What Others are Saying

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

“Through this building, your organization can be proud that the road to the cure to cancer has become ever shorter.”

Albert Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
US Food and Drug Administration
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Hitachi; Global Storage Technologies

“In the midst of project pressures and resource constraints, it is often easier to merely meet minimum standards; therefore, I want to thank Rudolph and Sletten for the dedication and determination that allowed us to exceed our goals.”

David Koury
Program Manager
Real Estate & Site Operations
Hitachi; Global Storage Technologies

Oceanside School District

“The onsite superintendents scheduling allowed us to do our work safely and in a timely manner without accidents on this 5 month project.”

Ken Ringer
Vice President
Casper Company

Red Hawk Casino

“I found each of the team members to be effective communicators who were able to work cooperatively and efficiently as the owner’s liaison amongst all of the many very capable contractors who also worked on our project.”

Scott Holmes
Chairman
Shingle Springs Tribal Gaming Authority

Jay Paul, Moffett Towers

"The Rudolph & Sletten construction teams that I worked with at Moffett Towers for the warm shell work at 1120 Enterprise and the tenant improvements at 1140 and 1160 Enterprise were professional and thorough in the execution and quality of their work. Their direct knowledge of the buildings and their operating systems were an important asset that made the work go smoothly and without issue. R&S was able to effectively address both the Owner’s and Tenant’s needs and requirements, while successfully meeting aggressive schedules and budgets."

Dan Ortiz
Project Manager
Jay Paul Company

 

 

Bank of the West Tower

“My father and I set out to build the best privately-owned high rise office building in Sacramento, and Rudolph and Sletten’s experience and skill has made it possible for us to do that. I wholeheartedly recommend them for any project as they are truly a credit to the construction industry.“

Angelo G. Tsakopoulos, Esq.
Bank of the West Tower

Red Hawk Casino

“With a fast paced schedule, I am aware that Rudolph and Sletten completed the project within budget and ahead of schedule, all the while dealing with a significant amount of design changes.”

Brian Marquette
Cunningham Group Architecture, P.A.

Crocker Art Museum

“John Home, project manager and Bruce Beever, project superintendent have the project on schedule despite a winter with 24 rain days and despite the problems encountered with buried tanks and leaded soils.”

Randy Boehm
Urban Resources, Inc.
Crocker Art Museum Owner’s Representative

California Theatre

“The Rudolph and Sletten team has provided excellent service to the San Jose Redevelopment Agency. They have been very professional and thorough, and are extremely knowledgeable.”

Bob Ruff
Program Director
San Jose Redevelopment Agency

Dry Creek Rancheria, Band of Pomo Indians

“I have found Rudolph and Sletten to be a very straight forward, ethical and honest company, with a very high level of technical ability and cutting edge approach to analyzing site logistics, managing subcontractors, and carrying out construction.”

Eugene Dvorak, AIA
Director of Project Development
Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians

Cuyamaca College Student Center

“We appreciate the care and concern Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. took to assure the District realized the quality building and project.”

James Raver
LEED AP
LPA Associates

Bank of the West

“We wanted a dramatic building where quality is built into every aspect. The quality of construction is excellent and has received nothing but praise from those involved in the project and from public onlookers, as well.”

Angelo G. Tsakopoulos
Managing Partner

Red Hawk Casino

“I have worked with many contractors in the past and believe that Rudolph and Sletten has been one of the easiest to work with.”

Dennis A. Beaudrie
Senior Project Director
Cumming Corporation

UCSF CVRB Mission Bay

“Since I became responsible for UCSF’s project delivery processes in 2004, I’ve been looking for ways to use cutting edge tools and processes to improve that situation and allow projects to benefit from improved information flow and management process.”

Michael Bade
(interim) Assistant Vice Chancellor, Capital Programs and Campus Architect
UCSF CVRB Mission Bay

Red Hawk Casino

“We felt that we always had a “teammate” in Rudolph and Sletten that helped us work through all the situations that arise on a project of this size, and collectively come up with the best solutions for our client.”

Ken Rhyne
Director of Special Projects
Baker Barrios Architects, Interior Design

John Muir Health

“Work like this doesn’t just happen and one person or one company cannot make an operation like this successful. This is great example of success through team work and planning.”

