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Q&D Construction working up on Northstar Road Northstar, Calif. in Lake Tahoe
Q&D Construction working up on Northstar Road Northstar, Calif. in Lake Tahoe
April 3, 2014 6:20 PM CDT

Q&D Construction celebrates 50 years

New leadership to guide company through the next five decades


Founded in Reno, Nev. in 1964, Q&D Construction has navigated the boom and bust cycle of the northern Nevada economy for 49 years with founder Norm Dianda at the helm. As the award-winning contractor enters its 50th year, however; new leadership is in place to guide the groundbreaking company through the next five decades. In June 2013, Chris and Mike Dianda were appointed as managing partners while long-time employee and former Senior Vice President Lance Semenko was named chief operating officer (COO).

Starting out with a simple $600 building remodel, Q&D now consists of hundreds of employees in divisions including engineering, millwork and custom homes. The company has completed projects ranging from Tranquility Lake Tahoe – a 210 acre estate currently offered at $75 million – to $1.5 million in Southwest Airlines’ terminal and operations improvements at LAX. Other recent projects include laying nearly 25 miles of steel pipeline used to transport natural gas and completing Habitat for Humanity’s Play House Build-a-Thon for charity where Q&D took home the “People’s Choice” award.

These structures and many more have been built with precision and quality by Q&D thanks to a dedication to excellence that was ingrained in Dianda nearly 60 years ago when he started out as an apprentice cabinet maker. There, he learned that “good enough” isn’t good enough; a value he has ingrained in every facet of Q&D and one that is sure to hold true for the next 50 years.

Originally published in Masonry magazine.

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