2020 Year in Review – Week 1


With significant challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, it has taken extra dedication and teamwork from our people, clients, design partners and subcontractors to keep pushing through and getting things done. We take pride in delivering projects on time, with the utmost quality, no matter the circumstances. We wanted to celebrate this by looking back at some of projects in 2020 and give shout outs to the teams that brought the projects to life.

In partnership with our building community this year, we have:

Completed 8 million square feet of new or remodeled construction.

Donated to more than 14 local, charitable causes.

Hosted 3 blood drives in our office building – with one more planned before the end of the year!

Donated more than $15,000 in free meals to our community through our #rebuildtogether campaign.

Collected 420 coats and 63 toys for the Angels in the Outfield Holiday Store.

Employed 9 collegiate summer interns.

We are grateful to have so many partnerships within our community that allow us to employ the best people in the industry, and to positively impact the communities we live in.

Project Highlights

Although we work in nearly every market sector, Perlo is best known in the industrial market. So it only makes sense that we pay homage to this sector first. This week’s blog is dedicated to a few of the industrial projects that we completed in 2020.

Project Shakespeare – Columbia Distributing | Canby, OR

Columbia Distributing’s new warehouse on a 42-acre site is now the largest warehouse in Canby and one of the largest recently built in the Portland metro region.  The space allowed Columbia Distributing to consolidate its three locations in Northwest Portland into one place. Coined “Project Shakespeare” by developer, Trammell Crow Company, this project consisted of a concrete tilt-up shell with steel joists, and metal deck with a TPO membrane roof. Included in the facility is approximately 17,000 SF of class A office space and warehouse improvements consisting of 46 truck bays with dock pit levelers, parking for 91 truck trailers and space for an additional 56 future dock truck bays. Also included is a 53,000 SF cooler inside of the warehouse. 

Jacob Leighter, Project Manager at Perlo said, ‘the project was designed and set up very well from the beginning by the design team (LRS Architects and VLMK Engineering + Design), developer Trammell Crow and Perlo.  That allowed us to really push subcontractors through the finish line – on-time – despite the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic that hit during the last few months of the project.

The work was completed in June of 2020 and had a 13 month schedule duration.  Jacob notes that ‘the entire project team was fun, light hearted and productive. It was genuinely a great group of people with the same end goal in mind, and that made a fast-paced and complicated project feel easy.’

Trammell Crow Company

LRS Architects

VLMK Engineering + Design

Perlo Team
Randy Cooper
Jacob Leighter
Dustin Vigue
Kathi Gehrts

JSR Micro, Inc.| Hillsboro, OR

The JSR Micro, Inc. facility is a new, 79,000 SF chemical blending factory in Hillsboro, Oregon. Completed in September of 2020, Perlo Construction had the overall responsibility under a design-build contract for survey, soils investigation, design, permitting, construction and commissioning. The client was looking for one-stop shopping so that a single party would be responsible for all facets of the project. The design was based on replicating an existing semiconductor liquid chemical mixing factory in Hokkaichi, Japan, modified for US permitting and building codes requirements. 

The JSR Micro, Inc. project was made up of concrete tilt-up construction with steel joists, metal decking and includes clean rooms ranging from class 100 to class 100,000. Specialized systems include an Ultra Pure Water (UPW) system, a nitrogen system, an Acid Waste Neutralization (AWN) system and Deionized (DI) water systems.

This project was complex and fast paced, and over the course of construction faced a variety of hurdles.  This project was the largest dollar value project Perlo has completed at more than 80 million and was 100% design-build with Mackenzie as our design partner.  Challenges included re-working the tank yard to meet local building codes, resolving a fire-proofing issue with the local inspector, and completing issuance of the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy during the wildfires, city closures and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chris Gregg, who was the executive in charge of the work, said his favorite part of the project was the camaraderie of the building team.  The complexity and scope of the work was a battle, but all parties persevered to complete the project within the owner’s budget and schedule. 

JSR Micro, Inc.

Architect and Engineer

Perlo Team
Chris Gregg
Matt Brand
Alicia Jeffords
Fred Lutz
Kyncade Hardy
Kathi Gehrts

Cipole Industrial Park (#1430) | Tualatin, OR

Cipole Industrial park included three new concrete tilt-up buildings in Sherwood, Oregon.  Built for Phelan Development Company, the speculative development brings 235,000 SF of industrial space to the market.  The tilt panels included specially cast-in-place designs, presenting an upgraded appearance on each building. 

These projects came with plenty of site specific challenges.  According to senior project manager, Jordan Peterson, the work had to include coordination of road improvements with the City of Sherwood, Washington County, the City of Tualatin, Northwest Natural Gas, PGE, Century Link and Frontier.  There were ‘lots of cooks in the kitchen’ in terms of involved jurisdictions and utilities.   

In addition to the many utilities and jurisdictions involved, the project teams had to be very careful to work around the existing businesses adjacent to the site.  This includes Hardwood Industries, Conrad Lumber and Columbia Corrugated Box.  They were all impacted by our construction work and were all cooperative, understanding and as helpful as possible. 

Phelan Development

Calvin Coatsworth Architects

Structural Engineer
HAS & Associates

Civil and Landscape Designers

Perlo Team
Jordan Peterson
Whitney Peterson
Ray Vigue
McKayla Marshall

Portside Logistics Park | Vancouver, WA

The Portside Logistics Park is a new, speculative warehouse in Vancouver, Washington.  At 290,000 SF, the project includes 39’ of clear height, four drive-through doors and 50 dock-height door openings.  The building has a 6 ½” thick slab and a plasticizer mix in the panels. 

Included in this project were design-build mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection scopes, as well as a design-build sanitary lift station. 

This work was completed over the winter months, with constant rain while trying to complete the roof.  In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic hit Washington State near completion and made closing out the work difficult.  We were fortunate that Specht Development was the owner of the project, as they were fair, understanding and helpful, and also had great third party consultants on board to create a system of checks and balances for all.  Transparency and communication between all parties were key to overcoming these obstacles and finishing up the building the right way.

Specht Development


Perlo Team
Chris McInroe
Adam Smelley
Tylor Kofstad
McKayla Marshall


Despite what 2020 has thrown at us, we continue to push through for our clients. Join us next week for part two of our 2020 year in review series!