Ghirardelli Associates

Our History – Working

Our History

When I started Ghirardelli, I wanted it to be a values-based company. It was important that we operated on principles that would keep us together and going the right direction”.

– Alice Ghirardelli, Our Founder

Alice Ghirardelli’s style has always been straightforward. She believed in fostering a good environment that embodied respect, equality, and opportunity. She likened adding staff to growing one’s family – setting people up for success and growth. Early additions to the team included Randy Bruner, PE, our current President and CEO, and Raewyn Butcher, currently Executive Vice President.

In addition to Alice’s technical expertise, she possessed the tenacity to pursue public work, starting on a small project with the City of San Mateo as a utility inspector.  Six months later, she hired her replacement and secured on-call work with the City of San Francisco. In about a year’s time, Ghirardelli had twelve associates on board. The first larger contract, and southern California expansion, began with San Jose’s Valley Transportation Authority, a long-term client supported primarily by Mr. Bruner. Steadily, the company diversified its scope of services and geographical reach to include all facets of construction management services in public works, transportation, rail, environmental and ports and marine across the State of California.

Since its inception, Ghirardelli has engaged in industry associations and the small business community. We continue our commitment to serve in a socially responsible manner with non-profit outreach efforts, small business mentoring, and internships. Just as in the beginning, Ghirardelli believes in a values-based philosophy that creates rewarding opportunities for our associate work family and serves our clients with integrity, quality, responsiveness, and professionalism.

Commitment. Integrity. Responsive. Professional. Accountable. Problem Solvers. Honesty. Quality.

Ghirardelli Associates Inc.

Ghirardelli Associates is officially a company.

Big Win for Team!
Caltrans District 4 Win

$1.4 Billion San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge On-Call contract

Big SoCal Win!
LA Metro

$25 Million Sound Walls Project

Team Growing
50+ Associates

Ghirardelli started as a two person company and in a short amount of time we are over 50 employees.

BART Contract Win!
Bay Area Rapid Transit

$150 Million On-Call Construction Management and Inspection Services

Caltrans Districts 1 and 3

Ghirardelli wins On-Call support contracts for Caltrans North Region. The GAI Team grows to 75+ employees.

20th Anniversary

Ghirardelli achieves an incredible milestone of 20 years in business and a team of over a 150+ associates.