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Shook & Waller

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Good business partnerships can last for decades. Steve Shook and Ed Waller of Shook & Waller Construction, Inc. are a perfect example. Friends since their days at El Molino High School, Shook and Waller founded their construction company in 1978. Aside from a four-year hiatus in Truckee, which found them building vacation homes, Shook & Waller Construction, Inc. have been based in Santa Rosa since 1983. A few years ago they moved to their present location at 3250 Dutton Ave.

Known through the years as a residential and commercial framing company, Shook & Waller have expanded their company to include residential developments. "We've always done custom homes, maybe 3 or 4 a year," says Steve Shook, "and now we have built 3 subdivisions." Ed Waller oversees the residential developments, which includes land acquisition. Steve Shook manages the construction crews. "Our clients are also developers. We really focus on giving them our attention and good service," explains Shook. Shook & Waller have approximately 300 employees.

Currently Shook & Waller are completing their latest development, Branscombe Walk, a 12 home subdivision located on Giffen Ave., off Stony Point near Northpoint Parkway. Shook & Waller have contracted LeDuc & Dexter for the plumbing on the project. "We've worked almost exclusively with LeDuc & Dexter for the past 20 years," says Shook, "we bid projects out, but when we compare apples to apples, LeDuc & Dexter have a big advantage. Because of the size of their company they are able to give us great service and keep up with our schedules. Smaller plumbing companies can't always do that."

Shook & Waller's Branscombe Walk, off Stony Point Rd. in Santa Rosa, features six 2-story homes, this one is sold.

6 homes in Branscombe Walk are single story structures that have detached 2-car garages with granny units above the garage.

Shook & Waller's Branscombe Walk, off Stony Point Rd. in Santa Rosa, features six 2-story homes, this one is sold.
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6 homes in Branscombe Walk are single story structures that have detached 2-car garages with granny units above the garage.
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Granny units behind single story homes at Branscombe Walk, a development by Shook & Waller, whom LeDuc & Dexter have worked with for over 20 years.

Granny units behind single story homes at
Branscombe Walk, a development by Shook & Waller,
 whom LeDuc & Dexter have worked with for over 20 years.
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In addition to their own developments, Shook & Waller's framing and trim divisions have been busy at Vintana, a subdivision built by Ryder Homes in Windsor. Not far from that project Shook & Waller is performing more framing and trim work at Windsor Town Green, a mixed-use development with ground floor retail with residential townhouses above.

Shook & Waller's next residential development is scheduled to start this coming summer in Cloverdale. Brookside Terrace will be a subdivision of 14 two-story homes, approximately 1500 square feet in size. The subdivision project includes a neighborhood park.
 

Ladera Vineyards

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From an historic winery originally built in 1886 to a refurbished, retrofitted, remodeled and expanded facility that includes new wine caves, Ladera Vineyards is nearing completion. "The winery is about 85% complete, the roof will soon be done," says Carrie Tillie, executive assistant to proprietors Pat and Anne Stotesbery. The Stotesberys, who are originally from Minnesota and Montana, purchased the winery, located on Howell Mountain in the Napa Valley, in 2000. Prior to that the winery was known as Château Woltner, renowned for its Chardonnay.

The transformation of the old winery, with its three-foot thick stone walls, to its current updated state including caves, has been an intricate construction project. LeDuc & Dexter has been called on for their expertise in retrofit plumbing schemes that they have employed on other winery projects, such as Brown Estate Winery.

Ladera Vineyards has been retrofitted with steel framing to support the three foot thick stone blocks erected originally in 1886.

LeDuc & Dexter installed an abundance of copper piping through the remodeled  Ladera Vineyard winery.

Ladera Vineyards has been retrofitted with steel framing to support the three foot thick stone blocks erected originally in 1886.
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LeDuc & Dexter installed an abundance of copper piping through the remodeled  Ladera Vineyard winery.
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LeDuc & Dexter installed hose stations like this in the wine caves adjacent to the winery.

LeDuc & Dexter installed hose stations
like this in the wine caves adjacent to the winery.
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LeDuc & Dexter installed these holding tanks that monitor and distribute winery wastewater to the leach field.

