The Glass Experts
Sunrise Glass: Quality, Safety, Performance, and Accountability…since 1999
Sunrise Glass has been recognized for its integrity and high-quality performance, exceeding customers’ expectations and defying challenges to complete the most demanding glass and glazing projects in the Seattle-Tacoma area. It is its dedication to quality, safety, performance and accountability that has allowed Sunrise to grow from its humble beginnings as a small, family-owned operation to the highly respected glass and glazing leader it is today.
Since 1999, Sunrise Glass has completed over 1,000 commercial construction projects in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Key capabilities include storefront, curtainwall, window walls, doors, insulated glass, specialty glass, brake metal, canopies, mirrors, interior systems, insulated glass, shower enclosures, skylights, and glass railing systems.
Gene Sheikh, President and Owner, brings more than two decades of experience to Sunrise, having managed large commercial construction projects for owners at Fortune 500 companies. Sheikh notes, “My decades of experience with owners and GCs have taught me that every project is unique. We look into the specifics of each project and work closely with our customers as a partner, not just a subcontractor.”
With over 200 years of combined commercial glass experience, the Sunrise team is able to handle any type of glass and glazing project. Not only does Sunrise bring a full professional field installation team of commercial glazers, but the company also has a full project management team in place covering all key aspects of commercial glass project management, including safety, measuring, estimating, submittals, scheduling, field operations, finance and close-out.
Building a Reputation
What sets Sunrise Glass apart, according to Ted Rackley, Field Operations Manager, are its people. He says, “Our competitive advantage is our people. It is our dedicated and accountable team that has driven us to become the recognized experts we are today. Each and every one of us is personally invested in the success of our company and with your satisfaction with your project.”
Sunrise Glass uses a team-based approach for managing each and every project. “We partner and collaborate with our general contractors, whether they’re new to us or have been with us for years. We’re willing to roll up our sleeves to get things done, and we enjoy helping our contractors understand the impact that glass and glazing have on other trades and the overall project,” says Phil Corollo, Senior Foreman, Sunrise Glass.
Following a four-fold business philosophy—quality, safety, performance, and accountability—Sheikh shares, “We apply these four aspects to gauge whether our projects have been successful and set specific goals for every phase of every project. This helps create clarity around how we deal with decisions, from staffing to estimating to installing.”
Investment in People and Relationships
Shelley Miller, Manager, Sunrise Glass, credits its talented team for Sunrise Glass’ continued success. “We are not just a company. We are a community and want our people to build long-term careers with us.” In fact, the average tenure of a Sunrise Glass employee is 15 years. “We invest in our people and have grown every year for the past 10 years, even through the major financial downturn in 2007,” Miller adds.
This is obvious in the relationships built with contractors with whom Sunrise Glass takes a partnership-based approach. Having worked on some of the most high-profile projects in the Seattle-Tacoma area, Sheikh says, “We have fifteen large contractors in the area that we’ve been working with for over a decade. That said, one of our greatest strengths is our ability to work with new contractors and team up to get their projects successfully completed.”
He concludes, “Our talented team and years of experience are second to none. We remain dedicated to quality, safety, performance and accountability. Our plan is to continue to grow with the region. We’re here for the long-term and are ready to weather any storm.”