Palisade Builders-Who We Are

History: Palisade Builders (PBI) has been building in the greater San Francisco area for over 35 years. Over that time, we have constructed a diversified portfolio consisting of commercial, retail, historic building renovation projects, and multiple forms of housing.  Douglas Ross, the founder, has worked diligently over the years to establish an esteemed reputation for our companies.

Mission: Our primary mission is to provide our clients with both a high quality product and an exceptional level of service. We pride ourselves on being able to take on projects that pose significant challenges, turning high-risk situations into opportunities and the transformation of buildings from vision into remarkable reality.

We achieve these outcomes with the dexterity of our creative, dynamic and tenacious employees. Hiring is based on: honesty and integrity, the ability to be industrious, engaging, respectful, and innovative. These qualities allow our team to be creative and flexible in approaching problem solving and conflict management in the fast paced and multi-faceted world of construction.

Values: We believe that the value of our people is what propels us forward. Holding high standards from beginning to end, we expect honesty, integrity, grit, and respect from every employee related to our offices. We believe these values transcend from a personal value system to a corporate value system giving our clients a higher level of product and service than our competitors.

Outreach: We believe in being committed to ethical business practices and feel it is crucial for companies to contribute to local and global communities.  We believe this practice is necessary in addressing some of the world's most pressing issues, to support healthy economies and to build sustainable communities over time. Community outreach contributes to the empowerment of employees, honesty and accountability, shared responsibility, and sustainable progress.  Some of the non-profit organizations that we are honored to work with include:

Dreams Happen: Dreams Happen is an outreach program founded by Rebuilding Together.  A synergistic relationship between Stanford Shopping Center, architects and builders throughout the Peninsula to create life-sized intricate children’s playhouses.  These playhouses are put on display at Stanford Shopping Center for ten days and auctioned off to the highest bidder at the Center’s “Dreams Happen Gala.”  All proceeds raised by this event feed into Rebuilding Together Peninsula-a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring homes and community facilities of neighbors in need throughout the Bay Area.

Bridges to Prosperity: The correlation between transport and poverty is often unseen. When scrutinized, one is able to see the correlation between transport and the ability of rural community members’ to have greater and safer access to employment opportunities, educational and health facilities, agricultural development, social inclusion and networking.

In 2008, PBI set a goal to raise $80,000 matching half the donations with our own funds, to build the first suspension bridge in the Honduras! Following our fundraising efforts, we sent nine of our employees to the town of La Borrera for ten days to work alongside many community members from dawn to dusk to construct a 167 foot bridge. The bridge allows men, women and children of the community safe passage across the Grand Liure River to go to work and school as well as better access to healthcare facilities unavailable in their small town.

We recently returned from our second B2P collaboration in Panama. We sent a team of 10 employees to build a bridge in the rural town of Guabal Saliente, providing a community of 300 men, women and children safe access to schools, healthcare facilities, and grocery stores.  Our Panama Team was able to assemble a 180 foot suspension bridge in just 8 days, the shortest completion time of all Bridges to Prosperity teams!

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