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The Future Of Grand Junction’s Downtown

You’ve probably already seen the progress at the Las Colonias business park. As you round the corner, all kinds of construction equipment is current in use. Riverside Parkway is now one of Grand Junction’s most active areas for new construction. As a general contractor in Grand Junction, we’re thrilled about this progress. As the general contractor working on the Las Colonias development, we’re extremely excited for the businesses setting up/ relocating their corporate headquarters to make Las Colonias their new home. As Grand Junction residents, we couldn’t be happier to see the beginnings of the future of Grand Junction’s downtown area.

Las Colonias Business Park

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the Las Colonias development in our blog. We keep bringing news of the development to your attention not only because we are the general contractors on the project and want to promote our work (which we also do since we’re very proud of our joined efforts with Grand Junction and the many businesses involved), but because the new business park will be the epicenter of a lot of growth in Grand Junction. There is news coverage of the area so far (check out this article from December last year on the Las Colonias business park, written by the GJ Sentinel), but we think that a lot of people have yet to realize just how big this is going to be. The Las Colonias business park could completely renovate Grand Junction’s downtown.

Downtown, Currently

Main Street in Grand Junction really lasts from about 3rd Street to 7th Street. There are obviously more businesses down to 1st, and even West of there, but the main bulk of walk-in shops and things to do as a community are within those borders. That gives people visiting the city, or current residents about four blocks of shops. There are a few growing businesses on Colorado Ave. like Grand Junction’s very own Loki Outdoor Clothing Shop just South of Main, but that area is older and still gets less walking traffic. There are also businesses that have moved or set up shop South of Main Street in anticipation of growth in that direction, like Get Air, CrossFit Juke Joint, and Edgewater Brewery. But nothing has yet incentivized growth of the overall downtown area, which could give Grand Junction a much needed economic and cultural boost. We believe that the Las Colonias business park will do just that.

Sketches By the Grand Junction Economic Partnership

If you want to see the online brochure about the Las Colonias business park, you can find it here. The brochure was created by the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and is geared towards attracting new businesses to the area. However, the overview presented on the brochure, we believe, can be helpful for anyone interested in seeing how Grand Junction’s downtown growth will look.

In the middle of the brochure are artist’s sketches of the business park and how it will tie in with Riverside Parkway, the outdoor amphitheater, and even the rest of Grand Junction’s downtown. As general contractors, we see how the project will stimulate growth for all Grand Junction. We’d ideally love to see more companies decide to set up businesses between Main Street and Riverside. Not that Grand Junction as a town needs to change. We have a wonderful place to live here now, and we certainly don’t want Grand Junction to become the new Front Range. But it will be nice, especially for younger generations, to have more options for living and working downtown.

Along Riverside Parkway

We will be building new live/work communities located at Las Colonias and at our upcoming project, Dos Rios (Dos Rios is located just West of Las Colonias, on Riverside). Dos Rios will be 60 acres of mixed-use development. There will be residential, retail, open space, and industrial construction going in very soon. Like Las Colonias, however, it will be very tastefully done. Visitors to the Dos Rios area will be delighted with our design and finish. Anyone wondering how Dos Rios will look, roughly, can look to our current projects on both sides of Edgewater Brewery.

We currently have two townhomes buildings finished on Riverside Parkway, just West of Edgewater, with another two buildings almost ready to sell. The buildings are three stories tall, making them some of the most unique homes available in Grand Junction. We will also be constructing new townhomes in the lot adjacent in the next couple years as the rest of our projects come to fruition. These newer townhomes will be two stories and very affordably priced. The East side of Edgewater has the amphitheater and the new butterfly lake, making it currently one of the most desirable places to live in Grand Junction.

