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Groundbreaking at Southwest Oregon Regional Airport

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in North Bend GroundbreakingA very special shout -out to everyone from Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in North Bend for a fantastic groundbreaking ceremony for the much anticipated new aviation hanger. Batzer Construction is thrilled to be part of this great project.

The proposed hanger project will include a 200 ft. wide by 150 ft. deep metal building hangar and an attached 35 x 100 ft. office. The new hangar is the first of two hangars to be constructed to replace the previous hangar that was destroyed by fire.

It was one of those beautiful sunny fall days and a great kick-off for the project.

Photo courtesy of Nancy McClain.

 

 

 

Invitation To Bid | New Geothermal Power Plant

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Invitation to BidBatzer Construction, Inc. (BCI) Design/Build Contractor for New Geothermal Power Plant located in Klamath Falls, Oregon and being performed for Oregon Institute of Technology requests sub-bid proposals.

The bid package includes Site Work, Concrete, Pre-Engineered Building, Misc. Steel Systems, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, and Geothermal Installation Subcontractors must be pre-qualified.

Proposals must utilize the specified PROPOSAL FORM and be delivered, faxed, or emailed to arrive at Batzer Construction, Inc., 190 N. Ross Lane/PO Box 4460, Medford, Oregon 97501, Bid Fax 541-770-5361, Email bids @ bids@batzerinc.com no later than 2:00 p.m., November 09, 2012.

Bidders must be properly licensed with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (“CCB”) at the time of bid.  Bidders are required to file a $30,000 Public Works Bond with the CCB in accordance with ORS 279C.836 EXCEPT exemptions allowed under paragraphs (7) or (8) will not be permitted.  Due to the scheduled start of the work, the $30,000 Public Works Bond must be on file with the CCB at the time of bid.  This is a prevailing wage project.  Bidders must comply with requirements of the prevailing wage law in ORS Chapter 279C.

Refer to proposal documents for complete proposal requirements and additional information.  Proposal documents may be examined at local plan centers including Medford and Klamath Falls, and ISQFT (call Batzer for Access), or obtained for the non-refundable cost of $200 (for reproduction and shipping) from Batzer Construction (541) 773-7553.

Contractor is committed to promoting and stimulating the growth of minority business enterprises, women business enterprises, and emerging small business (M/W/ESB) firms and maximizing the opportunities for State of Oregon certified M/W/ESB firms to participate in the work of this project.  Notwithstanding that a specific M/W/ESB contracting goal has not been established for this project, bidders are encouraged to utilize such firms through sub-tier contracting and/or material purchases and shall provide documentation of its good faith efforts and achievements.

Contractor is an equal opportunity employer and requests bids from all qualified firms including disadvantaged, minority, women, disabled veterans, and emerging small business enterprises. CCB License #132902

Invitation to Bid: Phones Plus, Inc.

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Batzer Construction Inc., requests supplier and subcontractor bids for all phases of work for Phones Plus, Inc. in Medford, Oregon.

Contact: Mike Hunter, Estimator
Email:  mikeh@batzerinc.com
Telephone: 541-773-7553   Fax:  541-770-5361

Bid/Scope Letters are requested

Thursday 10/04/12 by 9:00am

Thank you very much for bidding  with Batzer Construction

We are an equal opportunity employer requesting  sub-bids from qualified

DBE/MBE/WBE/ESB subcontractors & suppliers

CCB# 132902 / CA# 790651 A&B

Now Hiring: AP/AR Professional

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Seeking  AP/AR Professional for Batzer Construction Inc., a large general contractor that serves Oregon, Washington & California.  This full time position includes benefits and has advancement possibilities for a good communicator who is efficient and accurate with the job duties.

Job Duties include processing AP/AR, job costing, general ledger reconciliation, W-9 records,  and various additional bookkeeping functions. In addition it includes covering breaks or sick days for the reception desk/phone.  The job requires professional etiquette, ability to problem solve and communicate well with construction managers, the accounting department, and administrative staff.

Minimum requirements include 3-5 years of recent verifiable bookkeeping experience and strong organization skills.  Fundamental computer and internet skills are required for MS Excel, MS Word, MS Outlook, and Access and an ability to quickly learn new software including Timberline construction accounting software.  Valid ODL, insurance, and reliable transportation are required.

Preferred qualifications include an AA in accounting, business, or related field, bilingual  English/Spanish, proficient in Timberline, experience in construction job costing.

UPDATE:  THE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED AS OF 8/28/2012

Batzer Construction
190 N. Ross Lane (Office Location)
PO Box 4460
Medford, OR 97501

PH: 541-773-7553
batzerconstructionwebsite@gmail.com

OR CCB #132902

Now Hiring: Receptionist

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Seeking Receptionist/telephone attendant for Batzer Construction Inc., a large general contractor that serves Oregon, Washington & California. This entry level position has advancement possibilities for someone adept at multitasking great customer service and accomplishing detailed administrative tasks.

Job Duties include route and screen calls, greet visitors, respond to inquiries from the public, and provide information about the company. Handle incoming and outgoing mail. Prepare and schedule UPS & Fed-Ex packages, order office supplies, reconcile vendor statements as well as standard office duties. Special projects as assigned by other departments. Use of computers to enter data, set up functions, or process information.

Minimum requirements include: 3-5 years verifiable reception experience, some accounting background is needed, professional social etiquette, excellent knowledge of English composition, and ability to effectively process verbal inquiries. The position also requires an ability to work with numbers accurately. Successful candidates will have fundamental computer and internet skills for MS Excel, MS Word, MS Outlook, and Access and an ability to quickly learn new software including Timberline construction accounting software. Valid ODL, insurance, and reliable transportation are required.

UPDATE:  THE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED AS OF 8/28/2012

Batzer Construction, Inc.
190 N. Ross Lane (Office Location)
PO Box 4460
Medford, OR 97501

PH: 541-773-7553
batzerconstructionwebsite@gmail.com

OR CCB #132902

Project Update: PK Player Development Center at University of Oregon

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

photoWork is moving along quickly on the new Player Development building for the University of Oregon Duck’s Baseball Team. Located at PK Park (next to Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon) the new facility will include indoor batting cages, artificial turf fielding practice areas, all with large doors that can be opened onto the field.

Work is scheduled to be complete this fall. If you’re headed to Ducks Football this fall, take a look over the fence this new baseball facility.

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Summer 2012 Projects in Progress

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012


View Summer 2012 Projects in Progress in a larger map

  • University of Oregon, PK Park Player Development Building, Eugene, OR
  • Bi-Mart Expansion, Grants Pass, OR
  • Wash-N-Go, Central Point, OR
  • St. Mary’s Gymnasium & Fine Arts Center, Medford, OR
  • Shadow Unit HQ Renovation at Kingsley Airfield, Klamath Falls, OR

Project Update: St. Mary’s Gymnasium & Fine Arts Building

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Work on St. Mary’s Gymnasium and Fine Arts Center is moving forward.  This week the subcontractors continued to install the rough wiring, mechanical systems, and insulation.  The drywall crew has started to sheetrock the classrooms.  Things are bit dark inside with a roof on, and no light fixtures just yet, but that’s just a normal stage of the project.   It will make for a dramatic difference in another couple of weeks.

