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Giving Back For Tea Company and Others, Charity Is Business as Usual
Businesses in Reno Area Give Back to Community Local businesses are no strangers to philanthropy. Here are a few examples of businesses helping the community. by Betsy McDonald Community contributor
t is often said that, “What goes around, comes around,” suggesting that those who do good receive good in return, and those who don’t, well, don’t.
A recent report published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that generosity is on the rise along with the economy, leading to an increase in charitable donations from coast to coast. In fact, the top 50 philanthropists in the United States made donations totaling $7.7 billion last year. In honor of the growing good-karma cycle, here’s a round-up of local companies that make giving back to the community a priority.
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sacred herb. The project helps transform abandoned farm lands where Tulsi is planted in India through sustainable, organic agricultural practices.
Nature’s Bakery Best known for its fig bars, Nature’s Bakery, a Carson Citybased baker, has made giving back a priority since its founding in 2010. It invests in a community of multi-faceted athletes who identify as mothers, students, volunteers and community leaders, just as much as elite competitors. But the company’s sponsorship roster is only one example of the growing company’s belief in supporting the community that supports them. Other efforts include educating students about proper nutrition and donating product to a lengthy list of events and causes. Nature’s Bakery is ever-present at Reno-Tahoe events, turning up at adventure races in Squaw Valley, paddleboard competitions in Tahoe City, and even in the trick-or-treat buckets of children at the Nevada Discovery Museum, where it handed out 2,000 free bars in 2013. Most recently, the company participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 10 to 16, visiting local nonprofits including the Veterans Guest House, Nevada Youth Empowerment Project and the Eagle Valley Children’s Home to donate product and learn about their mission.
Davidson’s Organic Teas, the country’s oldest organic tea company, owned by husband-and-wife team Promilla Mohan and Kunall Patel, gives back not just locally but internationally. As part of its sustainability mission, Davidson’s donates 10 percent of all Tulsi Tea proceeds to the “Aasha (Hope) Fund,” designed to improve the lives of small farmers who grow the
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Best known for its delicious fig bars, Nature’s Bakery, a Carson Citybased baker, has made giving back a priority since its founding in 2010.
The bakery recently participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week, donating products to local nonprofits.
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Sierra Neurosurgery Group (SNG), one of the largest private practice neurosurgery groups on the West Coast, uses its specialized knowledge of complex brain and spine care to educate the community on preventing devastating head and spinal cord Continued on next page
Davidson’s Organic Teas donates 10 percent of its proceeds from its Tulsi Tea to the “Aasha (Hope) Fund,” designed to improve the lives of small farmers who grow the basil plant from which the tea is made. Photo courtesy of Betsy McDonald
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Promoting Safe Travel One longtime resort works to ensure the safety of back country skiers and snowboarders. Forecasting nature, preventing disaster The giving isn’t just limited to those on the valley floor. Sugar Bowl Resort, the first major ski resort founded at Lake Tahoe, has long supported philanthropic efforts in the community ranging from the environment to education and the arts. In addition, Sugar Bowl’s management and staff provide financial support for numerous community endeavors and serve as leaders on multiple nonprofit boards.
Veterans Guest House is one of the organizations to which Q&D Construction and Nature’s Bakery contribute. Photo courtesy Betsy McDonald
Campo Reno chef-owner Mark Estee recently assisted with the fourth annual Celebrity Chef and Harvest Dinner. Photo courtesy Betsy McDonald
Continued from previous page injury — an all-too-frequent occurrence in northern Nevada thanks to its abundance of adventure sports and recreation opportunities. SNG physician Dr. Lali Sekhon founded the RenoTahoe area chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation in 2011 and joins Doctors Christopher Demers and Jay Morgan on its board of directors. ThinkFirst is dedicated to helping prevent head and spinal cord injuries among children and teens by providing high-quality, impactful programs throughout the community such as free
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concussion education seminars for parents of student athletes. In addition, SNG partners with Sky Tavern Junior Ski Program to provide helmets to children who are otherwise unable to purchase them. During warm weather months the practice donates bicycle helmets to hundreds of local children, hosting this year’s giveaway April 26 at Kids on Big Rigs (Facebook. com/KidsOnBigRigs).
