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Perlo Construction Wins Prestigious ENR NW Best Project Award for Eugene VA Clinic

Perlo Wins ENR NW Best Project AwardPerlo Construction has earned one of the commercial construction industry’s most prestigious and coveted awards. Judges for Engineering News-Record’s Northwest Best Projects competition have selected the Eugene Veterans Affairs Healthcare Center as the Best Project in the Government/Public Building category for 2016.

The project is one of 11 category winners from Alaska, Oregon and Washington. One of the projects will win top honors and be named Project of the Year at the ENR Northwest Best Projects luncheon on Dec. 13 in Seattle.

The 127,000-square-foot, two-story Eugene VA Healthcare Center meets the government’s stringent requirements for resistance to earthquakes, blasts and progressive collapse. It achieved LEED Silver certification and is 30 percent more energy-efficient than code. Designed to last for 100 years, it’s a passive solar building with southfacing windows daylighting the public concourses and atrium lobby. The front entrance is framed by a memorial fountain and healing garden.

The center is five times larger than the previous veterans clinic in Eugene and offers an expanded array of services to veterans through its 15 specialty clinics as well as MRI, CT scan, X-ray, laboratory services, day-surgery operating rooms and pharmacy. The center previously won a 2016 Excellence in Concrete Award for Oregon and Southwest Washington. It was also a finalist in the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce Top Projects competition for 2016.

Perlo Construction is owned and operated by Jeff Perala and Gayland Looney, who met as classmates in the Construction Engineering Management program at Oregon State University in the 1980s. They became partners in the company in 2000 and instituted a vision for future growth. Perlo has been among the 150 fastest-growing private companies in Oregon for three straight years and consistently ranks among the top-performing construction firms in Oregon.

Perlo Construction is a general contractor and construction management company founded in Portland in the 1950s. The company builds industrial complexes, automobile dealerships, healthcare facilities, offices, wineries, retail centers and more. The company has an office in Phoenix, Arizona, and is licensed throughout the Western United States.

To learn more about Perlo, please visit our website at www.perlo.biz.


Perlo Safety Manager Earns Safety and Health Certification

Dennis Bonin, Perlo Construction Safety Manager

Dennis Bonin, Perlo Construction Safety Manager

Perlo Construction Safety Manager Dennis Bonin has been named a Construction Health and Safety Technician by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals in Champaign, Illinois.

To achieve CHST credentials, Bonin had to meet eligibility criteria, show experience in the safety, health and environmental discipline and pass an examination. Board-certified safety professionals are among the most highly trained, educated and experienced individuals in the safety field.

Bonin has worked in the construction industry for six years and joined Perlo in 2014.

About Perlo Construction

Perlo Construction is a locally owned and operated general contractor and construction management company founded in Portland in the 1950s. The company builds industrial complexes, automobile dealerships, healthcare facilities, offices, wineries, retail centers and more. Licensed throughout the Western United States, Perlo also performs commercial construction repairs, renovations and tenant improvements across all market segments.

To learn more about Perlo, please visit our website at www.perlo.biz.


McCarthy/Andersen Joint Venture Breaks Ground on OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Construction commences on $160 million facility dedicated to cancer research and discovery

June 30, 2016

McCarthy/Andersen OHSU Knight Cancer Institute GroundbreakingOn June 16, approximately 300 people, including Oregon Governor Kate Brown, celebrated the official groundbreaking milestone at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) for its new Knight Cancer Institute research building. The construction joint venture team of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Andersen Construction (McCarthy/Andersen) was selected to construct the $160 million, 320,000-square-foot facility, which will house up to 600 researchers and administrators dedicated to cancer research. The team has partnered with architect SRG Partnership, Inc. (SRG) on the project, which is expected to complete in July 2018.

McCarthy/Andersen brings together extensive and diverse experience in the research and laboratory market. This partnership combines the renowned Portland-based builder with the resources and expertise of the esteemed national firm to deliver the highest quality facility in support of the Knight Cancer Institute’s life-saving cancer research.

McCarthy/Andersen OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Groundbreaking“This facility will foster life-saving research in a highly synergistic environment, and the project team is employing a similar comprehensive design and construction process through a customized integrated project delivery model,” said Tim Albiani, McCarthy’s project executive. “We have been conjointly working to with the architectural team and our co-located trade partners to jointly develop design scopes that both align with the project budget as well as allow the team to identify challenges and provide solutions prior to the design implementation. The project construction team is utilizing cutting-edge technologies, including virtual reality and lean construction practices, which are helping us reach our full potential as an integrated design and building team.”

“As a Portland-based builder, we are thrilled to be constructing this highly anticipated institution, which will greatly enhance the research function and capabilities for the Knight Cancer Institute researchers,” said Andersen Construction Vice President Todd Duwe. “We are longtime supporters of OHSU, with hundreds of completed projects over the past 20 years. Additionally, this project presents a great opportunity for our local trade partners to participate on a highly collaborative delivery model and walk away with integrated project delivery experience and lean tools they can use on future projects in the region.”

The Knight Cancer Institute research building will house a myriad of research programs focused on early cancer detection, computational biology and immuno-oncology, among others. Beyond state-of-the-art research and wet lab spaces, the building will include administrative offices, a conference center, cafés, street-level retail space and an integrated parking structure. Two floors of the building will be dedicated to the Early Cancer Detection Center, offering a collaborative environment for the multidisciplinary research team dedicated to early detection research led by newly recruited nanotechnology expert Sadik Esener, Ph.D.

A primary goal of the Knight Cancer Institute is to foster “team science,” in which interdisciplinary teams conduct targeted research in early detection and treatment. The design team focused on two distinct opportunities for the building to support this goal – collaboration and interaction. Various design strategies are employed to create a joint work environment, including many shared spaces and core laboratories supporting the research community, small-group informal work spaces, and visual transparency via interior glazing. Quiet spaces allow researchers to escape the hustle and bustle of this environment for more reflective and privately-focused work. Opportunities for social interaction have been provided by a central kitchen for sharing meals, an “intellectual lounge” for the researchers to relax, and areas throughout the building where casual seating facilitates the chance encounters that help define a collective culture.

The building’s exterior architectural design clearly articulates floors 2 through 5, where the research laboratories are located, and provides a high-performance skin emphasizing daylighting and solar control. A rooftop terrace and exterior balconies capitalize on stunning views to the Willamette River and Cascade Mountains. A 200-seat auditorium and additional meeting rooms create a ground floor Conference Center for a wide variety of events, along with a retail café and other amenities that create an area open and available to the public.

About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has been building communities across America for more than 150 years, delivering certainty for clients in a diverse range of markets. Throughout all phases of a project, from early integrated design phase services, through construction and after completion, McCarthy builders utilize industry-leading construction techniques and the most sophisticated technology tools to deliver the highest quality, job-site safety and ultimately, the best value. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 12th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, September 2015). The firm has approximately 1,600 salaried employees with offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at the website or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

About Andersen

Andersen Construction, founded in 1950 by Andy Andersen, is Oregon’s largest family-owned Construction Manager / General Contractor. With a staff of over 700 employees, Andersen is led by CEO David Andersen and President Joel Andersen. With Portland serving as the company headquarters, Andersen also has offices in Eugene, OR, Seattle, WA and Boise ID. With a goal to earn each client’s designation as their “Builder of Choice”, Andersen excels in technically challenging projects, utilizing the latest technology and management trends in construction. This includes highly collaborative management approaches such as Integrated Project Delivery, Design-Build and CM/GC services. Andersen’s diverse portfolio includes healthcare, research, multi-family housing, educational, commercial offices, industrial, mission critical, retail, parking, institutional, places of worship and entertainment facilities. More information about the Andersen is available online at the website or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About the Knight Cancer Institute

The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University is a pioneer in the field of precision cancer medicine. The institute’s director, Brian Druker, M.D., helped prove it was possible to shut down just the cells that enable cancer to grow. This breakthrough has made once-fatal forms of the disease manageable and transformed how cancer is treated. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center between Sacramento and Seattle – an honor earned only by the nation’s top cancer centers. It is headquarters for one of the National Cancer Institute’s largest research collaboratives, SWOG, in addition to offering the latest treatments and technologies as well as hundreds of research studies and clinical trials. For additional information on the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute visit www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/cancer or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Governor Appoints Perlo Construction Director to State Advisory Committee

June 2, 2016

Kimberly Wood, Perlo Construction

Kimberly Wood, Perlo Construction

Kimberly Wood, director of corporate risk management for Perlo Construction, has been appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Management-Labor Advisory Committee by Gov. Kate Brown. Her two-year appointment, which was confirmed in a recent Oregon Senate floor vote, begins June 10.

Members of the Workers’ Compensation Management-Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC) represent both labor and business. They meet to explore and resolve issues involving the workers’ compensation system, including any legislation affecting workers’ compensation. The Oregon Legislature created the committee as part of the reform of the workers’ compensation system in 1990.

Wood is also a member of the Construction Contractors Board and the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of Associated General Contractors Board of Directors. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Willamette University and has 11 years’ experience in the construction industry.

Perlo Construction is a locally owned and operated general contractor and construction management company founded in Portland in the 1950s. The company builds industrial complexes, automobile dealerships, healthcare facilities, offices, wineries, retail centers, and more. Licensed throughout the Western United States, Perlo also performs commercial construction repairs, renovations and tenant improvements across all market segments.

To learn more about Perlo, please visit our website at www.perlo.biz.


Perlo wins Excellence in Concrete Award

Perlo ConstructionPerlo Construction was honored with an Excellence in Concrete Award in the Tilt-up category for the Eugene Veterans Affairs Healthcare Center.

The award was given out April 22 in Salem at the 36th annual Excellence in Concrete Awards banquet put on by the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association. The organization named three finalists in each of 17 categories.

Two other projects built by Perlo, Hood River Juice Co. and Interstate Crossroads, were also finalists in the Tilt-up category.

Perlo Structures was also recognized as the concrete contractor on the project.

Awards were handed out for projects completed in the past two years in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The Eugene VA Healthcare Center is a state-of-the-art, 127,000-square-foot, full-service medical clinic built to resist earthquakes, blasts and progressive collapse. It’s also LEED Silver certified and offers a wide array of services for U.S. military veterans.

Perlo Construction is a locally owned and operated general contractor and construction management company founded in Portland in the 1950s. The company builds industrial complexes, automobile dealerships, healthcare facilities, offices, wineries, retail centers and more. Licensed throughout the western United States, Perlo also performs commercial construction repairs, renovations and tenant improvements across all market segments.


PBS Engineering and Environmental Acquires HDJ Design Group

Merger Creates Firm with Expanded Range of Engineering Services for the Pacific Northwest

PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. (PBS) and HDJ Design Group (HDJ), two locally- grown consulting firms, are combining forces to offer clients a greater scale of capabilities and reinvestment in the engineering communities of both Oregon and Washington.

The Portland-headquartered consulting firm has announced that it is officially acquiring southwest Washington-based HDJ, effective April 1, 2016. This acquisition allows PBS to expand its geographic reach and provide a more extensive range of services to its clients.

“Because we complement each other’s expertise and our cultures are compatible, combining our talented teams makes perfect sense,” said Guy Neal, President of PBS. “We’re building upon 15 years of collaboration between our firms, most recently working together on the major Vancouver Waterfront Development.”

The $1.5 billion Vancouver Waterfront Development, located along the Columbia River, seeks to develop a former industrial property into prime retail and recreational space for the City of Vancouver while serving as an extension of the downtown core’s reconnection to the waterfront.

“The scale and sheer complexity of the project allowed our two firms the opportunity to fully harmonize our capabilities,” said Gregory Jellison, Principal Engineer of HDJ. “While HDJ worked on the entire master plan and infrastructure design, PBS was able to run right alongside us, offering seamless geotechnical engineering and environmental services.”

Lead developer, Gramor Development, recently weighed-in on the integrated approach the two firms have used on the project. “HDJ and PBS have demonstrated as if they are under one roof when working on multidisciplinary projects. Both teams deliver plans and documents in a timely manner, with minimal review time by jurisdictions due to the completeness of such plans and the rapport their staff have with the jurisdictions,” noted Matt Grady, Vice President of Project Development for Gramor. “The civil and survey services from HDJ have been paired with the geotechnical and environmental services from PBS to provide a seamless approach to infrastructure improvements and soil investigations.”

Currently, while PBS specializes in geotechnical, environmental, and industrial hygiene services, HDJ mainly provides civil engineering, planning, and land surveying services. Combining these two exemplary firms, which offer 60 years of experience together, allows both to expand their market share within the engineering industry.

“We’re particularly excited about positive impacts this will have on both existing and prospective clients,” said Mark Leece, Principal of Engineering at PBS. “Bringing our firms together allows both companies to offer a wider range of comprehensive services, deepens our engineering capabilities, gives us better geographic coverage, increased manpower, and the ability to service more client needs in-house.”

Besides offering more services to its client base, the merger will also allow for better opportunities to invest in the local community.

“We will continue to strengthen relationships with STEM programs regionally, as well as our engineering internship programs in Oregon and Washington. We believe these efforts are critical to fostering the development of engineers from grade school, on,” Neal said. “Science and engineering play a critical role in U.S. competitiveness. Education and industry need to work together to create a new generation of engineers; this merger will allow PBS to support this effort on a greater scale.”

In 2016, the firm will begin offering a shadow program for young engineers, increasing the number of interns they are able to accommodate in both states.

“We are proud to be a part of the engineering community,” Neal said. “We are excited about the new opportunities to engage with the industry as a whole during this exciting new chapter in our company’s history.”

About PBS Engineering and Environmental

Since 1982, PBS’ nimble, multi-discipline teams have provided engineered solutions that balance compliance, sustainability, and practical design. PBS’ core service areas include engineering, environmental, industrial hygiene, planning, and natural resource consulting for public and private clients.

About HDJ Design Group

HDJ Design Group has been providing civil engineering, planning, land surveying, and landscape architecture services for the past 36 years in the Pacific Northwest. The firm has offices located in Walla Walla and Pasco, as well as its headquarters in Vancouver, Washington. Clients served include both private and public, such as the cities of Vancouver and Walla Walla, Clark County Public Works, Grant County PUD, Columbia Waterfront, and Aho Construction.


McKenzie Commercial Contractors Highest Ranking Construction Company In Oregon
(small companies category)

McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc. Ranks 7th of 100 Best Companies to Work for in OregonRanks eighth overall at the Oregon Business 100 Best Companies To Work For In Oregon 2016
(small companies category)

McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc. has ranked 8th in the small business category of the annual 100 Best Companies To Work For In Oregon.

The award was announced at the Oregon Convention Center on March 3. Last year, McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc. ranked seventh, twelfth in 2014, and third 2013.

As stated in the Oregon Business Magazine (about McKenzie Commercial Contractors)

“The company founders came up through the trades and have imbued the company with a strong work ethic, an environmental consciousness, and an understanding that family comes first.”

About McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc.

A commercial construction company, McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc. was founded in 1983 with the goal to offer exceptional service to customers and great opportunities for employees. Since then, McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc. has grown to be one of the largest and most reputable general contractors in western Oregon. To learn more, visit www.mckenziecommercial.com.

About the Oregon Business 100 Best List

The 100 Best list recognizes large, medium, and small companies for excellence in work environment, management and communications, decision-making and trust, career development and learning, and benefits and compensation. All the winners and their rankings are published in the March 2016 issue of Oregon Business.

Other Eugene Companies Receive Recognition

Also recognized were AGC members New Reynolds Electric for ranking third in the medium companies category and Jones & Roth for ranking 22nd.


2015 McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival

McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival

November 1314
Willamalane Center, 250 So. 32nd St., Springfield, OR 97478
www.mccbf.com

  • Home Brew Contest is BJCP sanctioned
  • Delicious food
  • Outstanding live music: 6:3010:30 each night
  • Televisions for the games
  • Benefiting the children of the community
  • Family time includes Zany Zoo, puppets, and more
  • Free bus rides provided by Ltd. Visit MCCBF.com for ride passes

Check out the event poster!


Jordan Ramis PC Receives Tier 1 Ranking in Water Law by Best Lawyers

Jordan Ramis PC, Attorneys at LawJordan Ramis PC, Attorneys at Law, is pleased to announce that the firm has received a Tier 1 ranking in Water Law in the 2016 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for the Portland metropolitan area.

“Given recent changes, both in the environmental landscape and in government policy, our Water Law attorneys’ strong understanding of Water Law and Water Rights will only become more of an asset to our clients going forward,” said Managing Shareholder Chris Reive.

Jordan Ramis also received five metropolitan second-tier rankings, including Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning, Environmental Litigation, Natural Resources Law, and Real Estate Law. In addition, Jordan Ramis received three metropolitan third-tier rankings for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Construction Law, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.

