Generating Power & Growth: Gen-Tech's Latest Expansion
Husband and wife Bob and Peggy Piske started a power-generation company in 1990. Thirty-one years later, it’s an industry leader that continues to expand. Gen-Tech began as a service company, but today it also provides solutions for the rental industry and power distribution and maintains a complete parts warehouse, and stocked field-service vehicles 24/7 for any repair, service, commission, or testing need. The company also hosts a three-day, on-site training class for power generation.
Gen-Tech has five southwestern locations in Tucson, Las Vegas, Denver, Albuquerque, and Glendale. They recently expanded their Glendale headquarters by adding another building across the street on North 70th and West Northern avenues. Bob Piske says the original building in Glendale was running out of office, warehouse, shop, and training space. “This allows us to convert, at the original site, office space to warehouse space, thus clearing our shop of shelving and making the shop 100 percent shop space. It also means we can bring training back to Glendale,” he says.
As a leader in the power-generation industry, Gen-Tech has built a reputation of high standards, quality service, and vast knowledge. “We have many products and flexibility to solve power issues. We are creative in the power space, often thinking outside the box, saving our customers money and reducing risks and threats,” Piske says.
The new building features a training center, space for customer meetings, and room for a growing staff. It also runs on solar power, making it more efficient for training and everyday use.
The force that brought Gen-Tech’s vision to fruition is Ameris Construction. This general contractor provides multifamily, food and beverage, office, retail, and industrial construction in Phoenix and surrounding areas. Ameris assisted in the Gen-Tech building design, provided full-service contracting, and played a crucial role in coordinating with the City of Glendale.
Ameris Vice President Greg Goss says this project was a significant accomplishment for both parties. "Gen-Tech is a company devoted to alternate power sources. They determined early on that they wanted to get as close to net-zero energy consumption as possible," he said. "As of right now, they are only using 70 percent of what they currently generate through solar on-site, at 50 percent building occupancy. We are extremely proud of the fact that we built the first true ‘net zero' apartment complex in the nation six years ago and now have built a two-story, 24,000 square-foot office facility that will ultimately be very close to a net-zero."
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This article originally appeared in the bimonthly Arizona Contractor & Community magazine, Sep/Oct 2021 issue, Vol. 10, No. 5.