Expanding Grand Junction’s Downtown

We see a day coming in the next five to ten years where downtown will stretch from Main Street to Riverside, and people can live and work in the same relative location. It’s a sort of cultural shift for Grand Junction. As contractors, we’ve seen live-work communities built across the country, to good effect. They’re unique areas for especially the younger generation of millennials and the group currently being called “iGen.” The live-work concept is very attractive to people who want to be tied in to their community, but don’t want to live with a mortgage for decades to come.

They want to work where they play and enjoy the outdoors. As our downtown area grows, more people will be able to walk or bike to work. The work itself, because of developments like the Las Colonias business park, will be higher paying that typical jobs CMU graduates could currently find in Grand Junction. We’re expecting to see more outdoor and tech companies fill out the growing downtown space, giving more opportunity to our younger generation. Plus, that kind of growth especially, as we’ve seen in larger cities, will pay off economically as well in the form of increased jobs and higher taxes collected by the city.

The Riverside area is certainly becoming an attractive location. We think as Grand Junction comes around to the benefits provided by an enlarged downtown, there will be more live-work spaces sought out in other parts of town. We’re excited to be the general contractors in Grand Junction that are taking on this type of project most.

 

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Western Constructors’ Design/ Build Concept

In our latest blog post we talked about some of the new construction happening right now in Grand Junction, CO. If you haven’t read that article and you’re interested in seeing the ways that new construction is coming up in Grand Junction, that post is for you. The many new businesses moving into the Grand Valley are making big waves, and it’s affecting all of us (we think for the positive). We also talked about Western Constructors’ design/ build concept very briefly. It’s one of the biggest differentiators between us and other construction companies and general contractors in Grand Junction, CO (and really, across the U.S.). We care very deeply about the clients we work with. When we moved the majority of our construction projects back to Western Colorado, we came here to stay. Our construction projects now affect the place we live, and our intentionality with creating lasting change has become imperative.

We Have National General Contracting Experience

Of course, we’ve always given our clients our very best work. We’re headed construction projects across the country. It’s another one of the advantages Western Constructors has over other general contractors in Grand Junction. We have a national level of experience. In every one of our projects we’ve performed, we’ve always approached our work with the highest level of care. But over time, our experience in many parts of the country, working on projects from many perspectives, we’ve gained the ability to mentor clients through their construction projects. That’s where our design/ build concept comes in. We help clients design their projects from the very beginning stages. We are able to help them navigate the often-complex world of commercial construction with our mentorship process.

How Projects With Other Companies Are Often Handled

With many other construction companies, clients come with architectural designs which they want built. Those designs have been checked by engineers, perhaps looked over by the city, and approved from many angels. The construction company then takes the designs and builds the project. It’s a seemingly simple approach to commercial construction that surprisingly, often results in the project taking much longer than originally anticipated.

The problem is that oftentimes, architects aren’t one hundred percent clued in to their clients’ budgets and other practical resource constraints. When brought the architectural plans, construction companies are forced to bring their clients’ attention to the actual cost of building. If the client wasn’t very careful with ensuring the plans fit into their budget ahead of time (which is often not in their area of expertise to do), they must go back to the architect and re-do their designs. It’s a major pain that the process of commercial construction is already hard enough without. It results in a back-and-forth between architect, engineers, and general contractors that could easily have been avoided.

Western Constructors’ Approach

We much prefer to meet with our clients from the very earliest conceptual stages of their project’s design. Before they even meet with their architect or engineer, we want to know what their overall goals are. We want to know how their building should look, what feel it should bring to their customers and employees. What materials are on their wish-list, and their non-negotiables. We want to know the overall image they want to portray, and what this project means to them. Then, we want to know the details of how they want their building to be laid out. It’s a top-down approach that is often (surprisingly) contrary to the typical timeline in commercial construction.

In those early conversations we’re often forced (as many other construction companies are) to instill a little realism. We all have the habit of wanting it all when it comes to the things we care about most. Without the kind of advice that we can bring our clients, they often find that their dreams cost more than what is practical for them to build. We help our clients combine the aspects of building their business’ new location while keeping their feet on the ground with their budget and other constraints.

