Our Story

In the cold storage construction industry where time is money and your reputation must be earned, SubZero Constructors is a proven partner in understanding client needs and delivering on our word.

Founded in 1997 on the principles of sound construction, exceptional customer service, financial responsibility and personnel management, we are a structurally dynamic organization dedicated to outperforming our competition and exceeding the expectations of the cold storage industry. Most importantly, we are here to help our clients succeed.

 

As an employee-owned company, each member of our team is empowered and vested in the success of our clients. We commit 100% to each detail, big and small. We dismiss the idea of cutting corners and we aim to provide the best for our clients in every aspect. We pledge to complete your job safely, efficiently, on-time and within budget. SubZero is your partner from concept to completion.

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Our Mission

We build up the industry’s most passionate and knowledgeable workforce, who consistently build out well-designed cold storage construction projects.

About Us

Leadership

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ERIC DAHL

President

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In his role as President of SubZero, Eric practices a highly collaborative and consensus-building leadership style that inspires all team members to constantly deliver SubZero’s mission. He has over thirty years of experience in the cold storage industry including thermal contracting as well as insulated metal panel manufacturing. Eric continues to estimate and manage thermal projects as well as oversee staff training/development and hiring and recruiting programs.

 

  • California State University of Fullerton – BA in Advertising
  • Enjoys the ocean
  • Passionate about spending time in Hawaii with family (especially when it is coupled with job meetings)
  • Married with three kids

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JAMES CHAO

Vice President of Refrigeration

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James is responsible for overall operations of the Refrigeration Division. He began his career in 1991 and continues to design, estimate and build refrigeration projects for long-time clients nationwide.

 

  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – BSME
  • Passionate about art, the ocean and open roads
  • Proud father of two

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LARRY GILLILAND, P.E.

Vice President of Engineering

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Larry directs engineering activities and reviews all refrigeration designs for SubZero while also estimating and managing refrigeration projects. He has worked in both the A & E professional services and contracting sides of the cold storage industry since beginning his career in 1992. He served on the International Association of Ammonia Refrigeration Piping Committee during the development of the Piping Handbook from 1995-2010, including as Chair from 2008-2010.

 

  • University of Connecticut – BSME 
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (multiple states)
  • Passionate about traveling, teaching and martial arts
  • Proud husband and father of two 

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DEBBIE ORTEGA

Controller

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Debbie manages all Accounting and HR functions and is a part of the executive team responsible for the company’s overall growth and financial health. She has over 30 years of accounting, customer service and management experience. She is an active member of the Construction Financial Management Association and the ESOP Association.

 

  • Cal State Long Beach – Business and Finance
  • Loves family, books, camping and laughing
  • Proud mom and wife with a really cool day job

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SCOTT DEVINE, CHST

Director of Safety

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Scott is responsible for the safety of all SubZero team members as well as risk management. His duties include development and implementation of safety operational procedures, site specific safety plans, safety education, training and enforcement as well as regulatory compliance with governmental agencies. Scott has over 35 years of financial, risk management and safety construction industry experience.

 

  • University of La Verne – BA in Business Administration
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals – Construction Health & Safety Technician
  • UC San Diego – OSHA Institute
  • Columbia Southern University – Occupational Safety & Health
  • Licensed OSHA Outreach Instructor
  • Father of one who enjoys time on the water

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VINCE FREE

Vice President of Thermal

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Vince’s responsibilities include project management and client acquisition for SubZero Constructors’ Thermal Division. Through his decade-long work experience, Free has built a loyal following of clients that trust his people-first approach. Vince has served on the Board for International Association of Cold Storage Contractors (IACSC) since 2014 and currently sits as Vice Chairman.

 

  • University Wisconsin-Milwaukee – BA in Communications
  • Hockey Player in a Local Professional Beer League
  • Loves the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Traveling, and Wine
  • Proud Husband

 

Leadership

Eric-Dahl-300x300

ERIC DAHL

President

+ more

In his role as President of SubZero, Eric practices a highly collaborative and consensus-building leadership style that inspires all team members to constantly deliver SubZero’s mission. He has over thirty years of experience in the cold storage industry including thermal contracting as well as insulated metal panel manufacturing. Eric continues to estimate and manage thermal projects as well as oversee staff training/development and hiring and recruiting programs.

