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Long-Term Construction In Grand Junction, CO

Our family business as general contractors has always given us a unique perspective about building in Grand Junction, CO. Western Constructors is owned by Bruce Milyard and his son, Tyler Milyard. The two have a family history in construction that reaches over 30 years, when Bruce first began the company. Relationships are our strategy for long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO. In some of our earlier blog posts from last year, we talked about how we’ve now completed work all over the United States. But recently, we’ve reaffirmed our love for Grand Junction, and our dedication to the community. In this blog post we want to talk again about why we are the right choice for general contractors in Grand Junction.

Community And The Internet

It used to be that neighborhoods really meant something. People didn’t just buy homes because they liked the location, the school, the lawn, and the interior. They got to know the people who could become their neighbors. It was important for families with kids to know if there were other kids in the neighborhood, or if there were parks nearby so they could play. Before the days of the internet, community meant more. Some of the best moments of life were spent in community bbq’s or picnics. It wasn’t uncommon for kids to congregate en-masse to play games of football or tag.

The internet, of course, has brought its own forms of connection, and neither is necessarily better than the other. Some people develop rich relationships online with their friends, or colleagues. As general contractors, our professional world has expanded with the internet. Not just in terms of the people we network and do business with, but in our education. It’s much easier to keep abreast of the latest trends in technology, and innovation. We’ve created great relationships across the country that have brought jobs and income to families in Grand Junction, through the internet’s growth over the last twenty years.

Long-Term Construction In Grand Junction And Our Communities

What we want to share with you today is that we’ve taken a couple profound lessons from our past, and from society’s changes to being more online. First, we liked the days of rich community involvement. Maybe you miss days like that too. Our goal is to increase community involvement by creating live-work spaces. You can see our love for it in the projects we take on. We’ve blogged about these projects in the past in more detail, but our project at Los Colonias and near the Edgewater Brewery are perfect examples.

The business park at Los Colonias is one of our favorite projects we’re currently working on. This construction project will bring dozens of new businesses into Grand Junction’s riverside area, and we envision, will expand the downtown. The work at Edgewater, which is just a few hundred yards away, already has the River’s Edge Townhomes, which we’ve put in over the last few years. That area will soon have more retail space, restaurants, and be a perfect live-work community in Grand Junction. When we think of long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO, we think of the Los Colonias development. New businesses are moving to Grand Junction, like Rocky Mounts. Businesses like these are creating new jobs in Grand Junction, and make our job as general contractors very exciting.

Live-Work Construction In Grand Junction, CO

The reason we like the expansion to the Riverside part of town is because it will be a live-work community. A place where people can live, like in the River’s Edge Townhomes, and walk to work either downtown or in the Los Colonias business park. We believe that one of the answers to our fast-paced society today is for general contractors in Grand Junction to develop communities where people are encouraged to know each other. The internet is a big world. Our own small communities in Grand Junction have become virtually global. It’s put a stress on our society, where we no longer know our neighbors. We want to bring back that local feel to our ever-expanding social network with people we see every day in our homes and places of work.

The second profound lesson we’ve learned from our society’s vast changes is that even though people connect more online now than they maybe even do in person, it doesn’t change the fact that we all want real in-person connections in our lives. Even though there are plenty of companies doing long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO, and many of those companies can be found online, people want to work with people they feel they can trust. The best way to build trust is with genuine conversations, and really listening – which is what our family atmosphere at Western Constructors has always taught us to do. Our office doors are always open to anyone we’re working with, or to anyone interested in hiring a general contractor. We also do our best to connect with the community in other ways, such as helping students in Construction Management at CMU.

When working with us, people can expect to be treated like family. It’s just the approach we take. We want to be part of Grand Junction for the long-term. We realize that the buildings we construct will be here probably long after we are. It’s a legacy that we’re proud to be part of. Grand Junction is a unique community that wants to hold on to what it’s always been. We don’t want to lose that neighborhood aspect to who we are.

Long-Term Construction In Grand Junction Is Making The World Smaller Again

Long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO, for us, is all about building communities that last. It’s why we work with companies we trust like Electrician Grand Junction, and pursue projects we can be passionate about.

You’ll notice that a lot of our projects have a live-work element to them. The Knollwood apartments on Patterson and 1st Street and right across the road from McCalister’s Deli. Walgreens is also there, a satellite office for Enstrom’s, and several buildings of office space. It’s a place people can live, eat, and work, all without driving. It’s a smaller community within the larger Grand Junction area.

Our goal is to make the world of construction in Grand Junction a smaller community, in an ever-growing society. We think that by helping people connect in smaller groups of people we can do Grand Junction a great service. We can help people feel connected even though the internet is so big. Even though Grand Junction as a city is growing faster than it ever has before.

 

*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.

String Of Pearls Project One Is Las Colonias

In our last blog article we wrote about Grand Junction’s string of pearls – a phrase coined by leaders in the community from the 1980’s. To make Grand Junction healthier, safer, and more desirable, they built what is today the riverfront parkway and a series of parks (“pearls”) along the path. When they completed that project it completely revitalized the Southern portion of town. Western Constructors is also creating a string of pearls as our contribution to Grand Junction and all Western Colorado. We think it’s fitting that our “string of pearls project one is” Las Colonias, the same area made famous by Grand Junction’s previous environmental and natural cleanup. It’s a legacy project built on our forebearers, that will hopefully be built upon further by those to come.

