Thank You for Building With Us

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This week, we get to celebrate all of the blessings in our life for which we are thankful. For most of us, this means spending time with family and friends, appreciating the roofs over our heads, the clothes on our backs, the shoes on our feet, and the food on our tables. That's the big stuff. We're also thankful for the little things like football, beer, our trucks, and the chance to rest and enjoy some recreation. And of course, there's construction. We're infinitely grateful for this wonderful industry for helping build the world around us, for providing us with jobs, and for bringing together such an incredible community of people.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we wanted to take a little extra time to think about some of the amazing projects that were worked on this year. We wouldn't have the world we live in without construction, and we are so proud that our customers are helping to build some of the world's most important structures. From healthcare to renewable energy, our customers are constantly working on incredible projects, and we wanted to highlight a few of them.

Swinerton Renewable


We're big fans of green construction here at Raken, so when a major player in the renewable energy industry like Swinerton chooses to use our software on their projects, we can't help but feel excited. When a company chooses to make the switch to renewable energy, they are not only investing in their business, but also in future generations. By building solar farms and installing solar panels across the United States, Swinerton Renewable helps create a promising future for our children, our children's children, and beyond. This year, we were lucky enough to visit a few Swinerton Renewable jobsites, including Mount Signal 2, a 200-megawatt photovoltaic solar farm in Calexico, just north of the US/Mexico border. This project is projected to be completed before the end of the year, and will provide energy to around 70,000 homes in Southern California. Just recently, we also had the opportunity to check out Swinerton's solar farm project up in Los Banos, California. Much like Mount Signal, this solar array will provide energy to 100,000 homes in the San Mateo Country region. Thank you, Swinerton Renewable!

C.W. Driver


When a company is celebrating their 100th anniversary, you can imagine how many life-changing projects they have helped with over the years. C.W. Driver is one of the western United States' most prominent construction companies, offering general contracting, design / build, and construction management services across an array of industries. This company has helped build and renovate hundreds of schools, and is currently working on at least ten projects for K-12 education. Some of our favorite school renovation projects that C.W. Driver has been working on this year are Springbrook Elementary School and Brywood Elementary SChool, both in the Irvine Unified School District. C.W. Driver is working to modernize and expand these schools, creating brand-new classroom buildings, innovation labs, and an state-of-the-art music facilities. Thank you, C.W. Driver!

Alvin H. Butz Enterprises


Back in the 1800s, the Butz family entered the construction industry as a bridge-building specialist. Now passed along six generations, Alvin H. Butz, Inc. has grown to become a prominent construction management firm on the east coast of the United States, specifically in the Lehigh Valley area. Their impact on this region is substantial, participating in the construction of countless healthcare facilities, schools, entertainment venues, and more. One project their firm worked on this past year that really stood out to us was assisting in the expansion of the Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital. We are always so proud to see our customers hanging up Raken banners at their jobsites, but to see this one at the children's hospital site truly touched us. We love that the work our customers are doing now will help save lives in the future. Thank you, Alvin H. Butz, Inc.!

Hensel Phelps


As one of the most recognizable names in construction, Hensel Phelps has played a role in some of the most significant builds in the United States. With their four pillar approach of People, Process, Partnership, and Technology, Hensel Phelps always stays on the cutting edge, both on the projects they build, and with the tech used to build them. Hensel Phelps works on large-scale builds across all industries, but some of their most recent endeavors in the transportation field have been especially impressive. It seems like a no-brainer that the world's largest cities would have functional, efficient public transportation, but for Los Angeles, the process of implementing better infrastructure has been incredibly slow and difficult. After decades upon decades of delays, it was only in the last few years that the LA Metro really became a convenient and useful tool for most commuters. One of the biggest contributions to the LA Metro has been the all-new Southwestern Yard, that serves as a rail maintenance facility for the Green Line and the upcoming extension to the Crenshaw / LAX Line. When we went to see the nearly-complete facility back in February, we were absolutely blown away by this massive project that helps facilitate an easier commute for thousands of LA residents. Thank you, Hensel Phelps!

Gratitude and Appreciation

Without the hardworking men and women of the construction industry, we wouldn't have the homes we live in, the offices we work in, the schools our children attend, or the roads we drive on. We wouldn't have hospitals to go to when we're sick, or venues to go to when we celebrate recovering. The dedication of the members of the construction industry constantly blows us away, and we are so appreciative for all of the effort that each laborer, foreman, superintendent, engineer, and project manager put forth every day to make sure that these important structures are built to last. Thank you to all of our wonderful customers for the amazing work you do. You constantly inspire the Raken team to continue to strive to create solutions that can help make your jobs easier; and we appreciate each and every one of you.

We hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for building with us.

For more stories, check out our latest video, celebrating the men and women who are building the world.