Michael Monaldo, AIA
Vice President, Facilities Development
John Muir Health

SASCO, Electrical Contractors and Consultants to the Construction Industry

“Rudolph and Sletten’s work ethics are one of the highest in the industry. Construction supervision, scheduling, coordination of disciplines, safety on the job, etc. are priorities on their constructions sites.”

Jerry D. Jordan
Director of Regional Sales/Director of Estimating and Engineering
SASCO

Crocker Art Museum

“Weekly meetings, phone calls, RFI’s, Submittals, issues with the city --- all are addressed in a timely and clear manner including helping with priority issues for the architect and his consultants that keep everything tracking on time.”

Randy Boehm
Urban Resources, Inc.
Crocker Art Museum Owner’s Representative

Red Hawk Casino

“We were very happy with the knowledge and dedication Rudolph and Sletten’s project engineers brought to the table. They were always there to help and try to ensure that our designs were carried to fruition.”

Ken Rhyne
Director of Special Projects
Baker Barrios Architects

John Muir Health

"The use of BIM has significantly improved coordination of building systems and essentially eliminated coordination problems in the field."

Michael Monaldo, AIA
Vice President Facilities Development and Corporate Real Estate
John Muir Health

Dry Creek Rancheria,
Band of Pomo Indians

“It was truly a breath of fresh air from some of our experiences with past contractors on the project. Your staff members, led by Robert Stokes, were enthusiastic, team-oriented and willing to do what it took to get the job done.”

Brian E. Kasen,
President/CEO
BEK Construction Management Group, Inc.

Letter of Recommendation

"Rudolph and Sletten has the expertise and personnel to manage this process."

Joseph Cvetas
Regional President
Southland Industries

Red Hawk Casino

“We have been extremely impressed by the effort Rudolph and Sletten has put into this project from our initial pricing and negotiation meetings through to the clean up and completion of punch list items.”

Richard C. Bienapfl
Vice President,
Development and Construction
Lakes Entertainment, Inc.

Altera Corporation HQ

“Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. consistently worked successfully with us on the areas budget constraints and their creativity resulted in no loss in quality of construction or visual appearance.”

Robert Wingo
Director of Real Estate & Facilities
Altera Corporation

CHLA Facilities

“Just another example of great team work and flawless execution.”

Rod Hanners
SVP & COO, CHLA

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

“This award solidifies the experience we had working with both Rudolph and Sletten and Carrier Johnson; Rudolph and Sletten has been the most professional and service-oriented construction company I have worked with.”

Leatha J. Elsdon
Senior Project Manager
Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Oceanside School District

“The clear professionalism in negotiating our contract made the process smooth.”

Ken Ringer
Vice President
Casper Company

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

“The coordination of all the subcontractors and systems of the building was a virtuoso performance.”

Albert Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
US Food and Drug Administration
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Letter of Recommendation

"Whether its design alternatives, means & methods or construction sequencing Rudolph and Sletten is always willing to listen."

Joseph Cvetas
Regional President
Southland Industries

Oceanside School District

“We have admired the professionalism of Rudolph and Sletten, their ability to create a great project management team and for providing experienced superintendents that are custom tailored for each job.”

Ken Ringer
Vice President
Casper Company

North Tahoe Middle and High School Reconstruction Project

“The entire Rudolph and Sletten team has demonstrated their willingness to do what it takes to make our projects successful.”

Anna Klovastad
Project Manager
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

Bank of the West Tower

“The quality of the construction is excellent and has received nothing but praise from those involved in the project and from public onlookers as well.”

Angelo G. Tsakopoulos, Esq.
Bank of the West Tower

Moffett Towers

“With their innovative approaches to building, commitment to quality and expertise, Rudolph and Sletten will be an excellent selection for your project.”

Janette R. Sammartino
Sr. Vice President/COO
Jay Paul Company

Dry Creek Rancheria, Band of Pomo Indians

“Rudolph and Sletten was able to step-in and seamlessly integrate several long standing design-build subcontractors into their procurement methods. Their diligence and creativity in helping me de-scope the project and of course, the constant need to control cost was refreshing.”

Eugene Dvorak, AIA
Director of Project Development
Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians

North Tahoe Middle and High School Reconstruction Project

“Over a year after the final payment was made, Rudolph and Sletten continues to provide support for this project. Their dedication to customer satisfaction is truly exceptional.”

