Santa Rosa, CA—May 23, 2008. Richard (Dick) Ghilotti, president of Ghilotti Construction Company (GCC), has been elected to the Construction Hall of Fame by the North Coast Builders Exchange (NCBE).
Ghilotti, was chosen unanimously by the 1,800-member NCBE’s board of directors, in recognition of his four decades of active leadership in the North Bay’s building and construction industry, and his dedication to community service.
“This is a tremendous honor,” said Ghilotti, whose Santa Rosa-based firm is the region’s largest infrastructure contractor. “Being recognized by my colleagues and industry peers is both uplifting and humbling. I have great respect for all of the men and women who have been selected to the Hall previously, as well as for my fellow inductees.”
Ghilotti joins Sid Lipton of Wright Contracting, Joe Keith of Cobblestone Homes, and structural engineer and building code expert Donald Morton in the Construction Hall of Fame’s 2008 entrance class. Ghilotti was preceded into the Hall by his late cousin and business partner Jim Ghilotti, a 2003 inductee.
A graduate of Santa Clara University and former Marine reservist, Dick Ghilotti has been a fixture on the local construction scene since joining forces with his father Dino Ghilotti and uncle Mario Ghilotti in 1969.
Under Dick Ghilotti’s direction, GCC relocated its headquarters from San Rafael to Santa Rosa in 1992. In 2006, Ghilotti guided GCC through a strategic reorganization by creating a heavy/public works division and a private/commercial division, thereby increasing its ability to adapt to an ever-changing economy, to take advantage of rapidly expanding opportunities in the heavy construction and public work sectors, and to maintain its already successful commercial and residential operations.
The company’s diversification has produced numerous public infrastructure contracts, including the $50 million U.S. Highway 101 widening in Santa Rosa; the $20 million Interstate 280 renovation in San Mateo County; the $10 million State Highway 12 project in Fairfield; and the $16.5 million Highway 80 Overcrossing project for the City of Vacaville, which is part of the $200 million Nut Tree development project.
GCC’s broad expertise is reflected in major projects throughout northern California, from the renovation of Infineon Raceway to several prominent site developments: George Lucas’s Big Rock Ranch; Mayacama Golf Club; the Copia Center; and the Buck Institute for Age Research. GCC completed the extensive Nut Tree Village development and North Village subdivision inVacaville, and the Lennar Mare Island community project in Vallejo.
Family owned and operated since 1914, Ghilotti Construction Company is recognized for its 94 years of engineering experience, and its long-standing tradition of hard work and dependability. Founded by Italian-born James Ghilotti and followed by second generation Dino Ghilotti, the company is now managed by third generation Dick Ghilotti and his nephew, fourth generation Brian Ongaro. Dick Ghilotti’s son, fourth generation William Ghilotti also has been working for GCC for over 10 years. Headquartered inSanta Rosa, GCC has expanded into an industry leader with annual revenues exceeding $110 million. GCC also serves clients from its offices in San Rafael and American Canyon.