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Development Oversight Commission, on the Northern California Carpenters Board of Trustees, and with the philanthropic arm of Sutter Roseville Medical Center, among other things. It all is part of an overarching


philosophy that encompasses the value of service. “Giving back to the industry and seeing things on a bigger scope than just your own company has been extremely valuable for me personally and professionally,” he comments.


The Path to a Construction Career


Born in Lodi, CA, Mencarini lived


in Fresno until second grade when his family moved to Sacramento, where he has made his home since. He acquired a love of working with his hands and building things from his dad, Don. “Whether it was building cabinets in the garage, fixing a fence, building a shed, landscaping or working on cars, my dad helped shape my love of working with my hands and building things that continues to this day.” While he initially set out to obtain a structural engineering degree from


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he soon discovered construction was his true calling. He transferred to Sacramento State and graduated with a degree in Construction management in 1989. During his time at Sac State Mencarini obtained an internship with Harbison-Mahony-Higgins (then headed by Dave Higgins Sr., John Messner and Gary Harbison), the company he worked for immediately after college. In 2001 Mencarini joined Unger


Construction Company. Within a year, he was named Vice President of Operations, and in 2015 he was named company President. While the recent recession


impacted Unger’s business as it did most other contractors – temporarily increasing their reliance on public work and causing some belt tight- ening – Mencarini says the company’s volume is now on the upswing. Unger currently employs approximately 85 people and expects to deliver an estimated $60 million in work this year. Ground-up commercial projects will play a greater role in their future


growth, according to Mencarini. Medical building projects, private office work, high-end restaurant work, critical service facilities and community-based projects such as the recently completed Placer County Animal Shelter round out the company’s project portfolio.


A Collaborative Approach Teamwork and a collaborative


approach have defined Unger’s work style, and the company has carved out a reputation as an ethical, trustworthy partner to many repeat clients over the years, including Sutter Health, City of Sacramento, Kaiser, and Verizon, to name just a few. Tat same cooperative and team-


oriented approach defines Mencarini’s personal leadership style as well; he is known as a quiet-spoken, calm and focused manager. “I like to hear all the thoughts and opinions and not just command and control, before trying to make a decision and get the association headed in a particular direction,” he comments. “Organizational structure is something that is important to me.”


Animal Services Center Project Showcases Unger Quality The recently completed Placer County Animal Services Center, located in the Placer County Government Center in Auburn,


became operational in November 2016. The Design-Build team of Unger Construction, Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects in association with Animal Arts designed the


32,000+ sq.-ft., state-of-the-art $18 million animal services center on a five-acre site. The main structure consists of a two-story “Type V-B” steel and wood framed building, a separate horse barn, shed and included extensive site improvements. The design provided


a highly compact layout for quick staff response to all areas of the facility and provides a shelter with caring and compas- sionate spaces – for the animals, the working staff and visiting, adopting families. The project is one of


many that demonstrate Unger’s quality work in the region.


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