Q&D Construction Q&D Construction has long been known for its corporate philanthropy. Since founding Q&D in 1964, Norm Dianda has been committed to making the Sierra Nevada and Truckee Meadows “a great place to work, live and play” by helping build many of the institutions and recreational venues that make our region strong. In addition, the company, now celebrating 50 years in northern Nevada, regularly contributes to causes such as the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Bishop Manogue High School, March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Children’s Cabinet, Special Olympics, Veteran’s Guest House, Moms on the Run, University of Nevada Athletics and many more.
Awareness Month, for example, the restaurant partnered with Adele’s and Bistro Napa to offer a special prix fixe menu with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Most recently, Estee assisted with the fourth annual Celebrity Chef and Harvest Dinner, benefitting The Greenhouse at Carson High School, a project designed to teach students how to sustainably grow produce which is then distributed to lowincome residents in Carson City. The farm-to-table dinner features local produce and meat prepared by Estee and Chef Charlie Abowd that are then paired with top-shelf wines.
While the resort is known for serving up some epic back country terrain, it also wants to make sure that skiers and boarders arrive home safely. It helps make this happen by hosting the Back Country Ball, an annual fundraiser for the SAC that helps provide funding to employ the SAC’s two professional avalanche forecasters. —Betsy McDonald
Sand’s Regency The Sand’s Regency’s 15th Annual EuroFest brings together free live entertainment, an array of European cuisine and beer, and much more this June, all to raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The downtown Reno event is free and open to the public and a portion of all proceeds raised through the sale of food and beverage benefits the network of 22 non-profit hospitals across North America.
Campo Reno Campo Reno, the riverside eatery owned by local chef Mark Estee, participates in a variety of charitable activities ranging from donating services to hosting events. In honor of Diabetes
One cause in particular that lies close to Sugar Bowl’s heart is the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting safe back country travel.
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Sugar Bowl Resort hosts theannual Back Country Ball fundraiser for the Sierra Avalanche Center. Photo courtesy of Betsy McDonald
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Support AGC Charities' 2014 Operation Opening Doors Project: Horses 4 Heroes We hope you will support AGC Charities and Martin-Harris Construction this spring as they work to build an entirely new facility for Horses 4 Heroes, which provides equestrian therapy for veterans, their families and local first responders. Since 2006, they have been operating out of the back yard of the woman who founded the group, Sydney Knott. But thanks to AGC Charities, Inc. and the help of many member firms, the group has received permission from Las Vegas to build a new facility – including a riding arena, petting zoo and mare motel – at the historic Tulley Springs Ranch on the northern end of town. Learn More...
Meet Incoming AGC President Al Landes In March at the 2014 Annual Convention, incoming AGC President Al Landes will begin his year-long tenure at the association helm. In Constructor's March/April issue, Landes talks about his presidential theme, "AGC, An Investment in You and Your Company," and how he plans on spending his year, sharing with members all that the association has to offer. Learn More...
Construction Industry Adds 48,000 Jobs in January Construction employment jumped by the largest monthly amount in nearly seven years in January, bringing industry employment to the highest level since July 209, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC. Association officials noted that, at the current rate of growth, it would not take long before many firms begin having difficulty finding enough skilled workers to meet demand. Learn More...
Construction Spending Inches Up 0.1 Percent in December, Rises 4.8 Percent in 2013 Total construction spending edged up 0.1 percent in December and rose by a modest 4.8 percent for all of 2013, as a robust market for apartments and single-family houses outweighed downturns in private nonresidential and public projects, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by AGC of America. Learn More...
BUSINESS TIPS Age Safe: How an Aging Workforce Impacts the Construction Industry In the construction industry today, older workers are aging out of the workforce faster than new workers are replacing them. And, as the older generation faces injuries that take them out of the workforce and companies lose experienced workers, education on preventing and treating injuries is key. Learn More...
CHAPTER NEWS AGC Family Mourns the Loss of Henry Hagood, Jr. Henry T. Hagood, Jr., 69, passed away Feb. 9 at his home -- his family at his side -- after a valiant battle with cancer. Surviving Mr. Hagood are his loving wife, Dot, their two children, Jody (wife Molly) and Kim (son Blake) and his brother Forest (wife Vickie). The family has asked that contributions be made in Mr. Hagood’s memory to the American Cancer Society for use in kidney cancer research. Mr. Hagood was a leader in the construction industry, serving as the executive officer of the Alabama Associated General Contractors for 45 years. During that time he grew the association from a small group of contractors to an industry giant representing the entire state with assets of more than $100 million. The Alabama AGC, under Mr. Hagood’s leadership, helped guide the industry through some challenging times, including labor strife in the early 1970s, contractor licensing and liability issues and workforce issues. Mr. Hagood’s foresight and energy helped to ensure that Alabama has developed the skilled workers it needs for its nationally prominent construction industry and the industrial growth that has led the state into the 21st century. Learn More...
