ABOUT PRECISION

Precision Construction Services is an award-winning commercial construction firm based in San Luis Obispo and serving clients throughout California and the Western United States. Our work encompasses every aspect of construction design-build, general contracting, construction management, and consulting and our clients range from leading developers, winemakers, and private aerospace firms to federal, state, and local government agencies and nonprofits.

As one of the fastest-growing construction firms in the country, Precision has built rocket launch pads at Vandenberg Space Force Base, a 3D printing lab for the Centers for Disease Control, the world’s first Hyperloop tunnel, and projects throughout Yosemite National Park, including restorations on the historic Ahwahnee Hotel.

Our progressive approach to construction, and particularly our work at Vandenberg, was honored with a 2022 Spirit of Small Business Award, jointly presented by the Small Business Administration and the Pacific Coast Business Times. Our exemplary performance for the Federal Government earned a nomination for the SBA’s 2022 Prime Contractor of the Year.

Precision’s current projects include a 125,000-square-foot wine storage facility in Paso Robles and the Calf Barn structure at the historic Pereira Octagon Barn complex in San Luis Obispo. In March 2022, Precision was named the on-site contractor for the Missile Defense Agency at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Founded in 2013, Precision is owned by Erik Wright, Karl Vaillancourt, and Jared Malapit, three friends who connected over a shared passion for rock climbing. With complementary backgrounds in construction — Erik was the vice president of a major firm specializing in concrete construction, Karl was a real estate developer, and Jared managed large green building projects — they created a company dedicated to challenging construction’s status quo and fostering collaboration among owners, architects, engineers, and contractors.

While Precision has satellite offices in Los Angeles, Washington, and Hawaii, we maintain our headquarters on California’s Central Coast, where our projects have ranged from Pismo Preserve, a spectacular and accessible 880-acre open space area in Pismo Beach, to The Pad Climbing Gym in San Luis Obispo. 

No matter what the project, Precision believes in finding the best solution specific to our client’s needs and considers each project from every perspective.  Our open-minded and rigorous approach is part of the reason we have been awarded numerous first-ever builds, and the guiding idea behind Precision itself. 

Sustainability

Precision serves a wide range of clients with environmentally sensitive projects, from winemakers dedicated to sustainable practices to nonprofits including The Bay Foundation of Morro Bay and the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. For The Bay Foundation, Precision oversaw the $1.5 million project restoration of the Chorro Creek  floodplain and Morro Bay watershed, on what is now the 580-acre Chorro Creek Ecological Reserve. For the Land Conservancy, Precision oversaw all facilities, roads, access, and signage for Pismo Preserve, the 880-acre open-space area above Pismo Beach with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean (pictured left). Throughout construction at the Preserve, Precision maintained a minimal environmental impact for each scope and worked closely with representatives from the Northern Chumash tribe after culturally sensitive areas were identified on the site. 

As part of our focus on sustainable building practices, Precision’s key staff are members of the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED accredited.

Innovation

In 2016, SpaceX was laying the groundwork for the most futuristic transportation plan on Earth: A hyperloop that would move people and cargo at the speed of sound. The project — building the first hyperloop tunnel in the world, as a test track for vehicles — was presented to dozens of contractors, but it was quickly awarded to Precision after we devised a simple, elegant way to build what others had deemed “impossible.” 

Projects for other private aerospace firms – Firefly, Relativity, and United Launch Alliance – soon followed, along with a host of challenging new work, from building the first rocket landing facility in the U.S. to constructing a 3-D printing lab for the Centers for Disease Control. 

Inspiration

Precision’s talented construction-trade professionals helped rehabilitate the legendary Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite National Park, one of many projects the firm has completed at Yosemite. The hotel, a national historic landmark built in 1927, is a jewel of the National Parks system and required high-level craftsmanship for updates to its outdoor railings and other exterior details. Precision’s other projects at the park include the ground-up build of a heavy-timber comfort station, visitor center, and interpretive plaza at the South Lot and the replacement of the 4,000-square-foot roof on Yosemite’s headquarters for emergency services and maintenance at El Portal. 

Each of these projects required a team with years of experience both in the technical aspects of the project and with working in Yosemite. Precision developed a plan for each that anticipated construction during severe winters, the ongoing stresses of weather and usage, the demands of maintaining a design consistent with the park’s architecture, and the challenges of working in a remote location.  

As avid climbers and outdoors enthusiasts, we are particularly proud of enhancing the Yosemite experience for everyone. 

Progress

Precision was hired to help design, build and operate the manufacturing facility for the precast segmental tunnel liners used in the United States first steel fiber-reinforced passenger tunnel. The project is considered a great accomplishment for the domestic tunneling industry as it set the precedent for more economically viable and wide-spread tunnel development throughout the country. Not previously experienced in tunnel ring construction, Precision worked tirelessly to develop a world-class team to support the project. The final outcome resulted with an innovative new method for constructing tunnels at a cost far below industry norms.

Professional development is a core attribute of the Precision culture. Staff members are sponsored to continue honing their skills and building their knowledge base through continuing education in the fields of engineering, design, construction and project management, sustainability, material science and more.

