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Thanks to everyone for giving us the opportunity to shine. Our employees make us who we are today. Hernandez Companies is more than a general contractor offering a wide range of commercial services, we are a family and our employees and their families make us the best through their dedication to us and their trade. But, of course we couldn’t make it happen without our clients. Watch the Award Video
As 2013 comes to a close, we should all take time to reflect on the important events the year has brought and the ways they have made us all better people. At Hernandez Companies, some of our 2013 milestones include: The acquisition of EnviroLight to increase our specialty services with lighting, electrical and energy efficiency; The “Minority General Contractor of the Year” award from the Arizona chapter of the Associated Minority Contractors of America; The formation of a new customer relationship with University of Phoenix; And the addition of new, unique projects to our portfolio, such as a built-from-scratch elevator service at a 100-year-old building in Globe, Arizona; and a solar water heating system for the Phoenix Dream Center’s transitional housing facility for homeless and low-income families. On a personal note, we would like to thank all of our clients for their support and repeat business this past year. We will continue to nurture those relationships in 2014 to provide timely, affordable, and appropriate solutions to all of your lighting, plumbing, painting and HVAC needs under any circumstances, at any time. From all of us at Hernandez Companies,have a wonderful, blessed holiday season. We will see you all again in ’14!
If your business or your tenants are booming faster than your building’s electrical system can handle it, Hernandez Companies can help before a damaging – and even fatal – electrical accident occurs. Our expert crews can shine the light on these hazards and help you avoid creating new ones. Our service menu features comprehensive electrical and lighting services, thanks to our decades of experience and our recent acquisition of EnviroLight Energy Solutions & Maintenance. We focus on installation, maintenance and energy-efficient upgrades.All of our qualified crews follow local codes for everything from circuit addition and expansion, troubleshooting and repair, security and emergency lighting, and even signage repairs. The results can help improve your building’s curb appeal, workplace productivity and your utility bills while preventing unnecessary hazards. Call us today at (602) 438-7825 or send us an email at email@example.com for more details or to request an estimate for your next lighting project.
When opportunity knocks, sometimes it brings 50,000-gallon steel tanks and a complicated roofing project with it. Some contractors simply can’t answer the door, but we have the means –– and a few sturdy cranes –– to welcome the opportunity and get the job done on time and under budget. Such was the case with Kroger Co., the parent company for Fry’s Food Stores. The Cincinatti-based company has more than 110 stores in Arizona alone and is one of the state’s largest grocery retailers. One of its critical distribution warehouses is located on a sprawling complex near 99th Avenue and Buckeye Road in Tolleson, meaning there was a lot riding on this project –- a job that came to Hernandez when another contractor needed additional expertise and resources to successfully complete the job. It involved the replacement of two 30,000-gallon tanks with two 50,000-gallon tanks. The best way to get them out of the warehouse was skyward. Our crews, including trusted subcontractors and engineering experts, spent six weeks doing their homework for the job by analyzing the best way to safely remove the tanks. The method? Remove support beams for the roof area that was involved, prop it up with temporary support beams, cut open a section of roof, lift the old tanks out one by one, seamlessly sew everything back into place and then –– bam! –– Bob’s your uncle. Job complete. The plan, safety measures and all, was in place weeks before the start date, ensuring everyone felt comfortable with the details. Roof preparations took us two days. Temporary I-beam supports were placed under the area of the roof that would be cut out. Tie-off points for fall protection gear was also installed. Kroger officials shut down plant operations, and it was “game on” for Hernandez crews. Our building whisperers took apart the piping network and various ladders connected to the tanks. Crews, secured by fall-protection gear, began making the first cuts to the roof. Fire-suppression sprinklers were temporarily removed before the final cuts to the roof began. The tanks were removed by crane and hauled off on the back of a trailer for recycling. The new tanks went down the hole and were secured in place. By the end of the third day, Humpty Dumpty was put back together and the plant was operational again. Safe, on time and under budget. Those are the cornerstones of a successful construction project. Check out all the project photos here.
When the University of Phoenix left its old campus in December 2011 in favor of a new one it built nearby from scratch, more than 200,000 square feet of commercial space near the Valley’s busiest freeway was back on the market. The Muller Company needed Phoenix commercial renovation experts. They chose Hernandez Companies, a Phoenix-based company whose award-winning technicians have been serving the Phoenix area for more than 35 years. The goal was to make the Sky Harbor Towers property – already attractive with towering ficus trees, shaded courtyards, tranquil pools and a cafe – have even more curb appeal for potential tenants. “They created a very nice, classy marketing center so we can show [potential tenants] our standards,” says Tiffany Lauchlan, who manages Sky Harbor Towers for The Muller Company . Hernandez crews created the new marketing center by carving up a small on-campus space that was previously leased to a navigation company’s call center. Hernandez’s “building whisperers” also worked alongside other outside contractors on myriad improvements to the facade and underground infrastructure. The building’s exterior greets guests with a modern-looking plate of stainless steel above the entry door. Hernandez crews re-applied a unique adhesive to keep the plates looking as smooth as the walk-up experience. They also painted several interior surfaces, replaced hundreds of feet of old cast-iron plumbing in the walls, and dredged and jetted the storm drains under the campus so that heavy rainstorms wouldn’t clog them and flood the parking lots. These are just a few of the improvements Hernandez crews have performed at Sky Harbor Towers this winter. The buildings were built in 1987, 1989 and 1991, respectively, and vary in size from 71,000 square feet to 116,000 square feet, Lauchlan says. Hernandez crews performs on-going maintenance at the campus. Soon, however, the company’s “to-do” list may include dust control. The Arizona Department of Transportation (link) is considering a plan to widen the freeway near the campus, which would require state officials to obtain part of the site for the billion-dollar project. If it comes to pass, Lauchlan says the number of daily motorists passing the site could jump from 616,000 to more than 1 million. More traffic equals more eyeballs admiring the new-and-improved Sky Harbor Towers.