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Christman and Rentenbach Combine Forces to Extend Southeast U.S. Footprint The Christman Company, a national construction and real estate development firm based in Michigan and a member of multiple AGC chapters, announced recently it has completed the acquisition of the capital stock of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Rentenbach Constructors Incorporated (also a member of several AGC chapters) and with it, the merger of the two privately held firms. The move will enable expansion and enhancement of their mutual southeast U.S. capabilities and services. Rentenbach will continue operating under the Rentenbach name for the near term. Christman’s name will remain the same. Learn More...
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Q&D Construction Celebrates 50 Years of Impressions on Northern Nevada and Beyond Founded in Reno, Nev. in 1964, Q&D Construction has navigated the boom and bust cycle of the northern Nevada economy for 49 years with founder Norm Dianda at the helm. As the award-winning contractor enters its 50th year, however, new leadership is in place to guide the groundbreaking company through the next five decades. In June 2013, Chris and Mike Dianda were appointed as managing partners while long-time employee and former Senior Vice President Lance Semenko was named chief operating officer (COO). Learn More...
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Sundt Completes Technologically Advanced Porterville Courthouse Sundt Construction, Inc., a member of multiple AGC chapters, recently completed a new courthouse in Porterville, one of the first in California equipped with a sophisticated audiovisual (AV) system allowing off-site monitoring via a statewide communication network. Learn More...
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Q&D Construction, a Nevada Chapter AGC member, started in 1964 with a $650 kitchen remodel on Crampton St. in Reno, Nev. And true to the pride in his work from the company’s first day, Norm Dianda, founder of the company, still knows, a half century later, how that kitchen is holding up. “She still lives in that house,” said Dianda of the homeowner. Q&D Construction has gone on to build hospitals, casinos, universities, shopping centers and airport terminals across the West. This year, the company will celebrate a half century of business, and a legacy of long-lasting relationships that stretch from the homeowner who cut the company its first $650 check to casino magnates Steve Wynn and Bill Harrah, and corporations like Southwest Airlines and Scheels. A CASINO OWNER AND A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Q&D’s first big break came in 1966, when the two-year-old construction company landed a construction job from Bill Harrah, the gaming visionary who put Reno and Tahoe casinos on the map.
Harrah tasked Q&D with a project that involved cutting through two, 4-ft-wide brick walls to tie into the casino’s coin room in the basement of Harrah’s downtown Reno casino. As Q&D began working on the job, the construction manager walked up to Dianda and said, “If you do a good job here you will work for Harrah’s for a long time.” Q&D Construction worked with Harrah’s for the next 40-plus years, remodeling casinos and hotel towers in Reno for a casino owner known for his fairness and loyalty. From those early days, Harrah and Dianda shared similar business philosophies in their loyalty to customers, their attention to detail and their dedication to building things that would last. “If you are going to be in business you have to be profitable. But at the same time you need to be fair, honest and upfront. And you have to give the customer the value for the dollar he is spending,” said Dianda of the business lessons he learned over the last 50 years. “The customer comes first.” Q&D GOES FULL-SERVICE One of the unique things about Q&D Construction is the variety of skills and services it provides. While the company started out as a construction outfit, Q&D soon added a high-end mill manufacturing arm — Artefice Architectural Millwork — to the company. Soon it seemed Q&D could do anything. They built bridges and completed road projects. They built multi-million-dollar luxury lakefront homes at Lake Tahoe. Earthwork, paving, building, custom homes, hospitals and shopping centers — the company grew its capabilities to do everything from underground earthwork to custom finishes for the most discerning customers. Each new service was developed with an attention to detail, and a mastery of the skill and customer service needs to deliver the highest quality. “When I learned the trade as a cabinetmaker, I was always a perfectionist,” said Dianda. I learned the motto, ‘What’s good enough is not good enough.’ Whether it is a high-end mill job or a pipe job, Q&D Construction always does it first class.” COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY As Q&D Construction grew, the company dedicated to giving back to its Northern Nevada home. Norm Dianda’s philosophy on philanthropy is simple: “You have got to give back where you receive. There are a lot of worthy causes out there, and you try to support as many of them as you can.” In addition to monetary donations and in-kind contributions, the company has contributed to building some projects that have helped families and built the Northern Nevada community — places like the Golden Eagle sports complex, the Discovery Museum for children, and the Bishop Manogue High School. “You may never see any result from your giving yourself. But these are things that grow your community and the future,” said Dianda.