Three story masonry building is up and has the metal roof installed.

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Classrooms are getting sheetrock on the walls.

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There are great views across the Rogue Valley from the new aerobics room on the West Side of the Building.

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The mechanical room is starting fill up with chillers, blowers, and ducts.

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The gymnasium.

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Invitation to Bid: ASHLAND POLICE FACILITY ADDITION & REMODEL

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Invitation to BidWe would like to request supplier and subcontractor bids for all phases of work for the Ashland Police Facility Addition & Remodel.  Bid Responses Due:  10 am, Wednesday  7/25/2012

Major project elements include:
a) New 3,000 sf plus addition to the Existing Police Facility
b) Remodel of portions of the existing 6,400 sf Police Facility

The Work consists of the following:
NEW ADDITION: Site work, excavation, concrete, wood framed building, asphalt roofing, GWB and painted interior wall finish, floor ceiling finishes, doors and relights, casework, mechanical and electrical systems.
REMODEL: Selected removal and installation of partition walls, relocation of doors, selected floor and ceiling finishes, electrical work and a new mechanical system.

Plans and Specifications can viewed at the following locations :

  • Medford Builders Exchange at 701 E. Jackson St. Medford, OR 97504
  • City of Ashland  51 Winburn Way, Ashland,OR
  • Straus & Seibert Architects, 1175 East Main St, Suite 2E, Medford, Oregon 97504.   phone. 541-779-4363
  • Batzer Construction, 190 N. Ross Lane, Medford, OR 97501 541-773-7553

Medford Builders Exchange (MBE) will be responsible for document distribution
please contact the MBE to obtain documents.

Bid and Scope Letters should be submitted to Batzer Construction’s estimator Mike Hunter. To be added to the bidders list for this project or if you have questions, please contact Mike at 541-773-7553.

Submit bids via
Fax:  541-770-5361 or
email:  mikeh@batzerinc.com

Bid Responses Due:  10 am, Wednesday  7/25/2012

Batzer Construction is an equal opportunity employer requesting bids from qualified  DBE/MBE/WBE/ESB subcontractors and suppliers.

CCB#132902/CA#790651 A&B/WA #BATZECI917CL

Thank you for bidding to Batzer Construciton, Inc.!

Gymnasium Construction

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

In the last decade, Batzer Construction has built several gymnasiums for schools, churches, and non-profit organizations.

Trinity Lutheran Roosevelt

Left- Trinity Lutheran Church Gym
Oregon City, OR

Right- Roosevelt Elementary Gym
Medford, OR

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Medford, OR

Right- Eagle Rock Elementary Gym
Eagle Point, OR

Creswell Tigers Creswell LockerRm Left- Creswell Middle School Gym
Creswell, OR

Right- Creswell Middle School
Gymnasium Locker Rooms
Creswell, OR

Invitation to Bid: Coos Maritime Museum Construction

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Invitation to Bid

INVITATION TO BID

Batzer Construction, Inc. is seeking bids from suppliers and qualified sub-contractors for all phases of construction of the Coos Historical & Maritime Center in Coos Bay, OR. This is a 13,000 sf new construction building on a pile driven pier.  Construction Documents may be examined at the office of the Owner’s Representative: Crow/Clay & Associates Inc., Architect and Planning; 125 W. Central Avenue, Suite 400; Coos Bay OR 97420; (541)-269-9388 and at multiple Bid Exchange locations.

BIDS and QUALIFICATIONS are due to Batzer Construction by 5:00pm, June 20, 2012. Contact our Estimating Department at 541-773-7553 to be added to the bidders list to receive the additional information about bidding this project.  1

CCB # 132902.

Batzer Construction, Inc.
190 N. Ross Lane
PO Box 4460
Medford, OR 97501

Invitation to Bid: Smith River Elementary Gymnasium

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Invitation to Bid

INVITATION TO BID GYMNASIUM CONSTRUCTION

Batzer Construction Inc. is seeking bids from suppliers and qualified sub-contractors for all phases of construction for the Smith River Elementary Gymnasium, in Smith River CA. The project is approximately 10,000 sf new construction. View the plans and specifications at the Del Norte County School District website www.delnorte.k12.ca.us under Smith River Gym Project, or at the Batzer Construction office.

BIDS & QUALIFICATIONS are due to Batzer Construction by 5:00pm, June 18, 2012. Contact our Estimating Department at 541-773-7553 to be added to the bidders list and to receive the additional information about bidding this project with Batzer Construction, Inc.

CCB # 132902
CA #790651 A&B

Batzer Construction
190 N. Ross Lane
PO Box 4460
Medford, OR 97501

www.BatzerConstruction.com, CCB # 132902. Batzer Construction, 190 N. Ross Lane, PO Box 4460, Medford, OR 97501

Now Hiring!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Batzer Construction team building the Ariel Wine Barn, in Ashland, OR

Now’s the time to join the construction company that’s been here 57 years! We are currently seeking skilled carpenters, concrete form-setters and concrete finishers for commercial construction projects. We offer excellent wages & benefits in a drug-free environment.

Visit our Careers Page, to find out more about working at Batzer Construction and to find the Employment Applications.

Batzer Wins Award for Grants Pass Renovation

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Award for Web

Star Wars Day- May 4

Friday, May 4th, 2012

In honor of Star Wars Day, from our photo archive, here’s  our team at work in 1978 building the Return of the Jedi sets in the redwoods of N. California.

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Who would have ever dreamed that three decades later there would be a “Star Wars” day?!!

Press Release: Medford Food Co-op Receives Nearly $10,000 for Energy Efficiency!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Architect Gary Caperna at the Medford Food Co-op

Architect Gary Caperna at the Medford Food Co-op

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Medford Food Co-op Receives Nearly $10,000 for Energy Efficiency!”

Medford, OR, (April 2, 2012) – Last month, Energy Trust of Oregon awarded a check for $7,680 to the Medford Food Co-op  for the energy efficiency features that were designed and installed at their new store.   That brings the store total award for energy efficiency measures $9,924.

The Medford Food Co-op worked with Batzer Construction to radically renovate their building on Riverside Avenue into unique grocery retail space that opened in August of 2011.  Efficient operations were a part of the design goals according to architect Gary Caperna.  “We’re always working to balance the construction budget concerns with a client’s annual operating cost concerns.   Energy Trust of Oregon helps with incentive money that offsets the construction cost. “   Caperna worked closely with mechanical engineer Michele Freidrich of PECI to identify all the systems that could improve energy efficiency.  They put in the required pre-application to Energy Trust of Oregon in 2010 before work even started and the Co-op received an incentive of $1250, for having the Early Design Assistance Meeting.