The History of Las Colonias Park: Historic Crossroads Along the Riverfront Of Grand Junction, CO

There’s a wonderful historical article written by two CMU students, called “The History of Las Colonias Park: Historic Crossroads Along the Riverfront Of Grand Junction, CO” some years ago. If you click this link it will take you to the students’ extended essay. If you are interested in the history of Grand Junction, it’s a quick read, and well worth your time. Two of the main items addressed in the essay have to do with past industry in Las Colonias, which is important because of a lot of the new construction happening in Grand Junction today is located there. In some ways it’s also a sample for the entire city. It’s a metaphor for our history, present, and future.

Las Colonias used to be the broken home to a failed beet sugar factory and uranium mill. Those industries came and went as demand for the products created short-lived crazes. Both industries were abandoned as the crazes died down, and the area of Las Colonias was left a literal trash heap. Then, years later, it got cleaned up by a few progressive leaders in the area who wanted to create a “string of pearls” along the riverbank. Now, Las Colonias is the soon-to-be-home to one of Grand Junction’s brightest areas.

Similarly, Grand Junction used to be a town of failing industries and poor upkeep. We’re currently in the process of beautifying the town, filling empty commercial and retail space, and removing/ reconstructing over abandoned homes. It’s a transition phase, for sure, but when Western Constructors finishes our latest projects – where Grand Junction is going – is going to be incredible.

Las Colonias Business Park

In our future blog posts we’ll talk about each individual project Western Constructors is currently working on, and what we have planned for the future. For now, we want to give you a clear picture of what’s happening at Las Colonias and what that will mean for all Grand Junction. This is the first of Western Constructor’s string of pearls, so we’ll continue to keep you updated on everything that’s happening as the project progresses from here.

Bonsai Desing And Rocky Mounts

If you want to see information on Las Colonias and how its developing from the city’s perspective, click here. Their website on Las Colonias is highly informative on not only the land and business development aspects of this project, but from the natural and preservations sides as well.

This website talks about the development details for Las Colonias’ business park, which is where Western Constructors is building. We are currently constructing the new corporate headquarters for Bonsai Design who have built an excellent business all across the country designing, installing, operating, training people to use, and maintaining obstacle courses, ziplines, and similar structures. Bonsai started in a basement in Grand Junction, in 2004. Their new facility will house roughly 50 employees. Bonsai, along with Rocky Mounts will be the area’s “anchoring” tenants.

Rocky Mounts is another company that was founded in Colorado, back in 1993. They sell security, car racks, and replacement parts for bikes. They also have car racks available specifically for skiing, snowboarding, and general cargo. Rocky Mounts has been in Boulder, CO since their inception, but they’re now making Grand Junction home.

The fact that both Bonsai and Rocky Mounts are committing to Grand Junction for the long-term is proof that our city is making marked progress in many areas. It also proves that we as Grand Junction residents don’t have to lose or forget who we are in Western Colorado in order to improve our economy or desirability. Both large anchoring companies are outdoors-based. Both companies are perfect compliments to who and what Grand Junction is all about, and has been all along.

Revitalizing Our Downtown

Western Constructors is just now breaking ground at Las Colonias on Bonsai Design’s new headquarters, perfectly adjacent to Grand Junction’s newly-built butterfly lake. There are currently nine other tenant spaces available in the business park that are expected to fill up soon. Once the business park is complete it will represent a major pillar in Grand Junction for economic stability and the very best of Western Colorado’s lifestyle. Western Constructors is also currently finishing upscale townhomes just West of the Las Colonias park. Plus, Edgewater Brewery and the Las Colonias Amphitheater reside between the two sections.

Then, there’s Main Street. Five days ago (as of the writing of this article), Downtown Grand Junction was named “One of the Most Charming Downtowns in America” by TripAdvisor. You can read all about it here on downtown Grand Junction’s web page. The city of Grand Junction has done terrific work in recent years to revitalize our downtown area, and many Grand Junction residents have enjoyed the efforts. Our downtown looks great, has an oldtown feel that’s modernized, and is great for local businesses. We’re getting national recognition for the progress we’re making.

Our hope at Western Constructors is that everything in between Main Street and Riverside (as the Las Colonias and Dos Rios projects finish), will begin to clean up and look better as well. There are many areas of town in Grand Junction that are mixed between residential and industrial. Between Main Street and Riverside is one of those awkward areas. But, as Riverside fills in with new large-scale businesses and Western Constructor’s townhomes finish, it too can form an anchor to the South side of Grand Junction for other developers to come in and revitalize the area as well.

Together, we’re working with the city, local businesses, realtors, homeowners, and everyone who loves Grand Junction to make our city the very best place to live for us all. We’re making a town that’s not just known for getting outdoors. We’re building a Grand Junction future that’s also known for the city itself – a perfect compliment to the outdoor aspects we all love.

 

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

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