To be eligible, a firm must have at least one attorney who has been listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers. Jordan Ramis currently has eight listed in the 2016 edition. Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” are ranked based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments.


Kerr Contractors Hosts Charity Event for the Boy Scouts of America

Kerr Contractors Hosts Charity EventBrent Kerr, president of Kerr Contractors and an Eagle Scout himself, has been hosting the successful charity event since it began. “Initially, I had a brother that was on the board of the Boy Scouts and he asked me to come down to talk about a sporting clays event as an alternative to a golf outing,” said Kerr. “I’m not much of a golfer, but I used to go to their golf tournament to support them.” Shortly after attending the outing, he was asked to sponsor the sporting clays event.

Kerr’s father had previously donated a camp to the Boy Scouts, so running this event and supporting the Boy Scouts came naturally to him. This event is the largest fund raising event for the Boy Scouts Council and the largest single day sporting clays event in the western United States.

“I’ve never had more fun than when I can make noise and shoot at something,” said Kerr. “It’s golfing with a shotgun. It doesn’t matter what your score is at the end of the day. It only matters that you had fun.”

The first year there were only 10 to 12 teams, now there were 73. The 25-station tournament, with no two stations alike, had 365 shooters competing. There were 434 people in attendance for the lunch.

“We have to look at our future and the Boy Scouts do a tremendous job of helping build character in young men,” said Kerr. “This year more than $120,000 was raised and donated to the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Our long term goal is to create a permanent shooting sports facility for the Boy Scouts with a training facility and an indoor rifle, pistol, and archery range to introduce the Scouts to weapon safety, train them on proper techniques, and teach them respect for the weapons.”

The membership of the Cascade Pacific Council is made of 21,412 boys and girls ages 7–20, including 2,140 children from the council’s most at-risk neighborhoods.

The two-day event was cosponsored by Anchor Insurance & Surety, Inc.; Clyde/West; Columbia Distributing; Columbia Northwest Recycling; Feenaughty Machinery Company; Leatherman; Liberty Mutual Surety; Modern Machinery; Morgan Stanley; Northwest Utility Contractors Association; Pape Machinery; The Partners Group; Peter & Keatts Equipment, Inc.; and Sitech.

Information on next year’s event is available here.


Pioneer Waterproofing Celebrates 50 Years!

Pioneer Waterproofing Celebrates 50th AnniversaryPioneer Waterproofing recently celebrated their 50th year of service to Northwest building owners, property managers, and industry peers. Second generation president Mike Crawford recently reflected on their longevity.

Looking back over the past 50 years, are there a  couple special projects in the company’s history that come to mind?

OSU’s Weatherford Hall stands out due to the fact the building had been boarded up for over a decade when we started. Once fully restored, it quickly became the focal point of the campus with the restored historic 1928 arched opening. Second, I’d say our current work on Pioneer Courthouse in downtown Portland. It feels pretty special to restore a building that is the second most historic structure in the Federal GSA inventory—circa late 1800s. The jobs were complex but very rewarding.

Pioneer has worked on so many National Register historic structures, from Timberline Lodge to Portland City Hall—any one restoration project stand out?

Crater Lake Lodge comes to mind as that was completed under fairly difficult circumstances due to our access so dependent upon the seasonal weather. Add to that the project was very detailed and extensive as we took down sections of the existing lodge stone by stone, numbered and mapped them, and then post-restoration returned them to their original location. But once completed, it remains as such a beautiful piece of Oregon’s history.

Mike-Crawford, Pioneer Waterproofing PresidentAny service areas you plan to grow within the company?

We offer so much diversity in repair and maintenance services we tend to just ride the wave of demand. Waterproofing was down almost 70% in this past recession but now those crews are super busy and carbon fiber repair also seems very strong this year. We have served many of hte same building owners, managers, and general contractors for decades so we focus on fulfilling their ongoing needs.

What do you see as the challenges facing your industry in the coming decade?

Without a doubt, finding and maintaining qualified work crews. Many of today’s most skilled craftsmen are retiring and it’s getting harder and harder to replace them. High schools could do a better job of showcasing construction as a viable career.

Closing thoughts on looking back on 50 years and also looking forward?

