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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…,

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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

100dpi-5March 8, 2012

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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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

Batzer Moves Donated Playgrounds to Six Locations

Monday, November 14th, 2011

PB150708Batzer Construction Transports Playground Equipment to Multiple OnTrack Sites

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

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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Ground Breaking Ceremony at St. Mary’s High School

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

96dpi (7 of 7)“Groundbreaking at St. Mary’s High School”

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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Mail Tribune: Batzer Land Contract at California Biomass

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

August 09, 2011

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

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

Friday, June 24th, 2011

June 24, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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:

http://www.batzerconstruction.com/tag/complete-care-chiropractic/

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

Press Release: Construction Complete at Medford Food Co-op

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Construction Complete!
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.

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

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.

Medford Food Co-op: Flooring installation May 26, 2011Batzer Construction installed flooring at the Co-op week of May 23, 2011

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.

Mail Tribune: Batzer Construction Lands Hillside Elementary

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

January 15, 2011

Medford’s Batzer Construction Inc. has been awarded a $227,420 contract to do the groundwork for Eagle Point’s future Hillside Elementary School.

Batzer was selected out of 11 bidders and was awarded the contract after the lowest bidder, Medford’s Big J Construction Inc., withdrew its bid because of a mathematical error, said David McKay, director of the Project Solutions group at the Willamette Education Service District in Salem.

Groundwork construction is scheduled to begin in the next two weeks and includes removing unsuitable soil, hauling in crushed rock, constructing a rock pad for the building and creating a staging area for a contractor that will be chosen later to construct the school building.

Final design of the 54,000-square-foot building by Bend’s BBT Architects is expected to wrap up in about a month. Construction could begin as early as late March.

The district has about $12 million to finish the project.

The money comes from an insurance settlement over a fire at the old Eagle Point Junior High School. The district hopes to save some of that amount to use for other repair projects throughout the district, said Scott Whitman, the district’s business manager.

The school will be built next to and replace the 80-year-old Little Butte School, 12 N. Shasta Ave., which is over capacity and lacks modern conveniences such as centralized heat and air-conditioning.

The new school is slated to open its doors in January 2012.

Mail Tribune: Batzer picked to do groundwork for new Eagle Point school

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

January 13, 2011

Medford’s Batzer Construction Inc. has been awarded a $227,420 contract to prepare the site for Eagle Point’s future Hillside Elementary School.

Batzer was selected out of 11 bidders and was awarded the contract after the lowest bidder — Medford’s Big J Construction Inc. — withdrew its bid due to a mathematical error, said David McKay, director of the Project Solutions group at the Willamette Education Service District in Salem.

Groundwork is scheduled to begin in the next two weeks and includes removing unsuitable soil, hauling in crushed rock, constructing a rock pad for the building and creating a staging area for a contractor that will be chosen later to construct the school building.

Final design of the 54,000-square-foot building by Bend’s BBT Architects is expected to wrap up in about a month. Building construction could begin as early as late March. The school district has about $12 million to complete the project. The money comes from an insurance settlement over a fire at the old Eagle Point Junior High School. The district hopes to save some of that amount for other repair projects throughout the district, said Scott Whitman, the district’s business manager.

The school will be built next to and replace the 80-year-old Little Butte School, 12 N. Shasta Ave., which is over capacity and lacks modern conveniences such as centralized heat and air-conditioning.

The new school is slated to open its doors next January.

— Paris Achen

Mail Tribune: Signs of Economic Life in the Valley

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
January 02, 2011

Damian Mann

By Damian Mann

Mail Tribune

Athree-year recession has put Jackson County’s economy in the grips of a deep freeze, but experts say a long-awaited thaw might be in the offing.

“We are seeing those early signs that businesses are beginning to contemplate investments and expansions based on the recovery in the general economy,” said Ron Fox, executive director of Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc.

Though the area remains dogged by a 13.7 percent unemployment rate and the loss of manufacturing and construction jobs over the past three years, some high-tech companies and food-processing firms are looking at expanding, Fox said.

In addition, other distribution and high-tech companies are looking at relocating here, he said, adding that confidentiality agreements prevent him from disclosing their names.

