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Medford Food Co-op

Friday, May 3rd, 2013
Historic 949 S. Riverside, Medford, ORMedford Food Co-op Architectural Design by Gary CapernaNewly Renovated Medford Food Co-op Project Details
In 2011, The Medford Food Co-op worked with Batzer Construction to radically remodel their building on Riverside Avenue into unique grocery retail space.The 1927 historic building was initially designed as a farmhouse by renowned local architect Frank Clark. It’s had many remodels over the years converting it to a hotel, restaurant, offices, daycare, and it was empty for the last 5 years. The decades of remodeling and turnover left many structural issues to solve.The biggest challenge was opening the interior spaces to create the large retail space for efficient Architect Gary Caperna and structural engineer Phil McCullough chose to use steel beams to replace all the interior structures that were removed, allowed the the store to be vaulted and let in daylight from the dormer window on the roof. The daylight helps reduce the need for lighting throughout much of the day. Energy efficient light fixtures were used for the needed lighting and insulation was increased throughout the building.A storm water “bioswale” in front of the store is 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.”To date, the Medford Food Co-op has been awarded nearly $10,000 of incentive money for the energy efficiency measures for lighting and refrigeration.

Key Team Members:
Architect: Gary Caperna
Project Manager: John Ross

Size: 5500 SF

Press Release: Medford Food Co-op Receives Nearly $10,000 for Energy Efficiency!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Architect Gary Caperna at the Medford Food Co-op

Architect Gary Caperna at the Medford Food Co-op


“Medford Food Co-op Receives Nearly $10,000 for Energy Efficiency!”

Medford, OR, (April 2, 2012) – Last month, Energy Trust of Oregon awarded a check for $7,680 to the Medford Food Co-op  for the energy efficiency features that were designed and installed at their new store.   That brings the store total award for energy efficiency measures $9,924.

The Medford Food Co-op worked with Batzer Construction to radically renovate their building on Riverside Avenue into unique grocery retail space that opened in August of 2011.  Efficient operations were a part of the design goals according to architect Gary Caperna.  “We’re always working to balance the construction budget concerns with a client’s annual operating cost concerns.   Energy Trust of Oregon helps with incentive money that offsets the construction cost. “   Caperna worked closely with mechanical engineer Michele Freidrich of PECI to identify all the systems that could improve energy efficiency.  They put in the required pre-application to Energy Trust of Oregon in 2010 before work even started and the Co-op received an incentive of $1250, for having the Early Design Assistance Meeting.

When construction was complete last fall, the final calculations on energy savings were 60,845 kWh/year compared to a building that is only “code compliant.”  That’s enough energy to operate 4.4 households for a year according to the EPA.  The energy efficiency of the lighting and refrigeration reduced the carbon footprint of the Co-op by 35.3 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The check from Energy Trust of Oregon has just arrived and it was even better than expected.   The efficient lighting system yielded an incentive of $3,655 and the refurbished refrigeration systems earned them $4,025 in incentives.  Separately, Avista’s energy efficiency program awarded $994 for the energy saving night curtains that insulate open coolers during non-business hours.  “Navigating all of the paperwork for incentives is not always easy.  However Ben Reher of RHT Energy Solutions in Medford shepherded the Co-op painlessly through the process,” said General Manager, Emile Amarotico. “The project incentives of $9924 are just the start, the monthly savings on energy bills helps keep our overhead costs down, so we can spend that money in other ways important to the Co-op. “

Press Release: Holiday Caroling Tour This Week

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


Batzer Construction & the North Medford High School Choir Bring “Holiday Cheer”  on Tuesday & Wednesday

(Medford, OR)- Batzer Construction is bringing Holiday Cheer to the area by sponsoring a caroling tour for the North Medford High School choir. The local high school choir will be visiting several locations around the Medford area on Tuesday and Wednesday this week to bring the gift of song and good cheer.

On Tuesday December 13, they will be caroling at South Medford locations including St. Mary’s school, The Rogue Valley Manor, Medford Rotary Meeting at RVCC, Debby’s Diner in Phoenix, and The Medford Food Co-op.

On Wednesday December 14, the choir will be caroling at Complete Care Chiropractic in Eagle Point, the Allergy & Asthma Center of Southern Oregon, REMAX at Navigators Landing, KTVL 10, Medford School District Offices and KOBI 5.

Batzer will post a time schedule on their website on Tuesday and Wednesday morning and will also be tweeting the updates through the day as well as posting on their Facebook page so that people in the area might drop by one of the locations for a little holiday cheer.

Russ Batzer, Andy Batzer, or Bill Batzer will be accompanying the choir at different intervals. According to Russ “Taking the choir around really brings joy to people in the community. It lifts our spirits and theirs and helps the students too.”


Tuesday, December 13,  Caroling Schedule

9:30     St. Mary’s School, Medford, OR

10:30    The Manor, Medford, OR

11:30    Debby’s Diner in Phoenix, Phoenix, OR  (Note Updated time)

12:30    Medford Rotary Meeting at RVCC,  Medford Downtown Campus  (Note: Updated time)

1:00     Batzer Construction Offices, Medford, OR

1:30      Rogue Valley YMCA, Medford, OR  (NOTE Updated Time)

1:50         The Medford Food Co-op, Medford, OR  (NOTE Updated Time)

Wednesday, December 14,  Caroling Schedule

9:30     KDRV, Medford, OR

10:00     Wilson Equipment, Medford, OR

10:30     Re/Max Ideal Brokers, Medford, OR

11:30     Complete Care Chiropractic & Massage, Eagle Point, OR

12:30     Southern Oregon Allergy & Asthma Center, Medford, OR

1:15        KTVL, Medford, OR

2:00     Medford School District #549C, Medford, OR

2:30      KOBI, Medford, OR

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

Pages from AGC Article on Medford Food Coop

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.

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”

“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.

“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”

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.

Ashland Daily Tidings: Medford Food Co-op nears deal to lease building

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Some great coverage of the story! Thank you Daily Tidings!

Russ Batzer said. “Everybody in my family likes to know where their food comes from and is health conscious. We are all for it, and this was a nice opportunity to help them.”

“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”