 

  • California State University of Fullerton – BA in Advertising
  • Enjoys the ocean
  • Passionate about spending time in Hawaii with family (especially when it is coupled with job meetings)
  • Married with three kids

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JAMES CHAO

Vice President of Refrigeration

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James is responsible for overall operations of the Refrigeration Division. He began his career in 1991 and continues to design, estimate and build refrigeration projects for long-time clients nationwide.

 

  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – BSME
  • Passionate about art, the ocean and open roads
  • Proud father of two

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LARRY GILLILAND, P.E.

Vice President of Engineering

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Larry directs engineering activities and reviews all refrigeration designs for SubZero while also estimating and managing refrigeration projects. He has worked in both the A & E professional services and contracting sides of the cold storage industry since beginning his career in 1992. He served on the International Association of Ammonia Refrigeration Piping Committee during the development of the Piping Handbook from 1995-2010, including as Chair from 2008-2010.

 

  • University of Connecticut – BSME 
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (multiple states)
  • Passionate about traveling, teaching and martial arts
  • Proud husband and father of two 

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DEBBIE ORTEGA

Controller

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Debbie manages all Accounting and HR functions and is a part of the executive team responsible for the company’s overall growth and financial health. She has over 30 years of accounting, customer service and management experience. She is an active member of the Construction Financial Management Association and the ESOP Association.

 

  • Cal State Long Beach – Business and Finance
  • Loves family, books, camping and laughing
  • Proud mom and wife with a really cool day job

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SCOTT DEVINE, CHST

Director of Safety

+ more

Scott is responsible for the safety of all SubZero team members as well as risk management. His duties include development and implementation of safety operational procedures, site specific safety plans, safety education, training and enforcement as well as regulatory compliance with governmental agencies. Scott has over 35 years of financial, risk management and safety construction industry experience.

 

  • University of La Verne – BA in Business Administration
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals – Construction Health & Safety Technician
  • UC San Diego – OSHA Institute
  • Columbia Southern University – Occupational Safety & Health
  • Licensed OSHA Outreach Instructor
  • Father of one who enjoys time on the water

Free, Vince9696x

VINCE FREE

Vice President of Thermal

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Vince’s responsibilities include project management and client acquisition for SubZero Constructors’ Thermal Division. Through his decade-long work experience, Free has built a loyal following of clients that trust his people-first approach. Vince has served on the Board for International Association of Cold Storage Contractors (IACSC) since 2014 and currently sits as Vice Chairman.

 

  • University Wisconsin-Milwaukee – BA in Communications
  • Hockey Player in a Local Professional Beer League
  • Loves the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Traveling, and Wine
  • Proud Husband

 

Years in Business

Projects Completed

Number of Panels
Installed

Refrigeration
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Our History

1997

SubZero Constructors founded by Dean Soll

1999

Atlanta office added

2000

Refrigeration division added, reinforcing SubZero as a full-service cold storage subcontractor

2008

Jacksonville office added

2009

Honolulu office added

2014

Portland office added

2015

Conversion to employee ownership

Our Future

Dean Soll founded SubZero Constructors in 1997 and currently serves on the SubZero Board of Directors. He began his career in the cold storage industry in 1990 and served as the International Association of Cold Storage Construction President from 1995 – 1997.

“I am so proud of the projects currently being completed by SubZero Constructors. Every member of the team continually elevates their game in terms of leadership, passion and professional competence; and it shows in the performance and industry reputation of SubZero. 
know this forward movement and new era will only continue to empower SubZero employee owners, along with the clients and vendor partners, to achieve guaranteed levels of job successes together.  I dreamed in 1997, when I formed the company, that we would be the financially responsible and structurally dynamic powerhouse SubZero is today.  What most excites me now is the fact that the current team is going to take SubZero to heights I never dreamed of.”
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