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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

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!

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

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

2010-12-15 Thad Channel 12

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

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.