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.
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.