Another good sign for companies: The ability to borrow from regional banks has improved markedly in the past six months, Fox said.

Temporary-employment agencies also reported an uptick in placements this year over last year, though many of the jobs pay only minimum wage.

Some companies have announced building plans or are pushing forward with projects:

Lithia Motors plans to start The Commons project in downtown Medford this spring. The company will start bulldozing old buildings to make way for its 65,000-square-foot headquarters.

The building and adjacent park space on two city blocks between Riverside Avenue, East Sixth, East Fifth and Bartlett streets is funded by Lithia and the Medford Urban Renewal Agency with hopes of revitalizing downtown.

Lithia has been a strong performer in the stock market, trading at about $5 a share a year ago but more than $14 a share now.

  • Murphy Co. of Eugene reopened the plywood plant in Rogue River in December, hiring 108 workers initially.
  • Jefferson State Forest Products will open a bin manufacturing facility in Grants Pass in 2011 as it closes down its plant in Hayfork, Calif. The company will hire 15 workers initially.
  • Best Buy established its Medford store in August, and Bed, Bath and Beyond will open in the former Linens ‘N’ Things space at the Rogue Valley Mall in the next few months.
  • In the fall, construction on a dentist’s office began at Lone Pine Square, a 180,000-square-foot professional and retail center at North Foothill and Lone Pine roads, after the project sat dormant for four years because of the economy.
  • Batzer Construction has submitted plans to transform the former Moose Lodge into a 40,000-square-foot commercial center known as Pioneer Market Place on the southeast corner of Ross Lane and West McAndrews Road.
  • Jackson County has started preliminary work on a project that could cost up to $14 million to expand the jail and build a new headquarters for the sheriff off Highway 62.

For some areas of the local economy, however, the effects from the recession linger. The Associated General Contractors of America reported this week that 120 of the 337 metropolitan areas in the U.S. it surveyed posted gains in construction employment, but the Medford area had a 10-percent drop in construction employment from November 2009 to November 2010.

Stuart Osmus of Terrasurvey Inc. in Ashland said surveying work has plummeted, and he doesn’t see many jobs lined up for next year.

“This was our worst year,” he said.

In 2009, the company’s second-worst year since it opened 10 years earlier, state road and building projects provided virtually the only construction work in the county, he said.

With no houses being built, property owners don’t need surveys to find their boundaries. With lot prices so low, property owners don’t want to spend the money for surveying.

“Development has really come to a halt,” Osmus said.

Nevertheless, he said he’s seen a little more activity lately. Some property owners who had been hesitant to spend money for a project because of the economy have decided to go ahead rather than wait indefinitely.

Osmus said he goes to Grants Pass and other areas to get jobs in a highly competitive market.

“We’re still in business, and we’re happy to be still working,” he said.

Brenda Edwards, regional manager of Personnel Source of Medford, said temporary hiring was better overall in 2010 than 2009.

“It was better than a year ago, but not as good as five years ago,” she said.

Most of the jobs are minimum wage, meaning they often don’t pay as well as unemployment checks, she said. And families find that a minimum-wage job doesn’t pay enough to cover a babysitter and a second car so that both parents can work.

Edwards said the manufacturing base in the county has been severely undermined, as well, so there is a dearth of higher paying jobs.

“Look around White City — the buildings are empty,” she said. “Many of the buildings have been dismantled. Even if the economy picks up, where are we going to send our workers?”

Edwards said the hiring of temporary workers was good in the fall, but she doesn’t see a lot of activity for January so far, adding that she believes the economy is still fragile in Jackson County.

“It doesn’t feel extremely strong,” she said. “It feels tentative.”

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476, or e-mail dmann@mailtribune.com.

Press Release: Challenge for the Greenest Building in Jackson County

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Batzer Build Green Banner Phone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PRESS EVENT & PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
CONTACT: Russ Batzer
Phone: 541.773.7553

Eagle Point, OR- Batzer Construction is throwing down the gauntlet to other contractors to design and build the greenest building in Jackson County.   Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction Inc. said he’s pretty sure that he’s got the winner in the Complete Care Chiropractic Project.