Steele Indian School Park Hernandez Companies were chosen as the Construction Services Provider for extensive renovations to the historic Steele Indian School Park in Central Phoenix. Our professionals were responsible for the painting and finishing of exterior surfaces, along with upgrades and renovations to the plumbing systems throughout this entire site. The specialists from our Carpentry and Millwork Division undertook demanding and rigorous projects, utilizing highly specialized materials and techniques, to repair and preserve historic wooden features throughout the property.
Central High School Constructed in 1957, Central High School was showing the signs of wear-and-tear that go along with hosting almost three generations of “Bobcats.” Hernandez Companies provided a team of specialized tradesman for a range of projects at this site. The professionals from our Paint and Finish Division prepared and painted all exterior metal surfaces on school grounds, and completed an extensive cosmetic update of the property that included drywall repairs, surfacing and interior paint work. At the same time our Electrical Division installed money-saving energy efficient fixtures on the property. And, although the students might not have liked it, Hernandez Companies adopted a modified work schedule to ensure that lessons were not disrupted, and that the specialized lift and access equipment required for this project were able to move safely around the site.
As you now know, Hernandez completed custom metal finishing at the visitors’ centers of three of Maricopa County’s popular regional parks. Should you consider the same for your commercial or residential structure? Using traditional materials is tempting. Those long-gone Native American ancestors of the Valley were onto something with adobe bricks and building materials that have a heavy thermal mass: They kept things cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. But unlike our forebears, you can keep your structure from looking like a mud hut by adding some classy metalwork and unique paneling. Metal is a beneficial building material because of the region’s low humidity and lack of a nearby ocean (also a drawback), making the issue of rust almost non-existent. Metal is also extremely durable – unlike exterior wood, you won’t have to paint a million and one coats of protective stain onto it to ward off the sun and heat. And if installed correctly with a creative touch, metal can add an artistic flair to your structure.
Summer is the perfect time to start thinking about retrofitting your facilities. The combination of summer heat and Arizona’s monsoon storms takes its toll on exterior paint, metalwork, roofing, storm drains and more. And that doesn’t include the normal wear and tear on a building’s plumbing and electrical systems, interior walls, carpentry and metal fixtures. If you add everything up, some structures are showing more miles than your old Aunt Millie. But don’t let your building creak and groan through the next year. Call the Building Whisperers. The professional, highly skilled staff at Hernandez Companies offers a diverse array of affordable solutions. After 35 years and a second generation of family ownership, we’ve honed our award-winning skills in Project Management, Facilities Maintenance and Quality Service. Hernandez Companies has renovated landmarks across the Valley. Call us when it’s time to renovate yours? Got some vacant commercial space that needs a makeover to attract new tenants? Our staff specializes in quality remodeling, tenant improvements and leaseholder renovations. It also offers 24/7 monitoring and responds to requests for emergency service, using dispatchers to send skilled technicians in a well-stocked Mobile Response Vehicle. Got a paint job that’s flakier than the cable guy? Hernandez Companies offers outstanding painting and finishing services that use specialty coatings and unique treatments. Let our power washing, graffiti removal and wood repairs put a new shine on your building’s exterior. Got plumbing fixtures that stink and leak? Let our building whisperers clear drain lines, conduct diagnostic tests on water sources and reroute pipes to maximize plumbing efficiency. While we’re at it, we could add a couple of coats of eco-friendly paint and some energy-efficient lighting, too. Got cabinets and hand rails that look more beat up than your first car? Hernandez Companies brings its significant carpentry expertise to the scene with fresh cabinets, countertops (in both hardwood and laminate), access ladders, corner guards and more (in carbon steel, stainless steel, iron and aluminum).
Estrella Mountain Regional Park near Goodyear was one of the first public parks created by Maricopa County. Dating all the way back to 1954, it remains one of the region’s largest recreation sites, offering everything from baseball, biking and camping to golfing, hiking and horseback riding. Kind of makes sense that it needs a killer gathering spot, right? The visitors’ center at Estrella is one of three popular, high-profile regional parks where Hernandez has shown its expertise in Construction Services and Facilities Management. Our skilled tradesmen completed all plumbing and painting work from the ground up, including a unique finish on the exterior metal panels to really make the place pop. Estrella has come a long way with these new additions. Originally part of Mexico, the area – known as the Sierra Estrella mountain range – became part of the U.S. with the Gadsden Purchase in 1853. Today, it includes almost 20,000 acres of pristine desert, recreational trails and facilities. Hernandez also applied its expertise to the visitors’ centers at Maricopa County’s Usery Mountain Regional Park in northeast Mesa and Cave Creek Regional Park off Carefree Highway north of Phoenix. The former comprises about 3,600 acres and includes breathtaking vistas, a stunning variety of plant life and a wind cave, while the latter comprises almost 3,000 acres of jasper-studded hills and the feeling of being back in the claim jumpin’ days of the gold miners. The next time you visit one of these wonderful parks, feel free to inspect our handiwork. Here are directions to Estrella, Usery and Cave Creek. Enjoy!