“There are no surprises with Perlo and their teamwork attitude produces results that pave the way for future projects.”
Diane Gardner, HVAC, Inc.
From the company’s inception in the 1950s in Portland, Oregon, Perlo Construction has been built on the hard work and integrity of a premier group of construction professionals who are known for their efficient and fair business practices. Our longstanding prominence as a local commercial general contractor has helped us develop a strong network of relationships, resulting in substantial repeat business and success in a very competitive industry. We offer our clients:
We deliver A Higher Standard built on team collaboration, accurate scheduling and highly refined budget analysis, with an elevated focus on safety and sustainability throughout the entire construction process.
Thirty years ago, Jeff Perala and Gayland Looney were classmates in the Construction Engineering Management program at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. After their junior year, Jeff took a summer internship with a general contractor, McCormack Pacific, while Gayland took an internship with another Portland-based general contractor. After graduating in 1985, both Jeff and Gayland were hired by those respective companies as project managers. Their official careers in construction began.
Three years later, Gayland joined Jeff at McCormack Pacific. A natural separation of energy and expertise evolved between them, leading Jeff to oversee preconstruction and Gayland to manage construction activities. In 1995, Jeff and Gayland became vice presidents of the company and implemented a growth strategy to increase revenue from $10 million to $25 million.
They successfully hit that mark, and in 2000, Jeff and Gayland became partners in the company. The first letters of their last names were combined into Perlo, and the firm’s new name became Perlo McCormack Pacific. After averaging $50 million annually under new ownership, the company reached the $100 million milestone in 2008.
Two years later, the name was shortened to Perlo Construction.The company expanded into the Southwest Region in 2014 with the opening of Perlo’s Phoenix location. The two offices now work collaboratively to assemble teams of highly qualified individuals who have integrity, passion and construction expertise.
After working together for more than 25 years and as equal owners of Perlo Construction, Jeff and Gayland continue to lead the company, which is growing based on their collective vision to deliver A Higher Standard.
Both also participate in philanthropic activities and professional organizations.
Jeff Perala: Jeff has been on the board of directors for Gales Creek Camp Foundation for Children with Diabetes since 2000 and served as president for many years. He’s also served on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has been on the board of the Oregon Columbia chapter of Associated General Contractors of America since 1990 and served as president in 2016. Now, he’s added the role of secretary-treasurer for the Oregon State University Construction Education Foundation.
Gayland Looney: Gayland is on the board of directors for Parrott Creek Family Services and Providence Portland Medical Foundation. He also serves on numerous committees for the Oregon chapter of Associated General Contractors of America. He is chairman of the board of trustees for the Oregon-Washington Carpenters-Employers Training Trust.
Jeff joined Perlo with 22 years’ experience in the construction industry. He’s worked on West Coast projects encompassing some 3.4 million square feet and valued at more than $1 billion in the market sectors of healthcare, retail, high tech, public works, higher education and tenant improvements. He is also LEED accredited and holds a pair of bachelor’s degrees from Washington State University in Business Administration and Construction Management.
Devin graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He began as a project manager with Perlo Construction in the spring of 1997. He was promoted to Senior Project Manager in 2006, elevated to Director of Construction Management in 2014 and again to Vice President of Construction Management in 2019. As a VP, Devin’s role has expanded to oversee all of the project managers to ensure all processes remain consistent for our projects. This allows our company to meet our clients’ needs and reach our project goals.
Chris graduated from Oregon State University in 1991 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Construction Engineering Management and Business Administration. He began as a project manager with Perlo Construction in 1993, was promoted to Chief Estimator in 2006, elevated to Director of Preconstruction Services in 2014 and again to Vice President of Preconstruction Services in 2019. Chris is responsible for all activities and services prior to the start of construction. Chris has experience with a wide array of projects that vary in size and complexity as well as an extensive knowledge of building costs. This expertise puts him in high demand by our recurring and prospective clients.
Chris graduated from Oregon State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. His career began at Perlo as a Project Manager, he was promoted to Senior Project Manager and Senior VP of Operations in 2019. Chris has had exponential growth over the years, both in his building construction experience and his overall leadership in the Company. He has overseen more than 85 projects valued at over $500 million covering more than 5 million square feet of space, including the company’s largest and most complex jobs. His considerable experience in commercial construction makes him highly sought after by Perlo clients in every market sector because he understands their needs and how to meet them. Chris has mentored more than 20 project managers in the early stages of their construction careers and truly represents what the Company stands for.
Jeff’s 34 years of construction experience includes 27 years of expertise in the healthcare field. He has completed medical projects totaling more than $1 billion. The projects span more than 20 healthcare campuses, account for 1.3 million square feet of medical office buildings and 12 parking structures featuring 7,250 parking stalls. As Director of Healthcare Services, Jeff handles all aspects of a project from marketing to pre-construction through collaborative design and design-build.
Chuck’s more than 15 years’ accounting experience proves beneficial in his role as Perlo’s Director of Finance. Chuck is a certified public accountant licensed in Oregon and Washington and is a member of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Washington State University in Vancouver. As Director of Finance, he oversees the accounting department and financial reporting for Perlo.
Kimberly graduated from Willamette University College of Law in Salem with a Juris Doctorate degree and has over 11 years of experience in the construction industry. Kimberly is responsible for risk management, contract and insurance administration. In addition, she is the legal liaison at Perlo. Kimberly was appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to a two-year term on the Workers’ Compensation Management-Labor Advisory Committee in June 2016. She is also a member and past chairwoman of the Construction Contractors Board and a board member of the Oregon Columbia chapter of Associated General Contractors and serves on the AGC SAIF Workers Compensation Committee and the AGC Labor Negotiations Committee.