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Sizzler Remodel Featured in “Restuarant Business” Magazine

Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Batzer Construction’s recent renovation of the Sizzler restaurant on Biddle Road, in Medford, was featured in the September 2011 issue of Restaurant Business!

The article focused on national chains that are doing renovations and particularly on renovations that create a more inviting entrance.
“Virtually every major restaurant company is reinventing its basic units right now. This re-imaging is a response to the lingering recession; the profit pendulum has swung from adding new stores to squeezing more revenue out of existing ones. “They can’t afford to open new restaurants,” says Juan Martinez, principal of Profitality in Miami. “They have to improve current locations.”

Pg. 22 Gateways
“Studies have been done on how much is imprinted on your mind in the first five seconds of entering a place,” says Jeffrey Sheppard, design principal of Roth + Sheppard Architects in Denver. “If you walk up to a cheap storefront door, it’s telling you something about what’s going to happen inside.”

So on page 23 they featured photos of Medford Oregon’s Sizzler Restaurant that was renovated by Batzer Construction in 2010.

Sizzler Before-After

Thank You’s from the Medford Food Co-op

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Today the Medford Food Co-op held a Thank You event for major sponsors and Batzer Construction.    Co-op President Jim Sims, thanked Batzer for the vision and creativity with the project, and helping ensure that there is room for future expansion of their store.

Russ Batzer took a few minutes to talk about the construction project and thanked the design and construction team.

The C0-op’s new staff gave a tour of the new store to the attending sponsors and the press.   The Co-op will employ 25 people at the store and influence more of the local economy since they will be selling many local foods.

There was some great press coverage of the event. Mail Tribune for more information


Russ Batzer Thanks the Construction Team.


Batzer Construction Project Architect- Gary Caperna

Press Release: Construction Complete at Medford Food Co-op

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Construction Complete!
Medford Food Co-op Is Setting Up Shop!

Medford, OR, (June 3, 2011) – Construction is complete at the Medford Food Co-op and now the new staff and employees are setting up shelves, organizing and placing orders.   It’s anticipated Co-op will celebrate their long waited opening mid July.

The Co-op’s new home is a 1927 Frank Clark Building at 945 S. Riverside.  According to the Southern Oregon Historical Society, the building has been many things over the years, including a motel, a restaurant, a daycare, and possibly even a grocer.  With all those incarnations, it has had many renovations and outbuildings.  Despite its architectural charm, the building has been empty for 5 years, tucked behind large trees but full of architectural charm.

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

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

Last fall, The Medford Food Co-op signed an agreement with Batzer Construction to renovate the property into a grocery store.  The Co-op board worked with Batzer Construction’s staff architect Gary Caperna to take advantage of all the built space available. Determining an exact floor plan and selecting refrigeration equipment took much of the fall, and was necessary in order to determine electrical requirements for the building permits.  The renovation opened up a number of small rooms in the former house and connected the building to the detached garage in the back to achieve 5500 square foot store with immense charm.  The main entrance and check out area are vaulted to the second story and are filled with daylight bouncing off the new plum colored steel beams.

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

A Medford Food Co-op committee picked the bright color scheme for the exterior and interior. The colors match the logo, and help highlight the mission of fresh and organic. The colors will also help the fact that the building is set back from the street and covered by large trees. The storm water “bioswale” in front will be planted with native plants and trees to help absorb storm water rather than it flooding into the city sewer system. “Keeping the natural landscape of the property was intentional and different than most retail properties in Medford,” according to Batzer Construction architect, Gary Caperna. “Co-op patrons are going to love it.”

Co-op staff and volunteers will be hard at work the rest of the month setting up shelves, stocking, testing the register systems and completing the landscaping. The members can expect a special Members Week to shop and test run the systems, which will be followed by a Grand Opening for the full public. Dates for the Member’s Week and Grand Opening will be announced the first week of July.

Please contact Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction if you have questions or need additional information.

Certified in Construction Quality Management

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

ACE QC Websize CertificateProject Manager John Ross has just completed the Army Corp of Engineers “Construction Quality Management” program.

Military projects and Army Corp of Engineer projects frequently require a certified Quality Control Manager, similar to the role of a Safety Director.

Having a  Quality Control Manager that is NOT the designated Project Manager, and who has the ultimate authority to close a project down if quality concerns demand it, provides a clarity of function on the project.  He or she does not have a the Project Manager’s job responsibility  to achieve the schedule and budget, he/she is solely involved in ensuring the quality of the project.  This managerial structure, although expensive,  provides better assurance the project will be operated safely and to the highest quality standards.

For years, Batzer Construction has had a very successful cost effective use of QC procedures as part of the job description of our Superintendents and Project Managers.   In order to increase our competitive edge for federal projects, John Ross will act as the Quality Control Manager for projects that require a US ACE certified position.  The US Army Corp of Engineers Certification has been an excellent review of procedures and now in the case of federal projects, we’re ready to have a separately designated QC Manager overseeing the project.

Ross has been the Service Division Manager for a number of years.   As Service Division Manager he’s already been in charge of warranty service and implementing staff training and procedures to minimize warranty claims.    Ross was a perfect for this additional certification level.    Ross will continue to act as a Project Manager for  Service Division projects and will have a the separate job function of QC Manager for federal projects.

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”

“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

Rogue WinterFest

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Batzer Construction is pleased to support Rogue Winterfest!

This year Batzer Construction is donating a playhouse for the silent auction fundraiser at Rogue WinterFest.  Proceeds support children, adults and families with mental health needs at Options for Southern Oregon, Family Friends, and SOASTC.

Rogue Winter Fest is a fun filled 5 day event with decorated trees, caroling, and several types of entertainment.  The event includes a charity auction.   One of the highlight items for the auction are custom designed playhouses.

This year Batzer Construction, Southern Oregon’s “Business Builder” created “The General Store” – hours of fun for the young entrepreneur to play pet store, grocer, or drive thru restaurant.  Details include a drive thru window, changeable store signs, a menu board, shelves loaded with groceries, grocery cart, pet toys, cash register, paper bags and lots more! It’s everything a young business owner needs to establish a successful small business.

The booth was designed by architect Gary Caperna, and built by the Service Division of Batzer Construction.  The Service Division specializes in helping business clients with maintenance, repairs, and renovations.   Building the General Store, was right up their alley!

WinterFest Public Preview Weekend
Saturday and Sunday
December 5 & 6, 2009

Culinary & Wine Pairing Christmas Classic
Monday, December 7, 2009

Gala Event and Auction
Tuesday, December 8, 2009

All events are held at the Evergreen Federal Bank’s Bear Hotel in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Find out more at

Sizzler | Biddle Road, Medford,OR

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

700 Biddle Road
Medford, OR 97504
300 SF Remodel

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