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.

Grand Junction, CO Homes

Bella Mesa at Redlands Mesa is a 16-lot subdivision in the Redlands that features some of the finest newly constructed Grand Junction, CO homes. As with all our projects, these homes are not only high-end construction and material, but connect homeowners with the outdoor beauty that Grand Junction, CO offers. As you may know, the Redlands is considered one of Grand Junction’s most desirable living spaces. As you drive up the hill leading to our development you see the wide range of Grand Junction’s “Bookcliffs”, the Grand Mesa, the National Monument, and pieces of the Grand Valley spread out around you. The Redlands has its own golf course. Trails for hiking and biking cover the area. And of course, the Redlands has some of Grand Junction’s nicest homes and developed space.

Five Minutes From Downtown Grand Junction

The design of these homes is also unique in Grand Junction because they are higher-end development homes, built with a certain style. These Grand Junction, CO homes are built with high-desert flair, combined with a modern look. The subdivision comes right off Ridges Boulevard, placing it centrally within the Redlands. Bella Mesa is a five-minute drive from downtown Grand Junction, and about the same distance from 7th Street or Patterson Road, which is where most of the great things to do in Grand Junction are located. The Redlands is also right in the middle of some of Grand Junction’s best outdoor spots.

The Redlands Has Access To Grand Junction’s Outdoors

People live in Grand Junction because of the outdoors – it’s what this area is known for. Whether you love hiking or biking, getting out into nature, kayaking, or any other outdoor activity you can imagine – or if you prefer the scenery itself – the Redlands offers access to it all. Of all Grand Junction, CO homes, those built in the Redlands are positioned in the best possible space. There’s really nothing like waking up and seeing the beauty of Grand Junction from your doorstep. The desert, the Valley, and the surrounding mountains and mesas create an incredible backdrop. It’s an experience you can’t get anywhere but in Grand Junction. And within Grand Junction, the best views are found in the Redlands. Even among the Redlands, we feel that the views and location of the Bella Mesa lots are unforgettable.

The Grand Junction, CO homes at Bella Mesa range from five hundred thousand to six hundred thousand in price. They are located very near the Redlands golf course and club house, giving homeowners a view of deep green amidst the desert and mountain landscape. Parks surround the Redlands area, making it a great location for families. We are very excited about this development because we know the value this project brings. They’re the kind of homes in which we would want to raise our kids, which is how we approach all of our projects.

Western Constructor’s String Of Pearls

Bella Mesa at Redlands Mesa is another one of what we call Western Constructor’s “String of Pearls.” Back in the 1980’s, community, political, and business leaders in Grand Junction put together a plan to improve the city of Grand Junction’s look and feel. Their plan involved building several parks along the riverfront, and the creation of trail system to connect them. They likened the project to a string (the trail) of pearls (the various parks built to beautify the area). It was a large project because Grand Junction’s riverfront had some problems and required cleanup. But ever since, the riverfront trail has become a highly popular and pleasant place to visit. It’s made a substantial difference in the Grand Junction community.

As we began the process of looking to build in Grand Junction once again – both residential homes and commercial properties – we thought very hard about what kind of difference we wanted to make. It made sense to us to try to leave Grand Junction better than we found it. We took inspiration from the string of pearls project back in the late 1980’s, and we feel that it’s a good metaphor for our construction projects now. Western Constructors builds community and gives people hope of a better tomorrow for Grand Junction – we don’t just build homes and commercial buildings.

We also feel that our Grand Junction, CO homes at Bella Mesa are truly a pearl. They’re homes we’ve been proud to build. We know that the people who get to live in them will be very happy there. Their lives will be enriched by the community, at the foremost, and the surrounding environment and views as well. The Redlands are an incredible place to live, and we’re fortunate as builders in Grand Junction to have found space there that we truly love and find passion in developing.

We Are Back In Grand Junction To Stay

You may not have heard of Western Constructors. That company name may be new to you. Many people know us around Grand Junction as “Bruce’s company,” though we’ve become so much more as the company has grown and developed. We left Grand Junction for some time when the economy took a downturn in 2008. But we’ve always been excited to get back to the place we love. And we’re excited to announce and share with you the news about Bella Mesa.

If you or someone you know is interested in lots in Bella Mesa at Redlands Mesa, you can find our Reservation Agreement here. If you are interested in looking at our other Grand Junction, CO homes, you can find our residential portfolio here. If you haven’t heard a whole lot about us yet, we’ve been in business since 1974. We’ve constructed over 2,700 Grand Junction, CO homes, which you can read more about on our blog. People have literally built their entire family legacies in homes and commercial properties we’ve constructed during our forty-five years in business. If you’re looking for the right place to call home, we are the builders in Grand Junction who people look for. It’s rare that families wait to buy homes built by specific contractors. Yet it’s an experience that we have often with our Grand Junction, CO homes. People love our work and seek out homes we build.

 

*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.

Western Constructors Is Family-Owned

Many people know Bruce Milyard. He’s ran Western Constructors since 1974. For a long time, in fact (and even some to this day), Western Constructors was simply known as “Bruce’s company.” There’s a rich legacy when a person who’ve lived in an area for their entire lives has also helped build that area from the ground up. You can see projects of Bruce’s and Western Constructors all over Grand Junction and the Grand Valley. Western Constructors is family-owned and though we perform work all over the United States, we’re deeply committed to the Western Slope of Colorado. So, of course people know Bruce’s name.

