Nail Builders

Nail BuildersNail Builders’ reputation has earned it repeated work as well as referrals from its dental and medical practice clients.

By Jim Harris

Dental and medical office build-outs differ significantly from other office construction projects. The nature of the spaces being built, and the cost of the equipment being placed in those spaces, requires a builder with a high level of experience.

For the past 30 years, Nail Builders has worked to ensure its medical and dental practice clients have the best possible workspaces in which to serve patients. “Most of our clients dream big and know how to make those dreams happen; we are there to assist them in that,” a representative of the Littleton, Colo.-based company said. “There is a lot of money and time that go into these projects on both ours and the clients’ side to make sure they go smoothly.”Nail Builders info box

The company, founded in 1986 by owner and President Rusty Nail, works tirelessly to ensure its clients’ needs are met. Nail, 60, worked in construction for 46 years in various capacities including general labor and as a site superintendent before starting Nail Builders.

“Being a small company, we are able to work with our clients on a personal level, instead of working on multiple jobs all at the same time with limited involved,” he says. “All of us get involved and get our hands dirty on every job, and my clients always have access to my cell phone, day and night. We are willing to go the extra mile, regardless of the cost.”

Nail Builders’ accessibility to its clients and the overall quality of its projects make it a go-to tenant build-out contractor for many of the roughly 450 dental and medical practices located in the region it serves. “A lot of our work comes from referrals,” Nail says. “We have a good name, and we’ve been doing this longer than anyone else in town. We’ve built a dental family.”

‘Like a Family’

Nail credits his company’s positive reputation to the work of his staff and subcontractors. “Our subcontractors are really what makes our company go,” he says, noting that one subcontractor has worked with Nail Builders for nearly 30 years. “We get a lot of referral and repeat work because our subcontractors are very knowledgeable – they get the job done.”

Other vendors and specialty contractors have also had longstanding relationships with the company. “Our subcontractors are almost like family,” he adds. “I keep them honest when it comes to pricing, but when I need something, I can just make a phone call and they will get someone on a job site right away. We use the same vendors for products because we know the quality we will be getting.”

The company also works closely with architects and medical equipment suppliers. “If a client needs a design aspect changed, we can do that in the field,” the company says. “In the end, our goal is to get the job done exactly the way [clients] need.”

Project Successes

The company has successfully competed more than 325 dental office build-outs and medical building construction projects ranging in value from $35,000 to $1 million. Its projects typically range in size from 2,000 to 10,000 square feet.

Nail Builders’ recent projects include a remodel and rebuild project for Peak OMS, an oral surgery and dental implant practice in Lakewood, Colo. The $600,000 project included significant asbestos abatement work. The company also reinforced the structure of the building’s floors to support a large aquarium as well as equipment, floating the floor to accommodate different floor heights from years of different flooring.

“We work in many buildings that are older or have structural issues such as mold and asbestos,” Nail says, noting that many of the buildings the company works in are 30 or more years old. “There’s more to what we do than just laying down carpet or painting new walls; it takes a lot of work to take something from 1982 and make it current.”

Other recent projects include building out new office spaces for two clients it worked with in the past. The company last year completed a new office for Dr. Bruce McArthur in Lakewood, Colo. Nail Builders had previously worked for McArthur several years ago.

The company also recently completed an office in Loveland, Colo., for Fox Creek Dental. Nail Builders last year expanded another office space in Longmont, Colo., for the practice.

Nail Builders hopes to double its sales in the next few years by taking on larger projects. “We are continuing to grow the company,” Nail says. “For us, it’s not about how many jobs we do, but the quality of a good job and happy clients.”

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