Over the last year, Batzer Construction staff architect Gary Caperna, has been working with Dr. Thaddeus Gala to design a super efficient, green and solar chiropractic clinic in Eagle Point.   Dr. Gala was one of the lucky few to get in on the Oregon Solar Feed-In Tariff program that guarantees his energy selling price for 15 years.  He’ll make .65/per watt on however much solar energy he can generate.  So he’s putting up 10 kw of solar panels.

Russ Batzer points out “While solar is sexy, it’s the incredible energy efficiency of this commercial building that’s really going to make it a winner. The cheapest power, is the power you never have to buy or create. “

Batzer Construction broke ground on the project in October. Wednesday, December 15th at 3pm, Batzer Construction is putting up the SIPS walls for the building.  SIPS are Structurally Insulated Panels and made from two sheets of strand board with a foam core. This is a breakthrough project for Southern Oregon.  It’s nearly 5,000 SF and is the biggest commercial SIPS project to date in Southern Oregon according to Eco Panels LLC, the local SIPS supplier.    The 12” thick SIPS walls will be an incredible R-45 of insulation, while commercial codes only required the building to be R-13.

The greenest building in Jackson County will be judged at next June’s Green Expo.   Russ Batzer says, “Whether we win or not, it’s all in good fun to get our local design and construction community to reach farther and build better….. but, I will admit – I want to win.”

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Photo & Video Opportunity 3pm, Tuesday, December 14th.

–      SIPS panels being erected

–      Russ Batzer calling out for the Greenest Building Challenge.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

About Complete Care Chiropractic Project

http://www.batzerconstruction.com/tag/complete-care-chiropractic/

About Eco Panels LLC

http://www.eco-panel.org/new/

About Oregon Feed In Tariff

http://www.puc.state.or.us/PUC/news/2010/2010011.shtml

About Rogue Valley Greenest Building Contest

http://www.theoregongreenexpo.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=GreenBuildingContest&category=Advisors

About Complete Care Chiropractic

http://completecarechiropractic.org/blog/blog.html

2010-12-15 Russ Channel12

Russ Batzer, interview with Bryan Navarro, KDRV Newswatch 12

2010-12-15 Thad Channel 12

Dr. Thaddeus Gala, Interview with Bryan Navarro, KDRV Newswatch 12

KOBI: Pioneer Market Place

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

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Mail Tribune: Pioneer Market Place

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

December 03, 2010
By
Greg Stiles

From empty field to Pioneer Market Place

Batzer Construction wants to turn the former Moose Lodge property into a commercial center

A fallow field in west Medford is due for a major change.

Batzer Construction has submitted plans to transform the former Moose Lodge property into a 40,000-square-foot commercial center known as Pioneer Market Place on the southeast corner of Ross Lane and West McAndrews Road.

The majority of the 7.6-acre parcel, owned by several Batzer partners, was acquired in March 2008 for $2.7 million from the Rogue Valley Children’s Discovery Museum, which operates Kid Time! Discovery Experience.

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101203/BIZ/12030321

Medford Food Co-Op Groundbreaking!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

On Thursday, one of our hottest days of the summer, we held groundbreaking ceremony for the Medford Food Co-op project.   This project will help bring 25 jobs to the community.  The motto of the co-op is “Local food and local choices.”   We’re excited to get this project going.

KDRV Newswatch 12

Mail Tribune “Medford Co-Op Starts Renovations Today”

The World: Electric Company builds at old G-P

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

By Gail Elber, Staff Writer The World | Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 11:00 am

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.

That explains why Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative’s new facility is under construction at the old Georgia-Pacific mill site in Coquille…..

For the co-op, ‘this is a good time to build,” said Roger Meader, CEO.

The Port Orford-based co-op bought a 2.67-acre parcel of the former Georgia-Pacific property in 2008. It started construction this summer.

Walls, foundations and slabs are now in place.

The co-op benefited from the slow construction market.

Hard times, good deals

‘We got good deals,” Meader said.

Eleven construction companies bid on the job, with Batzer Construction of Medford winning the contract.

The new facility will replace two co-op facilities in the Coquille area.

