Since our founding, we have continued to expand our portfolio of work far beyond the industrial market, and now complete work in many market sectors, including education, wineries, auto dealerships, tenant improvements, self-storage and several others. This week’s Year in Review blog takes a look at a few of our other project types and the teams that brought them to life.
Stoller Experience Center | Dayton, OR
Stoller’s new state-of-the-art tasting room features a large main tasting area with two tasting bars and cutting-edge interactive video tables where you can learn about the wine you’re experiencing. To enjoy the stunning 270-degree vineyard views, there is an outdoor 10,000 SF concrete patio flanked by a 35,000 SF lawn.
The steel and wood-framed structure includes massive glulam joist beams, tongue and groove decking, and four custom tube steel-framed glass overhead doors that are operated using large counterweights within the support columns.
The mechanical system was complex, and as Superintendent Ray Caswell says, ‘I’d like to give a special thanks to HVAC, Inc. They made their duct work fit in impossible locations’. The excavation and fire suppression system included a diesel engine, pump and well, with framing for the building around it. At the entry to the building is a 12” thick, 9’ tall board form concrete wall that had to be formed and poured perfectly – and the team did just that.
Also included are two private conference rooms as well as a full kitchen to accommodate special events. As serendipity would have it, there was an unfortunate mix-up with the carpet order for the private conference rooms. The project team worked quickly to secure a temporary carpet tile with the intention of replacing it when the original carpet arrived. The Stoller team loved the temporary carpet so much, that they cancelled the original order and kept the replacement.
The project team met every Monday for almost three years. By the time this project was complete, they could nearly finish each other’s sentences. That kind of teamwork is unique and made the project even more enjoyable. In addition, the Stoller team made their passion for wine and serving their community evident by their approach to the project, culminating in an enjoyable process and awesome finished project.
Stoller Vineyards, Inc.
Mildren Design Group
Les Schwab Remodel | Oregon City, OR
Completed by our Special Projects Group, this remodel of Les Schwab’s Oregon City facility was completed over three phases. The work included a full remodel and expansion of their showroom and enclosure of the existing service bay. The work included upgraded finishes and a new storefront entrance. Perlo created a temporary work area for Les Schwab so they could remain open and operational throughout construction.
The local jurisdiction has strict policies on temporary structures, forcing the project team to change tactics late in the preconstruction process so that Les Schwab could still maintain operations without a temporary facility. With a focus on the showroom construction, the team met Les Schwab’s turnover date requirement with one day to spare, in spite of multiple design changes, including the addition of a grand entrance. The work included adding windows to the showroom while keeping the store occupied and operational, and we also encountered contaminated soils – all of which were handled with minimal disruption to the owner.
Our teams enjoyed working side by side with the Les Schwab employees while we enclosed their service bay. Client enthusiasm throughout the entire project was very motivating and rewarding. They were incredibly excited to watch the progress knowing that the windy and rainy days of changing tires outside in the cold were soon to be over. In addition, the Les Schwab construction teams are always involved and part of each solution, and they value their contractor’s opinion along the way.
Architect and Engineer
Georgia-Pacific Halsey | Halsey, OR
The Georgia Pacific project in Halsey, Oregon, included a 170,031 SF expansion of an existing facility that operated 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The project included a 1,742 SF office, guard shack and hostler shack. An access road that was just over a mile long was constructed, as well as a wetland swale for storm water from the entire mill site. In addition, the team created three new parking lots for trucking. The expanded warehouse tied into an existing facility that included 30 year old concrete and 50 year old sheet metal.
The team spent considerable time coordinating work scopes with subcontractors and the owner to ensure all parties were meeting their deliverables and maintain Georgia Pacific’s operations at full capacity. Challenges included permit delays and scope changes that extended the completion date, in addition to managing a multi-building campus and maintaining access and operations during construction, all of which were resolved by our teams to bring the project to completion.
The pre-construction planning to achieve operational maintenance was significant, but also highly rewarding. The project included planning for:
- Maintaining truck access during full site re-paving efforts for more than 200 trucks per day
- Creating a fire-rated demising wall to protect the existing facility during construction
- Installing a specialty DAS system to support the entire site
- Managing storm water for the existing and new construction site
The design and ownership teams were all invaluable in contributing to the planning that went into maintaining operations for the site. The project was complex and had many moving parts, and all team members remained positive and helpful for the duration of the work.
Georgia Pacific Consumer Products, LP
Jaguar Land Rover| Tigard, OR
This modern, two-story luxury showroom incorporated the brand’s latest international corporate design standards, and was constructed in a key location at the Washington Square campus. The showroom allows for 18 cars and includes a lounge, two handover bays, a covered demonstrator vehicle area and a three-story parking structure above the 31 bay service department. Aluminum composite and corrugated metal cladding, high-end finishes and trademark design complete this impressive concrete and steel structure.
The elevated finish level and details required a high level of care. The building teams included Harlen’s Drywall and OEG for the electrical work, and both of these trades were critical to getting the project done right. Items such as custom access panels with tile inserts to make them disappear are the small details that really make high-end buildings shine.
Jay Edgar, Perlo Superintendent, noted that ‘it was a positive feeling to deliver this project on the date that was set very early in the project. It’s also a magnificent building, and I hope it brings the owner’s success for years to come’.
The Don Rasmussen Company
Mildren Design Group
If you didn’t get a chance to read the first blog in our Year in Review series, you can check it out here. Don’t forget to join us next week for part three.