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, as Bay Area land development exploded in response to the rising tech industry 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. This reputation allowed us to expand our expertise into interiors, landscaping, and parking throughout our early years. During the high-tech downturn of the early 1990s, Devcon responded to the changing times and continued to expand it’s portfolio of residential, multi-family, retail and mixed use projects.
Largest General Contractor in Silicon Valley
Developers and end-users have come to rely on Devcon as a contractor that pioneers new design and construction 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. All of these market opportunities for expansion have grown into a diverse project portfolio which we still aim to further expand through the immense growth of the West.
The innovative energy-saving techniques used in designing data centers have 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 by implementing integrated project delivery and Building Information Modeling (BIM). We aim to always focus on cost minimization, meet scheduling goals, and balance lifetime project values. These established goals increase both material and economic sustainability which is an ultimate goal for both the company and our clients.
The first decades of the 21st Century have seen Devcon become a West Coast regional design-build contractor with projects in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Texas and Florida. These projects range in individual value from tens of millions to billions. Devcon continues to be the go-to contractor for landmark and challenging projects like moving an existing five-story hotel, building the first lighthouse on the West Coast in the last 50 years, a major university art museum, a five-star hotel on the edge of Monterey Bay, San Jose City Hall and Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers.