2022 Year in Review – Week 4


We conclude our Year in Review series by taking a look at our projects close to home. Our headquarters, located in Tualatin, Oregon, affords us the opportunity to take part in the ever-expanding growth of the Portland Metro area where we build premier facilities for our clients and partners.

They say, “there is no place like home,” but for us, home is in the field doing what we do best: building. Beyond the building of our specialty structures like industrial warehouse tilt-up buildings, we strive to build relationships both in our industry as well as our community. We have been doing what we do for 66 years, and we do not take that longevity for granted. We know that to sustain a company for this long takes serious work. It requires showing up and delivering on our promises day after day.

The proof of our longevity is in the on-time delivery of our projects and our long-standing relationships with our clients. Before we conclude this series, we want to take the time to thank all of our collaborators for partnering with us and allowing us the opportunity to bring their projects to life.

Tualatin-Sherwood Corporate Park

Located on the bustling Tualatin-Sherwood Road, this 32-acre development is home to three new, speculative, tilt-up industrial buildings. The project needed more than one million cubic yards of excavation work, new utility tie-ins, and public street improvements. In addition, a soil nail shotcrete retaining wall, large water retention ponds and several new EV charging stations were added to the design.

Like any project, the team encountered detours along the way. Project Manager, Jacob Klein, explained that the preparation of the site required extensive rock blasting. Because of this, added precautions were necessary to maintain safe working areas and to coordinate concrete pours around the blasting. Vibration monitors were used to ensure no concrete was damaged in the process. We featured much about this project in a previous article, discussing the complexities of the site logistics for this work.   

Perlo’s crews self-performed the following scopes:

  • Structural concrete, including footings and slabs
  • Tilt-up and cast-in-place walls
  • Miscellaneous rough carpentry
  • Doors, frames and hardware installation

The construction of this project began during the thick of the Covid-19 pandemic, which required the establishment of safe working conditions while enforcing both Perlo and governmental policies. There were multiple shake-ups after construction began, like reducing the number of buildings from five to three, and incorporating LEED certification, which resulted in significant changes to the design, budget, and the scope of work. The team went above and beyond to work with the City of Sherwood and local jurisdictional authorities to meet every necessary requirement.

Perlo Team

Chris McInroe | Project Director

Jacob Klein| Project Manager

Mike Lutz | Superintendent

Thomas Vielle | Foreman

McKayla Marshall | APM

Dennis Bonin | Director of Safety

112th & Myslony

Like the TS Corporate Park, these two new concrete tilt-up industrial buildings are located on the highly visible Tualatin-Sherwood Road. The sitework performed by the project team was extensive and included installing an underground stormwater detention system. From the beginning, there were several factors the team discussed during preconstruction that needed extra attention. Extensive planning was necessary to complete this work, including:

  • Managing a very tight jobsite to accommodate the building size and configuration.
  • Implementing the city’s requirement for an 80% increase in stormwater detention systems
  • Management of the increased budget due to the added stormwater detention requirements.

Additionally, Superintendent Tracy Robinson remarked that a street and utility extension was required and had to be completed in conjunction with the site construction. Since this new street extension was also the only site access, it was difficult to complete the new buildings while maintaining construction flow.

Senior Project Manager, Jordan Peterson, added that one of the greatest challenges for him was knowing “that it was a project that every Perlo employee would drive past each day,” and wanting to ensure that it was a building that represented the Perlo brand successfully.

The Perlo work crews self-performed the following scopes:

  • Structural concrete, including footings and slabs
  • Tilt-up and cast-in-place walls
  • Miscellaneous rough carpentry
  • Doors, frames and hardware installation

The project was an overwhelming success. Perlo was given the opportunity to perform all of the subsequent tenant improvement projects, and now both buildings are  is fully leased. Another great project for Perlo!

Perlo Team

Jordan Peterson | Senior Project Manager

Whitney Peterson | Project Manager

Tracy Robinson | Superintendent

Jared Libby | Foreman

McKayla Marshall | APM

Dennis Bonin | Director of Safety

Shredding Systems, Inc.

This project consisted of the construction of two new concrete tilt-up buildings with a combined 57,400 SF for Shredding Systems Inc., conveniently placed next to their existing facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. One of the buildings included around 3,000 SF of wood framed office build-out and mezzanine space.   .

From the beginning of the project, the team faced an enormous obstacle in that the project had originally been designed 15 years prior. The project team worked diligently to coordinate with ownership, civil engineers, and utility companies to address the existing utility locations that conflicted with the dated plans. In addition, several trees had grown significantly into the locations of the footings and utility easements. of the City of Wilsonville is affectionately know as Tree City, USA. As such, Project Manager Lainee Perala reflected that “we had to engage an arborist and the city each time we worked near a tree or were considering removal”.

Perlo’s team self-performed the following scopes:

  • Structural concrete including footings, slabs, tilt panels, dock aprons, and stair pans
  • Installation of engineered timber framing
  • Doors, frames and hardware installation

Despite facing the disruptions of unknown site conditions, schedule impacts, plan and design conflicts, and the Covid-19 pandemic, the project team was able to put their adaptability and experience to work, and successfully see the project through its completion.

Perlo Team

Chris Gregg | Senior VP of Operations

Lainee Perala | Project Manager

Nick Butler | Superintendent

Travis Eaton | Foreman

Brooke Carswell | APM

Final Thoughts

In construction, there will always be challenges to overcome. Perlo Practice #3, Success Isn’t a Straight Path, speaks to our ability to adapt during our work, learn from each project and take responsibility for every choice and every action. We set the bar high, but know that there is always room to grow, and that is what drives our success.

Thank you for joining us as we reflected on some of the projects we completed in 2022. We look forward to the next year and the many projects it will bring!