THE NEXT 50 YEARS After 50 years at the helm of Q&D Construction, Dianda took a step back from the company. He is still chairman of the company’s board, but he made his two sons, Chris and Mike, managing directors. This next generation of Diandas, along with COO Lance Semenko, will take Q&D into the future. Both sons grew up in the company, sweeping the shop floors and cleaning out flower beds in front of the office as youth, before growing into management roles at Q&D. They know the company inside and out, and the recent economic recession has taught them to never stop innovating, and to be prepared for anything. “Everybody knows construction is very cyclical. We never forget it,” said Mike Dianda. “This recession taught us to be prepared for anything.” Before the recession, Q&D operated almost exclusively in a 65-mile radius around Reno. Now the company’s reach extends to Montana, where it’s building a Scheels sporting goods store, and several western states, where it’s constructing Southwest Airlines terminals. Q&D Construction views these two companies as the next generation of long-term clients, similar to what Harrah’s and St. Mary’s Hospital represented in the past. Like all good companies, Q&D Construction is re-inventing itself while staying true to the company values that made it successful in the first place. And as it continues to build its business across the West, Q&D Construction remains firmly connected to its roots — roots that date back to a single kitchen in a modest house in downtown Reno. “Maybe the majority of our work will not be in Reno in the future, but Reno will always be our home base,” said Mike Dianda. “This will always be our home.”
Fleet fundamental to Nevada company celebrating milestone By Kevin Yanik| March 18, 2014
The pile at Q&D Construction’s yard in Sparks, Nev., at one time consisted of more than 100,000 tons of asphalt and concrete. That was the pile at its peak. The pile completely faded away at one point during the height of the Great Recession. But as Q&D COO Lance Semenko says, the great mound of material typically has somewhere between 50,000 and 70,000 tons of material in it these days. The pile hovers in that range because customers and Q&D’s own crews consistently bring asphalt and concrete chunks to the yard. Q&D’s crushing and screening equipment, meanwhile, continuously recycles the material received between April and November each year. “When times were really tough around here, 2009 to 2010, we had nothing in the pile,” Semenko says. “Now, the pile is getting back up there. There are more public works going on, slowly. It’s not where it was, but it’s getting to where we can at least have a good, decent pile.” Put to use Three portable plants, specifically a Cedarapids 1100 jaw crusher, a Cedarapids 1300 impact crusher and a Powerscreen Chieftain 2100 triple-deck screen, work in tandem to process material at Q&D. According to Semenko, the fleet typically handles between 200 and 225 tph at the company’s 20-acre site that’s about a 20minute drive east of Reno, Nev. Q&D Construction hasn’t restricted the Cedarapids 1100 to its Sparks yard, though. “We find ways to take advantage of the situation we have, whether it’s taking this machine downtown on a busy street and figuring out a way to make the recycled asphalt work for us on street jobs,” Semenko says. “We’ve used it on two street jobs, and I think [its portability] is one of the reasons we got the jobs.” Q&D has found opportunities for the Cedarapids 1100 on other jobsites, as well.