For the full story CLICK HERE

Mill Rising

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Last September the Trinity River Lumber Mill was destroyed by fire, but Trinity River Lumber vowed to rebuild despite the tough economic times.   Batzer Construction started construction on the new mill last spring.    Now the beams, girders, and trusses are up!  The Trinity Journal is doing a great job of covering the story.  Visit the links below to see the full story and photos.

August 4, 2010 “Mill Rising”

April 7, 2010 “Mill Begins to Rebuild”

Yes, Batzer Construction Works on the Coast

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010


One of our coastal construction projects is an award winning steal building on the Oregon/California border.  Find out more from the great story in the Curry Coastal Pilot.

DEL-CUR SUPPLY REPLACES LONG-STANDING BUILDING WITH NEW STRUCTURE

April 30, 2005 12:00 am

By Brian Bullock

North High Renovations Get High Marks

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Batzer Construction recently built a new library and added a student “Commons” to the NMHS campus……

The North Medford High School library has been converted into a commons area and a new library built as an addition.Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell

The North Medford High School library has been converted into a commons area and a new library built as an addition.Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell

July 09, 2010
By Paris Achen

A new 7,485-square-foot library opened in the spring, and the old library was converted into a 5,389-square-foot commons area. The dreary, rotting exterior and roof — once occupied by flocks of birds — have been replaced and painted a pale beige, brightening up the campus.

Click HERE to read the full story.

Batzer Construction Builds on Green Credentials with Blue Sky

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Batzer Construction, Inc. worked on some of the first commercial wind energy projects being built in California in the 1980s. Now the company is further burnishing its renewable reputation by becoming a Pacific Power Blue Sky partner.

Batzer Construction, a national leader in installing prefabricated steel buildings, is known as the “business builder” for having built hundreds of commercial construction projects for all types of businesses in Oregon. That means, besides being a builder, Batzer has its own onsite steel fabrication shop in Medford.

“Fabricating custom steel structures uses a lot of energy,” said Russ Batzer, president. “It’s the responsible thing to try and shift our power sources to more renewable sources. Our electricity usage level allows us a big impact on the ways power is produced, much bigger than the typical office building.”

Batzer is purchasing 20 blocks per month through Blue Sky. The Blue Sky purchase has tangible environmental benefits. Over the course of a year, the commitment avoids putting 29,240 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and has the environmental equivalent of not driving nearly 30,000 miles.

Blue Sky provides Pacific Power customers a way to support wind powered generation and other renewable energy sources such as solar, low-emissions biomass and geothermal. Supporting renewable energy through a voluntary program like Blue Sky helps stimulate even more investment in new renewable generation facilities.

“Leading by example as Batzer Construction does is the best possible way to encourage support for renewable energy,” said Pat Egan, Pacific Power vice president of customer and community affairs. “Blue Sky provides an easy, accessible way for customers to make a difference. We also think Blue Sky is good for business, because customers are starting to request or choose to spend their dollars with businesses that are using sustainable practices, and particularly renewable energy, like Blue Sky.”

Batzer is a sustainability leader in other areas as well. The company focuses strongly on recycling materials at construction sites, which are the major consumer of materials in their business. But, back in the office, Batzer is also working at going green by transitioning from paper to digital record keeping wherever possible.

“Like all Oregonians, we recycle paper, plastic, cans, bottles, cardboard and metals,” said Batzer. “Every now and then when traveling to other parts of the country, we realize just how unique the Northwest is for its daily ethics of recycling. We do those things, but so does everyone else, or at least I hope they do,”

Pacific Power customers can keep adding to Blue Sky’s success by greening their own homes and businesses. Buying just one, 100-kilowatt hour block of Blue Sky power costs only $1.95 per month. Blue Sky is recognized nationally as one of the most affordable renewable energy programs. Customers can buy as many blocks as they wish. Large business customers can buy renewable power in bulk at a discount through the Blue Sky QS program.

Enrollment in Blue Sky is optional and customers can increase their participation or withdraw at any time. Customers can sign up for Blue Sky renewable power by calling Pacific Power at 800-769-3717 or by visiting www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Blue Sky
Strong customer support has enabled the Blue Sky program to be instrumental in the creation of more federally recognized Green Power Communities than any other program in the nation. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the seventh consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy Certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. For more information on Green-e Energy, visit www.green-e.org/energy. More than 39,000 customers in the Northwest are part of Blue Sky.