Long-Term, Varied Perspective

We also help our client look at their project from multiple angels. This is where mentorship comes into the project. Because we’ve built companies, commercial buildings, residential homes, multi-family units, and live-work communities all over the country, we’ve gained a wide perspective on additional topics that our clients often find very useful. Sometimes our clients like to know about things like:

  • Handling projects from a landlord’s perspective.
  • Working with city governments.
  • Knowledge of both the design and construction processes.
  • Working with architects and engineers.
  • Planning space within city zones.
  • Getting permits.

We also have very close relationships with the important voices in Grand Junction, CO, and can expedite construction projects. We’re part of several planning and decision-making committees in Grand Junction, and we have a voice as to what sorts of projects get pushed through for our city’s future.  We take pride in offering the companies and clients we work with a host of benefits outside of the relatively narrow area of construction. We view ourselves as general contractor/ mentors. Education is a huge piece of the value we bring to our clients.

And we believe that’s how it should be. There are many great construction companies and general contractors. Anyone can construct a building. But not everyone has decades of experience in all aspects of design, construction, and post-construction, such as we do at Western Constructors.

Simplifying The Process

Our clients often tell us that we make the construction process simpler.

  • Our design/ build concept cuts down on wasted time.
  • Our high levels of interaction and frequent meetings with clients help them stay focused on their overall goal.
  • We keep people from getting stuck in the minutiae of their project.
  • We build commercial buildings in a fair and expedient fashion.
  • We help our clients evaluate every step of the construction process to ensure maximum levels of return.
  • We are the experts that make that process doable.

Building a commercial project is not cheap and should not be approached lightly. From the time we begin working with clients until the construction project is complete, our team of experts are with you.

 

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

New Construction In Grand Junction, CO

If you aren’t from the Western Slope, you may not have realized yet that there’s a lot of new construction in Grand Junction, CO going on right now. Grand Junction hasn’t traditionally been known for rapid expansion, innovative design, or meaningful economic growth. But for residents of Grand Junction, the amount of new construction is obvious. It’s an exciting time to be in a city that’s long lain dormant. You can take a drive through just about any part of town and see new construction right now.

New Construction Projects

New long-stay hotels are going up on the Northwest side of town near Regal Cinemas. That area also has a new large Bank of Colorado going in. The Grand Junction regional airport, along with bringing in new staff who formerly worked at DIA in Denver, is adding new buildings and runways. CMU is virtually exploding. It’s the fastest-growing university in Colorado at this time, and for the first time in its history, more than half of its student population is coming from outside of Mesa County. New construction is continually being built on the main campus. Plus, new student housing will soon be going up on Grand Avenue, just East of 7th Street. The campus is continually growing, renovating old buildings, and adding to Grand Junction’s cultural vibe.

Western Constructors is heading up developments at Las Colonias and Dos Rios. New tech buildings are going up as an initiative by Kaart group next to the Factory on Main. The Main Street area is becoming a centralized location for solopreneurs and upcoming tech companies.

New homes are being built all over the Valley. The areas between Main Street and Riverside Parkway are slated for new construction and renovation as the riverside front is built out in coming years. The area will feature new commercial buildings, retail space, and live-work communities. There is so much growth happening right now in Grand Junction that it’s also a bit overwhelming for some of the city’s residents. With all the growth, Grand Junction as a whole is changing how the city expresses itself.

Grand Junction’s Many Improvements

Grand Junction is also getting a lot of time in the press right now, as well. The Colorado Sun wrote a lengthy article about Grand Junction last October. It’s odd for an area that people used to call “Grand Junktown” to be featured in an award-winning news column. The author wrote about Grand Junction’s emerging image. That it used to be a town people virtually fled, if they were below retirement age. But it’s now becoming a land of opportunity in Colorado where living prices are good, opportunity for tech and outdoor recreation is flourishing, and the younger generation is finally finding jobs and staying.

