Posts Tagged ‘Russ Batzer’

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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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 http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110730/NEWS/107300306&cid=sitesearch

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Russ Batzer Thanks the Construction Team.

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Batzer Construction Project Architect- Gary Caperna

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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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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So Live!: About Southern Oregon Timber and Lumber

Tuesday, March 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.

In this interview, Dave Schott owner of Forest Glen Lumber and spokeperson for Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association, discusses the legal issues with logging in Southern Oregon Forests, and the impact on our local economy and construction materials.

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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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So Live!: Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association

Monday, February 7th, 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, Dave Schott owner of Forest Glen Lumber and Spokesman for the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association helps provide a history of the current timber situation in the west.

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Press Release: Challenge for the Greenest Building in Jackson County

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Batzer Build Green Banner Phone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PRESS EVENT & PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
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.”

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

–      SIPS panels being erected

–      Russ Batzer calling out for the Greenest Building Challenge.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

About Complete Care Chiropractic Project

http://www.batzerconstruction.com/tag/complete-care-chiropractic/

About Eco Panels LLC

http://www.eco-panel.org/new/

About Oregon Feed In Tariff

http://www.puc.state.or.us/PUC/news/2010/2010011.shtml

About Rogue Valley Greenest Building Contest

http://www.theoregongreenexpo.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=GreenBuildingContest&category=Advisors

About Complete Care Chiropractic

http://completecarechiropractic.org/blog/blog.html

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Russ Batzer, interview with Bryan Navarro, KDRV Newswatch 12

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Dr. Thaddeus Gala, Interview with Bryan Navarro, KDRV Newswatch 12

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.

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Mail Tribune “Medford Co-Op Starts Renovations Today”

So Live!: Oregon Architecture Inc.

Tuesday, August 10th, 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.

Mark McKechnie of Oregon Architecture, Inc. discusses the design and construction industry in Southern Oregon, and how to hire a team for a project.  They also talk about the Grand Hotel Renovation in downtown Medford.

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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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“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

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”

Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber Newsletter- March

Monday, March 1st, 2010

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The Chamber has put out another great newsletter and we’re excited to see a little piece about Russ Batzer has made pg 8!

The Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors has elected Russ Batzer to serve on the 2010 board of directors. Russ is president of Batzer Construction in Medford, Oregon, and he’s been involved at AGC since 1998.

“It’s a real honor to serve on the board of the AGC. Our construction company started with the AGC because of all the great training and professional development they provide on construction site safety and technical skills. Over the years, we’ve really honed our business by sending staff to training seminars and also following the economic and market forecasts that AGC has provided. Now it’s my turn to give back to this great organization.”

Since 1920’s, the AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter has served as the voice of the commercial construction industry. The association provides its members with a forum for exchange of ideas and services designed to enhance the professionalism of the construction industry including workers’ compensation and health insurance; legislative and governmental representation; safety and loss control consulting; training and apprenticeship programs; and education and pension programs. The chapter also sponsors the AGC University, which provides professional development training to the commercial construction industry.

Batzer Construction – 190 North Ross Lane – 541-773-7553 or www.batzerconstruction.com

To find out more about the Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce, CLICK HERE
To find out more about the AGC, CLICK HERE

KTVL News 10

Friday, February 26th, 2010

“Federal Dollars Running Out, Some Construction Companies Worried”

Not all news is good news.   While its important to write publish all the great things that are happening, we cannot ignore that this recession is having an impact on the construction industry in general, and on Batzer Construction specifically.

The local News 10, here in Medford, did a great job of covering the topic of the economic impact on publicly funded projects in our region.  We wish the news was better, but it’s a tough story.

“Federal stimulus dollars paid for major work in our area, but now the work is done, leaving many contractors looking for new projects…..”

To read the full article, CLICK HERE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: “New AGC Board Member- Russ Batzer”

Friday, January 29th, 2010

2010-01-29  New AGC Board Member_Russ Batzer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“New AGC Board Member– Russ Batzer”

-Medford, OR (January 29, 2010) – The Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors has elected Russ Batzer to serve on the 2010 board of directors. Russ is president of Batzer Construction in Medford, Oregon, and he’s been involved at AGC since 1998.

“It’s a real honor to serve on the board of the AGC. Our construction company started with the AGC because of all the great training and professional development they provide on construction site safety and technical skills. Over the years, we’ve really honed our business by sending staff to training seminars and also following the economic and market forecasts that AGC has provided. Now it’s my turn to give back to this great organization.”

Since 1920’s, the AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter has served as the voice of the commercial construction industry. The association provides its members with a forum for exchange of ideas and services designed to enhance the professionalism of the construction industry including workers’ compensation and health insurance; legislative and governmental representation; safety and loss control consulting; training and apprenticeship programs; and education and pension programs. The chapter also sponsors the AGC University, which provides professional development training to the commercial construction industry.

Mail Tribune- “People in Business”

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010


January 23, 2010

“People in Business”

“Batzer Construction President Russ Batzer has been elected to the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors 2010 board of directors. Batzer has been involved at AGC since 1998.

AGC provides its members with a forum for exchange of ideas and services designed to enhance the professionalism of the construction industry, including workers’ compensation and health insurance; legislative and governmental representation; safety and loss control consulting; training and apprenticeship programs; and education and pension programs.”

Mail Tribune 7/1/2009- Russ Batzer on Oregon Small Business Advisory Council

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

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Russ Batzer

Medford’s Mail Tribune reported on Russ Batzer being appointed by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski to serve on the Oregon Small Business Advisory Council. According to the govner the  Council “members bring a critical perspective to the table. They are my eyes and ears out in the small business community,” he said.

Russ Batzer is president of Batzer Construction and has worked with hundreds of businesses throughout Oregon.    Russ’s term is three years and he expects to hold various town hall meetings to hear from the small business community and take that information back to the Advisory Council to make recommendations to the Governor.