Western Constructors has been building up Grand Junction since 1974. A lot of people know us as “Bruce’s company,” but we’ve become so much more in recent years. We’ve become a community in ourselves. Between the many great people who work in the office, helping clients with the design-build process, to the subcontractors, parts suppliers, and finally, home- and property-buyers… All of these people, including you, are part of the Western Constructors legacy. We have a lot to share with you – it’s part of why we started a blog. But if you want the short-and-sweet summary of this post, it’s in the headline: Western Constructors builds a string of pearls in Grand Junction.
General Contractors In Grand Junction, CO
We’ve built homes and commercial spaces all over the country. For a while, most of our projects were elsewhere. Grand Junction’s gone through some hard economic times in the past decade, and it’s made construction in the Grand Valley difficult. The oilfield hasn’t been stable on the Western Slope for a long time (if it ever truly was). We haven’t had a ton of industry here. People live here because they love the wonderful natural playground we live in and live near, but it can sometimes be difficult to look at Grand Junction in an entirely positive light, economically- and quality-wise.
When 2008 hit, a lot of home-builders had to pull out of the region. There just wasn’t a lot of work in the Grand Valley, and what work there was could only be priced out of reach for most families. We kept living in Grand Junction and running our business here, but we performed work elsewhere. Grand Junction’s an incredible place to live, and we never wanted to leave just because of hard financial times. We’ve been waiting for the time when we could begin building homes and commercial properties in Grand Junction once again. And we’re happy to announce that time is now.
Moving Grand Junction Into The Future
We’re very excited about the projects we’re undertaking. Basically, we want Grand Junction to be more than just a launching ground to the outdoors. We want it to be an incredible place to live and do business, in itself.
People love Grand Junction and its surrounding regions, and we never want the Grand Valley to become like Denver or other Front Range cities. But, we do want to modernize Grand Junction wither newer construction. We want to revitalize the parts of town that are currently run-down or abandoned. We want to create more opportunities for business, give our kids and grandkids more things to do in and around town, and make Grand Junction the type of place that people want to visit. We definitely don’t want to be what John Madden called us back in the 1950’s: “Grand Junkyard.”
We’re working to give people who live here hope that they’ve living in the best place there is for anyone to live, anywhere. We’re also working to give hope to people who live here that things are going to get better. Business is getting better. The economy’s getting better. The quality of Grand Junction is getting better. Life’s getting better.
Making The Best Of What We’ve Got
Grand Junction has so much potential to become more than just a centralized location for amazing outdoors activity. Grand Junction is, and always has been a launching pad to hundreds of outdoor locations, all within an hour or two. Growing our town won’t change that. Having more people in the Grand Valley won’t change that. For the rest of all our lifetimes we will have everything outdoors we already have.
What we’re after is growing Grand Junction so more people can enjoy what we now have. With the economy improving and more businesses moving to Grand Junction, it’s time to make Grand Junction a hub for others to move to and visit as well. It’s time to make Grand Junction a highly-desired place to live – and not just for its outdoors activities. It’s time to make the city itself highly-desirable.
String Of Pearls
Western Constructors now has many construction projects underway within the city which will help us achieve the vision we and many others have. We have a commercial project at Cornersquare, a residential project in the Redlands, and two mixed residential/ commercial projects along what is known in the Grand Valley as the “string of pearls”: in this case, Las Colonias and the nearby Dos Rios.
The “string of pearls” metaphor was originally used to describe a vision from 1987 where leaders in Grand Junction met in the basement of the Daily Sentinel building. The vision was to create what is now known as the riverfront trail system, along which would be a string of parks (“pearls”) on the water’s edge. More than that, the riverfront trail and parks concept were to replace and clean up Las Colonias, which had formerly been the site of various failed industrial projects.
The History Of Las Colonias
Hardly anyone today knows that the Las Colonias park, where Edgewater resides, where Western Constructor’s new townhomes are being built, just South of downtown Grand Junction between 5th and 12th, used to be the location for a beet sugar plant, and later, a uranium mill. They were two separate industries that came to Grand Junction and ultimately failed, for various reasons. In both cases, however, the economic fallout of losing the industries for the town was terrible.
It’s been a long time since all of that took place. Our economy’s recover, leftover material from the mill was remediated long ago by both the state and national government. Today, the area’s been cleaned up nicely. But back in the 1980’s when the riverfront trail and it’s string of pearls were still just a dream, Las Colonias was a trash heap. The whole Southern portion of town, right along the river, was unsightly. Everyone who goes to Las Colonias today has Grand Junction’s former leaders to thank for the cleanup they spearheaded, and for changing the way people at that time saw Grand Junction.
For those of us who have been around long enough, it’s a breath of fresh air to see the massive, massive improvements to the town that have taken place over the past 20-30 years. People from other parts of Colorado or across the country may still have bad stigmas about Grand Junction, or may just still not realize how amazing this town is. But they will. And it’s for the best. After all, we all want more improvement projects in the place we live and love, like the string of pearls, that we can all enjoy.
Our Contribution To Grand Junction
Western Constructors’ contribution to Grand Junction is also its own string of pearls. It’s our contribution to Grand Junction that we hope will have the same long-lasting and meaningful impact as the original string of pearls.
We’re committed to doing everything in our power, in our own industry, to help move Grand Junction along to better days. Cornersquare, the Redlands, Las Colonias, and Dos Rios are only the beginning. You will especially begin to see our mark on the South end of town in coming years, as the Las Colonias business park (more on that in future blog posts) comes to fruition. We can’t wait to share with you more about how these projects we’re working on will help revitalize entire sections of Grand Junction for the better, all within the next short few years.
*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.