Posts Tagged ‘2010’

Zoo Fitness | Grants Pass, OR

Monday, April 18th, 2011
ZooFitness

162 NE Beacon Drive,
Suite 162
Grants Pass, OR 97526
5000 SF

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Fairchild Medical Center- Project Update

Friday, December 31st, 2010

ThroughTheSeasonsFairchild Medical Center, 444 Bruce Avenue Yreka, CA

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”.

The new addition 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’ll be adding 177 parking spaces and a covered patient drop off area.

Started: July 1, 2010
Anticipated Completion : June
Facility Category: Medical Center
Size:
21,919 SF
Project Manager:
Brett Smith
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

Trinity River Lumber Mill Re-opens

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Construction work completed at Trinity River Lumber Mill, and the mill has installed all the milling equipment and held its grand opening December 30, 2010.   The re-opening ceremonies were covered by a few news outlets.

http://www.krcrtv.com/news/26194349/detail.html

http://anewscafe.com/2011/01/24/rising-from-ashes-trinity-county-eagerly-awaits-rebuilt-mills-hum/

http://www.redding.com/news/2010/dec/30/in-weaverville-some-cuts-welcome/

http://www.khsltv.com/mostpopular/story/Weaverville-Mill-Reopens/nhGr3RIULEKyUwGTAsqPuw.cspx

http://sierracascadeexpo.com/weaver-sawmill-rises-from-the-ashes/

http://www.krcrtv.com/news/26166500/detail.html

We’re very pleased to have been a part of getting the mill open again, and in being able to hire some of the mill workers during the construction project. Our best wishes for a great future for Trinity River Lumber in Weaverville!

photo by Andreas Furman

photo by Andreas Furman

What is Concrete Tilt-up?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Here at Batzer Construction, we do all types of construction including a lot of tilt-up buildings.  However, most people are unfamiliar with the term or the features of concrete tilt-up, so its worth some explanation so that you can decide if it’s the right type of construction for your project.

The process resembles barn raising specifically and wood platform framing generally. It is cost-effective for low buildings.[1]

In this method modular concrete elements (i.e. walls, columns, structural supports, etc.) are formed on a concrete slab; usually the building floor, but sometimes a temporary concrete casting surface near the building footprint. After the concrete has cured, the elements are tilted from horizontal to vertical with a crane and braced into position until the remaining building structural components (roofs, intermediate floors and walls) are secured.

Wikipedia

Concrete Tilt-up is one of the most popular types of commercial construction and it can serve many types of buildings and sizes.

Tilt-Up concrete construction is not new; it has been in use since the turn of the century. Since the mid-1940s it has developed into the preferred method of construction for many types of buildings and structures. Nationwide, over 15% of all industrial buildings are Tilt-Up, ranging in size from 5,000 to over 1.5 million square feet. They are typified by their attractiveness, efficiency and longevity.

From the Concrete Tilt Up Association

Currently we are putting up a concrete tilt-up building in Coquille Oregon for Coos-Curry Electric, and we’re also doing a warehouse distribution facility in Boardman, OR.   The team here at Batzer Construction has been doing tilt-up construction for decades and we would be happy to provide you with more project information.

Selected Batzer Construction Concrete Tilt-up Projects

1987 Rogue Valley YMCA Aquatic Center, Medford, OR
1987 Naumes Inc, Cold Storage Faciltiy 1, Medford, OR
1991 Naumes Inc, Cold Storage Faicilty II, Medford, OR
1995 Naumes Inc., Cold Storage Facility, Marysville, CA
1996 Southern Oregon Select Fruit (SOS) Cold Storage Facility Medford, OR
Harry & David Corporate Offices, Medford, OR
NW Mail, Medford, OR
Siskiyou Buckle Manufacturing Facility, Medford, OR
2004 Knife River (LTM) Offices, Medford, OR
2005 Re/Max Ideal Properties Offices, Medford, OR
2010 Coos- Curry Electric Offices, Coquille, OR
2010 Port of Morrow, Transload III warehouse, Boardman, OR

Project Update: Complete Care Chiropractic

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

2010-12-21 Truss Setting2

The trusses are being set on the new walls!  What had been a two dimensional idea on the plans is  now actually 3-dimensional on the site.

2010-12-21 Truss Setting

To see all posts about this project, click HERE

SIPS Construction- Complete Care Chiropractic

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

So, these are SIPS panels.  We send our designs off to the factory, where they manufacture the panels with all the window and door openings precut into panel.  Yes, they look like a stack of sandwich cookies on a trailer.   But this  sandwich is fully a structural wall (no traditional stud framing) that actually supports the roof.

At the factory, everything is labeled with a number to explain where it should be used in the building, and then it’s shipped to the jobsite.  These panels came from R-Control in Montana.   (Unfortunately, there are no SIPS manufacturers in Oregon yet.  Hint, Hint… )

2010-12-14 SIPS Truck

The panels are unloaded off the truck by forklift.

2010-12-14 UnloadingSIPS

Allen Iverson, the panel representative from Eco Panels, is on site to help the crew check the load and arrange the panels on the decking according to where they should be located for the walls.

2010-12-14 Arranging SIPS

You can all of the “W-   ” of each panel is indicated on the plans.   Each piece has a perfectly engineered location.

2010-12-14 SIPS Layout Diagram

The framing crew is dropping each piece into place.
2010-12-15 SIPS Assembly

2010-12-15 SIPS Press 1

After they get the hang of it, the walls actually go up very quickly. Here’s the end of day 1.

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

They’re Coming!!!!! The SIPS are coming!

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The SIPS panels are on their way and will be at the Complete Care Chiropractic in Eagle Point this week!

SW Pastel Rendering

Complete Care Chiropractic- Architecturall Rendering by Gary Caperna, staff architect at Batzer Construction Inc.

What are SIPS?  They are Structurally Insulated Panels.  It’s a type of wall and roof framing that uses two sheets of strand board sandwiching a foam core.  That’s it.  That’s the wall!

R-Control Image

R-Control SIPS Wall Panels

No studs, no air leaks, no thermal breaks.  They provide incredible insulation and sound proofing.

Video supplied by R-Control Structurally Insulated Panels and Eco Panels LLC of Medford, OR.

KOBI: Pioneer Market Place

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

PioneerMarketPlace

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

Coos-Curry Electric Update

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The team  made a lot of progress on Coos Curry Electric in November.  The roof is up, and you can see the drywall truck is stocking the building.

Folks driving on Hwy 42 to Coquille are taking notice of the great new building! We’ve heard from a few passerby’s about the great project.

November Update

Photos by Superintendent, Vane Jones

Go Green!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

SW BlackWhite Rendering

Complete Care Chiropractic

Eagle Point, OR

Started: October 2010
Anticipated Completion :Spring 2011
Facility Category: Clinic/Office
Size:
4904 SF
Architect: Gary Caperna

Project Manager:
Andy McHugh
Superintendent:
Roger Fisher

This project is pioneering commercial solar installations in Oregon!  It’s one of the few projects that made the deadline and is in the Oregon Feed in Tariff solar program, that will eventually replace the Business Energy Tax Credit.   Rather than the state providing tax credits to offset the cost of a solar installation, this project works with the utilities to guarantee the building owner the price that the utility will pay per Kw for 15 years.

But that’s not the end of the story, as we say in green construction the cheapest power, is the power you never have to buy or create. That’s accomplished by building a super efficient building that doesn’t need much power to heat/cool, or light.   This building uses tons of insulation, triple pane windows to make a very effective building shell.   It also has 4′ deep eaves on the south side, to help block the intense summer sun that would make an a/c unit work more.   Finally, because of the super efficiency of the shell, and the great daylight, we were able to reduce the overall size of the furnace and the a/c unit.

Watch for more project updates coming soon!

Coos Curry Electric- Project Update

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

FoundationsCoquille, OR

Started: July 1, 2010
Anticipated Completion : Mid December
Facility Category: Office/Warehouse
Architect:
HGE
Project Manager:
Andy McHugh
Superintendent:
Vane Jones

Things are moving along on the jobsite.  The site finally dried out for us to get started the first week in July.   The foundations are poured, and the concrete tilt-up walls are in place as of the end of September!

Photos by Vane Jones

Kudos for Training!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Continuing Ed 2010

Thanks to everyone that has done some classroom time this year!

Lead Safety Renovator

  • John Ross

EPA Lead Safety Certification

  • John Ross

Lead, Asbestos, Mold Awareness

  • John Ross
  • Casey Wyant
  • Roger Fisher
  • Sean Worthington
  • Dennis Howard

Safe Lifting

  • Dennis Howard
  • Mike Thibeault
  • John Laybourne
  • Tim Colley

Fall Protection

  • Dennis Howard

Sustainable Business Leadership

  • Russ Batzer

Blueprints & Material Takeoffs

  • David Offenbacher, Estimating Assistant

Laser Certification

  • Tom Chandler
  • Tim Colley
  • Russ Dodd
  • Jeff Dwire
  • Roger Fisher
  • Bob Fisk
  • Sven Flatebo
  • Scott Flaugh
  • Mike Gamboa
  • Ralph Hansen
  • Justin Hoyt
  • Chris Hughes
  • Vane Jones
  • Colby Keene
  • Troy Ketelson
  • John Laybourne
  • James McCann
  • Jay Ryan
  • Tony Sanchez
  • Tom Sutton
  • Travis Tankersley
  • Mike Thibeault
  • Jasen Troxclair

Forklift Training

  • Jackson Batzer
  • Russ Dodd
  • Troy Kettleson
  • James McCann

If we missed you, please get in touch with Dennis Howard and Michelle Merriman to update your training file

September 2010 Projects in Progress

Monday, September 20th, 2010

View Batzer Construction, Inc. September 2010 in a larger map

  • Trinity River Lumber Mill, Weaverville CA- New
  • Fairchild Medical Center, Yreka, CA-Expansion
  • French Kiss, Ashland, OR- Renovation
  • Macaroni’s Bar & Grill, Ashland, OR- Renovation
  • Sizzler, Medford, OR- Renovation
  • The Medford Food Co-Op, Medford, OR – Renovation
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Medford, OR- Renovation
  • Delta Waters Liquor Store, Medford, OR- Tenant Improvement
  • Zoo Fitness, Grants Pass, OR- New
  • AirGas Office Renovation, Grants Pass, OR- Renovation
  • Certainteed, White City, OR- Office Renovation
  • Coos-Curry Electric Co-Op, Coquille, OR- New

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

Fairchild Medical Center- Yreka, Ca

Monday, August 23rd, 2010


In August we started working on the 22,000 SF expansion of Fairchild Medical Center. The project completion is anticipated by early summer 2011.  Overall, this expansion will increase Fairchild’s ability to recruit and retain quality medical providers, while also providing Clinic patients with added convenience of access to several medical and supporting services in one location. Fairchild Medical Plaza will remain open during construction with normal working hours and sufficient parking.

The project manager is Brett Smith.
fairchild site plan

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”

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

Blog-BlueSkyBusinessPartnerProgramJune 15, 2010

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

Pages from masthead-2

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

Pages TheCHamber

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”

North Medford High School | Media Center

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
NMHSMediaCenter1

1900 North Keeneway Drive
Medford, OR 97504
9,000 SF Addition
9,500 SF Renovation

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“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

Photo of the Week!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Well, maybe it’s photo of the month, or photo of the last quarter decade?

windmillsrevised-17

We were looking into some older project files and came across superintendent Russ Dodd’s photos from the 1980’s & 1990’s.  Spectacular photos of the team constructing wind farms in California and Nevada.   The images are in an much loved photo album that has been leafed through many times and they have the scratches and wear that a much loved photo album accumulates.   We thought about using photo shop to fix up photo scans, but the wear and tear really helps tell the story.   So we didn’t do any retouching and it doesn’t matter, they are gorgeous.  Russ Dodd took some mighty fine photos out there in the desert.

What a story of hardwork, lonely miles, months away from home and family, wind, rain, sun, and dust.   These photos tell part of the Batzer Construction story and how such a strong team has been forged here.  There is nothing quite like working under these type of conditions to test skills of good planning, good humor, problem solving, and teamwork.

“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

Pages from GP ChamberNEWSMarch_2010_NL

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

Page26 from ChamberNewsJAN2010

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

2010-01-29  New AGC Board Member_Russ Batzer

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:

Roosevelt Elementary School | Medford, OR

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
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Roosevelt Elementary School
112 Lindley Street
Medford, OR 97504
48,200 SF

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Jackson Elementary School | Medford, OR

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
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630 W. Jackson Street
Medford, OR 97501
52,600 SF

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