Western Constructors also used to be known as “Constructors West.” Like many of the companies growing/ developing in Grand Junction today, we started small. There are many similarities, in fact, between Western Constructors’ origin and companies like Bonsai Design and Rocky Mounts, who’s new corporate headquarters we’re currently building (as of the time of this writing) at Las Colonias. We began our business to help people and to make a difference in the community we love. Bruce raised his family in Grand Junction, and while raising them, brought together a talented group of people to also raise up the city in which they all lived. It’s amazing to look back at some of the things Bruce and Western Constructors have accomplished over the last 47 years.

Some Of Our Residential And Commercial Construction Projects

If you’re unaware of the types of construction Western Constructors has performed in the Grand Valley and across the country, here’s a short list of companies for whom we’ve built, and links to some of our commercial and residential projects. If you click on any of the links you’ll be able to actually see some of our legacy projects.

U.S. Bank: 10,000 sf building in Fruita, CO. This building is right along I-70.

Major Mortgage/ Keller Williams Building: 23,000 sf building in Grand Junction, CO.

Timberline Bank: 18,000 sf building in Montrose, CO.

Café Rio: 2,500 sf building in Grand Junction, CO. One of Grand Junction’s more popular places to eat, on Patterson Rd.

Panchero’s Mexican Grill: 6,000 sf building in Montrose, CO.

Rib City: 2,800 sf building in Montrose, CO.

Allen Unique Auto: building in Grand Junction, CO.

BOS Solutions: building in Grand Junction, CO.

Williston Multi-Family Homes: apartment complexes in Williston, ND.

Remax 4000: tenant improvements in Grand Junction, CO.

Sports Authority: retail space in Montrose, CO.

The Egg & I: building in Grand Junction, CO.

Game Stop: building in Montrose, CO.

Petco: building in Montrose, CO.

Radioshack: building in Montrose, CO. The whole Montrose, CO complex that we built is now the largest combined retail area in the city.

Our many residential projects: placed across the United States.

Our Legacy Is That We Build Relationships

We’ve been successful over time because of the great relationships we’ve built. Whenever we work with a new partner or company, we give them the very best treatment that a person could ask for. We exceed our clients’ goals because we recognize that every project is different, and every person has unique ideas and needs. Our detailed attention to our clients’ projects saves time and money for everyone involved. We’re always asking ourselves and our clients: “is there a better way?” It’s never worth it to go for good: you have to go for great. When you work with us, you’re part of our family. And family gets only the best.

Today, Western Constructors is so much more than one person, and it’s becoming so much more than just commercial and residential construction. Bruce’s children have joined him in his legacy business, and they in turn have brought many others with them to grow the company. Western Constructors has, and will continue to perform projects all over the United States as our company continues to grow, but we’re especially excited about what’s happening now in Grand Junction, CO.

And we’re especially excited about providing more opportunities for those around us as we continue Bruce’s legacy. One of the advantages of Western Constructors developing to be more than just its owner is that we have so many more people now on our team. We’ve become so much bigger than just one person.

We’re Working To Improve Grand Junction

If you’ve read our latest blogs, you seen the changes taking place in Grand Junction right now. Our construction projects at Cornersquare, in the Redlands, at Dos Rios, and especially Las Colonias are helping to shape the future of our wonderful city. They’re stretches that were formerly known as “a blighted area” because of trash buildup, unsafe environmental problems, and abandoned buildings. Now, as mentioned on the Colorado Public Radio, many residents of Grand Junction believe that the Las Colonias/ Dos Rios improvements will do for Grand Junction what the Lower Downtown (LoDo) redevelopment did for Denver.

It will be wonderful for all of us to see more tenants move in to the Las Colonias business park and the revitalization that success produces for the rest of Grand Junction.

As the legacy of Western Constructors continues, one of our main goals is to help Grand Junction no longer be a boom-and-bust town. Of course, no single company can single-handedly fix a problem like that. So, our contribution to the goal is our “string of pearls” – a series of residential and especially commercial projects that provide excellent building space and residential homes to people living in and moving to Grand Junction. We also want to entice/ keep more large, national-size companies that fit into the Grand Junction lifestyle, to set up long-term or permanent headquarters in Grand Junction – companies like Bonsai Design and Rocky Mounts.

Staying “Grand Junction” But Moving Into The Future

We still have a certain type of company we want here. We’re dedicated to still staying “Grand Junction,” but we want to improve what we already have by getting rid of that boom-and-bust cycle that Grand Junction’s known for. The only way we’ll do that as a community at this point is by bringing in more high-quality, large-scale companies.

One of the biggest advantages to working with Western Constructors for any person looking to build a new home or commercial space is that they’re getting expert advice and construction services from an entire family who’s made Grand Junction their home. We know the Grand Valley and the people in it. We have an entire team dedicated to your projects. Because when you’re building with us, your project is our project. And we want every location we build to be as incredible as possible.

 

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

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