Anna Klovastad
Project Manager
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

Sierra College Tahoe Truckee Campus

“Rudolph and Sletten did an excellent job of coordinating with all agencies, keeping the local traffic moving, and getting the work done on schedule.”

Rob Koster
Project Manager
Sierra College

Red Hawk Casino

“Their preconstruction team was most thorough in their preparation of the GMP proposal and the negotiation to arrive at the GMP contract was most professional.”

Stephen E. DeWulf, C.P.E.
Vice President – Operations
Cummings Corporation

Red Hawk Casino

“We certainly look forward to working with Rudolph and Sletten again and would be most happy to recommend you to anyone looking for a first class contractor.”

Ken Rhyne
Director of Special Projects
Baker Barrios Architects

Red Hawk Casino

“I can say that all parties were duly impressed with the caliber of people who staffed the project and their willingness to do whatever was required to get the job done.”

Stephen E. DeWulf, C.P.E.
Vice President – Operations
Cummings Corporation

Jay Paul, Moffett Towers

"The Rudolph and Sletten team was a key factor in ensuring that this project was delivered for the client on time – we had numerous challenges, including a very lengthy permit process, continued design changes, and an aggressive delivery schedule that could not change.  The team orchestrated the construction delivery process around the controlled chaos of the permitting and design process to ensure that the schedule wasn’t compromised.  Rudolph and Sletten’s relationships with key City personnel, the Landlord, and their subcontractors were key to making this project a success."

 

Bernard Baker
Vice President
Project Management Advisors, Inc.

 

 

Moffett Towers

“I have had the pleasure of working with Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. on numerous projects during our firm’s nearly 30 year relationship, like Moffett Towers and Pacific Shores Center. Rudolph and Sletten’s performance in the management of the project budget and scheduled through preconstruction and construction has been exceptional.”

Janette R. Sammartino
Sr. Vice President/COO
Jay Paul Company

Bank of the West Tower

“We have been very impressed with their knowledge in project estimating, scheduling, construction document review and construction, even lending me a valuable hand in providing information that helped us secure a law firm tenant for 65,000 square feet.”

Angelo G. Tsakopoulos, Esq.
Bank of the West Tower

Dry Creek Rancheria,
Band of Pomo Indians

“Rudolph and Sletten’s team proved to be flexible, professional, honest, and transparent when addressing the needs of the Tribe and their projects.”

Brian E. Kasen
President/CEO
BEK Construction Management Group, Inc.

Altera Corporation HQ

“I can highly recommend Rudolph and Sletten as a contractor where performance, efficiency and enthusiasm are standards of business.”

Robert Wingo
Director of Real Estate & Facilities
Altera Corporation

UCSF CVRB Mission Bay

“As you know, it is critical and essential that contractors behave consistently and reliably, and meet the University's scheduling, scoping, and quality requirements. We can say without hesitation that Rudolph and Sletten succeeds on all counts."

Sandra Beck, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Director, Capital Programs
University of California San Francisco

North Tahoe Middle and High School Reconstruction Project

“Despite obstacles, Rudolph and Sletten's team created a path to success for this very challenging project.”

Anna Klovastad
Project Manager
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

Red Hawk Casino

“I feel that Rudolph and Sletten’s attention to detail throughout the construction process and professionalism with the RFI & Submittal process was another strong attribute of the firm.”

Brian Marquette
Cunningham Group Architecture, P.A.

Jay Paul, Moffett Towers

"I definitely have to commend the R&S project team on their diligence and commitment in delivering our project. The schedule was very demanding and the phased delivery of the design documents and the many design changes that evolved only compounded the challenge. The project team remained very accommodating to our ever changing needs and processes while never losing focus on cost controls nor the final delivery dates as they worked through all of this with us."

 

Brian C. Cloepfil, AIA                Project Manager                           HP Global Real Estate

 

 

Lean Enterprise

"Rudolph and Sletten’s commitment to integrating the lean principles and tools is setting an industry standard."

M.C. Brady
Director, Professional Development
San Diego State College of Extended Studies

Crocker Art Museum

“Jon and his estimation team have been thorough in working through subcontractors and scope to provide the onsite personnel with qualified teams able to man the job properly.”

