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Contact AZAGC
An Interview with Daniel J. Spitza, P.E.
Vice President and Co-Owner 
Achen-Gardner Engineering, LLC was founded in 1989. The company is well established in Arizona and continues to expand operations in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. The board of directors and owners include:

Dennis Troggio (President/Co-Owner), John Walstrom (Senior Vice President/Co-Owner), Dan Spitza (Vice President/Co-Owner), and Kevin Nunez (Vice President/Co-Owner). 


The company is headquartered in Chandler, and has an office in Tucson:

Chandler Office: 550 South 79th Street, Chandler, AZ 85226

Tucson Office: 2425 West Wave Hill Court, Tucson, AZ 85705

What does your company do:

DS: Achen-Gardner Construction is a heavy civil general contractor specializing in wet utility, roadway, and highway construction. Our firm has extensive experience in delivering complex infrastructure projects for both private and public sector clients throughout the Southwest. Whether the project is Design-Bid-Build, Construction Manager at Risk, Design-Build or Job Order Contracting, our dedication to service and quality stands out among our peers. Also, we are the exclusive installer of Reline America Inc.'s Blue-Tek Ultraviolet Light Cured-In-Place Pipe liner system in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.

Why are you a member of AZAGC?
DS: We understand the importance of continued industry involvement. It is necessary to maintain relationships and actively participate in the political, legislative, and technical changes that effect our business. AGC's proactive approach to facilitating these changes is a critical tool for Achen-Garder Construction's success. We have been active in the association's leadership and boast a 2006 Chairman, Dennis Troggio (President of Achen-Gardner Construction), and I am a current Board and Executive Committee member.
What awards have you or your company received? 
DS: We recently received a Build Arizona Award from the Arizona Chapter Associated General Contractors (AZAGC) for the City of Phoenix Centennial Way Design Build (DB) Project, City of Scottsdale Pima Road Improvements Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Project, and City of Chandler South Arizona Avenue Corridor Improvements CMAR Project. Our Centennial Way DB Project has also received a Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona and two Public Works Project of the Year awards from the American Public Works Association (APWA) - one from the Arizona Chapter APWA and one from the National APWA competition. We have also received a AZAGC Build Arizona Award for our City of Glendale Onboard Transportation Program Infrastructure/Street Improvements Phase I CMAR Project. We have won several awards for the City of Phoenix Arizona Falls Canal Bank Enhancement CMAR Project including the Arizona Chapter APWA Public Works Project of the Year for Environment, the President's Award as Top Environmental Project from Valley Forward (now Arizona Forward), and the Best Renovation Project Under $5 million from Southwest Contractor.  
How does your company help others in the community?   

DS: Achen-Gardner Construction, LLC has always had a strong connection with its community. Our owners and employees are passionate and committed to improving the lives of those less fortunate. Whether it's building a home (Habitat for Humanity), participating in cancer-related fundraising activities (Desert Cancer Foundation, 3-Day For The Cure) or supplying much-needed food and supplies (ICAN), our goal is to create a legacy of generosity, kindness, and close community involvement. We have raised more than $149,000 in scholarships and support at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University through our annual Mike Kolling Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament.

What message would you say to folks to be successful in this industry?  

DS: Of course there are many keys to success, but what I feel has best served me is a commitment to hard work, establishing meaningful relationships, and a dedication to integrity. 

What else would you like to share with the members of AGC?   

DS: Achen-Gardner Construction is honored to be celebrating our 25th year providing construction services. Since 1989, we have built hundreds of projects and developed countless relationships in both the public and private sectors, and we continue to play a significant role in shaping our industry and the growth of infrastructure in the Valley and State of Arizona.

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