Numerous things have changed since Norm Dianda inked Q&D’s first building contract for a kitchen remodel in 1964. Back then, the “contract” actually consisted of a few napkin sketches and a handshake over a pasta dinner.
Although the truck Norm borrowed from his dad and the original home office in Norm’s garage are gone, the foundation of Q&D remains the same today.
“We treat every client as our only client and always deliver on our promise of service, quality and integrity,” says Norm. Indeed, Q&D has grown in response to the needs of our clients. “We didn’t start Q&D with the intention of building a large company.” says Norm. “We grew as a result of responding to our clients’ requests to bring our particular brand of schedule-focused, professional construction management to other aspects of their projects.”
In 1983, Q&D added the Heavy/Civil Division to work together with developers and public agencies to provide earthmoving, pad and utility construction. “When you are opening a new business, it’s important to have the road to get customers in there completed on time for the grand opening,” says VP-Heavy / Civil Jeff Bean. “Why put that in the hands of someone who doesn’t understand your needs or feel as strongly about your opening day plans as you do? That’s why we started Heavy / Civil, to offer our clients the choice of additional means to control cost and schedule.”
In 1999, Q&D created a specialized team within the Heavy/Civil Division to focus on concrete structures for both building foundations and roadwork. “When we built the pad infrastructure and many of the shell buildings at the Summit Sierra Mall, that was a great example of the partnership amongst our internal divisions and the skills of our specialized teams for concrete and paving,” says Q&D’s chief operating officer Lance Semenko. “Our client, Bayer Properties, relied on us to be responsive as they completed lease deals with potential tenants. It’s hard to judge when negotiations would be complete; hard to schedule around that kind of thing. So having a team of both heavy/civil and commercial building professionals ready to support them and focused on their needs was critical to multiple grand openings.”
In 2008, Q&D began the project that would launch the Aviation Division. “Reno-Tahoe International Airport was our first big partnership in aviation,” says Duane Boreham, VP – Aviation Division. “Today it has a modern security checkpoint, efficient and fast baggage sortation, screening, and claim areas, a thriving expanded retail and concessions space, and updated finishes throughout. A big part of our success over the last 5 years working closely with the Airport Authority was the time we spent as a team during preconstruction, using the Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) delivery method to plan and put in place over $70,000,000 worth of work without impacting a single person’s itinerary. We put that expertise and specialized understanding of the client’s goals in practice every day now, at hundreds of airports around the U.S.”
In 2014, Q&D celebrated our 50th anniversary, stronger than ever. “At Q&D we work with you to reach your goals and fulfill your needs,” says Norm, “knowing that the purpose of construction isn’t to build a road, a house or a building. It is for you to build a business, a lifestyle, a home or to improve a place for the public good.”
Q&D’s clients include Harrah’s, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Southwest Airlines, University of Nevada, Reno, Scheels, Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, United Airlines, Cashman Equipment, The Catholic Diocese of Reno, The Davidson Group, Washoe County, Scolari’s, Nevada Energy, East-West Partners, Bayer Properties, Nevada Department of Transportation, City of Reno, City of Sparks and RED Development.
50 Years of Q&D Service
In May 2014, Q&D celebrated our 50th anniversary of our founding with a large-scale bash. From wagon wheel tables, oversize antler chandeliers and 400 yards of gauzy fabric, our large-equipment diesel mechanics shop transformed into a swank party venue. With friends, family and colleagues by our side, together we celebrated our enthusiasm for Nevada, the place where Q&D was born, and our love for this company.
Q&D Construction has navigated the boom and bust cycle of the northern Nevada economy for 50 years now, remaining steadfast in the face of tough times and growing steadily by listening to our clients, adding new services and expanding into new markets. In 2014, Q&D also made some changes to the company leadership, announcing the promotion of several key employees to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company. Both Chris and Mike Dianda took a step up from roles as Executive Vice Presidents to become Managing Directors, while Lance Semenko took over the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Said company president and founder Norm Dianda of the change, “After 50 years in the business and watching my two sons, along with Lance, flourish together with the company, it’s time for me to take a step back and let them do all of the things I’ve taught them to do. I want to enjoy more personal time with my family and allow these talented people to continue the legacy of what Q&D represents: service, quality and integrity.”