I understand that only 1% of companies reach their 50th anniversary, so it feels pretty amazing. I think our longevity is a testament to the philosophy my dad, Tom Crawford, started back in 1964 which was “Do great work and treat your employees with respect.” My goal is to maintain that legacy and keep doing challenging projects with contractors and architects that are equally committed to their professions.


LCD Raises $50,000 for Fellow Employee

LCD_2Lanphere Construction and Development employees, clients, subcontractors, friends, and family came together to support an LCD employee who is battling a very aggressive cancer. Together they were able to raise $50,000 to help in the effort.LCD_1

 


Jordan Ramis Adds Eight to Business, Dirt Law Teams

Jordan Ramis PC, Attorneys at LawSC2013_JordanRamis_320x320, is pleased to announce the addition of eight new team members to the growing firm. “This type of growth is very exciting for our company,” said managing shareholder Chris Reive. “In particular, we are happy to welcome attorneys from two firms with whom we have enjoyed a healthy competition over the years, now that their firms are winding down.” The two firms Reive refers to are O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP and Yazbeck, Cloran & Bowser, PC, which are both winding down their operations.

Jordan Ramis’s new hires include shareholders David H. Bowser, Joseph A. Yazbeck, and Matthew D. Lowe, and associates D. Brent Carpenter and D. Adam Anderson. Paralegals Jeanelle Setzer and Marie Christie have also joined the firm, along with Legal Assistant Patricia Repp.

Business law attorney Matthew D. Lowe has joined the firm June 1, 2015, as a shareholder. Formerly a partner at O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP, Lowe has 15 years of experience and focuses his practice on non-profits and small businesses, concentrating on a unique niche in public charter schools as well as hotels, motels, vacation rental companies, and restaurants. Lowe is a board member at Pacific University.  He earned his B.A. from Villanova University and his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. Also joining from O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP are business and litigation associate Adam Anderson and Paralegal Marie Christie. Anderson earned his B.A. from University of Oregon, where he graduated cum laude, his M.L.I.S. from University of Maryland – College Park, and his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. Anderson focuses on business and commercial litigation, estate planning, and public charter school law. Christie has nearly 10 years of experience in business and corporate law, real estate law, and extensive work in the field of charter schools.

David Bowser, Shareholder, Jordan Ramis PC

David Bowser

Construction attorney David H. Bowser joined the firm June 1, 2015, as a shareholder. Formerly a shareholder with Yazbeck, Cloran & Bowser, PC, Bowser focuses his practice in all areas of construction law, including contracting, counseling, and litigation. Bowser is a recipient of the Oregon Department of Justice Outstanding Service Award. Bowser earned his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.


Joe Yazbeck, Shareholder, Jordan Ramis PC

Joe Yazbeck, Shareholder, Jordan Ramis PC

Also joining from Yazbeck, Cloran & Bowser, PC are construction lawyers Joe Yazbeck and Brent Carpenter, who will join the firm on July 1. Yazbeck joins as a shareholder and brings decades of experience representing all sides in construction disputes, from general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers to public and private owners. Yazbeck earned his B.A. from Louisiana State University and his J.D. from Tulane University Law School. Associate Carpenter focuses his practice on all aspects of construction law, from contract review to prosecuting claims. Carpenter earned his B.A. from New York University and his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Paralegal Jeanelle Setzer was previously the senior litigation paralegal for a prominent Portland litigation boutique and has 20 years of experience, with particular expertise in litigation technology (with focused experience managing e-discovery matters); large-scale document production; management of evidence and documents for trials, hearings, and arbitrations; in-courtroom trial support; and appellate filings. Patricia Repp has more than 20 years of combined experience in Oregon private practice and with the Washington Attorney General’s office.

Jordan Ramis PC was established in 1963 and has offices in Oregon and Washington. Jordan Ramis represents clients throughout the western United States in business law, local government law, litigation and dispute resolution, and Dirt Law® (real estate, environmental, land use, and construction law).


McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc. Awarded Third Place in the Renovation Category for the DJC TopProjects 2015 Awards

McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc. Ranks 7th of 100 Best Companies to Work for in OregonMcKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc. has been awarded third place in the Renovation category of the Daily Journal of Commerce TopProjects 2015 for ShelterCare, located at 499 West 4th Avenue, Eugene, Ore.