It used to be up until very recently that students in Grand Junction would graduate High School or finish their education at CMU and then leave. There haven’t been a significant number of jobs in Grand Junction to keep students local, after they graduate. Grand Junction’s only industry has traditionally been oil and gas, which in the Western Slope, has always gone through boom-and-bust phases. It’s been one of the big problems that the city has faced, that it’s had such a poor retention rate of its younger generation.

Emerging Businesses

But now, generation X and the millennials are beginning to find their place in the Western Slope business centers. Main Street and surrounding spaces are expanding with new hotels and tech companies. People have begun comparing Grand Junction to Boulder 30 years ago. Its downtown growth initiatives bring up memories of those that transformed Denver’s LoDo years ago. It’s a fairly low-population town that has incredible access to the outdoors. People are just now starting to realize that there’s a lot more potential to Grand Junction than perhaps in years past, and it’s incredible for us at Western Constructors to be part of that monumental change.

One of the really encouraging signs of economic growth for us has been to see that Grand Junction recently reported a 9% increase of collected sales tax over the previous year. We are always focused on what we can do as a new construction company to help the city, but our impact is limited. We can build new properties, but we can’t make them successful.

Putting Construction And Business Growth Together

It’s wonderful to see that the commercial buildings we’ve been constructing lately are getting filled with profitable companies. We’re very happy to know that the residential construction side of our company is selling the homes we’re building to people who are moving in from all over the country. We aren’t just creating new structures and watching them fall apart. We’re instead watching our community become more and more successful as Grand Junction prospers as a whole.

We’ve done both new commercial and new residential construction for many years. We’ve performed work in Grand Junction, as well as across the country. And we’ve recently decided to permanently call Grand Junction home. As we’re developing our long-term business strategies for this area, we’re communicating to our clients that our time spent building, investing, and managing properties across the U.S. is to their advantage. It helps to have a national company in a small-but-growing city.

Las Colonias Business Park

Among our many new commercial construction projects in Grand Junction, we’re particularly excited about Las Colonias and Dos Rios. It’s been a big opportunity for us to work with the local and emerging company, Bonsai Design, who’s corporate headquarters will stand out as a centerpiece at the Las Colonias business park.

We knew when we stared working with Bonsai that they, like many of our commercial clients, would need mentorship through the construction and design process. It’s not easy navigating the sometimes-complex world of commercial construction. It involves working with the city, other local businesses, and discovering any sorts of pertinent regulation for the project.

Western Constructors Design-Build Concept

There’s also the matter of the design-build concept, upon which Western Constructors has built our name. We prefer to work with companies before their architectural designs come into play. Architects are taught to give the customer what they want, but the results are sometimes unrealistic for affordable construction. We help our customers get what they’re after functionally, within their price range.

The design-build concept is a topic we’ll be covering a lot more in future blog posts. But for now, we’re just excited to share our hard-earned expertise with the vibrantly growing city of Grand Junction. We’re bringing our nation-wide experience to a city that we’ve always loved. There are vast positive changes on the horizon for Grand Junction. We’re so thrilled to be in the right place at the right time to help growing companies with their new commercial construction and design-build projects.

 

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

We Build Communities

During our forty-five years in business we’ve built over 2,700 residential homes. That’s 2,700 families who have lived in buildings we’ve constructed. The average family has about three kids, so that’s about 7,000 kids who have grown up in homes we’ve built. Our longevity of building also means that kids who grew up in some of our early homes we built in the 1970’s bought homes of ours for themselves as they got older. A lot of that is going on today, in fact. That means that we’ve had sometimes three or four generations of families all living in homes built by Western Constructors. That’s why we say that we don’t just build homes, businesses, and commercial properties. We build communities.