When construction was complete last fall, the final calculations on energy savings were 60,845 kWh/year compared to a building that is only “code compliant.”  That’s enough energy to operate 4.4 households for a year according to the EPA.  The energy efficiency of the lighting and refrigeration reduced the carbon footprint of the Co-op by 35.3 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The check from Energy Trust of Oregon has just arrived and it was even better than expected.   The efficient lighting system yielded an incentive of $3,655 and the refurbished refrigeration systems earned them $4,025 in incentives.  Separately, Avista’s energy efficiency program awarded $994 for the energy saving night curtains that insulate open coolers during non-business hours.  “Navigating all of the paperwork for incentives is not always easy.  However Ben Reher of RHT Energy Solutions in Medford shepherded the Co-op painlessly through the process,” said General Manager, Emile Amarotico. “The project incentives of $9924 are just the start, the monthly savings on energy bills helps keep our overhead costs down, so we can spend that money in other ways important to the Co-op. “

Mail Tribune: Salvation Army to dedicate renovated church building

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

March 23, 2012

The Salvation Army will dedicate its renovated church at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at 304 Beatty St., Medford.

The church was built in the 1920s for the Seventh-day Adventists and became the Salvation Army church later in the 20th century.

In 2007, a broken water pipe damaged the property so badly that church services could no longer be held in the building.

In September 2011, Batzer Construction began the renovation project…,

Click Here to read the rest of the article.

Press Release: Construction Completed at Debby’s Diner and All RV Needs

Monday, March 12th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Construction Completed at Debby’s Diner and All RV Needs”

Grand Opening Scheduled for Thursday, March 15th 9:30am

Phoenix, OR, (March 12, 2012) – Batzer Construction recently completed the much anticipated buildings for Debby’s Diner and All RV Needs located on Hwy 99 just North of Phoenix. Both businesses are currently setting up for a Grand Opening planned for 9:30am Thursday, March 15th.
Batzer Construction began construction in September of last year. Originally the site had been intended to be an exclusive RV service facility, but when Debby’s Diner needed to relocate from its current facility the Hwy 99 option quickly became an ideal site for their new family restaurant.   Debby’s Diner has a loyal clientele of families, community members, hot rod clubs, motorcycle riders, local fire departments and regular customers that are excited to have additional room to gather at the new location.
The new Debby’s Diner was designed by Batzer’s Gary Caperna, AIA and Mark McKechnie, AIA of Oregon Architecture, Inc., as a nostalgic 1950’s diner. Caperna carefully designed the diner to fit a 12 foot vintage 1910 soda fountain that was once housed in the old Jacksonville pharmacy.  Design elements of the new diner include classic chrome details, a checkerboard floor and the familiar “Happy Day” style jukebox. According to Debby Hartnell, owner of Debby’s Diner, this is an exciting event. “We are thrilled to be able to share the new restaurant with our wonderful customers as well as the entire community. It is our dream that Debby’s Diner will be a place where memories will be made for families who live or visit our area!”  Hartnell doesn’t serve alcohol and plans to maintain a family focused gathering place for the community. Included in the design of the new diner is dedicated space reserved for parties and performances. The outdoor seating patio will double seating capacity and provide an entirely new space for guests to enjoy during the warm weather.
Debby’s Diner Grand Opening is scheduled for Thursday, March 15th. Included in the events will be members from The Rogue Valley Hot Rod Club, Southern Oregon Street Rods, the Corvette Club and the vintage Umpqua Ice Cream Truck (making sure the soda fountain is well stocked) and a sighting of “Elvis” is expected.   Festivities begin at 9:30am with a duel ribbon cutting ceremony, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will start off the event while the Medford/Jackson Chamber will have their moment at 10:15.  Next door, All RV Needs will be showing off their state-of-the-art RV repair and customization shop throughout the day.

All RV Needs was designed as a steel building with three service bays that have the width to accommodate the dual popout style of RV’s. The facility will provide a high-end professional experience that hasn’t been offered in the area before.
According to Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction, “Both of these businesses have such passion for what they do; it’s been a pleasure to help make their dreams become a reality.  And I know the entire community will enjoy the fun atmosphere that Debby’s Dinner and All RV Needs provides.”
The media and community are invited to attend the Grand Opening Ceremonies.

Press Release: Batzer Construction Completes Work at the The Salvation Army Church

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Batzer Construction Completes Work at the Salvation Army Church”

Medford, OR, (March 8, 2012) – Renovation of The Salvation Army Church on Beatty Street will be completed this week.  Originally built in the 1920’s for the Seventh Day Adventists, in 2007 water from a broken pipe damaged the property so badly that church services could no longer be held in the building. As a result, it became more of a storage unit than the active church and social hall The Salvation Army is known for having.  The neighborhood had lost a valuable resource so The Salvation Army began to make plans to bring back the church.

A grant from the Medford Urban Renewal Agency brought in the final funding piece for the project and in September of 2011, Batzer Construction began demolition of the old church.  They also removed an aging building from the property as part of The Salvation Army’s overall plan to create a community garden.  The entire building was reframed from the ground up in December, and since then work has continued on the inside.

Construction has progressed on schedule and the finishing touches including new front doors are being installed the first week in March.  The new building has a very similar plan to the old one with commercial kitchen and dining hall on the lower level and sanctuary, rest-rooms, nursery, and storage space on the upper level.  The new building is 6,194 square feet, about 140 square feet bigger than the old building.  According to Russ Batzer, president of Batzer Construction, “The building has energy efficient windows and lighting, excellent insulation, and durable finishes to help it last for a century of service.”

While the church was under construction, Captain Martin Cooper of The Salvation Army held church services at the organization’s Thrift Store. In spite of the finishing touches that still need to be made on the church, worship services were held Sunday in the new sanctuary. A dedication celebration is set for 1 p.m., Saturday, March 24 with Salvation Army regional officers and a Salvation Army band scheduled to be in town for the event.

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Ariel Wine Barn: In Progress

Sunday, January 15th, 2012
The Beautiful view across the vineyard and down the valley.

The beautiful view across the vineyard and down the valley.

Ariel Wine Barn, a wine making facility and wine tasting room, is now under construction! When complete the facility will be 16,416 square feet.It’s located just outside of Ashland Oregon on Dead Indian Memorial Hwy.

Beautiful stonework, a clock tower, and gorgeous views will make this one of the most beautiful wineries of the region. Work will continue through the summer.

The team pouring concrete footers for the large towers.

The team pouring concrete footers for the large towers.

Concrete Arches on the south side.

Concrete arches on the south side.

Wineries are usually beautiful places to build and this is no exception.

Wineries are usually beautiful places to build and this is no exception.

Press Release: Holiday Caroling Tour This Week

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Caroling PhotoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Batzer Construction & the North Medford High School Choir Bring “Holiday Cheer”  on Tuesday & Wednesday

(Medford, OR)- Batzer Construction is bringing Holiday Cheer to the area by sponsoring a caroling tour for the North Medford High School choir. The local high school choir will be visiting several locations around the Medford area on Tuesday and Wednesday this week to bring the gift of song and good cheer.

On Tuesday December 13, they will be caroling at South Medford locations including St. Mary’s school, The Rogue Valley Manor, Medford Rotary Meeting at RVCC, Debby’s Diner in Phoenix, and The Medford Food Co-op.

On Wednesday December 14, the choir will be caroling at Complete Care Chiropractic in Eagle Point, the Allergy & Asthma Center of Southern Oregon, REMAX at Navigators Landing, KTVL 10, Medford School District Offices and KOBI 5.

Batzer will post a time schedule on their website on Tuesday and Wednesday morning and will also be tweeting the updates through the day as well as posting on their Facebook page so that people in the area might drop by one of the locations for a little holiday cheer.

