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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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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

So Live: Turf-n-USA

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

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

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


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

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

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Re-starting a Biomass Facility in Anderson, CA

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

So Live: Oregon Green Expo

Monday, June 20th, 2011

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

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


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

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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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So Live!: True South Solar

Thursday, January 27th, 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.

Eric Hansen, General Manager of True South Solar in Ashland discusses the renewable energy business in Southern Oregon, especially commercially sized solar electric projects.

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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

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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.

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!

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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.

So Live!: Greener By Design

Wednesday, July 7th, 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, we’ll post the topics here, so everyone can find out the  latest construction news from Southern Oregon.

Heather McNeill, owner of Greener by Design, talks about high performance buildings, LEED certification for buildings, and the idea that getting the most value from construction needs to include long term concepts of building performance.

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Fire Mountain Gems Warehouse Phase 1 | Grants Pass, OR

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
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1 Fire Mountain Way
Grants Pass, OR 97526-2373
215,800 SF

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White Mountain Middle School | White City, OR

Thursday, December 9th, 2004
WhiteMtnMiddleSchool

550 Wilson Way
White City, OR 97503
56,537 SF

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Eagle Rock Elementary School | Eagle Point, OR

Thursday, December 9th, 2004
EagleRockElementary

1280 Barton Road
Eagle Point, OR 97524-4407
40,095 SF

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Eagle Point Middle School | Eagle Point, OR

Monday, October 11th, 2004
EaglePointMiddleSchool

477 Reese Creek Road
Eagle Point, OR 97524
56,538 SF

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