The award was announced at the Oregon Convention Center on may 14. In 2009, McKenzie Commercial Contractors won first place in the Renovation category ($5–$15 million) for their work at University of Oregon Hayward Field.

Over 90 Oregon and southwest Washington companies submitted projects for the areas of public buildings, private buildings, infrastructure, transportation, and renovation.

About DJC TopProjects

DJC TopProjects has become an industry tradition, recognizing and honoring the best building and construction projects. The criteria consists of projects completed in Oregon or southwest Washington that were substantially completed by December 31 of the previous year and valued at more than $1 million. Projects were judged based on materials submitted, scope of work, challenges and obstacles, budget and schedule considerations, quality, and overall project.

About McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc.

A commercial construction company, McKenzie Commercial Contractors was founded in 1983 with the goal to offer exceptional service to customers and great opportunities for employees. Since then, McKenzie Commercial Contractors has grown to be one of the most reputable general contractors in western Oregon. To learn more, visit their website.


Hamilton Construction Wins AGCA Build America Award

Hamilton’s I-5 Willamette River Bridge project named Best New Highway and Transportation Project in the nation by AGC of America.

Hamilton Construction Co. wins AGCA Build America Award

Hamilton President Scott Williams, and Hamilton Partner and Senior Project Manager Jeff Firth (2nd and 3rd from left) accepted the 2015 Alliant Build America Award for the I-5 Willamette River Bridge (Whilamut Passage).

The Associated General Contractors of America, a national trade association representing the construction industry, recently announced that Hamilton Construction Co.’s I-5 Willamette River Bridge (Whilamut Passage) has received the first place 2015 Alliant Build America Award for excellence in the New Highway and Transportation Division.

In selecting the project, AGC of America noted Hamilton had “integrated many notable environmental innovations that have set new industry standards for protecting the environment.” They also noted: “Completed four months ahead of schedule and $15 million under budget, vehicular, rail, river, pedestrian and cycling traffic were all safely maintained throughout the entire project.” This project was the Oregon Dept. of Transportation’s first using the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) delivery system.

Posted 4/13/15


LCD Named #1 Medium Sized Company to Work for in Oregon

The 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon

LCD Wins Oregon Business Magazine's Best Company to Work ForEvery year companies in the state of Oregon participated in Oregon Business magazine survey “100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon.” Now in its 22nd year, Lanphere Construction & Development participated in the survey for the first time and was voted #1 Best medium sized company to work for in Oregon.

LCD believes in creating a company culture where every employee feels valued. “Great benefits. Education assistance. Family feel. Leadership cares. I love coming to work every day” is just one of the many quotes collected from the survey from LCD employees.

In being chosen as a winning company, LCD was evaluated on benefits, pay, fairness, sustainable practices, as well as culture and internal communication. LCD offers excellent medical benefits, vacation pay, 401k and flexible spending. They have the opportunity to attend Major League Sports games and concerts in a suite at the Moda center. They hold quarterly “pep rallies” where employees can win gift cards, apparel, tools and other fantastic items all while learning updates and information regarding the success of LCD and all their hard work. Employees also look forward to the annual holiday party each year as they all love coming together with their families and celebrating the holiday season together with food and entertainment such as poker tournaments and stand-up comedy.

“It makes me so proud to lead such a great group of employees that genuinely love to come to work each day and for that reason they voted us as the number one place to work.” says Jerry Jones Jr., VP/general manager. LCD establishes a “work hard play hard” mentality which creates a great team atmosphere because everyone is created equally, employees come to work confident and excited to grow the success of the company.

About LCD

Lanphere Construction & Development provides construction management and general contracting for commercial, industrial, and tenant improvement projects throughout the West Coast, as well as full scope earth work, demolition and underground services. LCD was founded by Bob Lanphere Jr. and Jerry Jones Jr. by the idea of getting things done smarter and more cost effectively than the competition. Now licensed in five states, our team has managed successfully complete projects that would rival some of the top area firms who have been around for decades.

Posted March 26, 2015


McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc. Ranks 7th of 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon

McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc. Ranks 7th of 100 Best Companies to Work for in OregonMcKenzie Commercial Contractors has ranked 7th in the small business category of the 22nd annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon. The award was announced at the Oregon Convention Center on February 26. Last year, McKenzie Commercial Contractors ranked 12th, 3rd in 2013, and 17th in 2012.