Russ Batzer, Andy Batzer, or Bill Batzer will be accompanying the choir at different intervals. According to Russ “Taking the choir around really brings joy to people in the community. It lifts our spirits and theirs and helps the students too.”

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Tuesday, December 13,  Caroling Schedule

9:30     St. Mary’s School, Medford, OR

10:30    The Manor, Medford, OR

11:30    Debby’s Diner in Phoenix, Phoenix, OR  (Note Updated time)

12:30    Medford Rotary Meeting at RVCC,  Medford Downtown Campus  (Note: Updated time)

1:00     Batzer Construction Offices, Medford, OR

1:30      Rogue Valley YMCA, Medford, OR  (NOTE Updated Time)

1:50         The Medford Food Co-op, Medford, OR  (NOTE Updated Time)

Wednesday, December 14,  Caroling Schedule

9:30     KDRV, Medford, OR

10:00     Wilson Equipment, Medford, OR

10:30     Re/Max Ideal Brokers, Medford, OR

11:30     Complete Care Chiropractic & Massage, Eagle Point, OR

12:30     Southern Oregon Allergy & Asthma Center, Medford, OR

1:15        KTVL, Medford, OR

2:00     Medford School District #549C, Medford, OR

2:30      KOBI, Medford, OR

Project Photos on Facebook

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

We’ve added several “projects in progress” photos to our albums on the Batzer Construction Facebook page.  Here’s some of the projects we’ve recently added to the albums, click the photos below to see more at each project.

Murphy Plywood- Warehouse Addition

Murphy Plywood in Rogue River Oregon- Warehouse Addition

Biomass plant renovations for Kiara Solar in Anderson, CA

Biomass plant renovations for Kiara Solar in Anderson, CA

Renovation at Salvation Army, Medford, OR

Renovation at Salvation Army, Medford, OR

Framing at Debbys Diner, Phoenix OR

Framing at Debby's Diner, Phoenix OR

Steel Erection at All RV Needs in Phoenix, OR

Steel Erection at All RV Needs in Phoenix, OR

Tenant Improvement for Yogurt Hut at Deardorf Corners Shopping Center in Grants Pass, OR

Yogurt Hut at Deardorf Corners Shopping Center in Grants Pass, OR

Award winning addition to AirGas in Grants Pass, OR

Award winning addition to AirGas in Grants Pass, OR

Footings, Forms, and rebar for the new gym at St. Marys school

Footings, forms, and rebar for the new gym at St. Mary's school

A renovation of this lease property gave Redwood Leavitt Insurance a great new office space in Grants Pass, OR

A renovation of this lease property gave Redwood Leavitt Insurance a great new office space in Grants Pass, OR

Public Projects Slideshow

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Slideshow of some of our public and community projects in the Rogue Valley, and from around the Northwest.

Hangar Projects Slideshow

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

A quick slideshow of several of our design/build hangar projects around the region.

Batzer Moves Donated Playgrounds to Six Locations

Monday, November 14th, 2011

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Donated Equipment to Improve Lives for Kids of Recovering Parents

MEDFORD, OR—Monday, November 14th, at 9am Batzer Construction trucks delivered playground equipment donated by Kid Time to six OnTrack sites. From play structures to a frontier play house, digger tools, picnic tables and more, the equipment is intended to improve the lives of children whose parents are in recovery from addictions and related behaviors.

Batzer Construction, Inc. donated the logistics, manpower, trucks and equipment to pick up the playground items from the former Kid Time facility located behind the old Mouse Lodge on Ross Lane. The construction firm delivered the different pieces to the Whole Family Project on Holly Street, emergency housing facilities on King and 11th streets, the Home Program, the Dad’s Program and Stevens Place Apartments. Volunteers from the Dad’s Program assisted Batzer Construction  employees in the moving process.

“This is a cooperative community project,” said Andy Batzer, a Board Member of Kid Time and the Vice President of Batzer Construction. “The goal is to create a positive and safe environment for children whose parents are learning new life skills.”

According to Sue Densmore, OnTrack’s Outreach and Development Director, the project gained the support of several community partners and highlights the collaboration among many agencies and businesses, including the Batzer Construction Inc., Kid Time, the Family Nurturing Center, CASA and OnTrack.

Densmore also acknowledged the Medford Chamber Leadership Class who in 2006 raised the financing for the playground equipment, and she made note of the Medford Rotary Club who recently donated money to cover the purchase of indoor equipment for Kid Time.

“Our OnTrack families are learning how to parent, bond and play together,” said Densmore. “Meanwhile, our project partners have come together to model how communities are supposed to work. As a result, this project and the playground equipment will become a great a source of joy. Thanks to everyone who is making a difference in so many lives.”

OnTrack is a chemical dependency treatment center in Medford, Oregon. While services focus on recovery from addictions, its programs result in restored lives, re-created families and renewed hope for abandoned and neglected children.

More from KDRV news coverage, Click HERE

Project Update: Salvation Army

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

We’re well underway on renovating the Salvation Army Chapel on Beatty Street in Medford. It’s big renovation that will have a tremendously positive outcome for the community.  The Mail Tribune wrote a great article last summer that outlined the project goals.

….the church will double as a community center that assists in the neighborhood’s renewal.

“We want the church to become a resource for the community to use. This park is without any kind of community neighborhood center,” Agee said, “We’re really trying to build a community here … and we’re trying to do that with this barbecue.”

Much of the Salvation Army’s church on Beatty has begun to show its age. Agee said the roof needs replacing and the building needs to be retrofitted to withstand earthquakes and is in need of a wheelchair ramp.

….When it finishes renovations, the army would like to be able to provide free meals from that kitchen once or twice a week. And that’s just the inside — outside the vegetable garden and playground will also soon be works in progress.

…there are numerous repair projects evident (in the neighborhood) despite the poor economy and that the neighborhood is experiencing rehabilitation.

From “Salvation Army Looks to Reap Benefits of Liberty Park Site” by Mat Wolf July 23, 2011

The renovations were designed by Straus & Seibert Architects from Medford.  As of last week, the demolition is nearly complete, and we have started on rebuilding the roof and ceilings.  Below are some photos from mid September during the demolition.

While the renovations will update nearly every aspect of the building, the cross and well known brick backdrop will remain.

The project is expected to be complete in March of 2012.

Construction News Update- Page 24!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011


Cover Construction News Update Fall 2011 The Medford Food Co-op project made the Fall 2011 issue of Construction News Update.

According to Medford Food Co-op General Manager Emile Amarotico, the renovation process went exceptionally well.
“This was a collaborative process and Batzer Construction put together a great construction team that worked very closely with our owner/member project committee,” he said. “The quality of the work was stellar and the outcome was even better than we had envisioned. All the months of designing, planning, and construction have definitely been worth it.”

Click the image below to read the full article on Pg. 24

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Two Businesses Break Ground in Phoenix

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

“Debby’s Diner” and “All RV Needs” Build New Facilities

(PHOENIX, OR) –  Highway 99 just North of Phoenix will be seeing two new businesses early in 2012.  Batzer Construction will held a groundbreaking ceremony, Wednesday September 28th at 10am at 3800 S. Pacific Hwy for Debby’s Diner and All RV Needs.