Restoration

The U.S. Coast Guard Station at Humboldt Bay serves 250 miles of California coastline – but the structure itself, built in 1935, is also one of the last traditional lifeboat stations in the country and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As General Contractor, Precision recently replaced the station’s steep, Cape Cod Revival roof, decorative wrought-iron balustrade along the widow’s walk, copper gutters and flashing, and redwood fascia on the west porch and garage.

Everything was repaired in accordance with strict rules that protect the Humboldt Bay station’s historic exterior from any alteration. Precision understands the importance of preserving great works of the past as markers of culture, tradition, and history. It is our privilege to have the skill and resources to support these efforts.

Leadership

From the beginning, Precision has built projects that transform innovative ideas into reality. This is particularly true for the aerospace industry, where our work on multiple launch pads and support facilities has helped Vandenberg Space Force Base become a facility for 21st Century aerospace. Our planning, cost analysis, and design-build services fast-tracked Vandenberg’s West Pad Landing Zone, literally paving the way for the West Coast’s first rocket landing on terra firma. 

Precision thrives on the complexities of innovative projects and discovering creative solutions that serve wide-ranging needs. And as a company that defines itself as a leader within the construction industry, we find inspiration in clients who are pushing the limits of “the possible.” 

Our Founders

Jared Malapit

Jared Malapit is a Native Hawaiian and grew up in a contractor family on the Big Island. he earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is a sustaining member of the American Association of Cost Engineers, and is registered through the California and Colorado Contractors Licensing Board.

He manages Precision's preconstruction planning and cost consulting divisions. When the company was founded in 2013 - with headquarters in Mr. Malapit's living room and a mission to empower clients and advance the construction industry - Precision was a construction consultancy. Largely because of Mr. Malapit's work, it became known for providing detailed, insightful cost estimates and construction analyses for major projects throughout the United States, including the United Launch Alliance facility upgrade at Vandenberg Space Force Base, the Jefferson Lab Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator facility in Newport New, VA, the Philadelphia Inquirer historic building renovation, and the Texas Launch Complex in Brownsville.

Mr. Malapit oversees cost estimating, budgeting, scheduling, and constructability review services. He is passionate about delving into every detail of complex projects, and identifying and implementing efficiencies in time, scope, and budget. Before Precision, he was project manager for a large green building contractor and a senior construction estimator for an infrastructure and structural construction firm.

He lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife and son, and enjoys rock climbing, the outdoors, and mentoring for Big Brothers Big Sister and his church youth group. He is also a professional photographer, with a particular focus on landscapes and has shot many of the images on this website.

Karl Vaillancourt

Karl Vaillancourt has worked in construction since he was a 17-year-old apprentice with a Philadelphia custom homebuilder. He earned a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from Pepperdine University, and has become an expert in real estate development, property acquisitions, construction management, and commercial real estate finance.

Before founding Precision, he was vice president of development and asset management for Accord Interests in Los Angeles and vice president of development and finance for Wilson Jacobsen Design Development in Santa Monica, CA. In his 20-plus years in the construction industry, Mr. Vaillancourt has successfully managed more than $3.5 billion in public and private projects.

Mr. Vaillancourt oversees Precision's business and financial operations. After starting as a construction consultancy in 2013, Precision expanded into a full-service construction firm in 2016. The company has roughly doubled in size every year since, with clients ranging from headline-making aerospace and real estate-development firms to federal, state, and local entities and nonprofit groups.

Mr. Vaillancourt has managed this phenomenal growth, both laying the groundwork for it and developing the corporate culture to allow Precision to continue to evolve into a dynamic organization.

Away from the office, he has chaired the Economic Development Committee for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the REACH Council, a regional economic action coalition on the Central Coast. He is an avid rock climber and volunteers with the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County and other organizations. He and his wife live in San Luis Obispo.

Erik Wright

Erik Wright grew up in Truckee, CA, and with a Horatio Alger scholarship for disadvantaged students, studied construction management at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. After building schools, a stadium, and a factory in South and East Africa, he returned to California and became a lecturer on sustainable development at Cal Poly and vice president at Hilyard Concrete Construction in San Luis Obispo.

He oversees Precision's construction division, where he has been project executive on the first rocket-landing facility on the West Coast at Vandenberg Space Force Base, the world's first hyperloop tunnel for SpaceX, all access and facilities for the 880-acre Pismo Preserve open space area in San Luis Obispo County, a 3d-printing lab for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Spokane, WA, a 125,000-square-foot storage facility for Justin Winery in Paso Robles, and many other projects.

Mr. Wright's passion for construction innovation led him to co-found Precision and inspired its mission of empowering clients and advancing the construction industry as a construction consultancy in 2013. Mr. Wright oversees all of Precision's construction services: general contracting, design-build, construction management, and self-performed trades. He is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

As a longtime resident of the Central Coast, Mr. Wright supports the community through donated construction services and financial support for numerous civic groups. In 2017 he was honored as one of the county's best young leaders in The Tribune's Top 20 Under 40 competition. He is also an avid rock climber, staunch advocate for the arts, and past Rotary president. He lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife and son.