Pressurized valve units release wastewater through 3000 feet of leach lines, which are now underground and operating.

LeDuc & Dexter installed these holding
tanks that monitor and distribute winery wastewater to the leach field.
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Pressurized valve units release wastewater through 3000 feet of leach lines, which
are now underground and operating.
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LeDuc & Dexter completed all the plumbing and piping for the wine caves including restrooms, hot and cold water hose stations, and Hydronic floor cooling. Two portals now connect the cave system to the lowest level of the restored winery. LeDuc & Dexter installed the tank heating and cooling piping for all three levels of the winery as well as all plumbing for the newly constructed administrative wing, built to look as old as the 1886 winery building.

A boiler and hot water storage tank was added to support the winery's wash down needs. The production area, which includes a crush pad and press facilities, was plumbed with hose stations and the winery has a stainless process waste water system that leads to a major engineered septic system installed by LeDuc & Dexter. LeDuc & Dexter Commercial Manager, Bill Zeeb, estimates his crew laid out 3,000 feet of piping for the leach lines.

Ladera Vineyards crushed grapes at the facility last year and plans to produce 4,000 cases per year, mostly Cabernet from their Howell Mountain and Mt. Veeder vineyards. About 400 cases of Chardonnay will come from Russian River grapes. Carrie Tillie is excited about the artisan handmade wine Ladera is making, "The wine is moved with gravity, which is gentler. I believe it is a better way to make better wine."
 

A Great Year Coming With More Challenges

THE COMPANY

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At the beginning of each New Year business goals are proposed and from those goals plans are made. Even if a company operates within a fiscal year that begins on July 1st, the turn of the calendar on January 1st marks the passage of another year's events and the infinite possibilities of having a really "great year".

Tom LeDuc considers it a triumph to have overcome business challenges in 2003 and looks forward to the upcoming challenges of 2004.

Tom LeDuc considers it a triumph to have overcome business challenges in 2003 and looks forward to the upcoming challenges of 2004.
 

Was 2003 a great year? It really depends on your perspective and attitude. According to recent reports the stock market set records of growth that will be hard to match in 2004. Then again, the national economy lost jobs, many reportedly going to foreign countries with cheaper labor pools.

In the North Bay construction industry during 2003 there were problems, or as Tom LeDuc refers to them – challenges. "We have the ongoing Worker's Compensation situation, which is well publicized. Then there's business liability insurance, which is just as bad and hasn't had the press. We are operating in an unfriendly business climate with regulations and higher fees that make it more difficult to be profitable.

Some of the challenges that North Bay construction companies have had to deal with also include the Tiger Salamander issue, which threatens to affect the badly needed widening of Highway 101. Infrastructure, with its lack of utilities, water and sewer system resources, and in the case of Santa Rosa, city services, have made growth difficult within the General Plan.

Through it all LeDuc is upbeat, "We should all be happy to have made it through a tough year. It's going to be another challenge to be profitable this coming year." In a time when many companies have cut back in hiring and, in many cases, laid off workers because of increased operating costs and doubts about the economy, LeDuc sees opportunities for LeDuc & Dexter Inc. "When others are pulling back this is a time for us to grow."

"We need to offer our customers better service. We need to continue listening to our customers and give them what they want," says LeDuc, "If that means offering new services to our customers then we will address those needs. The bottom line for our company, regardless of the business climate, is that we need to keep improving and getting better at the things we do."

 


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JANUARY 2004
Featured Stories

Residential
Shook & Waller

Wineries
Ladera Vineyards

The Company
A Great Year Coming With More Challenges

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Contributors

Residential
Shook & Waller Construction, Inc.
Steve Shook, General
  Contractor
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
Jim Kempers, Residential
  Manager

Wineries
Ladera Vineyards
Carrie Tillie, Executive Assistant
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
Bill Zeeb, Commercial
  Manager

The Company
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
Tom LeDuc, President & CEO

Writer
Mark Dommer
Dommer & Associates

Editor
Tom LeDuc
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
 

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