Since 1980, Gidel & Kocal Construction has delivered high quality construction with a personal touch.


Founders Lance Gidel and John Kocal grew their business from commercial tenant improvement projects to providing ground-up construction for a range of national and international companies. Today, the professional team has expanded, but the commitment to excellence remains the same.

We create signature spaces, from the luxury showrooms for Lexus to customized financial institutions such as Chase Bank. Whether it’s new commercial construction projects or a tenant improvement, we will create a building that meets your functional and aesthetic needs.

From professional craftsmen with a proven track record to project managers who help guide the project from concept to reality, you can count on Gidel & Kocal to deliver the highest quality commercial construction.




Lance founded Gidel & Kocal over 30 years ago, creating a commercial construction company that delivers high quality construction and tenant improvements with a personal touch. To this day, Lance remains involved in overseeing the success of every project.

From project managers to laborers, he’s created a tight-knit group of professionals, each reflecting his own sense of professional zeal. He continues to be involved in projects ranging from small tenant improvement projects to ground-up, new construction of 20,000 to 50,000 sf retail/commercial buildings on multi-acre lots.

In addition to leading Gidel & Kocal, Lance has spent 25+ years teaching Design and Operation of Building Systems I and II classes for Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Lance holds a Masters in Education from the University of San Francisco. His RPA classes are recognized and accepted by the State of California Department of Real Estate for continuing education credits. In addition to being a licensed general contractor in California, Lance is licensed for commercial construction in Nevada, Washington and Hawaii.

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John Alley
Project Manager

For over 25 years at Gidel & Kocal Construction, John has acted as Superintendent and Project Manager utilizing his Construction Management Certification from San Jose State University.

John monitors the communication between clients and the subcontractors as well as maintaining the daily Gidel & Kocal manpower schedule, ensuring that your original schedule stays intact.

As project manager, John coordinates and supervises the field staff and site superintendents. During the close-out process, John confirms that the final details of each project have been successfully achieved and that we have reached client satisfaction. John has managed a range of specialized projects, including the Washington Mutual Bank Observation Facility. This 7,500 square foot tenant improvement required the encapsulation of an adjacent server room, ADA bathroom upgrades, and construction of soundproof testing lab and observation room.

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Ashley Gidel
Project Manager

Ashley utilizes her Business degree from the University of San Diego and background in Real Estate as a Project Engineer. She is OSHA 30 certified and assists the team in all the day to day tasks of a project.

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Rick Steiner
Project Manager

Rick Steiner joined Gidel & Kocal Construction in 2013. He has had extensive experience in residential construction. He transitioned to commercial construction, working for JJ Albanese as a Project Manager

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Lilian Ramey
Project Manager

Lilian joined Gidel and Kocal Construction as Project Engineer in 2014 and quickly was promoted to Project Manager within the year.


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Project Manager

David manages all aspects of ensuring your project is done on time and within budget. With years of commercial construction experience, he’s adept at preparing accurate estimates and project schedules.

As project manager, David is in charge of coordinating the work of multiple subcontractors on each job and keeping you informed every step of the way. At Gidel & Kocal, David has managed GSA projects, medical and dental office build outs, bank retail remodels, ground-up auto dealership projects, as well as tenant improvements in a variety of structures.

Joining Gidel & Kocal as a carpenter, David quickly worked his way through the ranks proving to that field knowledge is key when managing projects. In addition to being well versed in ADA and environmental codes, David is certified and has managed asbestos abatement projects. With an advanced education specializing in electronics, David holds degrees in advanced electronics and computers from Diablo Valley College and AC/DC theory and electronics from Heald Institute of Technology.

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Steve Smith
Project Manager

Steve Smith joined Gidel and Kocal Construction in 2014 with over thirty years of commercial construction experience.

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Mike Habing
General Superintendent

Entering the construction field as an Apprentice in drywall and metal stud framing, over the next twenty years, Mike advanced to and gained a variety of construction experience in project management and job supervision.

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Alyssa joined us in 1999 as an Accounts Payable Assistant while obtaining her degree in accounting from San Jose State University. Read less

Today, Alyssa provides a wide range of invaluable services for Gidel & Kocal, from accounts receivable management, planning employee safety training to preparing and reviewing monthly financial statements. In addition, when you call Gidel & Kocal, it’s likely to be Alyssa’s cheerful voice that you’ll hear.

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Kelly has worked in the construction industry since 2002.  She started as a part-time marketing specialist and quickly worked her way to Operations Manager. While holding this position, she oversaw the daily operation of work productivity and marketing. Kelly has been in charge of human resources, all aspects of accounting and daily client communication. Kelly now acts as Director of Marketing and Accounts Payable at Gidel & Kocal.

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