, concrete tilt construction is very popular for warehouses, distribution centers, offices, shopping centers, schools, and other types of industrial/commercial facilities.

A variation of tilt-up construction is using precast concrete walls. In this process, the concrete panels are not created at the job site. Instead, these panels are cast in a manufacturing facility and shipped to the job site. After the panels arrive at the job site, the process of lifting/tilting the walls is the same. This construction process provides a huge advantage in cold climates because it can be expensive and difficult to cast concrete panels when the temperature drops below freezing. A disadvantage of having precast panels is that their size will be limited because they have to be transported to the site.

Two of our projects that are currently under construction are concrete tilt buildings. The first project is the new Jelly Belly Warehouse which is over 100,000 square feet. We recently did a time-lapse video of a huge concrete pour and tilt-up process. You can check out the latest video here: The second project is a new Lucky California Grocery Store in Dublin, CA which uses precast concrete panels. Overall, concrete construction is versatile and can be used for any type of building. We have built grocery stores, retail stores, warehouses, offices, a car dealership, and even a clubhouse for a country club with concrete construction processes.

If you have any questions or if you’re interested in building in the future, please give us a call or email. We hope you’ll consider Huff Construction for your next project. Let’s build excellence together.

High Quality Affordable Housing Projects

Many local communities are looking to build affordable housing complexes to offer their residents reasonably priced living options.  Huff Construction is proud to be part of building such complexes because while they are affordable they are just as well-crafted as any other Huff project.  Our dedication to constructing affordable housing is visible in our hometown of Modesto, California where we’ve constructed two housing communities: Tower Park Affordable Housing for senior citizens and the Archway Commons low-income housing complex. In both cases, these apartments are high quality and attractive yet remain affordable and accessible to the people who need them.

Both the Tower Park Affordable Housing and Archway Commons projects include many unique features.  In the case of Tower Park, the complex includes 50 living units plus a community room, lounge, fitness center and raised vegetable planters. Designed for its senior residents in mind the complex features waist-high molding for residents to use as hand-rails and floors with unique colors to help potentially forgetful residents find their way back to their home.  It also includes numerous green building features such as solar water heating, environmentally sensitive interior finishes, low-flow faucets and shower heads, green label carpet, and Energy Star-rate appliances. The 76-unit Archway Commons also has a unique green feature – solar panels over the car parking lot. Complete with a community center that offers a large outdoor area with a pool and picnic area plus an indoor common room, all the bottom floor units are ADA compliant.

At Huff, we take pride in our work and are committed to constructing the highest quality projects possible. While we build a wide variety of projects we believe building excellence must be the foundation of every project we construct – from hotels to grocery stores, from schools to affordable housing complexes – the same level of quality applies to every project that bears the Huff name. This unwavering commitment to quality has resulted in our ongoing success and is the reason customers return to work with us year after year

If you’re considering constructing affordable housing units in your area, we invite you to look over our portfolio and consider Huff Construction.  We would love to partner with you on your next project. For more information about us, please review our website or give us a call.


Dust Bowl Brewing Company & Huff Construction

At Huff Construction, we love watching as our client’s projects come to completion.  This is especially exciting for our design-build projects since we have truly seen the entire project come together working with the owner from the very beginning.  This summer we were thrilled to watch as the Dust Bowl Brewing Company expansion opened to the public.

The new taproom includes expansive windows that wrap around the bar and views into the brewing and packaging area.  The new taproom seats 120 people inside and 160 people can be accommodated on the patio, with another 120 in the beer garden. The outdoor patio and beer garden area offers visitors a place to relax and enjoy a bite to eat, a beer or two and a number of outdoor games. Guests can play corn hole, a giant-sized Jenga, life-size Connect Four and bocce.

The Dust Bowl Brewery is a 30,000 square foot metal building.  At Huff Construction, we pride ourselves on working with our customers to identify the perfect building for each job.  Our metal building systems provide the ultimate solution for a wide variety of industries and project types. For Dust Bowl, it was the perfect fit to expand their facility which will allow them to go from producing 4,800 barrels of beer a year to up to 20,000 barrels a year. Plus, it was the right solution to create the ambiance they were looking for in their new brewery’s taproom.

To really understand the scope and scale of this project take a moment and check out this video of the project.

Dust Bowl’s new brewery and taproom are located at 3000 Fulkerth Rd., Turlock. We hope you will visit them yourself and enjoy this great local business!