All RV Needs is just what the name depicts an RV center that will provide sales, consignment repairs, parts, and storage for RV’s.   Owner, Ron Dace, has over 30 years experience in the RV industry and is very excited to open a state of the art facility that focuses on old fashioned personal, friendly service.   He’ll have 3 double length repair bays (a pull through setup) that are extra wide to accommodate recreation vehicles that have pullouts on both sides.   At full capacity Dace expects to have a staff of 12 -15 people at the new location.


The perfect neighboring business will be Debby’s Diner, a family friendly 1950’s theme diner.  Debby’s has been located in Phoenix for 4 years.  When Debby and Paul Hartnell opened their small 15 seat diner the goal was to provide a friendly intimate setting. Paul had been catering for forest fire and natural disaster crews for several years, which had kept him on the road for 6 months of the year.   Debby’s Diner was the couple’s perfect concept of how to spend more time together and be part of the community.

Debby’s has been such a success that they quickly outgrew their 15 seat diner and expanded into their storage room, and even now, they are packed to capacity most days.  However, the ODOT changes to the intersection will put the new road directly through their current location, so they began asking around and looking for property.


Enters landowner/developer John Poole, whose family  has owned the property at 3800 S. Pacific Hwy since the 1960’s.  One of Poole’s former RV Dealership tenants gave Poole the lead to contact Debby’s Diner with the suggestion that the Diner would be perfect for his property.  Poole’s family has been in the manufactured home sales and park business for years, and never branched out it, until this concept came together… having a fantastic diner adjacent to RV sales and service would be a great combination.  So Poole and Hartnell’s struck a deal.  Poole had already hired Batzer Construction to be the contractor for development of the property.


And that’s when it all came full circle again.  Debby Hartnell’s father Cecil had worked at Batzer Construction for many years.  Batzer Construction’s Project Manager for Debby’s Diner is Andy McHugh, who was first hired by Debby’s father nearly 20 year s ago.


Russ Batzer said “This is going to be great project for so many reasons.  For the community it will add new jobs and services.   Debby’s Diner will be 4,000 SF, about 1000 SF bigger than their current location so they’ll be adding staff.    So that’s two great local businesses that will be at this location providing great jobs and a sense of community.


“The diner will still have its 1950’s theme.  In fact, Debby and Paul bought the old Jacksonville Pharmacy soda fountain counter, it’s in storage now.  I’m excited that we’ll be installing it again to serve ice cream, malts and sodas. That long white marble counter is a piece of memorabilia that so many people here in our valley remember.”


Ground breaking ceremonies will begin at 10am on Wednesday, September 28th. The media is welcome to attend.

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Sizzler Remodel Featured in “Restuarant Business” Magazine

Sunday, September 25th, 2011
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Batzer Construction’s recent renovation of the Sizzler restaurant on Biddle Road, in Medford, was featured in the September 2011 issue of Restaurant Business!

The article focused on national chains that are doing renovations and particularly on renovations that create a more inviting entrance.
“Virtually every major restaurant company is reinventing its basic units right now. This re-imaging is a response to the lingering recession; the profit pendulum has swung from adding new stores to squeezing more revenue out of existing ones. “They can’t afford to open new restaurants,” says Juan Martinez, principal of Profitality in Miami. “They have to improve current locations.”

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“Studies have been done on how much is imprinted on your mind in the first five seconds of entering a place,” says Jeffrey Sheppard, design principal of Roth + Sheppard Architects in Denver. “If you walk up to a cheap storefront door, it’s telling you something about what’s going to happen inside.”

So on page 23 they featured photos of Medford Oregon’s Sizzler Restaurant that was renovated by Batzer Construction in 2010.

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Ground Breaking Ceremony at St. Mary’s High School

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

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WHERE: 816 Black Oak Drive, Medford, OR 97504 tel. 541.773.7877
WHEN: Tuesday September 6, 2011, 2:30pm

It was not just another day of school at St. Marys, it was the first day of construction for the new St. Mary’s High School Fine Arts and Athletic Center and Chapel.

Tuesday at 2:30pm, Batzer Construction and St. Mary’s marked the beginning of this important project for the school with a ceremony and the first shovel full of dirt. This is the first new construction at the school in more than a decade.

Fundraising has been ongong for several years for the project. Local architect Brian Westerhout of Ron Grime’s Architecture and Batzer Construction started working with St. Mary’s on budgeting and design for the facilities in 2006. St. Mary’s enrollment has increased from 320 students in 2005 to more than 450 in Fall 2011 — a 40 percent increase. Additional students have led to classrooms expanded beyond capacity, overcrowded athletic facilities with limited practice times, and inadequate room for the fine arts program which includes visual and performing arts, as well as an award-winning choir program.

Improvements to the St. Mary’s campus will include:
* Large gymnasium with separate lockers
* Fitness center for weight training and aerobics
* Special purpose music and art classroom spaces
* Chapel with seating for 80, includes landscaping
* Outdoor amphitheater classroom space

Batzer Construction gave the ceremonial “golden” shovels to Frank Phillips of St. Mary and his team to turn the first spade full of dirt for the project. Batzer Construction will be building on campus throughout the school year and construction is expected to be complete in June 2012.

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So Live: Ark Built Renovations Starts at EMHE house tomorrow

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction also hosts a local news talk show Monday through Thursday each week from 6am-8am.

Whenever the topic is about the construction industry, we’ll post the topics here, so everyone can find out the latest construction news from Southern Oregon.


Tomorrow is “door knock” day for Extreme Makeover Home Edition here in Jackson County.    Ken  Snelling and Rush Behnke of Ark Built Renovations have been selected to be the lead contractor for ABC television’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition”.    Everyone is very excited about getting started tomorrow. 

Listen to the full episode here:  The interview with Rush starts about 1/4 of the way into the show.

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So Live: Sparrow Club Fundraising for Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction also hosts a local news talk show Monday through Thursday each week from 6am-8am.

Whenever the topic is about the construction industry, we’ll post the topics here, so everyone can find out the latest construction news from Southern Oregon.

Matt & Emily Sampson are the in-studio guests to talk about fundraising efforts for Extreme Makeover Home Edition that’s happening here in Jackson County.   Matt is the Director of the Southern Oregon Sparrow Club since 2006. From 2002 to 2008, Sparrow Club chapters in four Southern Oregon counties have adopted 125 sparrows, raising about $600,000. Emily is the founder and director for Families for Community and she recently co-chaired the Fifth Annual Southern Oregon Autism Awareness Gala.

Listen to the full episode here:

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Extreme Makeover Home Edition- Jackson County!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

The ABC TV hit series -Extreme Makeover Home Edition-  is coming to Jackson County in September to make a dramatic change in the life of a local family.   Thousands of volunteers and donations are involved to help make this 200th show happen.

Batzer Construction is pleased to take up the fundraising challenge being put on by the Extreme Makeover Home Edition – Jackson County facebook page .   Several local businesses’ are competing to raise funds.  You help us do that by going to our facebook page and “liking” it and writing a comment on our wall “Supporting EMHE in Jackson County”  We will donate $1 to the Extreme Family/Build Fund for every “like” or comment on our facebook page.

