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Established in 1962, Adamo has provided turnkey solutions for our clients for more than 50 years. We have maintained an impeccable reputation by consistently meeting and exceeding the client’s expectations.

Setting out as a design/build contractor, Adamo grew steadily for the first 20 years in the residential, commercial and industrial markets. In the early 1980s, Adamo’s reputation for excellence attracted some of the nation’s top defense contractors. This led to the award of multiple secure facility design/build projects throughout the U.S. From the first contract until today, Adamo has continued to evolve and adapt to suit the specific needs of the security industry and the facilities that serve to protect national security. As a company Adamo has designed and built more than 500 SCIF/SAPF projects, and each facility has met its accreditation requirements. Adamo has on-staff subject-matter experts in security, design and construction with decades of experience in their respective fields. The history of Adamo is a true testament to the fact that commitment to excellent service and quality will always stand the test of time. You can learn more about the story of Adamo here.

For 50-plus years, Adamo has continued to innovate and implement the most advanced technologies and techniques. Driven by the primary goal of being a resource to its clients, Adamo uses innovation and the most effective technology possible simply as part of the company’s culture. The security industry moves at the speed of technology—it has to.  However, in the more traditional construction industry, utilizing tools such as advanced software suites, virtual conferencing, mobile device applications and cloud platform solutions is not as common. Adamo serves as the bridge that allows both of these industries to move at the same pace.

There are other firms that may utilize modern technology, but within this group you will almost certainly find either an experienced construction company that has little-to-no design or secure facility experience, or a security consultant that has little-to-no first hand design or construction experience. Since experience is something that can only be earned through time and cannot be replicated, Adamo has the advantage of possessing extensive experience in all of the key components for success.

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By combining its rich history and experience with today’s most efficient technologies, management practices and professional techniques, Adamo is able to achieve a level of performance and service that is greater than the sum of the two parts. This synergy results in the most efficient and cost-effective project for the client and allows the client to avoid delays and unnecessary challenges throughout the process. Adamo makes this synergy effect available to its clients at every level through responsive communication and a commitment to follow through.

Adamo exists to assist its clients at every level of secure facility planning, design, construction, accreditation and operation.

To achieve this mission, Adamo maintains a professional staff of consultants, architects, security professionals, estimators and construction managers. This depth of capabilities allows Adamo to be a single source solution throughout the entire process of developing a secure facility project. To see a complete list of capabilities, please see the list of services and products below:


  • Site Survey
  • Conceptual Design & Estimating
  • Design Review
  • Design & Construction Management
  • Consulting for Project Development (Concept to Accreditation)
  • Analytical Risk Management
  • Site Security Management & Controls
  • Photographic and Accreditation Documentation
  • Quality Control Management
  • TEMPEST Analysis and Checklist


In addition to services listed under Consulting we offer:

  • Architectural Design and Engineering
  • Permit Processing
  • Security Specification
  • Construction Management
  • Turn-key Design/Build


  • Complete Construction Solutions
  • Site Personnel Management
  • Site Security Management
  • Appropriately Credentialed Site Supervision


Company History



As with many family-owned businesses, Adamo had humble beginnings. In 1962, founder James J. Adamo, Jr. started Adamo Construction as a residential remodeling company in San Diego California. James founded the company on the belief that a business is a direct reflection of the men and women who lead it, and that success would be the natural outcome when you are committed to integrity, quality and service. This belief has proven to be true as the company was given more and more opportunities through the years to be a resource for construction services and products.

By the early 1980s, James had grown the business into a thriving enterprise focusing on custom design and construction in the residential, commercial and industrial markets. With a proven record of performance as a commercial/industrial contractor, Adamo was approached to design and build secure facilities. Adamo’s culture of adaptation and innovation allowed an immediate high level of success with these facilities. The recognition for Adamo’s emerging expertise led to defense contractors and military groups all over the United States to solicit Adamo to design and build their secure facilities.

As the company grew, new personnel were continuously added, but perhaps the most key additions were that of Mike Gaetke and Christine Bailey. Mike began as a construction superintendent in the field. He worked his way through the ranks of leadership serving as project manager and eventually general manager of the company. Christine Bailey, the youngest of James’ four daughters, started as the company’s bookkeeper before moving to the office manager position as the company continued to grow.

In the 1990s, Mike and Christine purchased the company from James. Mike, as majority owner, became the company’s President and CEO with Christine filling the role of Vice President and Facility Security Officer (FSO). With the new ownership in place, the company narrowed its primary focus to the government secure facility niche, specifically SCIF and SAPF. As technology advanced and the defense industry expanded, Adamo was increasingly sought out as a leading expert in the design and construction of secure facilities. Due to the sheer volume of design/build projects, it became apparent that Adamo could offer the most value and service to its clients by adding in-house design capability. With this in mind, Architect James Gaetke joined the staff.


The information age led to a boom, not only in the defense industry, but in all information technology across the board. Advancements in building codes, communication, construction methods as well as governing specification for the design and construction of secure facilities began to change at such a rapid pace that the security world was saturated with change and challenges. Designers, contractors and security professionals struggled to keep pace with current standards and modern technologies. Adamo, however, had always had an agile company culture and personnel were consistently receiving education and training. Opportunity rose as the need for subject matter experts became clearer. As Adamo’s customer base and reputation continued to grow, the company was awarded a number of projects on both foreign and domestic soil that were critical to protecting the security of the United States. The company was recognized for excellence in the secure government facility industry.



As the second millennium continues to roll out, the challenges of the sequestration and economic downturn have dramatically increased the need for efficiency in procuring goods and services. Simultaneously, a technology and global crisis has increased the speed of business and the rate at which the security professional must respond to their client needs. Adapting to the changing conditions of the last 15 years, Adamo has evolved to be a single source for secure facility projects and possesses full capabilities to assist its client at every level of secure facility development. With the primary goal of becoming a resource for clients to accomplish their goals, the future of Adamo is bright and the mission is clear.

Adamo exists to assist its clients at every level of secure facility planning, design, construction, accreditation and operation.