Wallis Ranch Kindred House Design Build Project

Located in Dublin, California Wallis Ranch is a gated residential home community that offers 8 distinctive neighborhoods.  Part of the community is a unique area referred to as the Kindred House.  Designed to bring residents together and foster community, the Wallis Ranch Kindred House includes indoor and outdoor spaces for relaxation.  Huff Construction partnered with Wallis Ranch to bring the Kindred House to life. Along with the Kindred House, we built additional infrastructure pieces which tied areas of the community together.

The Wallis Ranch Kindred House project was part of Huff Construction’s design-build process, a process that starts at the very beginning of a project and involves close teamwork between Huff and our clients. Utilizing constant communication from the very beginning of the project creates effective teamwork which delivers tangible benefits to our clients.  Owners who participate in our design-build projects can expect:

  • Shorter design time frames: our rigorous design schedules include weekly team meetings, which hold each team member accountable for progress every week.
  • Shorter permitting time frames: our experience with the permitting process allows us to effectively navigate the red tape.
  • Reduced stress on the owner: we act as a single point of contact in overseeing the design, permitting and construction phases of the project.
  • Design cost savings: owners save money on design by utilizing design-build subcontractors.
  • Construction cost savings: our weekly team meetings allow the design team to coordinate resulting in cleaner plans and eliminating unnecessary change orders.
  • Maximum cost control: we establish a budget up front with the owner and design toward the budget which eliminates “surprises” on bid day as well as delays and costs associated with re-designing plans.

At Wallis Ranch’s Kindred House, we were able to execute our design-build process and do all of the up-front work in order to ensure that the end result delivered everything our client had in mind. This included determining the correct building solution which in this case turned out to be a metal building.  Our metal buildings provide the ultimate solution for a wide variety of industries and project types offering a high performance building with low maintenance ownership, at an affordable price.

Here at Huff Construction we love watching as our client’s projects come to life.  This is especially exciting for our design-build projects since we have truly seen the entire project come together from concept to completion.  The 6,000 square foot Kindred House at Wallis Ranch is a place where people find relaxation both indoors and outdoors. It offers residents a beautiful terrace area, a large pool, an indoor family room, a playground plus a fitness center. To learn more about this beautiful community visit

Tower Park Opens in Downtown Modesto

Huff Construction is proud to build projects that make a difference in our local communities. Tower Park senior housing which opened in Modesto in June 2016 is an example of just such a project.

A beautiful addition to downtown Modesto, this new free standing building is three stories tall and has 50 living units.  The complex was designed by the Dahlin Group and built by Huff.  It is the first major senior housing project in downtown Modesto since the 11-story Ralston Tower apartments opened more than 40 years ago.

In addition to the 50 living units the Tower Park complex includes a community room, lounge, fitness center and raised vegetable planters. It also includes numerous green building features such as solar water heating, environmentally sensitive interior finishes, low-flow faucets and shower heads, green label carpet, and Energy Star-rate appliances.

Keeping its senior residents in mind the complex includes “wayfinding” features such as each floor with its own color scheme and hallways that are lined with waist-high decorative molding that’s about the depth of a windowsill, so residents can use it as they would a handrail. These design elements have been incorporated to help seniors who might experience forgetfulness or balance problems.

According to the Satellite Affordable Housing Association Executive Director Susan Friedland, “Projects like tower park apartments are so important because they strengthen neighborhoods by providing the aging members of our communities with quality affordable homes and services that empower them, and help them age with dignity.” Huff Construction is proud to be a part of important projects like Tower Park!

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Huff Announces Sutter Gould Tracy Groundbreaking

Sutter Gould Tracy Care Center

Huff Construction is excited to announce the groundbreaking of the Sutter Gould Tracy Care Center.

Sutter Gould Tracy Huff Construction

This project is a 46,000 square foot, two-story medical office shell with four acres of site improvements. The project will combine all of the existing Tracy locations into one convenient location and will accommodate up to 30 physicians. Upon completion, the patients of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation will have the convenience of accessing all of their Gould Medical Group providers at one central location.

According to Gary Zufelt, CEO of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, “Constructing a new state-of-the-art medical office building in Tracy will give residents high-quality access and convenience as well as accommodate future community growth.”

This project was a part of our Huff Construction Design-Build delivery method which features weekly team meetings and leads to numerous benefits for our clients including shorter design time frames, design cost savings, minimal stress on the owner, and maximum cost control.
Sutter Gould Tracy Care Center Huff Construction
Through the Design-Build process, we are able to provide solutions to key areas of a project which allows clients like the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation to direct more money into other aspects of the project.

We look forward to working together to bring the attached renderings to life.
Visit Sutter Gould’s Website for more information.