Click to visit our Facebook page and “like” it with a post to support EMHE!

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So Live: Ark Built Renovations about Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction also hosts a local news talk show Monday through Thursday each week from 6am-8am.

Whenever the topic is about the construction industry, we’ll post the topics here, so everyone can find out the latest construction news from Southern Oregon.


Russ and Shannon start the week with Rush Behnke, owner of Ark Built Renovations. Rush and his partner Ken Snelling have been selected to be the lead contractor for ABC television’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition”.  

Listen to the full episode here:

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Mail Tribune: Batzer Land Contract at California Biomass

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

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Batzer Construction is the general contractor for Kiara Solar LLC’s project to restart a dormant biomass facility in Anderson, California……  CLICK HERE for the full story

Thank You’s from the Medford Food Co-op

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Today the Medford Food Co-op held a Thank You event for major sponsors and Batzer Construction.    Co-op President Jim Sims, thanked Batzer for the vision and creativity with the project, and helping ensure that there is room for future expansion of their store.

Russ Batzer took a few minutes to talk about the construction project and thanked the design and construction team.

The C0-op’s new staff gave a tour of the new store to the attending sponsors and the press.   The Co-op will employ 25 people at the store and influence more of the local economy since they will be selling many local foods.

There was some great press coverage of the event. Mail Tribune for more information http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110730/NEWS/107300306&cid=sitesearch

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Upper Rogue Independent: Dr. Gala Opens Full Service Chiropractic Clinic in EP

Monday, June 27th, 2011

We’re happy to see the great article in the newspaper about the ribbon cutting at Complete Care Chiropractic and Massage!  It’s truly a remarkable clinic that was designed and built to be aligned with Dr. Gala’s values on the connection between health and the environment around us.

Press Release: Ribbon Cutting at Complete Care Chiropractic & Massage in Eagle Point

Friday, June 24th, 2011

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Noon: Ribbon Cutting at Complete Care Chiropractic & Massage in Eagle Point: The Greenest Building in Jackson County?

(6/24/2011) Eagle Point, OR-  Complete Care Chiropractic and Massage held their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today.  The building is possibly the “greenest” commercial building in Jackson County according to Batzer Construction.

The building design focused on being extremely energy efficient by being well insulated, and using window placement  and solar tubes so electric lighting is only minimally needed during the day.   Super insulation levels of R-45 were achieved by using newer type of framing called “Structurally Insulated Panels” or more commonly known as SIPS.   These 12-inch thick walls do not have typical 2×6 studs.  Instead they are compromised of panels of plywood with a thick layer of polystyrene foam in the middle.   It’s strong enough to hold up the roof without a stud framing system and because the panels are solid and continuous, these walls do not have all of the air leaks that are normal with fiberglass insulation and stud walls.  This building uses extensive roof insulation (R-45) and SIPS walls (R-45), and triple pane windows to reduce heating and cooling needs.  It also has 4 foot deep eaves on the south side, to help block the intense summer sun that would make an a/c unit work harder, using more power.

The project was also pre-wired to add solar panels at any point in the future.   It made the cut for the competitive Oregon Solar Tariff, an incentive program that guaranteed an excellent price per watt for solar power that is sold back to the utility, but in the end, the rules of the Oregon Solar Tariff, limited the solar panel system size to the approximate power usage of the building, which means that to build a large solar installation as planned, the building would have to be a much bigger energy hog.  Instead, the owner, Dr. Thaddeus Gala, opted for extreme energy efficiency as the right business and environmental solution at this time.  Everything is ready for solar panels to be installed in the future with very little retrofitting.    Russ Batzer points out “While solar is sexy, the cheapest power is the power you never have to buy or create. Dr. Gala is all ready to go solar whenever energy prices are optimal for his business.”

Complete Care Chiropractic and Massage is located at the corner of Nita Way and Shasta Avenue (Just off of Hwy 62) in Eagle Point, Oregon.    The  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held today at noon.

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Additional Project Information Available:

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Building Size: 4,904 SF
Architect: Gary Caperna, AIA
Project Manager: Andy McHugh
Superintendent: Roger Fisher

So Live: Turf-n-USA

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction also hosts a local news talk show Monday through Thursday each week from 6am-8am.

Whenever the topic is about the construction industry, we’ll post the topics here, so everyone can find out the latest construction news from Southern Oregon.


The Oregon Green Expo is coming up this weekend at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and So Live is featuring some of the exhibitors as guests.

This morning, Russ & Shannon talk  with Green Expo exhibitor, Michael Hanson of Turf-n-USA about the options in artificial turf, how the product is “green” and can earn several LEED points because it reduces the need for irrigation, and is made from recycled content.

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Re-starting a Biomass Facility in Anderson, CA

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Batzer Construction has been selected as the general contractor to restart a dormant Biomass facility in Anderson, CA.   The facility burns plant debris from mills and from agriculture to provide steam heat for the adjacent mills to dry lumber as well as making electricity from steam powered turbines.   The renewable energy they will make is then sold back to the local utility company.

Originally built in 1987, the Biomass plant operated for over a decade.    As the timber economy  the plant owners consolidated and closed the Anderson plant, taking equipment and  parts with them to operate other facilities in N. California.

Fifteen years later, Kiara Solar bought the Biomass Plant and has decided to reopen it to produce 6 megawatts of power.  They hired Batzer Construction in May.

The plant is being reviewed from top to bottom.   Machinery is be re-tooled and replaced, and several structural changes are needed for accomodating newer equipment and systems.    Batzer Construction anticipates the Biomass plant will be going through it’s air quality control testing in October, which it must pass in order to re-open in November.

Batzer Construction has extensive experience with heavy industrial facilities and lumber mills.   Many of the mills have a Co-Gen or Biomass plant at them. The particular construction expertise needed at these facilities is exceptional skill with technical concrete mixtures and equipment bolting.  The machinery must be bolted securely to the facility structure and concrete base and the structure and concrete must be able to endure the vibrations from the machinery and environmental issues of the manufacturing process such as chemical exposure, cleaning and maintenance regimens, dust and soot.

The Batzer Construction team has been building and renovating industrial manufacturing and lumber mills for more than fifty years.  We have just recently completed rebuilding the Trinity River Lumber Mill in Weaverville, CA, and now our sitework and concrete team are on location in Anderson working on renovations at the Biomass facility.

So Live: Oregon Green Expo

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction also hosts a local news talk show Monday through Thursday each week from 6am-8am.

Whenever the topic is about the construction industry, we’ll post the topics here, so everyone can find out the latest construction news from Southern Oregon.


The Oregon Green Expo is coming up on June 24th at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.   Russ and Shannon spend this segment with Don McCoy and Susan Huntley, Co-Founders of the Oregon Green Expo.

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Press Release: Construction Complete at Medford Food Co-op

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

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Medford Food Co-op Is Setting Up Shop!

Medford, OR, (June 3, 2011) – Construction is complete at the Medford Food Co-op and now the new staff and employees are setting up shelves, organizing and placing orders.   It’s anticipated Co-op will celebrate their long waited opening mid July.