About Pacific Power
In 2010, Pacific Power celebrates 100 years serving customers and communities. From our beginnings — serving 7,000 customers in four Northwest communities — Pacific Power now provides electric service to almost 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity, for another 100 years. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.7 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net

School Rededication Event

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

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713 Summit Avenue
Thursday, May 27
5:15 p.m.
ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY
1212 Queen Anne Avenue
Friday, May 28
8 a.m.JACKSON ELEMENTARY

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Medford Schools Rededication

JACKSON ELEMENTARY

713 Summit Avenue
Thursday, May 27
5:15 p.m.

ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY

1212 Queen Anne Avenue
Friday, May 28
8 a.m.

Click Here to read the May 2010 Business Review.

See page 26for full details on the event at the new schools.


“Medford Food Co-op Finds Home”

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

May 15,2010

“After months spent searching for the right spot, Medford Food Co-op members voted unanimously Friday to sign a lease to open a store in a nearly 9,000-square-foot building on South Riverside Avenue.”

Click HERE for to link to the full article

To find out more about owning a share of the Medford Food C0-0p, visit their webpage.

http://medfordfoodcoop.com/how-you-can-help/purchase-member-subscriptions/

“Cheers and…cheers”- Mail Tribune

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

May 13, 2010

“Cheers — to the Medford Co-op, which now has a potential home, convenient to both sides of Medford, just off South Riverside Avenue near Barnett Road.thanks to a deal with the property owner, Batzer Construction. The co-op organization still must raise enough money to open, but having a location should help that effort along. A tip of the hat also to Russ Batzer, president of the construction firm, for agreeing to an affordable lease and chipping in remodeling costs.”

Click Here for the full article

“Medford Food Co-op looks to old Rudolph’s restaurant”

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

“Medford Food Co-op looks to old Rudolph’s restaurant”

May 7, 2010

Click Here to read more of the Mail Tribune article about how Batzer Construction is working with the board of Medford Food Co-0p to find them a home for their grocery store.

“The building sits on 1.2 acres and has about 50 parking spaces. There is room for expansion on the property, both in the square footage of the building and the number of parking places, Batzer said.

The vision of the co-op is to provide a community-owned market offering organic, local and free-trade foods.

“We are just looking forward to it opening,” Batzer said. “How could it not be good for the community?”

For more information, see www.medfordfoodcoop.com.”

The property being leased from Batzer is 945 S. Riverside Ave, Medford Ore.  and will be fully renovated in preparation for opening of the new Food Co-Op.

“Medford Co-op reaches lease deal”

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

May 6, 2010

“The Medford Food Co-op is poised to sign a lease deal with Batzer Construction….”

Click Here for the Full Article

We’re very excited about this project.  This store is an example of choosing local business and local jobs for our community.  The Co-op will have employees of its own, and also will be an outlet for local food which will help support other small business and farms in our valley and region.

We’re thinking about business differently, and this project is one of the ways.

May 7, 2010

Medford Food Co-op nears deal to lease building”

“Work Progressing at Hillcrest Station”

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

by Jim Moore The Daily Courier – Grants Pass, Oregon
April 20, 2010

2010-04-20 Daily Courier

In Photo:
Left standing up – Troy Ketelsen
Left Front Yellow hardhat – Andy Richardson
Middle Blue hardhat – Tom Sutton
Right – Jay Ryan

Not Pictured:
Project Manager : John Ross
Contract Administrator : Joela Oetterer
Crew Foreman : Vane Jones

“Mill Begins to Rebuild”

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Mill Begins to Rebuild
Completion expected by late summer

BY SALLY MORRIS THE TRINITY JOURNAL

Trinity River Lumber Company began the rebuilding of its Weaverville sawmill on Monday to replace the structure and equipment destroyed by fire last September.

Though the process of developing plans and timelines for rebuilding began immediately following the Sept. 12, 2009, fire, it has taken longer than expected to reach the point of actually beginning construction, according to a news release issued last week by the mill.

