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An Overview of Western Constructors

If you’ve read our blog the past couple weeks, you might have noticed that we’ve been sharing a lot about the industry lately. It’s true—it’s important to us that you’re kept up to date about things happening in construction. But we also think that it’s important to remind you of the services we provide at Western Constructors. We don’t want who we are to get lost in all the information we’ve given you! That’s why this week we want to tell you a little bit more about ourselves. It’s important to us that you get to know us so that we can build a working relationship. We’ve often said that at Western Constructors, we build relationships. In today’s article, we’re going to give you an overview of Western Constructors. We want you to know who we are, what we value, what we’ve done, and what we still plan to do.

An Overview of Western Constructors’ Projects

We’ve written before about some of the projects we’ve taken on around Grand Junction. In one of our articles, which you can find here, we talked about the work we’ve done in the Dos Rios area. We’ve helped make the Dos Rios area more modern as we’ve shaped Grand Junction’s downtown. And part of that new development is changing the way people live. We’ve helped create live/work communities through our residential and commercial construction in the area. This encourages growth, encourages people to move to Grand Junction, and offers people a chance to live right where they make a living. We think it’s incredible that some people just have to cross the street to get to work. And we’ve been a big part of making that happen. The Dos Rios area has been a long-forgotten part of Grand Junction, but we’ve helped make it an amazing part of the city.

We’ve always envisioned a string of pearls along the Riverside area. It originally became an idea way back in 1987, and the original vision was to create a series of parks and other projects on the water’s edge. That’s one of the reasons that we’ve been doing so much work in the Riverside area, whether it’s through our residential construction in the Redlands Mesa area or our developments at the Las Colonias Business Park. It’s our goal to help make this vision a reality, to make Grand Junction an exciting place for people to work and live. At Western Constructors, it’s important that the work we do always goes toward making our city a better place. And we think that our work in the Riverside has done exactly that. The work we’ve done at Western Constructors has been its own little string of pearls.

Our Values and Services

But we don’t want to just talk about what we’ve done. We also want to talk a little bit about what matters to us. Integrity is one of the most important values to us. And that doesn’t just mean integrity in our business—it’s about our respect for your integrity, too. We always want to get our clients’ projects done as efficiently as possible, and we’re dedicated to always providing the very best quality. But we aren’t a company that will rush a job just for the sake of getting it done quickly. We always work hard to communicate with our clients so that we can thoroughly understand the expectations and requirements of your project. It’s important to us because you’re important to us.

But in an overview of Western Constructors, it would be impossible not to talk about the many services that we offer. We’ve talked a little bit about what we’ve done, but we haven’t talked enough about what we do. We essentially take part in every aspect of the construction process. We help with planning, where we provide services like budget development and critical path scheduling. It’s our goal to help make your project a reality in the best possible way. And after we’ve finished planning, we can work as both general contractors and construction managers. As general contractors, we can see your project through from start to finish. And if you’re looking for expert advice and consultation, we offer comprehensive construction management services. And these are just a couple of our services—take a look at our website for the full list of everything we do.

Western Constructors’ Design-Build Atmosphere

Part of what makes Western Constructors so great is the way we approach our construction projects. We’ve created an amazing design-build atmosphere. In short, design-build is a process that simplifies the entire project from planning to construction. In traditional project delivery, project owners have to work with both general contractors and designers. But what happens when there are conflicts between those two people? What happens when something goes wrong and one of them blames the other? Instead of working with two different groups (which encourages delays) we simplify the process. We work with designers from the beginning to make sure that everyone is on the same page before the project even starts. It contributes to an atmosphere of team-building and cooperation, and it helps ensure that no problems arise. If you’re interested in learning more about design-build project delivery, be sure to check out our article here.

Knowing who we are and learning about the services we provide is an essential part of building a relationship. And at Western Constructors, relationships and integrity mean everything to us. Good contractors find and keep the best people working for them—and we’re incredibly proud of our experienced and talented workers. Good contractors also have a positive work environment, something that we’re constantly working hard to maintain. For more information about traits of successful contractors, we recommend checking out this article here. It’s our hope that this article has helped teach you a little more about who we are and what we value at Western Constructors. It’s important that you know where we come from and where we’re going. We’re proud of our experience and the work we’ve done in Grand Junction, and we can’t wait to keep serving this incredible community for years to come.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Dos Rios Grand Junction CO New Construction

As one of the oldest parts of the city of Grand Junction, the Riverside area is beginning to see new signs of revitalization—and we’re proud to be a part of that process. If you’ve travelled near the Dos Rios area, you might have seen construction already beginning on renovating the area. Maybe as you’ve passed by, you’ve wondered what exactly was coming to this area of Grand Junction. If you’ve searched for “Dos Rios Grand Junction CO New Construction” on Google recently, you know there isn’t a lot of up-to-date information about the project. We’re very excited to be a part of a team that’s bringing new construction and a new outlook for the long-neglected Dos Rios area of Grand Junction. Creating a space for people to work and live in the downtown area is one of our top priorities as the general contractors for the project.

We’ve helped bring about change you can see at the nearby Las Colonias Business Park—you can read more about everything we’ve done here. We’re proud to be the general contractors working on the development there and in the Dos Rios area. Already, we’ve begun to rejuvenate an old area of town, bringing modernity, freshness, and most importantly, hope for the future. When the developments at Dos Rios are done and the new construction there is finished, this downtown area will be the center of a live-work space that provides a connection between younger people and the companies for which they work. All over the United States, live-work communities have become increasingly popular, especially with younger people, because it gives more options to people who aren’t quite ready to tie themselves down to a home.

New Companies Coming to Dos Rios

Many of the companies that will be setting up shop in the Dos Rios area will be tech and outdoor-related companies. One of the tenants that will be coming there, for example, is Sunshine Polishing, a company that paints both gondolas and ski-lifts. In the modern world, tech companies have become enormously important, and we think that providing a space for more of these kinds of companies in the Dos Rios area will help the community in many ways. It will encourage younger people to move closer to the area to live near where they work, it will help continue to modernize a part of Grand Junction that has been neglected for too long, and it will open up more opportunities for residents of the Riverside area. Tech companies are the way of the future, so we’re helping provide space to bring the future to downtown Grand Junction.

Live-Work Communities

One of the most important aspects of the new development is the way it encourages people to live where they work. On top of building spaces for tech and outdoor companies, the new construction in the Dos Rios area will bring light residential space as well as buildings that combine the two. Some of the new buildings coming to the area will be designed so that the first floor will have retail space and the upper floors will be residential. Imagine living so close to work that you can walk downstairs or bike across the street to start your day. Western Constructors is proud to be part of the team that’s making this opportunity a reality. We’re making the downtown area of Grand Junction both a place where you can live and a place where you can work—a place where you can have your cake and eat it, too.

We’ve been hard at work with the city of Grand Junction to bring fresh change to a sometimes-forgotten part of town, and we’re very happy with what we’ve already begun. We want the Dos Rios area to be somewhere where people are proud to work and proud to live, a place where you can raise your children and make a living. Where there used to be more than 3,000 junked cars, we envision a mixed-use development that stimulates downtown Grand Junction and brings new life to one of the oldest parts of the city. We’re always looking for ways that we can help improve our city and make people’s lives a little better. Western Constructors believes that this will be the future of downtown, and as the general contractors for the project, we couldn’t be happier with the vision we have for the Dos Rios area.

The Future of Grand Junction’s Downtown

Of course, part of being one of the oldest areas of Grand Junction is having character, and that’s definitely not something we want to erase. The new developments will bring in new people to the Riverside area while maintaining the rich character of its current neighborhoods. If you’re interested in learning more about this, you can read a little bit about it in this wonderful article that also talks about the other changes coming to downtown Grand Junction. The new construction at the Dos Rios development is about bringing modernity to the area while also respecting its heritage, and the article linked above talks about some ways that it will give back to the current community. In the future, there may be giveback programs for developers and businesses aimed at assisting the Riverside community in everything from the Riverside Education Center to the One Riverfront Foundation.

Downtown Grand Junction’s future, something we’ve been talking about a lot lately, is looking bright—between the Las Colonias Business Park and the Dos Rios development, we’re helping to revitalize a crucial area of town. We can’t wait to see the new companies that set up in the Riverside area and all the people that will get a chance to join the community through new residential development and live-work spaces. Grand Junction is growing, and we’re so excited to see all of the benefits that an enlarged downtown will bring to the city. So if you see construction in the Dos Rios area on your way to work or on your way home, take pride in the fact that you’re looking at the future of Grand Junction’s downtown.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

 

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.

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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