Schlecht Construction was recognized for two projects at the Lower Columbia Contractors Association Construction Excellence Awards at a ceremony in Longview in mid-November. The awards were presented by Kurt Henthorne, LCCA President, and Brad Spears, President of the Building Industry Association of Washington.
Schlecht, which has offices in Kelso and Vancouver, received top honors for New Commercial/Industrial Project Over $2 million and for Commercial Remodel Over $500,000.
“This is a real tribute to our entire staff,” said company president Larry Schlecht. “Our goal is always to deliver the best possible quality to our clients at the best possible price. We’ve certainly done that on both of these projects.”
The commercial/industrial project – Nortech Fabrication – was built in Kelso for JL Storedahl & Sons. The 39,000-square-foot project included a production facility, machine room, paint and sandblasting facility, and new offices. Total cost of the project was $3.55 million.
The production facility and paint building utilized pre-cast concrete wall panels and pre-engineered metal fabrication. Special features included crane runway beams for two five-ton cranes that run the full length of the building.
“This project was a great example of a successful design/build project,” Schlecht said. “We worked with the owners throughout the process and were able to save them additional costs through direct contracting.”
Subcontractors involved in the project included Carney Construction (site work), Hamer Electric (electrical), and Entek (HVAC). Wayne Glandon was the project superintendent. Schlecht served as project manager.
Community Home Health & Hospice
This commercial project for Community Home Health & Hospice of Longview included a complete renovation of a 4,200-square-foot office building that was constructed in 1980. The remodel transformed the existing structure into a training center and day care facility with supplementary office space. Total cost was $840,150.
The challenges were numerous. “We had to install a fire sprinkler system throughout the building, retro fit the HVAC systems, deal with dry rot damage, and make a number of upgrades required by the City of Longview for multiple use facilities of this type,” Schlecht said. “Technology and security systems were also upgraded. The best thing is that the client is extremely pleased with the finished product.”
Hospice’s Executive Director Greg Pang said, “We’re very appreciative and proud of our partnership with Schlecht Construction. The new facility meets our growing needs and enables us to provide innovative home- and community-based healthcare.”
Randy Sundberg managed the project. Dick Lindquist was the project superintendent.