Build Group International

San Francisco
457 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
P: 415.367.9399

Silicon Valley
1210 Coleman Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
P: 408.986.8711

Southern California
700 S. Flower Street
Suite 575
Los Angeles, CA 90017
P: 213.212.9802

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Build Group, Inc. names Steve Howard as Vice President of Business Development

Build Group, Inc. names Steve Howard as Vice President of Business Development

Build Group, Inc. names Steve Howard as Vice President of Business Development

Build Group, Inc. today announced the hiring of Steve Howard as Vice President of Business Development. In his new role, Howard will be responsible for managing customer relationships and driving new business initiatives for the San Francisco-based general contracting firm, which in three consecutive years has been named one of […]
Build Group, Inc. today announced the hiring of Steve Howard as Vice President of Business Development. In his new role, Howard will be responsible for managing customer relationships and driving new business initiatives for the San Francisco-based general contracting firm, which in three consecutive years has been named one of the Bay Area's Fastest Growing Private Companies as well as one of its Best Places to Work. "We're very grateful to have recruited a proven business leader like Steve to a role that will be so critical to Build Group's continued successful growth," said Build Group CEO Ross Edwards. "Steve joins the Build Group family from Intel Corporation, where he demonstrated a long track record of driving and managing phenomenal growth in a variety of sales and marketing management roles." Steve Howard's distinguished 33-year career at Intel culminated in a leadership role as Northwest U.S. Regional Sales Manager in which his engagement with many of the fastest growing technology companies in Northern California and beyond drove $2 billion in annual revenue. "I'm incredibly excited for the opportunity to join Build Group and continue my business development work for this exciting company with so many of the well-established and still-growing Northern California businesses I've worked with for years," Steve said. "Build Group is a dynamic company with a bright future, and I'm looking forward to being a part of its continued growth and success." Steve holds a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology and a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Economics from the University of the Pacific, where he graduated with High Honors. While at UOP, Steve was the Captain of the Division 1 NCAA basketball team. Steve is based in Silicon Valley with his wife, Eileen, and their three children. Link to full article here.
How Build Group Caught the Construction Wave

How Build Group Caught the Construction Wave

Build Group Inc. is an atypical construction firm based in San Francisco—a place where many things are surprisingly possible. The company’s chairman and cofounder, Eric Horn, is taken aback by how, ten years after founding the company with four other partners and about $340,000 in business, the company’s earned revenues […]

Build Group Inc. is an atypical construction firm based in San Francisco—a place where many things are surprisingly possible. The company’s chairman and cofounder, Eric Horn, is taken aback by how, ten years after founding the company with four other partners and about $340,000 in business, the company’s earned revenues in 2017 are projected to be $725 million. Together, Horn and his cofounders are riding a construction wave in California that required a certain degree of mastery to catch.

Horn and his Build Group partners imposed humble beginnings on themselves in 2007.

“We paid ourselves $18 an hour to get started,” he says of the original group of five. “We were making just enough to keep our families fed while staying afloat. We also wanted to bring value to our clients from beginning to end while creating a fresh culture for employee growth.”

That meant taking risks early on in a variety of market niches. One early venture was prefabricated bathrooms: whole-room pods that builders could plug into multiresidential projects. The bathroom pods might have been a good idea, but Build Group had the misfortune of entering the market as the Great Recession hit. Fortunately, they were able to switch quickly to other ideas.

“We were able to adapt the prefabricated concept into solar carports and, believe it or not, cable car kiosks,” Horn says. Build Group ultimately created and installed solar arrays over more than twelve thousand parking stalls for public schools, military bases, and hospitals, and the company also installed a couple of cable car kiosks in San Francisco.

As the economy improved, the lending market loosened, and long-term clients started coming back to Build Group. The company has since amassed an impressive portfolio of projects that includes commercial office buildings, public works projects, historic renovations, seismic retrofits, data centers, healthcare facilities, educational buildings, residential/mixed use, demolitions, retail, parking garages, restaurants, hotels, and resorts. A large number of these buildings are LEED certified, including hyper-energy-efficient, net-zero commercial spaces.

Horn and his original partners remain intact, and they’ve added three more at the partner level. They also manage 260 salaried staff plus another 200–350 union workers who are actively engaged in projects. In 2015, the firm established operations in southern California, as well.

That kind of growth in a single decade may reflect a strong regional economy, but it wouldn’t last long if Build Group didn’t have smart employment policies. Build Group has extensively deployed the Myers-Briggs and Strength Deployment Inventory tools.