Randy Boehm
Urban Resources, Inc.
Crocker Art Museum Owner’s Representative

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

“Rudolph and Sletten has been the most professional and service-oriented construction company I have worked with."

Leatha J. Elsdon
Senior Project Manager
Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Lean Enterprise

"Their dedication and zeal for lean thinking has put the company on a path to enable sustainability. With the support of Rudolph and Sletten’s leadership, the integration of Lean Enterprise has given the company a competitive edge."

M.C. Brady
Director, Professional Development
San Diego State College of Extended Studies

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

“During the construction of the project they demonstrated their impressive ability to safely maneuver around students and faculty, who were utilizing the same space, while staying on course with great attention to detail and schedule.”

Leatha J. Elsdon
Senior Project Manager
Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Rudolph and Sletten from the Ground Up

As with any good Silicon Valley start-up, Rudolph and Sletten started in the family garage. In 1959, Onslow H. "Rudy" Rudolph formed a small contracting company, O.H. Rudolph, General Contractor, based out of his garage in Los Altos, California. Starting with just a small amount of savings, a pickup truck and two employees, Rudy quickly built a business that became known for its ability to deliver the highest quality work, on schedule and within budget.

1960


Rudolph and Sletten founded by Onslow “Rudy” Rudolph and Ken Sletten

1962


Introduced GMP to Bay Area

1971


First project over $1 million (National Semiconductor, Bldg C)

1972


First Hospital Project (Wheeler Hospital Addition)

1972


First Corporate Campus (Memorex)

1973


First biotech project (Dynapol Office and Lab)

1978


First project over $10 million (HP, Building 90)

1978


Opens Sacramento Office

1980


Rudolph and Sletten starts Belt Buckle program

1981


First clean room (HP Bldg. 42)

1984


Rudolph and Sletten builds Monterey Bay Aquarium

1985


First Design/Build project (Stanford Keck Science Bldg)

1985


Rudolph and Sletten builds their first high-rise project (Savoy, Pansini Bldg)

1985


Opens Los Angeles/Orange County office

1992


Opens San Diego office

1993


First project over $100 million (Apple R&D Campus)

1996


John Rudolph named President

1996


Rudolph and Sletten completes 78th HP project (HP46)

1998


Rudolph and Sletten builds a ziggurat - Babylonian pyramid (the Money Store)

1999


First California Green Project (Shaklee)

2001


Allen Rudolph named President

2004


First LEED Accredited employee (Nick Pera)

2005


Moved into LEED Gold Certified Headquarters

2005


Company acquired by Perini Corporation

2005


Restored the historic Hewlett-Packard House and Garage in Palo Alto - the Birthplace of Silicon Valley

2006


Martin Sisemore named President and CEO

2006


First Rudolph and Sletten project to use BIM (Kaiser, Santa Clara Hospital Phase II)

2006


First Rudolph and Sletten Casino Project (Viejas Casino North Expansion)

2009


Installed rooftop photovoltaic systems at LA/Orange County office reducing convention electricity usages by 30%

2009


Rudolph and Sletten completes the largest “green” project in Silicon Valley history (Moffett Towers)

2009


Ranked #2 (Perini Corp.) among the "The Top 100 Green Contractors" in the nation by ENR

Ken and Rudy Join Forces

In 1962, Kenneth G. Sletten joined the business as partner, and the company was renamed Rudolph and Sletten, Inc., General and Engineering Contractors. Over the years, the company grew and its reputation for excellence grew with it. The Rudolph and Sletten name became a guarantee of honest estimates, innovative schedules and an ethical way of doing business.

Rudy came to California from Pittsburgh to attend San Jose State University. The son of a long line of builders, he learned the trade from his father and sharpened his skills in college. Ken Sletten first became involved in construction while attending high school in the Midwest. During summers he worked on construction jobs in Montana and Wyoming.

Inventing New Ways for Silicon Valley to Grow Faster

Together they invented a unique process that Rudy and Ken termed GMP, or Guaranteed Maximum Pricing. GMP facilitated fast-track construction and cut out the long and costly bidding process that was not conducive to Silicon Valley's burgeoning high-tech industry. This process allowed growing high-tech companies to cut the design-and-build cycle in half.

