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Complete Care Chiropractic & Massage

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

1296 S. Shasta Ave.
Eagle Point, OR 97524
4,904 SF

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

Monday, June 27th, 2011

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

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

Friday, June 24th, 2011

June 24, 2011


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:

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

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.


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.

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.

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

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.”


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

–      SIPS panels being erected

–      Russ Batzer calling out for the Greenest Building Challenge.


About Complete Care Chiropractic Project

About Eco Panels LLC

About Oregon Feed In Tariff

About Rogue Valley Greenest Building Contest

About Complete Care Chiropractic

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

So Live!: Complete Care Chiropractic

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

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 or with a Batzer Construction client, we’ll post the topics here, so everyone can find out the latest construction news from Southern Oregon.

SW BlackWhite Rendering Dr. Thaddeus Gala of Complete Care Chiropractic in Shady Cove, talks about health, back care,  and about his “greenest building in Southern Oregon” that is under construction in Eagle Point.

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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.

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
4904 SF
Architect: Gary Caperna

Project Manager:
Andy McHugh
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!