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Enterprise Construction Inc.

Family ownership fosters successful public sector expansion as LAUSD-preferred contractor

Creating a family-like atmosphere at the workplace through an open employee dialogue, care and support has been central to Enterprise Construction Inc.’s continued growth and success as one of Los Angeles’ leading public contractors. President, CEO and co-founder of Enterprise Construction, Andy Ghaemi, often challenges himself and  reminds his team to live and work with strong passion and purpose, “So that we design and create the world that we deserve,” he says.

Based in Agoura Hills, California, Enterprise Construction was established in 2000 and over the course of 16 years the company has become a go-to contractor for public projects such as school construction, playgrounds, track and field facilities, stadiums and grandstands, city sidewalks and streetscapes, parking lots and various site improvement projects.

Enterprise Construction Inc.

A balance of in-house ability and project management

Since 2000, Enterprise Construction has successfully completed more than 200 projects, specializing in commercial construction and development, particularly for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and other local public entities. Enterprise Construction has been named LAUSD Contractor of the Year for both quality and safety numerous times and is now working on six projects for the nation’s second-largest school district.

As a general building and engineering company with class A, B, C8 and C12 licenses, Enterprise Construction leverages an experienced in-house team of architects, civil engineers and project managers, as well as strong relationships with specialty subcontractors to offer full-scope completion.

“Our crews are skilled in concrete flatwork, asphalt paving, structural concrete and carpentry and finish work,” says Ghaemi. “We typically subcontract mechanical, electrical and plumbing and other specialty trades. We have a strong team of project managers and superintendents that know how to run jobs and keep things on track and on budget.”

Enterprise Construction not only delivers in-house capabilities in terms of trades, the company also is skilled in access compliance work. “This includes everything from paperwork to site coordination,” explains Ghaemi. “More often than not, the schools and facilities we’re working on have to remain fully operational so it is up to our team to coordinate the flow of traffic and foot traffic using signage, ramps and walkways. It all has to be up to state compliance as well.”

A steady stream of school construction work

Coordination and teamwork are essential in any one of Enterprise Construction’s projects, something Ghaemi says his team truly excels at. “Because of our strong teamwork and good reputation with owners and public agencies, we have continued to grow and be successful through the recession,” says Ghaemi. While other companies scaled back, Enterprise Construction ramped up and the company still has a heavy backlog of major projects.

The Jordan High School Stadium renovation for LAUSD has been an ongoing effort, including a large grandstand, track and field and related buildings. At Roosevelt High School, Enterprise Construction is wrapping up a bleacher project, completing the job in just less than 120 calendar days — months ahead of the projected August 2016 completion date. “We’re also working on a combination of a building renovation and site improvement at the Marquez Charter School, in a nice LA neighborhood,” notes Ghaemi.

The Marquez School Renovation project and Jordan High School Stadium project are managed by Ghaemi’s son, Farhad Ghaemi. “He started actively working with Enterprise in January 2014 after college,” says Ghaemi. “He’s been able to bring some new blood and ideas to the management team and he’s managing more than 10 projects.”

A close-knit group

While Ghaemi is very proud to have his son onboard, it’s not just direct family members that are an essential part of the Enterprise Construction team; all employees are treated like family. “We view our company as a lasting family,” says Ghaemi.

Enterprise Construction’s staff is now at 30-plus employees. “By having a caring, flexible, family-style environment at our company we continue to attract some of the best people and new team members of all ages, including younger generations and millennials,” says Ghaemi. “We’ve found that offering support and flexibility by allowing our employees to be responsible and accountable for their own actions works better than policing and trying to control or dictate to them. This flexibility allows them to do their best.”

Ghaemi says Enterprise Construction recognizes the importance of ongoing employee education and investing in the health, safety and happiness of its team. “We’ve conducted training and seminars and we’ve also done cruise retreat programs. We love celebrating all occasions — birthdays, work anniversaries and more and we plan many dinners and gatherings outside of work,” Ghaemi says. “We all look forward to celebrating each other.”

In terms of efficiency, Ghaemi says Enterprise Construction has been testing out new jobsite technology and improved remote accessibility and communication with Microsoft Cloud storage. “All documentation and email has moved to the cloud so our project managers can access whatever they need from any jobsite,” he says.

As the company finds new resources to fast-track project timelines, Ghaemi continues to put full trust and confidence in his talented team as the driving force behind Enterprise Construction Inc.’s ongoing success in the Los Angeles public contracting market.

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