“We’ll take the jaw to a mine,” Semenko says. “That’s fairly quick, in and out. There isn’t really a sizing mechanism [on it] – it produces a 4-in. minus. So we’ll just take a jaw out there and knock it down on their site.” The company also used the Cedarapids 1100 to crush material for a shopping mall project. For road jobs, Q&D has crushed material to make road base. “It runs pretty well when it’s up and running,” Semenko says of the Cedarapids 1100. “It’s not like we’re having to fix it a lot. The downtime is minimal. The ease of operation is another feature we like about it. It’s not that hard to operate.” A three-man crew operates the Sparks yard each day, Semenko says. One person runs and maintains the machines on a full-time basis while two others load material and manage the pile. Caterpillar excavators, dozers and one loader are fundamental to the jobsite, Semenko says. An excavator with a pulverizer on its end is useful in crushing concrete and capturing steel. A jaw crusher magnet is a key tool, as well. It captures about 1,200 tons of steel each year that Q&D recycles. Golden year Q&D Construction, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, didn’t own crushing and screening equipment until 2007. The company’s roots are in commercial building, but it established a heavy civil department in 1983 – and more than half of the company’s annual revenue derives from this area, Semenko says. Semenko joined the company in 1993 along with about 40 other employees who are still with Q&D, he says. The company has evolved further since then and into areas such as commercial recycling. “Our biggest opportunities are in northern Nevada,” he says. “We bought some property out of town, and we bought the master lease on an old landfill that was right next to it. If you want to dump there, depending on how big the pile is, you can dump there for free. We can make a little revenue off that if we need to. “But we also have the landfill where we can dump any kind of dirt – not garbage or trash.” Q&D Construction makes drain rock, pea gravel and a “water sand,” which Semenko describes as a concretetype material, from the materials it collects. “If people are digging out and dumping their trucks, the trucks are taking the dirt to the dump,” Semenko says. “We’re like a half-mile from the freeway on-ramp. They stop there, get a load of sand and go to the jobsite.” Semenko says a Nordberg ST171 track-mounted screening plant is yet another portable plant Q&D owns and operates. This particular machine, however, has more niche uses. “If we’re in a cobbly place and we want to screen the cobble out and keep the sand, we’ll use it,” he says. “We think of that as a special tool. It doesn’t have an exact use for us.”
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Fifty Years of Impressions: Q&D Construction Forges Ahead to Meet the Century Mark By: Dean Whellams
ifty years ago this May, two young construction workers teamed up to create a business, completing a $600 kitchen remodel for the Figoni family of Reno. They operated out of a garage on Vassar Street and eventually moved onto Kietzke Lane, which led to an 18,000-square-foot building at 3675 Mill Street in 1979. Along the way, the company built its first house, acquired a steady stream of business from Harrah’s, both in the Reno-Tahoe region and in Idaho, and completed the first major addition to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center (then known simply as a “hospital”). And then, one of its founding fathers suddenly passed away, leaving his partner shocked and saddened. I am speaking of course, about Lawrence Quadrio, the “Q” in Q&D Construction; friend and cohort to long-time builder, philanthropist and com-
munity supporter, Norm Dianda. But Norm didn’t stop there. He kept the “Q” and carried on, building multi-million-dollar estates at Lake Tahoe, erecting schools, churches and monuments, and developing roads and mountainside resorts. He even built a new company headquarters over on South 21st Street in Sparks to house the hundreds of employees required to keep the successful contracting company running smoothly. For 36 years, Dianda has carried on the dream he and his friend had to create one of the longest-standing, most reliable, most trusted companies in the history of northern Nevada. But through the years, and through tremendous growth, Dianda kept the company small at heart; rooted in the basic principles of quality, honesty and hard work.
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Q&D CONSTRUCTION CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF IMPRESSIONS ON NORTHERN NEVADA AND BEYOND New leadership prepares general contractor for next 50 years RENO, Nev. (TBD) – Founded in Reno, Nev. in 1964, Q&D Construction has navigated the boom and bust cycle of the northern Nevada economy for 49 years with founder Norm Dianda at the helm. As the award-winning contractor enters its 50th year, however; new leadership is in place to guide the groundbreaking company through the next five decades. In June 2013, Chris and Mike Dianda were appointed as managing partners while long-time employee and former Senior Vice President Lance Semenko was named chief operating officer (COO). For more information on Q&D Construction, http://www.qdcontrsuction.com or call 775-786-2677.
Q&D Construction Celebrates 50 Years and Welcomes New Leadership February 10, 2014
RENO, Nev. — As Q&D Construction celebrates its 50th year, new leadership is in place to guide the company through its next five decades. In June 2013, Chris and Mike Dianda were appointed as managing partners, while long-time employee and former Senior Vice President Lance Semenko was named chief operating officer (COO). Starting out with a simple $600 building remodel, Q&D now consists of hundreds of employees in divisions including engineering, millwork and custom homes. The company has completed projects ranging from Tranquility Lake Tahoe — a 210 acre estate currently offered at $75 million — to $1.5 million in Southwest Airlines’ terminal and operations improvements at LAX. Other recent projects include laying nearly 25 miles of steel pipeline used to transport natural gas and completing Habitat for Humanity’s Play House Build-a-Thon for charity, where Q&D took home the “People’s Choice” award. These structures and many more have been built with precision and quality by Q&D thanks to a dedication to excellence that was ingrained in Dianda nearly 60 years ago when he started out as an apprentice cabinet maker. There, he learned that “good enough” isn’t good enough; a value he has ingrained in every facet of Q&D and one that is sure to hold true for the next 50 years. “I look forward to each and every project Q&D takes on as another chance to demonstrate that hard work, integrity and honesty always result in a superior product,” Semenko said. “Whether it’s a church or a road or a multi-million-dollar mansion, we put our all into everything we do, and I consider it an honor to continue the Q&D legacy for years to come.” For more information, visit www.qdconstruction.com.