We’ve also had families buy homes from us in one of our subdivisions and love our workmanship and quality so much that they’ve later bought another home of ours. People look for homes we build simply because they follow our company and want our products. Most homeowners when looking to buy a new home, upgrade, or purchase an investment property, don’t look for specific home builders. Most people search for homes based on things like location, price, age, good neighborhood, schools, and so on. But to have not just a few, but many, many families over the years continually buy homes based solely on the fact that we built that property is almost unheard of. It’s part of why we’re so happy to be back in Grand Junction, building once again. And as we’ve mentioned in other recent blog posts, we’re here to stay. We live here. Our kids live here. We’re settling down here for the long run.

Passion In Building

We care deeply about the communities in which we build. You’ve probably heard that some people go to work so they can pay their bills while others find work that fulfills their passion. We’re really in a lucky place as a company in that regard. Bruce Milyard began Western Constructors and its affiliate companies a long time ago, and he’s always been passionate about the projects he’s taken on. Over time, that company culture developed as he brought his own kids onboard with the company. Now, our company has grown to be very large commercial and residential builders, but our culture is still focused on building with passion and purpose. We never take on projects for a paycheck, only. We’re always one hundred percent engaged in the work we’re taking on so that our clients can know without a doubt that they’ve chosen the right builder for their project.

Keeping People Connected

Especially in today’s world, it’s important to have passion in the work we do. A lot of people feel out-of-touch. Younger kids today spend more time on their smart phones and on the internet than they do with the community around them. A lot of parents work extra hours to pay bills. Not just in Grand Junction, but across the country, we’ve stopped spending as much physical time together as the demands of life take hold. And unfortunately, these aren’t problems that are easily fixed.

We’re committed at Western Constructors, however, to helping our employees find passion in the work they do because work takes up a large portion of our waking hours during the week. It’s never worthwhile, in our opinion, to work only for pay. Life’s too short and its demands are too great for us not to find fulfillment in every waking minute. Plus, without passion in work, work quality diminishes, which is something we simply cannot afford in our industry.

Passion In Creating Communities

We’re also committed to doing what we can to help improve the sense of community in our world today, among all generations. We can’t fix the fact that our younger generation is heavily focused on technology, but we can build fun areas like the projects we have going up at Las Colonias for them to visit with friends and family. As Bonsai Design gets their corporate headquarters set up by butterfly lake, they’ll also install a zipline across the river. The whole development will feature things to do as families, or in friend groups, and the park there will be beautified as well. More retail shops will be built, and the development will be a large extension of the downtown/ main street area.

We also can’t solve the problem today that so many people must work long hours to pay bills. The economy has certainly seen worse times, though, and at least in Grand Junction, things seem to be continually improving. There are positive signs that families may have easier times finding high-paying employment in the future.

Creating Live-Work Spaces

But what Western Constructors is doing now to help families is building more self-contained developments. There are areas in other parts of Colorado, for example, where people can live, work, eat, and play all within a few city blocks. It doesn’t solve every problem, but it certainly saves families much-needed time together when they can get off work, walk home because their place of employment is so close, bike together to a restaurant for dinner, and play frisbee at a park that’s next door. Las Colonias and Dos Rios will become the new center of downtown Grand Junction activities within the next few years, and our townhome construction in that area will allow people to live and play in the areas where they work. Every bit of additional in-person time together for friends and families in today’s world is a big improvement.

Building Grand Junction’s Future

Our goal is to build commercial and residential projects that allow people to have a greater sense of community. From the suburbs we build, neighborhoods, commercial projects, townhomes, and mixed-use areas, we want people to feel that they belong. We’re extremely passionate about leaving Grand Junction (and every area where we build) better than when we found it. We think that Grand Junction has far more potential than probably anyone here believes. We think that Grand Junction is a highly desirable place to live and play. And we believe that our economy can be every bit as strong as the Front Range without actually becoming the Front Range.

We’re excited to bring more sense of belonging and optimism to Grand Junction by developing Las Colonias and the downtown area. We’re excited to continue doing what we’ve always done: we always have and always will build communities.

 

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

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