The Co-op’s new home is a 1927 Frank Clark Building at 945 S. Riverside.  According to the Southern Oregon Historical Society, the building has been many things over the years, including a motel, a restaurant, a daycare, and possibly even a grocer.  With all those incarnations, it has had many renovations and outbuildings.  Despite its architectural charm, the building has been empty for 5 years, tucked behind large trees but full of architectural charm.

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945 S. Riverside circa 1940's - image provided by the Southern Oregon Historical Society

Last fall, The Medford Food Co-op signed an agreement with Batzer Construction to renovate the property into a grocery store.  The Co-op board worked with Batzer Construction’s staff architect Gary Caperna to take advantage of all the built space available. Determining an exact floor plan and selecting refrigeration equipment took much of the fall, and was necessary in order to determine electrical requirements for the building permits.  The renovation opened up a number of small rooms in the former house and connected the building to the detached garage in the back to achieve 5500 square foot store with immense charm.  The main entrance and check out area are vaulted to the second story and are filled with daylight bouncing off the new plum colored steel beams.

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A Medford Food Co-op committee picked the bright color scheme for the exterior and interior. The colors match the logo, and help highlight the mission of fresh and organic. The colors will also help the fact that the building is set back from the street and covered by large trees. The storm water “bioswale” in front will be planted with native plants and trees to help absorb storm water rather than it flooding into the city sewer system. “Keeping the natural landscape of the property was intentional and different than most retail properties in Medford,” according to Batzer Construction architect, Gary Caperna. “Co-op patrons are going to love it.”

Co-op staff and volunteers will be hard at work the rest of the month setting up shelves, stocking, testing the register systems and completing the landscaping. The members can expect a special Members Week to shop and test run the systems, which will be followed by a Grand Opening for the full public. Dates for the Member’s Week and Grand Opening will be announced the first week of July.

Please contact Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction if you have questions or need additional information.

Passive Solar Design: Complete Care Chiropractic

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

One of the oldest tricks of design, is to carefully consider where the sunshine will hit a building in winter and in summer and use that to the best architectural advantage.    In our climate in N. California, Oregon, and Washington, we need to heat buildings in the winter.  The sun can help us with that task, if we make sure it shines into the windows during the winter days.

This “free” heat is called passive solar heating, because there are no moving parts or adjustments to be made, we simply have to situate the windows to catch the wintertime sunshine.

But, if we’re not careful, sunshine hitting those same windows in the summer, can turn a building into an oven.  Here in the Rogue Valley, our summer days are often over 90* and it’s hard enough to stay cool, without creating a greenhouse that captures and holds heat.  So up and down the west coast we should shade our windows in the summer, and the easiest architectural way to do this is with a moderately deep roof eave between 3 and 4 feet deep depending on your location.

The sun’s path through the sky is the same each year, so we can predict the height of the sun for anytime of day during the year.  The easiest way to find this information is download a Sun Chart from University of Oregon.  Here’s an example of Sunchart that shows the sun’s angles in the Rogue Valley, throughout the year.

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For Complete Care Chiropractic in Eagle Point, we used a 4′ deep eave to shade the windows during hot summer days, but allow plenty of direct light in during winter days.

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To see how it works, we have a photo of the sunshine January 10 at 4:30pm.   The sun is low in the sky and shining directly into the windows.

And on May 21 at 3:30, the sun is much higher in the sky and the eaves are shading the windows.

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Feel free to give our design team a call if you have any questions about Passive Solar design or would like a design for a passive solar building.   The benefit of passive solar designed buildings , are having much lower power bills both in the winter and in summer.  That’s not a bad thing at all.

Project Update: Fairchild Medical Center

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

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Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka is a primary care facility and is designated as certified rural health clinic in an area that is federally recognized as a “medical services shortage area”.

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Batzer Construction is building an addition to the clinic that will  double the size of the facility and provide patient exam rooms, medical records, business offices, infusion room, outpatient imaging, lab space as well as a new reception, lobby and waiting area.  In addition,we have added 177 parking spaces and a covered patient drop off area.

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Started: July 1, 2010
Facility Category: Medical Center
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Project Manager:
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Superintendent:
Sean Worthington

Architect: Brian J Hawkins
Civil Engineer: James G. Bray Civil Engineering
Landscape Architect: Galbraith & Associates, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Structural Solutions, Inc.
Soils Engineering: CGI Technical Services
Mechanical Engineering: Wehage Engineering, Inc.
Electrical Engineering: Zak Electrical Engineering
Surveyor: James G. Bray Civil Engineering

Upper Rogue Independent: Chiropractic & massage center opening in Eagle Point

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Chiropractic & massage center opening in Eagle Point

By Margaret Bradburn

For the Independent
Published May 24,2011

Five years ago, Dr. Thaddeus Gala came home to the Upper Rogue after graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida. Today, Gala is completing the final details of his Eagle Point health center, Complete Care Chiropractic and Massage, projected to open in mid-June. As the 1999 Eagle Point High School graduate pointed out during a tour, he has gone full circle and is happy to be back in Eagle Point where he spent much of his youth.

While building his practice after college, Gala shared the offices of Dr. Bob Bennett at Shady Cove Chiropractic. In chiropractic college and in Shady Cove, Gala saw the value of taking the whole body approach to health that includes complete physical, social and mental or emotional well-being.

Because of that, Gala’s clinic will include a nurse practitioner, Julie Bogden, a mental health counselor, Ruth Anne Alexander and a massage therapist, Sarah Reynolds-Gordon. The group offers complete care under one roof, a concept reflected in the name thought up by office manager, Megan Jones.

The clinic has the latest in X-ray equipment. DMX, a digital, motion X-ray machine takes pictures of moving body parts to pinpoint causes of motion related injuries. It is a video fluoroscopy that allows the doctor to view the painful or damaged area in real-time motion. The TV series, Bones, recently showed a DMX during an episode, said Gala.

The building has 4,500 sq. ft. with 2,700 sq. ft. for the clinic and 1,800 sq. ft. available for lease. The environmentally conscious Gala used as much green technology as he could to minimize the impact on the environment. The end result is a low R rating of around 42 to 45. “It has been great working with Batzer Construction. We came up with some really neat ideas that neither of us would have come up with entirely on our own,” Gala enthused.

Utilities are a key factor. Walls of 12-in thick SIP (structural insulated panels); extra insulation in the ceiling, solar panels on the roof and triple-paned windows will keep heating and cooling costs down. The thickness of the windows will also keep highway and other noises to a minimum, said Gala.

Daylight sensors on overhead lights will brighten and dim in response to available natural light from the many windows that overlook pretty vistas. Solar tubes over the reception desk, in bathrooms and hallways also lower utility costs. The bathrooms, even on a dark rainy day, have sufficient illumination for minimal use of lighting.

The bathrooms feature low-flow toilets with dual-flush, giving the option of using less water to lower the impact on water and sewer services.

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Dr. Gala standing at the new reception desk of Complete Care Chiropractic and Massage. --Photo by Margaret Bradburn

With good health at the heart of his vocation, Gala designed the clinic to be ergonomic. The reception area and Jones’ office have counter tops at standing height. Gala said standing is so much healthier than sitting. “When you are standing during the day there is a much higher tendency to be moving and active and burn more calories. We tried to make the clinic healthy all around,” Gala said. For those times when needed, however, there will be stools to sit on.

