Safety – Our Foundation

At Tunista Construction, safety is our number one goal, but it is also much more than that – it is a value that we hold as the foundation of our business and its operation. This value is a priority that does not change with time, or by the type, speed, or condition of any project. It is an always-present and never-wavering commitment to our people and our mission as builders and to ourselves. Our zero-incident safety culture — zero tolerance for violations and zero incidents on jobsites — is ingrained in all of our employees, from field workers to senior management. We train and maintain high internal standards and expect our clients, project team partners, and subcontractors to share in our values and programs.

Safety is Everyone’s Job

Tunista Construction’s Safety Department is comprised of a dedicated group of professionals that focus on safety as their primary operation and assist all managers, employees, and projects with upholding and implementing the Company’s workplace safe work practices and policies/procedures for all areas of the business.

Safety is the single most important part of our job; it is the basis for our well-being and the well faire of our internal and extended family. Attention to detail, proper procedure, training, success driven performance and continually managing risks and self-performance – these are the key aspects of our Safety culture. We also focus on keeping our program fresh and relevant – keeping the company in a constant position of continual improvement, praising performance and measuring successful lead and lag indicators. These have proven to be key elements of a successful program.

We consider no project successful unless it was built safely – with “no incidents”

Quality Assurance

Our mission and goal is to be the most respected and trusted small business partner of the United States Government for general construction services wherever and whenever our services are needed.

At Tunista Construction, we believe that being a federal partner makes all the difference. It’s how we see ourselves and it is how we operate. It is part of our mission and our focus as an operating business unit. Being a Builder and General Contractor we are uniquely positioned to operate as a true construction company and we operate within the fast-paced and high demands of the industry – Quality Control is a pivotal part of that process. Tunista Construction is primarily focused on construction which requires a high level understanding of the needs and the requirements of its clients and their customers – many of which have unique missions with complex array of crucial dates, timelines, security restrictions, and limitations. Tunista Construction understands those requirements, works within the parameters of the environment and thrives within the demanding scope of the mission needs.

Tunista Construction prides itself on the quality of its tradesmanship as a union contractor, and deploys quality control managers on all construction projects. This attention to detail and adherence to specification and sound building is a key principle of Tunista Construction: “Do it right the first time”.

Tunista Construction is consistently looking for better ways to improve process management and work flows. We are involved in Lean construction and we manage projects utilizing principles of Last Management Planner™and each project has a comprehensive “Boot Camp” wherein the entire project team, to include all stakeholders and subcontractors, meet to kick-off the project. The collaborative environment of communication and attention to quality operations is a fundamental part of our operations.

How do we achieve this commitment?

Our quality comes from our people. We provide the tools and the systems for success,    it’s our people who make the true difference. Each person provides the drive, talent, and commitment to excellence that enables our projects and the company to be successful. Stakeholders and our people working as a team in a collaborative and ever communicating environment is what makes the difference in a construction company that knows the path to providing true performance. We do this by emphasizing the following:

  • A dedicated commitment to safety and quality
  • Tools, training and opportunities for growth
  • An environment that encourages and recognizes innovation
  • Challenging career opportunities
  • Career path growth
  • Sense of family
  • Dedication to four core company goals
  • Clear path for goal execution

The Calista Code of Conduct in Practice

The Calista Code of Conduct serves as a reminder to Calista employees (as well as employees of Calista subsidiaries) and others of the serious obligations that we all have to conduct our company’s operations with candor, honesty, and fairness toward all.

Tunista Construction employees who are responsible for managing contracts will ensure that contractors and consultants comply with the Code of Conduct in the course of providing goods and services to Tunista Construction, its clients, and to Calista as a whole.

Reporting Suspected Violations

Any violation of the Calista Code of Conduct or applicable laws and regulations, will be promptly reported to the appropriate Human Resources representative. Every effort will be made to hold all such reports in strict confidence, and employees, subcontractors, vendors or clients making such reports shall not be subject to retribution, disciplinary action or any other adverse administrative or punitive action for such good faith reporting.

Failure to report known or observed violations of the Calista Code of Conduct by a Tunista Construction employee may also constitute a violation. An employee who intentionally fails to disclose, hides or covers-up a known or observed violation may be subject to the disciplinary action up to and including termination, even when such employee was not a violator or a participant.

Upon receiving a report of suspected violations of this Code of Conduct or applicable laws and regulations, the appropriate Human Resources Manager shall immediately conduct or direct an investigation of the incident. If the reporting employee, subcontractor/vendor, client, etc. so requests, the name of the reporter shall be held in confidence by the Human Resources Manager and shall not be disclosed to other corporate employees; provided, however, that the Human Resources Manager may provide the name of the employee to the General Counsel, Calista employees with a need to know, or the proper authorities or any person retained by Calista to conduct an investigation. The confidentiality of the source of the report shall be maintained to the maximum extent possible.

Reporting Suspected Violations of Federal Criminal Laws

In addition to the above reporting duty, any employee having information which causes the employee to know or to believe that a Tunista Construction officer, director, employee, agent, or subcontractor has committed a violation of Federal criminal law involving fraud, conflict of interest, bribery, or gratuity violations found in Title 18 U.S.C. or a violation of the civil False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. 3729-3733), must immediately report the information and concerns to the Calista Compliance Director or Calista General Counsel.

Cooperation With Government Investigations

Tunista Construction is committed to full cooperation with any Government agencies responsible for either investigation or corrective actions and expects its employees to share this commitment to cooperation. It is extremely important that, in all instances, employees be truthful and accurate in all statements made and information given to regulatory and law enforcement officials. Tunista Construction is also committed to full compliance with all mandatory disclosure requirements concerning possible violations of Federal criminal law or a violation of the civil False Claims Act.

No Retaliations and Disclosure

Employees, subcontractors/vendors or clients making reports shall not be subject to retribution, disciplinary action or any other adverse administrative action for such reporting under the mandatory disclosure requirements for Government Contractors’ ethics compliance programs. Tunista Construction is required to make timely disclosure, in writing, to the Government, whenever, in connection with the award, performance, or closeout of any Government contract performed by Tunista Construction or a subcontractor thereunder, Tunista Construction has credible evidence that a principal, employee, agent, or subcontractor of Tunista Construction has committed a violation of Federal criminal law involving fraud, conflict of interest, bribery, or gratuity violations found in Title 18 U.S.C. or a violation of the civil False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. 3729-3733).