It also noted that an insurance settlement has progressed, but has not been reached yet.

Primary contractors for the rebuilding project will be Batzer Construction Inc. based in Medford, Ore., and West Coast Industrial out of Sweet Home, Ore.

Batzer will be working on the foundations and erection of the new building while West Coast will be replacing the sawmill equipment inside.

Mill Manager Dee Sanders said it is the goal of Trinity River Lumber to have the contractors use as many local subcontractors and employees as possible.

“Trinity County and the Weaverville community should receive a much-needed shot to the economy from the rebuilding efforts,” he said.

He added that Trinity River Lumber Company would like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their support and funds raised for the Golden Rule Club which has provided needed support for the mill employees since the fire.

Funds raised have reached $64,000 with $60,000 distributed to the employees to date.

Completion of the new sawmill construction is anticipated late in the summer and the company foresees returning to a full workforce once the mill is back in full production.

Prior to the Sept. 12 fire, the mill employed about 140 workers. Currently, it employs 25 in Weaverville and another 35 at a formerly closed mill in Anderson where temporary operations commenced shortly after the fire.

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber Newsletter- March

Monday, March 1st, 2010

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The Chamber has put out another great newsletter and we’re excited to see a little piece about Russ Batzer has made pg 8!

The Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors has elected Russ Batzer to serve on the 2010 board of directors. Russ is president of Batzer Construction in Medford, Oregon, and he’s been involved at AGC since 1998.

“It’s a real honor to serve on the board of the AGC. Our construction company started with the AGC because of all the great training and professional development they provide on construction site safety and technical skills. Over the years, we’ve really honed our business by sending staff to training seminars and also following the economic and market forecasts that AGC has provided. Now it’s my turn to give back to this great organization.”

Since 1920’s, the AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter has served as the voice of the commercial construction industry. The association provides its members with a forum for exchange of ideas and services designed to enhance the professionalism of the construction industry including workers’ compensation and health insurance; legislative and governmental representation; safety and loss control consulting; training and apprenticeship programs; and education and pension programs. The chapter also sponsors the AGC University, which provides professional development training to the commercial construction industry.

Batzer Construction – 190 North Ross Lane – 541-773-7553 or www.batzerconstruction.com

To find out more about the Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce, CLICK HERE
To find out more about the AGC, CLICK HERE

KTVL News 10

Friday, February 26th, 2010

“Federal Dollars Running Out, Some Construction Companies Worried”

Not all news is good news.   While its important to write publish all the great things that are happening, we cannot ignore that this recession is having an impact on the construction industry in general, and on Batzer Construction specifically.

The local News 10, here in Medford, did a great job of covering the topic of the economic impact on publicly funded projects in our region.  We wish the news was better, but it’s a tough story.

“Federal stimulus dollars paid for major work in our area, but now the work is done, leaving many contractors looking for new projects…..”

To read the full article, CLICK HERE

Medford/Jackson Chamber “Business Review”

Monday, February 1st, 2010

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January’s Medford Chamber of Commerce newsletter, “The Business Review” features the recently completed Jackson & Roosevelt elementary schools.  Take a peak at pg. 26.

“Thanks to a tight construction schedule  and effective cost controls, both school projects came in on time and on budget.”

– Dr. Phil Long, Superintendent Medford Schools #549C

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: “New AGC Board Member- Russ Batzer”

Friday, January 29th, 2010

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“New AGC Board Member– Russ Batzer”

-Medford, OR (January 29, 2010) – The Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors has elected Russ Batzer to serve on the 2010 board of directors. Russ is president of Batzer Construction in Medford, Oregon, and he’s been involved at AGC since 1998.

“It’s a real honor to serve on the board of the AGC. Our construction company started with the AGC because of all the great training and professional development they provide on construction site safety and technical skills. Over the years, we’ve really honed our business by sending staff to training seminars and also following the economic and market forecasts that AGC has provided. Now it’s my turn to give back to this great organization.”

