We know your space is of utmost importance. It’s a client’s first impression. It’s where teams work and customers gather. Our approach to commercial projects is simple. We listen and work in close collaboration with the right partners to create the desired outcome. Whether it’s a new build or remodel of corporate offices, retail space, fitness facilities, restaurants, and more, our commercial team has the proven skills and portfolio to oversee your project.View Commercial Projects
With 25+ completed projects in the apartment complex sector, including new construction and improvement work, we continue to be a trusted partner for the building of high-density and mixed-use developments. As a general contractor, we help investors in solving the current affordable housing shortage in our communities.View High-Density Projects High-Density Capabilities
We invest in the communities in which we live and work. We work with partners to assess unique and viable opportunities that include the renovation of existing buildings, the purchase of vacant land, or the establishment of new and innovative projects.View Asset Development Projects
Vertisee Heights Apartments
Just 700 ft from the Columbia…
Just 700 ft from the Columbia River stand Richland’s newest apartments, the Vertisee Heights located at 1156 Columbia Park Trail. The two-building, 24-unit loft-style complex features one and two-story units…
Alliance Women’s Health and Tri-City Foot and Ankle Center
Off Sandifur Parkway, in Pasco’s newest…
Off Sandifur Parkway, in Pasco’s newest burgeoning corridor, sits the new home of Alliance Women’s Health and Tri-City Foot and Ankle Center. The 9,600 sq ft multi-use medical office took…
Solgen Power HQ
“Coast-to-coast” inspiration is evident in all…
“Coast-to-coast” inspiration is evident in all aspects of Solgen Power’s new headquarters in Pasco, WA. From the Manhattan-inspired main building exterior, architectural trim, and reception desk to the art wall…
Director, Project Controls
Curtis James (CJ) Black joins Team Elite as Director, Project Controls. In this newly created position, he will utilize experience attained throughout his career to establish controls and operating policies that identify, monitor, and mitigate risk factors to optimize the success of our projects. CJ brings to the table 13+ years of Project Management and Strategic Business Integration including construction management, strategic planning, risk management, project controls, scheduling, and estimating. Throughout his career he has worked in a variety of industries including DOE (Government), Commercial, Civil, Nuclear, Chemical, and IT projects which line up nicely with Elite’s current slate of clients and projects.
Originally from Pasco, CJ attended the University of Washington in Seattle on an academic scholarship. He is a UW Huskies fanatic and even has two Siberian huskies as pets. When not working, he enjoys listening to local live music, preferably outdoors on a nice patio somewhere, with family and friends. He also makes a conscious effort to continually improve his mental and physical health through regular workouts and continuous learning. A self-proclaimed numbers, data, and trends “geek”, we would say that CJ is an EXCEL(lent) addition to our team.
Trinidad (Trino) Diaz
Superintendent + Craft Manager
In the beginning, Elite needed enthusiastic and hard-working team-members comfortable wearing many hats who could evolve with company growth. At Elite since 2010, Trino’s evolution and growth within the company are a shining example of that philosophy. In his role, Trino provides oversight and support to project managers and superintendents on everything from design decisions to project schedules to budgets during construction. According to him, “Every day is different which makes the job exciting and interesting.” Having won both “Project Manager” and “Employee of the Year” in years past, Trino’s goal is to keep learning and advancing especially with the amount of unprecedented growth Elite has seen in the last 18 months.
Born in southeastern Washington, Trino takes satisfaction in watching others enjoy his culinary and grilling skills. As a youth, he learned from his dad how to raise cattle and grow vegetables, so he’s excited to teach his children the same. He’s also a car aficionado preferring classics of the 80’s and early 90’s and a fan of conjunto de arpa grande, a type of Mexican folk music from his parent’s hometown of Coalcomán, Michoacán in Mexico.
Assistant Project Manager
With over 6 years of increasing responsibility within the construction industry, including drafting technician, project engineer, project manager, and estimator along with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from WSU, Cielo joins Elite as Sr. Project Engineer. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, and bilingual in English and Spanish, she spent her formidable years in California before moving to Washington State.
In her role at Elite, Cielo is responsible for the engineering and technical disciplines needed to complete our increasing roster of on-going projects. She will also ensure the proper implementation of all elements including subcontractor coverage, bid schedules, permit procurement, scope coverage, start-up paperwork, budget maintenance, punch list completion, and close-out package submissions, just to name a few.
When not working, Cielo loves watching the Star Wars franchise, hiking, exploring new restaurants and trying new food. She also enjoys spending time with her dogs and family.View #DayInTheLife Feature
A recent graduate from Eastern Washington University, with a BS in Construction Management and minor in Business Administration, Nathan joined Elite in 2020 as Project Engineer. As PE, Nathan’s primary responsibilities are to manage, evaluate and assess information necessary to construct our projects on time, within budget and to the highest quality.
Being part of the construction industry, in any capacity, was the motivating factor for Nathan’s chosen degree. His enthusiasm, strong work ethic and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done makes him a stellar addition to our commercial and luxury residential division. In fact, Nathan started as a job-site laborer so he could gain a better understanding of the work he would eventually manage.
Nathan is a huge sports fanatic and baseball, both playing and watching, makes the top of his list. His beloved teams include hometown favorites, the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks. When not engaged in this past time, you can find him golfing and fishing.
As Project Engineer for the Pre-Construction team, Bobby’s primary focus is evaluating and assessing necessary information to qualify commercial, public and luxury residential projects. At Elite since 2020, Bobby joined as an intern and quickly proved to be an invaluable part of our family, hence his immediate employment after his internship concluded. He spent 5+ years with the U.S. Airforce in positions that included quality assurance, planning and scheduling. His education slate is also impressive with a BS in Project Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Bobby is motto is “family-first”. He loves having BBQs at his home where he can bring everyone together to enjoy great food and time together. He enjoys travel with his wife and is prepping for fatherhood in the months to come. An entrepreneur at heart, with a commitment to continued education, Bobby recently started a new business and keeps plugging away at his long-term education goal of becoming a doctor. He’s also committed to giving back and wants to use sports, specifically wrestling, as a way to develop future leaders.
Estimating Department Manager
Luis is the poster child for the company’s motto of Work Hard. Stay Humble. Considered part of the “elite eight”, the most tenured employees at Elite Construction and Development, the symbiotic relationship between Luis’ growth and the company’s success is evident. As Portfolio Manager and Estimator he is responsible for all estimating functions required during the preconstruction phase. This includes value engineering, budget controls, alternative and comparative studies, constructability reviews and target value design to ensure estimates, bids, and GMP’s are complete, accurate, and well supported.
Having grown up in the construction business, Luis can count as much experience and dedication to craft as a seasoned veteran, making his longevity in this profession impressive. With over 20 years of experience, he’s respected among his peers as someone who is collaborative, communicative and respectful. He has a great work ethic, commitment to teamwork, and an understated sense of humor. In fact, it’s not uncommon for him to be the butt of his own jokes which usually includes comments about his hair or lack thereof.
Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it, which is what Luis does, almost seven days a week. If not at his formal profession, he’s working on maintaining his farm and rental properties, even “working on cars”, his favorite pastime, has the word “work” in it. That said, he will occasionally take his wife’s advice to relax in more traditional ways.