“We are thrilled to be in the top seven of Oregon’s best small businesses to work for,” says McKenzie Commercial Contractors principal owner, Todd Glenz. “We make employee development and support a priority, and this award shows that.”

Two hundred and seventy Oregon companies and more than 11,500 employees completed this year’s 100 Best survey. As stated in the Oregon Business Magazine (about McKenzie Commercial Contractors), “At construction sites, employees report a teamwork-driven environment that focuses on getting the project done.”

About the Oregon Business 100 Best List

The 100 Best list recognizes large, medium, and small companies for excellence in work environment, management and communications, decision-making and trust, career development and learning, and benefits and compensation. All the winners and their rankings are published in the March 2015 issue of Oregon Business and online at OregonBusiness.com.

About McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc.

A commercial construction company, McKenzie Commercial Contractors, Inc. was founded in 1983 with the goal to offer exceptional service to customers and great opportunities for employees. Since then, McKenzie Commercial Contractors has grown to be one of the largest and most reputable general contractors in western Oregon. To date, the company has completed more than 2,000 projects of various sizes and types, totaling more than half a billion dollars. To learn more, visit www.mckenziecommercial.com.


DJC Announces 2015 TopProjects Finalists

DJC TopProjects 2014 Nominees AnnouncedMore than 90 projects submitted for the 2015 TopProjects awards competition will vie for bragging rights as the most outstanding one completed in Oregon or Southwest Washington in 2014.

Now in its 20th year, the Daily Journal of Commerce’s TopProjects has become an industry tradition. In its earliest stages, the competition ranked projects based on construction values. More recently, the awards have become a true way of measuring excellence for the region’s built environment.

In order to qualify for this year’s competition, projects were required to be located in Oregon or Southwest Washington and be substantially completed by Dec. 31, 2014.

The 96 finalist projects now move to the judging phase of the competition. Projects will be evaluated in five categories—public buildings, private buildings, infrastructure, transportation and renovation— by a panel of professionals from the local building industry.

Judges will determine individual top-scoring winners in each competition category. The project earning the highest number of points among all of the finalists will be named the 2015 Project of the Year.

Winning projects will be announced during the 2015 TopProjects event, which will take place May 14, 4:30–7:30 pm at the Oregon Convention Center. Early-bird tickets are $85. The price increases to $95 after April 30. Registration is available online.

The 2015 TopProjects Oregon-Columbia Chapter member finalists are:


Renowned Construction Lawyer and Mediator Roger Lenneberg Joins Jordan Ramis PC

Roger Lenneberg, shareholder, Jordan Ramis PC

Roger Lenneberg, Shareholder, Jordan Ramis PC

Jordan Ramis PC is proud to announce that highly respected construction lawyer and mediator Roger A. Lenneberg has joined the firm as a shareholder. Roger will be co-chairing the firm’s construction law team with shareholder John H. Baker. The construction law team is part of the firm’s well-established and highly regarded 22-attorney and paralegal Dirt Law Group.

“We are pleased to welcome Roger Lenneberg to Jordan Ramis,” said Steve Shropshire, managing shareholder of Jordan Ramis PC. “Roger is one of the most highly respected construction lawyers in the state.  His experience and expertise will add to the tradition of deep industry knowledge that we provide our construction clients.”

After 20 years in private practice, five years as in-house counsel for a specialty contractor and five years as a mediator/arbitrator, Roger understands how legal and business interests intersect. “My goal is to help my clients build and protect relationships and profits by providing timely, practical advice.” Roger represents construction contractors, design professionals, and owners throughout the life cycle of a project. He provides advice and seminars on contracting, project documentation, and claim management, as well as representing clients in all types of dispute resolution. Roger and the Dirt Law Group of Jordan Ramis are experienced with the financial side of the industry, as well as including liens, bond claims, construction financing, and insurance. Roger also offers in-house training on project claim avoidance, and management and productivity loss claim preparation and defense.

Roger received his B.S. from Reed College and earned his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. He continued his education at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Jordan Ramis PC was established in 1963 and has offices in Oregon and Washington. Jordan Ramis represents clients throughout the western United States in business law, government law, litigation, and Dirt Law® (real estate, environmental, natural resources, land use, and construction law).


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