“They help our teams be teams. Part of the challenge is that we work with a broad range of age demographics,” Horn says. “Our processes and team building help employees work cohesively through all the stages. We say it’s form, storm, norm, and perform...

Link to full article here.
Oakland’s Housing Pipeline Gushes after Years of Drought

Oakland’s Housing Pipeline Gushes after Years of Drought

By Roland Li, November 30, 2017 For the first time in eight years, cranes have arrived in downtown Oakland. Three residential highrises are under construction. Collectively, they will add over 1,000 new housing units to the city’s core, replacing an empty lot, a parking garage and small office building. Three […]
By Roland Li, November 30, 2017

For the first time in eight years, cranes have arrived in downtown Oakland.

Three residential highrises are under construction. Collectively, they will add over 1,000 new housing units to the city’s core, replacing an empty lot, a parking garage and small office building. Three more residential towers are approved and could break ground by next year. Another dozen are in the pipeline.

  Full Article: Oakland's Housing Pipeline gushes after Years of Drought  

Pype Announces New Partnership With California’s Build Group

Pype, a leading construction software solutions company, announced a new partnership today with San Francisco based Build Group. Build Group, an acclaimed general contracting company has been involved in the construction of some of the most important buildings in California. Founded in 2007, Build Group has grown to over 400 […]
Pype, a leading construction software solutions company, announced a new partnership today with San Francisco based Build Group. Build Group, an acclaimed general contracting company has been involved in the construction of some of the most important buildings in California. Founded in 2007, Build Group has grown to over 400 employees and added a second office in Los Angeles. Pype, founded in 2013, specializes in providing innovative software solutions for general contractors. The company's AutoSpecs product allows users to easily upload specs and automatically generate submittal logs within minutes. As a part of the partnership agreement, Pype's software will be used across a full spectrum of projects. Build Group's developments include residential, commercial office, hotels, high-end retail, restaurants, parking, health care and public works projects. By using Pype Autospecs Build Group will be able to start projects faster. "We were excited when we came across Pype AutoSpecs," said Chad Krause, VP Operations, Build Group. "We rolled it out to our project teams to save them the time and tedious effort of creating a submittal log. We've since standardized the submittal creation process across the company with Pype. Our project teams are spending more time understanding the specs vs. just building the log the old way. The software is as easy as uploading the specs and generating submittal logs." "We founded Pype with a vision of using technology to build a more productive workforce for the construction industry. We are excited to be helping the Build Group focus their time on more productive tasks," said Karuna Ammireddy, CTO and Co-Founder, Pype. Link to full article here.

Build Group Voted LABJ 2017 #2 Best Places to Work

Build Group Voted LABJ 2017 #2 Best Places to Work

Build Group Voted LABJ 2017 #2 Best Places to Work

Los Angeles Business Journal recognizes Build Group’s business success, as well as its extraordinary ability in nurturing employees, fostering team environment LOS ANGELES (August 7, 2017)—Premier local builder Build Group was honored as the #2 “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” best large company category. Recognized by the Los Angeles […]

Los Angeles Business Journal recognizes Build Group’s business success, as well as its extraordinary ability in nurturing employees, fostering team environment

LOS ANGELES (August 7, 2017)—Premier local builder Build Group was honored as the #2 “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” best large company category. Recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal for being one of “the most successful in business and in nurturing their own.” As LABJ’s editors succinctly put it, “The Best Places to Work in Los Angeles is an annual celebration of elite employers who have proven that they know what it takes to create environments where people love to come to work.” Every year, an independent research firm surveys the employees of several hundred companies. Based on their findings, the firm narrows the nominees down to a list of finalists that exemplify the core characteristics of a great place to work, including culture, morale and work environment. Build Group is honored to be among the 100 companies chosen to receive this year’s coveted title out of 460 nominations. Under Southern California President Todd Pennington’s leadership, Build Group has quadrupled its workforce since opening the local office in 2015, adding many jobs in Los Angeles as the office continues on a fast-growth trajectory. Official category rankings for the Los Angeles Business Journal's 2017 "Best Places to Work" was announced August 7  at the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles. About Build Group, Inc.: Build Group provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout Southern and Northern California. Having just reached its 10-year anniversary, it is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market it serves, with a mission statement: “WE BUILD: Values…People…Trust.” For more information, visit Build Group…

   
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San Francisco
457 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
P: 415.367.9399

Silicon Valley
1210 Coleman Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
P: 408.986.8711

Southern California
700 S. Flower Street
Suite 575
Los Angeles, CA 90017
P: 213.212.9802

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