History Of Devcon Construction, Inc.
Devcon Construction, Inc. began as the ambitious dream of a group of valley entrepreneurs. From it’s origins as a developer-contractor in 1976, Devcon’s innovation, growth and expertise have supported many leading companies in Silicon Valley.
The Value of Design-Build
After developing a series of concrete tilt-ups for a variety of high-tech clients, the founders of Devcon brought in Gary Filizetti as vice president of construction in 1980 to manage the transition of Devcon into a design-build general contractor. The inclusion of a strong architectural team from those early days has distinguished Devcon as a fast-moving, efficient construction firm with the skills and knowledge to integrate its efforts seamlessly with those of developers, owners, independent architects, subcontractors and end users.
In the mid-1980s, with the cost of San Francisco, Bay Area land exploding the company earned a reputation for excellent structural steel mid-rise and high-rise shells in Silicon Valley, along the peninsula, in the East Bay and in San Francisco including interiors, landscaping and parking. During the high-tech downturn of the early 1990s, Devcon built it’s portfolio of residential, multi-family, retail and mixed retail/residential projects.
Largest General Contractor in Silicon Valley
Developers and end-users came to rely on Devcon as a contractor that tackled new challenges, so the booming 1990s saw Devcon become the largest general contractor in Silicon Valley. The company expanded its project portfolio to include hotels, sports stadiums, schools, shopping centers, corporate campuses, infrastructure and robust data centers.
Industry Leader, Early Adopter
The innovative energy-saving techniques used in designing data centers led Devcon to be an early champion of green building and sustainable development. Today, Devcon can boast of a long list of projects with silver, gold and platinum certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, along with more than 50 LEED-trained office and field staff members. Leveraging its roots in technology, Devcon has enthusiastically led the industry in lean construction techniques, implementing integrated project delivery and Building Information Modeling (BIM)–always focusing on cost avoidance, tight schedules, and lifetime project value.
Regional Player with a Diverse Portfolio
The first decades of the 21st Century have seen Devcon become a West Coast regional design-build contractor, with offices throughout California and Nevada, projects in Oregon, Idaho, Texas and elsewhere, often with budgets of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. Devcon continues to be the go-to contractor for landmark and challenging projects, such as the first lighthouse built on the West Coast in 50 years, moving an existing five-story hotel, a major university art museum, a five-star hotel on the edge of Monterey Bay, and, along with national partners, San Jose City Hall and Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers.