Posts Tagged ‘2011’

Batzer Wins Award for Grants Pass Renovation

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Award for Web

Complete Care Chiropractic & Massage

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
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1296 S. Shasta Ave.
Eagle Point, OR 97524
4,904 SF

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Project Update: Salvation Army

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Construction News Update- Page 24!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011


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

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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Two Businesses Break Ground in Phoenix

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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So Live: Ark Built Renovations Starts at EMHE house tomorrow

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

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

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


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

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

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So Live: Sparrow Club Fundraising for Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Monday, August 29th, 2011

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

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

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

Listen to the full episode here:

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Extreme Makeover Home Edition- Jackson County!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

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

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

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

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So Live: Ark Built Renovations about Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

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

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


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

Listen to the full episode here:

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

Monday, June 27th, 2011

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

So Live: Oregon Green Expo

Monday, June 20th, 2011

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

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


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

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Passive Solar Design: Complete Care Chiropractic

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

January Sun

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

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

May 21 Sun

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

Project Update: Fairchild Medical Center

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

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444 Bruce Avenue, Yreka, CA

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

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

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Started: July 1, 2010
Facility Category: Medical Center
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

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

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Chiropractic & massage center opening in Eagle Point

By Margaret Bradburn

For the Independent
Published May 24,2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So Live: Green Expo and Inergy Homes

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

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

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

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

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

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Certified in Army Corp of Engineers Safety Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andy Batzer working on Kid Time! Relocation

Friday, April 15th, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Client’s Blog- Complete Care Chiropractic

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

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

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

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

So Live!: Rough & Ready Lumber Company

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

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

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

In this interview, Jennifer Phillipi, owner of Rough & Ready Lumber in Cave Junction, talks about what it’s taken for them to be the sole surviving saw mill in Jackson & Josephine County.       The Chew Choo timber sale on BLM land was just withdrawn by the BLM and this has a big impact on log supply for the competitive lumber industry.   At this time, Rough and Ready Lumber is trucking in logs from as far away as 300 miles, to keep their mill busy.

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Mail Tribune: Batzer Construction Lands Hillside Elementary

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

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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

Where do the photos come from?

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Using a camera as a construction tool has become the standard in the last 20 years.  We used to use Polaroids and thought those were great, but, they made for huge job files.

Now we have digital cameras and the superintendents are documenting progress, using them to send visual verification to the architect and owner, and documenting new techniques.   Some of the photos you see here on the website come from employees, primarily superintendents.  We try to always name them, but that doesn’t always happen, so we want to take a minute to thank them for the great images they contribute.  Thank you!

Most of the photos posted since we started the website were taken by the talented staff at Make It Happen Marketing.   They have tremendous patience when they get called at the last minute about a photo op.   We say “Hey….. we’re tilting up a giant concrete wall in 15 minutes and want some photos.”  They arrive on the scene with hardhats and camera bags and get to work.  Their photos are all over our website and marketing materials.   Craig Fronek and Karen Fronek are doing a great job.  It’s time we gave them credit for all the quiet behind the scenes work they do everyday.

When we call Craig or Karen we know  it will be amazing, and we will be so glad that we did.  We have to remember to dial the phone more often!

Thank you Make It Happen!

Just Another Day on the Job

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

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January 5, was just another day on the job for our sitework crew.

2010-01-05 Applegate Guys

Heading Back Up to the Top!

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And who says construction isn’t exciting and daring?

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What a great team!   Ralph Hansen, Mike Gamboa, James McCann, Jeff Dwire, Justin Hoyt

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.