The clinic is unique in that there will not only be three closed therapy rooms but open treatment areas, as well, to serve patients desiring privacy or those who prefer a non- medical room approach, said Gala.

An area in the front will feature a large-screened TV for videos, evening health lectures, couples massage classes and more. Education is the big key. “Being healthy takes work,” Gala pointed out. When patients are healthy and pain free they will enjoy life much more. “We are here as their coach, not their critic,” he stressed. “The thing that fills my cup is when a patient has an ‘ah ha’ moment, when the light bulb goes on, during a lecture or when talking with them. To me that’s what it is all about.” Gala also mentioned satisfaction when a patient in pain crawls into the office and after treatment leaves doing jumping jacks (a slight overstatement).

While Gala was explaining clinic features, gardeners were seen outside planting trees and shrubs to give a welcoming ambience. The enticing landscape was designed by EZ’S Landscape & Construction, LLC. Owner Israel Figueroa was also the general contractor of the new Centennial Plaza in Eagle Point. A Red Sunset Maple, a Magnolia tree, a large bank of pink creeping phlox, Stella D’Oro daylilies, holly and many other varieties of ornamental shrubs are sure to offer beauty year-round.

Opening his own clinic with complete care all under one roof is a dream come true for Thaddeus Gala. He gives credit to his patients for necessitating the move to larger quarters. Gala said, “We have been blessed that enough people trusted in us with their health. It is the community that enabled us to open this clinic.” The clinic is at 1296 S. Shasta Avenue. For more information call 541-830-4325.

Reprinted in full, with permission from the Upper Rogue Independent.  Thank you!

So Live: Green Expo and Inergy Homes

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction also hosts a local news talk show Monday through Thursday each week from 6am-8am.

Whenever the topic is about the construction industry, we’ll post the topics here, so everyone can find out the latest construction news from Southern Oregon.

In this interview Russ talks shop with Bruce Anderson owner of Inergy Homes about  a super efficient building system using a heat shielding material developed for the space shuttle, combined with steel framing.   Bruce is deeply concerned that homeowners don’t think through the consequences of the materials used to build houses, like the fire hazard of wood framing verses steel.

Then Russ & Shannon talk with Don McCoy about the upcoming Oregon Green Expo June 25 & 26 at the Oregon Green Expo.  Don got his start in green and better built homes after Bruce had him sell one of his Inergy homes.  Since then Don has gone on to be a leader and promoter of  “green” construction and sustainable business and started the Oregon Green Expo.

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Biggest S. Oregon Builder of Aircraft Hangars

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

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We recently prepared a proposal for an aircraft hangar project and realized we’ve accidentally been keeping our hangar experience a secret!

After researching for awhile, we realized most other contractors in the S. Oregon/N. California region don’t have any in house experience with hangars, they subcontract it out to out of area companies.   Our staff has been designing and building hangars for over 20 years.

Batzer Construction is a leader in Southern Oregon and Northern CA for designing and building aircraft hangars.  We’ve designed and built over 25 aircraft hangars in Southern Oregon and Northern California.   Hangars not only have housed the aircraft and mechanics bays, but have also included complete office space as well.

While seemingly a simple box from the outside, hangars utilize extensive engineering skill to create open spans to accomodate the wings.   The hangar doors represent the trickiest aspects of engineering in needing accommodate not only the span of the wings, but the hieght of the tail, have an incredibly durable operating system, and resist the force of wind and weather.   We’ve installed every type of hangar door design and can provide extensive insight into the pros and cons of each type of door.

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Certified in Army Corp of Engineers Safety Program

Monday, April 25th, 2011
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We’re pleased to announce Batzer Construction Safety Director Dennis Howard has just completed the Army Corp of Engineers 40 hour safety training program, for their safety program EM 385 1-1

The Army Corp of Engineers is one of the first branches of government that created a construction safety program to keep workers were as a safe as possible  on corp and military projects.    The corps AM 385-1-1 program addresses many of the same areas that OSHA rules do, but with different approaches or they have different thresholds.  For instance safety harnessing and tie off for working on roofs are different for each program.

We needed an in-house expert on the two sets of rules so that our employees have an on staff resource when working on dam projects or at Kingsley Air Force base in Klamath Falls.

Dennis Howard has been the staff safety director for us for three years and has improved our already good safety program to be a great safety program.   We’ve gone from an insurance rating (EMR) in the .9 range down to the .7 in the last two years.   After doing this, he’s also enrolled us to achieve “Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program” ( SHARP ) from OSHA.   That program implementation is targeted for completion by the end of 2011 and will provide additional proof of our exceptional safety program to our insurance company  which will help lower our rates and our project costs.

Construction is dangerous work.  Here at Batzer, our commitment to safety comes from the two angles.  Our employees and subcontractors are important people to their families, our community, and to our business.   We want them to respect the dangers, make appropriate plans, use the safety equipment, and look out for others on the job site.    Being safe also reduces the cost of insurance, the cost of lost work time, and legal fees.

Yes, having two different sets of safety regulations from OSHA and the Army Corp of Engineers can be confusing, but it’s a fact of how the industry works, and we are on top of all regulations.   Having two sets of safety regulations,  forces us to look closely at situations and be able to pick the safest method available to our team, rather than not knowing any options.

Congratulations to Dennis Howard, our safety director, for helping improve the company in yet another way.  We’re now ready to take on projects for the Army Corp of Engineers or for the US Military.  Great job Dennis!

Andy Batzer working on Kid Time! Relocation

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Andy Batzer, Vice President of Batzer Construction, is extremely dedicated to projects that help Southern Oregon Children.   Andy is a board member at Kid Time! and has been a key player in setting up the new downtown Medford location for Kid Time!   This week, he offered his take on the new location to  the Mail Tribune newspaper.

Kid Time! board member Andy Batzer said the high school dropout rate affects everyone.

“For every dollar we invest in quality early childhood programs, we as a society see a return of $13,” Batzer said. “The bulk of that is in criminal justice savings. That doesn’t include the $325 million in lost lifetime earnings from the estimated 1,000 children that don’t graduate every year in Jackson County alone.”

Kid Time! will provide a space for younger children from nearby Kids Unlimited and offer free admission to families of grantees, helping repay their support, Spicer said.

In the old location on Ross Lane near McAndrews, the center lacked visibility and access to public transportation and “people didn’t understand what we were,” she said. The center now sits on bus lines.

Andy’s commitment to serving our community runs deep, he serves on many community boards and he is dedicated to making the Rogue Valley a great place for families.

From the Client’s Blog- Complete Care Chiropractic

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The internet age is amazing, and one of the most enjoyable things is seeing clients sooooo excited about their projects, and being able to follow the construction progress from their point of view on their blogs and websites.

Dr. Thaddeus Gala in Eagle Point has been blogging away about his new clinic and all it’s green features.    You should definitely check out their great photos of the construction progress.

You can catch up on the project from their point of view by clicking HERE to navigate to Complete Care Chiropractic’s most recent blog post.