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INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

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The U.S. Gypsum Company (USG) invented drywall in 1916. The material was first sold in the form of small, fireproof tiles. In less than a decade, it took on the form we know, consisting of a single layer of compressed gypsum sandwiched between two sheets of heavy paper. While it only took a few years for this board to evolve into the material we know today, it took 25 years for builders to begin using drywall in any substantial quantity. At that time, walls and ceilings were constructed with Lath and Plaster and we’re pretty sure that the Lath and Plaster contractors of the day thought drywall would never catch on.  We aren’t like those Lath and Plaster contractors of the 1940’s.

Just as Leonard Eckstrom helped transform the construction industry in 1946, today California Drywall recognizes the importance of embracing innovation. We believe in change and are committed to investigating new and innovative products, technologies, training and procedures to improve our processes, services and management practices, ensuring we stay on top of changes within our industry and the changing needs of our clients. Through our passion for construction and forward thinking, we continuously diversify our skill set to separate us from our competition.

LEADERSHIP

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In 1946, Leonard Eckstrom, a salesman for United States Gypsum, saw a bright future in a product called drywall. Grabbing that opportunity, he opened California Drywall in the Santa Clara Valley. The company began by installing and finishing drywall to residential properties, including the innovative Eichler homes of the 1960’s. Decades later we continue to be family-centric, although our family has grown.  And our focus is now commercial construction projects and our services have expanded to include Acoustical & Specialty Ceilings, Fireproofing, Lath and Plaster, Painting, Rainscreens, and Strut Systems.

We are consistently ranked among the largest Specialty Contractors in California and United State by ENR (Engineering News Record). With offices in San Jose, San Francisco, and Livermore, we perform work throughout Northern California and the Central Valley. Our projects range from $5,000 to over $80 million. We also offer a full range of services to help our clients meet their construction challenges. They include preconstruction, estimating, constructability reviews and engineering judgements, design-assist and design-build, prefabrication, and BIM. We are driven by strong relationships with our clients who lead us to work on a variety of exciting and challenging projects.

California Drywall thrives through the success of our clients, suppliers, vendors and staff. Every team member is dedicated to achieving our goal of client success. Our culture is characterized by excellence, integrity, openness, and opportunity.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

  • Steve Eckstrom

    Principal

  • Kent Bowles

    Principal

  • David Garrett

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Greg Eckstrom

    Vice President

  • Michael Gutierrez

    Vice President, Project Executive

  • Ron Bosma

    Director of Estimating

  • Jaime Garcia

    Vice President, Project Executive

  • Tyler Hovivian

    Project Executive

  • Zach Reynolds

    Purchasing Director

  • Rich Flowers

    Director of General Foremen

  • Jake Mateus

    Project Executive

RECOGNITION AND AWARDS

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California Drywall is pleased to share the accomplishments and awards that we have received throughout our decades in business. These awards and commendations reflect our unwavering commitment to superior service, quality, and safety in all aspects of our work

2016

  • 6th largest Wall and Ceiling Contractor and the 127th largest Specialty Contractor in the United States

ENR Magazine

  • Best Commercial Project, Interior – Marcato Capital

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

  • Best Institutional Project, Exterior– Central Middle School

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

  • Best Green Building – Delta Americas

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

2015

  • 8th largest Wall and Ceiling Contractor and the 178th largest Specialty Contractor in the United States

ENR Magazine

  • Excellence in Construction Quality – Levi’s Stadium

Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry

  • Best Institutional Project, Interior– Levi’s Stadium

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

  • Project of the Year over $500,000, Interior – Levi’s Stadium

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

  • Best Commercial Project, Interior – Uber Headquarters

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

  • Best Retail Project, Interior– American Express Centurion Lounge at SFO

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

  • Project of the Year under $500,000, Interior – American Express Centurion Lounge at SFO

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

2014

  • Specialty Contractor of the Year

ENR California

  • 8th largest Wall and Ceiling Contractor and the 168th largest Specialty Contractor in the United States