Q&D Construction Celebrates 50 Years February 3, 2014
Founded in Reno, Nev. in 1964, Q&D Construction has navigated the boom and bust cycle of the northern Nevada economy for 49 years with founder Norm Dianda at the helm. As the awardwinning contractor enters its 50th year, however; new leadership is in place to guide the groundbreaking company through the next five decades. In June 2013, Chris and Mike Dianda were appointed as managing partners while long-time employee and former Senior Vice President Lance Semenko was named COO. Starting out with a simple $600 building remodel, Q&D now consists of hundreds of employees in divisions including engineering, millwork and custom homes. The company has completed projects ranging from Tranquility Lake Tahoe–a 210 acre estate currently offered at $75 million–to $1.5 million in Southwest Airlines’ terminal and operations improvements at LAX. Other recent projects include laying nearly 25 miles of steel pipeline used to transport natural gas and completing Habitat for Humanity’s Play House Build-a-Thon for charity where Q&D took home the “People’s Choice” award. These structures and many more have been built with precision and quality by Q&D thanks to a dedication to excellence that was ingrained in Dianda nearly 60 years ago when he started out as an apprentice cabinet maker. There, he learned that “good enough” isn’t good enough; a value he has ingrained in every facet of Q&D and one that is sure to hold true for the next 50 years. “I look forward to each and every project Q&D takes on as another chance to demonstrate that hard work, integrity and honesty always result in a superior product,” said Lance Semenko, COO. “Whether it’s a church or a road or a multi-million-dollar mansion, we put our all into everything we do and I consider it an honor to continue the Q&D legacy for years to come.” For more information on Q&D Construction, visit www.QDConstruction.comor call 775-786-2677.
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Founded in Reno, Nev. in 1964, Q&D Construction, a Nevada Chapter AGC member, has navigated the boom and bust cycle of the northern Nevada economy for 49 years with founder Norm Dianda at the helm. As the award-winning contractor enters its 50th year, however, new leadership is in place to guide the groundbreaking company through the next five decades. In June 2013, Chris and Mike Dianda were appointed as managing partners while long-time employee and former Senior Vice President Lance Semenko was named chief operating officer (COO).
Starting out with a simple $600 building remodel, Q&D now consists of hundreds of employees in divisions including engineering, millwork and custom homes. The company has completed projects ranging from Tranquility Lake Tahoe – a 210 acre estate currently offered at $75 million – to $1.5 million in Southwest Airlines’ terminal and operations improvements at LAX. Other recent projects include laying nearly 25 miles of steel pipeline used to transport natural gas and completing Habitat for Humanity’s Play House Build-a-Thon for charity where Q&D took home the "People’s Choice" award.
These structures and many more have been built with precision and quality by Q&D thanks to a dedication to excellence that was ingrained in Dianda nearly 60 years ago when he started out as an apprentice cabinet maker. There, he learned that "good enough" isn’t good enough; a value he has ingrained in every facet of Q&D and one that is sure to hold true for the next 50 years.
"I look forward to each and every project Q&D takes on as another chance to demonstrate that hard work, integrity and honesty always result in a superior product," said Lance Semenko, COO. "Whether it’s a church or a road or a multi-million-dollar mansion, we put our all into everything we do and I consider it an honor to continue the Q&D legacy for years to come."
For more information on Q&D Construction, visit www.QDConstruction.com or call 775-786-2677.
Q&D Construction is a 12-time winner of the "Contractor of the Year" award by the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors. It specializes in commercial building projects both large and small across the nation; general engineering including bridge construction and reconstruction, and commercial recycling; public and private infrastructure such as northern Nevada’s Prospector Pipeline and the Moana Lane Widening and Reconstruction Project; and custom contracting including the RitzCarlton Lake Tahoe, Tranquility at Lake Tahoe and the Assumption Church in Truckee, Calif. Q&D is also heavily involved in the Contractors Auxiliary, which provides emergency contractor services to victims of natural and other disasters.
Published on Apr 2, 2014