“At that time the Valley consisted of mainly missile-space work, fruit canning plants and IBM typewriter factories,” remembers Rudy. “One of our first clients was Shirley Temple Black.” The child star turned ambassador needed a pool house. “Mrs. Black requested that the structure be painted bright blue,” Rudy continues, “and the Rudolph and Sletten trucks bare the identical shade, a reminder of our roots.”

From pool houses to pools for whales, the company has been involved in unique, one-of-a-kind projects such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine at Stanford, and the George Lucas Postproduction Facility in Novato, California.

Setting new Building Standards

The goal of the company's founders was to build a quality-oriented construction organization. “It doesn't cost any more to build it right the first time,” was the company's motto. From the start they hired only the best people provided them with the best possible training and maintained the highest standards for every project.

The founders also realized that to maintain these high standards they were going to have to manage their own work. They knew that the early stages of a construction project—the structural excavation and the concrete and formwork—were what really controlled the project's schedule and in turn its overall quality. Thus Rudolph and Sletten became a construction manger/general contractor: a contractor who controls a construction project from the ground up. Only in this way could the company deliver its clients the best possible product with the highest quality workmanship, on budget and on time.

Due to the company's location in Silicon Valley, it follows that its growth paralleled that of the Valley. Rudolph and Sletten has grown from a small business to a vital corporation. After nearly 50 years, the company's corporate culture still clearly reflects the value it places on personal relationships. As a matter of fact, many of the company's current employees are second and third generation employees.

Rudolph and Sletten is known for being innovative in its approach to building and for being ethical in its business dealings. Over 95% of its business is from repeat clients, a figure that is outstanding in the industry.

In 2005, Rudolph and Sletten was acquired by Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE:TPC), one of the country's largest construction services companies. The acquisition expanded Tutor Perini's geographic reach on the West Coast. In turn, being a wholly owned independent subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corporation brought Rudolph and Sletten the financial backing of an industry giant and the ability to take on larger projects and capitalize on Tutor Perini's reputation as a powerhouse builder in the hospitality and entertainment industries.

Building a Greener West Coast

Today Rudolph and Sletten is one of the largest and greenest builders on the West Coast. With 38% of their staff already LEED Accredited, Rudolph and Sletten has the highest percentage of LEED APs in the country, but they're not stopping there. They have set a goal to have 100% of their managers LEED Accredited by 2012. The company practices what they preach; their own corporate headquarters in Redwood City is LEED Certified Gold, and its Los Angeles/Orange County office has a solar photovoltaic system on the roof, cutting conventional electricity usage by 25%.

 

Nearly Five Decades of Building Innovation

1960—1969

Fairchild Semiconductor, Mountain View, CA
Alhouse-Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale, CA
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Sunnyvale, CA
All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, CA
Ferrari, Gray and Associates, Mountain View, CA
Memorex Corporation, Santa Clara, CA
ALZA Corporation, Palo Alto, CA
Burke Rubber Company, San Jose, CA

1970—1979

National Semiconductor Corporation, Santa Clara, CA
Cutter Laboratories, Berkeley, CA
Vallco Park, Cupertino, CA
Hewlett-Packard Company, Cupertino, CA
Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Sunnyvale, CA
Children's Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, CA
Digital Equipment Corporation, Santa Clara, CA

1980—1989

Hewlett-Packard Company, Palo Alto, CA
Lockheed Missiles & Space, Sunnyvale, CA
Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto, CA
Syntex Corporation, Palo Alto, CA
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Stonestown Development Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, CA
LucasFilm Ltd., Nicasio, CA
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA
Rolm Corporation, San Jose, CA
Transpacific Development, Foster City, CA

1990—1999

Sun Microsystems, Menlo Park, CA
Jay Paul Company, Sunnyvale, CA
Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Berkeley, CA
Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, CA
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA
The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
Genencor International, Palo Alto, CA
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Tarbut V' Torah, Irvine, CA
Chiron Corporation, Emeryville, CA
R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute, San Diego, CA
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
The Money Store West, Sacramento, CA

2000—Present

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Microsoft Corporation, Mountain View, CA
Sun Microsystems, Santa Clara, CA
Cardinale Winery, Oakville, CA
Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Napa, CA
EarthLink, Inc., Roseville, CA
Jay Paul Company, Redwood City, CA
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
McCuen Properties, LLC/Bechtel Corporation, McClellan, CA

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