Since 1920’s, the AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter has served as the voice of the commercial construction industry. The association provides its members with a forum for exchange of ideas and services designed to enhance the professionalism of the construction industry including workers’ compensation and health insurance; legislative and governmental representation; safety and loss control consulting; training and apprenticeship programs; and education and pension programs. The chapter also sponsors the AGC University, which provides professional development training to the commercial construction industry.

Mail Tribune- “People in Business”

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010


January 23, 2010

“People in Business”

“Batzer Construction President Russ Batzer has been elected to the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors 2010 board of directors. Batzer has been involved at AGC since 1998.

AGC provides its members with a forum for exchange of ideas and services designed to enhance the professionalism of the construction industry, including workers’ compensation and health insurance; legislative and governmental representation; safety and loss control consulting; training and apprenticeship programs; and education and pension programs.”

Project News- Jackson & Roosevelt Elementary

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Jackson & Roosevelt Elementary Schools in Medford are nearly complete.  Project Manager, Brett Smith, has done a great job working the two different sites on the same construction schedule.

In a quick revisit of those projects, here’s some of the project news highlights:

Press Release- “Small Business Makes a Subtle Shift”

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

“A Small Business Makes a Subtle Shift”

-Medford, OR (October 13, 2009) – A subtle name change from “Batzer Inc.” to “Batzer Construction Inc.” is all about successful marketing in these tough economic times.  To ensure that anyone looking at news articles or doing internet searches can locate their company, the company president Russ Batzer decided it was time to add “construction” to the legal name.

“We had heard that some out of state potential clients hadn’t found us because our name didn’t come up on their searches.  It was an easy thing to fix and it just helps clarify our brand, it’s a small business tactic that we hope will have a big payoff for us.”

The name change has been completed with the state corporate records and the state construction contractors’ board.   The logo will slightly change and most people won’t even notice the alteration of adding “construction” under their bold black and red BATZER sign.

Press Release- Batzer Blends the Old and the New

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

At Medford Neurological and Spine Center, Batzer Construction Inc. added 2,230 square feet of clinical space. As planned, the new construction complements the Center’s existing architecture and design, making it difficult to tell the difference between the old and the new space. Nevertheless, the expansion has made more room for its nine physicians and growing number of staff members at the 40-year-old firm’s State Street location in Medford.

According to Patty Bons, a 20-year employee of the Center and its current Administrator, Batzer was the right choice to complete the addition. Batzer had successfully remodeled the Center’s top floor in the summer of 2000. At the time, Batzer crews converted Medford Neurological’s attic space into offices, fulfilling the owner’s original vision for expansion within the building. “When Dr. Mario Campagna first built this structure in 1977, he had a vision for growth and worked with architects to include extra space that could be used later,” explains Bons. “It was exciting to see that happen and to work with Batzer who understood our specific need.”

The 2000 remodel provided the necessary space the staff at Medford Neurological needed at the time. Then, a few years ago, Southern Oregon’s oldest, comprehensive neurological clinic started to burst at the seams again. Finally, in 2005, Bons contacted Batzer, and soon Architect Gary Caperna joined the medical facility’s planning team. Together, they identified options for expansion and put the plans on paper. “Our situation was getting serious,” Bons explains. “We had to make room one way or another and Gary helped us create a plan that solved existing and future space problems.”

Batzer started on the new addition in August 2006. For Bons, the project kept her busier than ever, but the outcome, she says, was well worth the time and energy. “The physicians, staff and our Board of Directors are extremely pleased with the outcome and how it benefits our patients.”

Bons says that new construction added physicians’ offices, exam rooms and staffing areas, allowing the physicians to see and treat their patients more efficiently. The extra space has also significantly improved the clinical processes. She gives credit for the project’s success to Batzer Superintendent Don Sefert and the crews that she called “a great group of people.”

“Our company is based on the value of integrity and we appreciate Batzer because their team shares this value,” Bons says. “Everyone at Batzer is straightforward and eager to communicate. They are also accessible and responsive.”

For Bons, the highlight of the project is the newly constructed conference room that she says Batzer Project Manager Andy McHugh took a personal interest in. “Andy is a perfectionist so it is a special and beautiful place. We love being in there and we appreciate the skill that went into all of the details.”