ENR Magazine

  • Excellence in Construction Quality – Bing Concert Hall

Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry

  • Best of the Best (National Award), Specialty Subcontracting – Bing Concert Hall

ENR Magazine

  • Best Commercial Project, Interior – Mercedes-Benz R&D of North America

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

  • Project of the Year under $500,000, Interior – Square Trade Headquarters

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

2013

  • 9th largest Wall and Ceiling Contractor and the 226th largest Specialty Contractor in the United States

ENR Magazine

  • Project of the Year over $500,000, Interior and Exterior – Bing Concert Hall

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

  • Best Institutional Project, Interior – Bing Concert Hall

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

  • Best Institutional Project, Exterior– Bing Concert Hall

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

  • Golden Gate Partner Award

CAL OSHA

  • Best Project California, Specialty Subcontracting – Bing Concert Hall

ENR Magazine

2012

  • 9th largest Wall and Ceiling Contractor and the 304th largest Specialty Contractor in the United States

ENR Magazine

  • Excellence in Construction Quality – Nokia R&D Center for Excellence

Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry

2011 

  • Subcontractor of the Year

Silicon Valley Business Journal

  • Excellence in Construction Safety

Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry

2010

  • Subcontractor of the Year Finalist

Silicon Valley Business Journal

  • Safety Professional of the Year – Dan Allen

Keller Online and OH&S Magazine

2009

  • Golden Gate Partner Award

CAL OSHA

QUALITY AND SAFETY

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Superior quality is not just a catch phrase at California Drywall; it’s measured in tangible benefits to our customers by:

  • Eliminating rework
  • Completing projects on time, within budget
  • Better documentation, clarifying expectations, and minimizing surprises
  • Testing and verifying to ensure expected results

Program Overview

California Drywall’s Quality Program includes:

  • Testing and verifying to ensure expected results
  • Well established document control
  • Detailed proposal preparation, project set-up and process controls
  • Strict guidelines on purchasing and material controls
  • Comprehensive standards and specifications for product installation and finishing
  • Detailed verification, inspection, and testing protocols
  • Specifics for identifying non-conforming outcomes + and the necessary corrective procedures

Program Highlights

Highlights of California Drywall’s Quality Program Include:

  • Control Program prepared for each project
  • Quality Control Inspection Sheets are provided for each job
  • A Quality Control manager assigned to each project to ensure overall quality compliance
  • Pre-release material inspection to ensure conformance with project requirement
  • On-going inspections throughout construction to verify that all items conform to stated project requirements
  • A complete set of all documents for the proper execution of all tasks

In short, California Drywall’s Quality Program adds measurable value to our customers.

Safety

At California Drywall, every project has common goals: to remain 100% free of injuries, reduce exposure to safety risks, and protect everyone’s property during construction. All of our employees receive rigorous safety training and our EH&S team visits every site frequently to ensure that proper procedures and protocols are being met.  This translates into a lower-than-industry-average insurance experience-modifier, competitive prices for our customers, and dedicated craftsmen who feel good about coming to a safe work environment each day.

  • Full-time safety staff of 5
  • 2 hour Safety Orientation and Test for all newly hired Craftsmen
  • OSHA 10 training for all Craftsmen
  • OSHA 30 training for all Foremen, Superintendents, and Project Managers
  • STS training and certification for all superintendents
  • Up-to-date IIPP and HIPP
  • Ongoing training and certifications for field personell (Fall Protection, Lifts, Scaffold, etc.)
  • Quarterly company-wide Foremen Safety Meetings
  • Pre-employment evaluations
  • Pre-task planning
  • JHA’s
  • Safety awards
  • Safety incentive program

This approach ensures that all California Drywall employees have been properly trained to perform their duties as safely as possible, and that we are in compliance with all federal, state, and local safety standards. Our Safety Program is effective because everyone one in the company is responsible for safety. From the owners down, safety and having an accident- and injury-free workplace is critical. Our current Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is 0.72.

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